Round 9 – the Fearless review: What’s my scene?

FEARLESS 2017 Rd 9 – What’s my scene? Who are the Hoodoo Gurus?


A revamped Simonds Stadium got game #1 AFL 2017 when it rained Cats and Dogs on Friday night. Geelong had practiced tackling, including hardnut Scott Selwood for game #1 2017. Tackle count increased nearly fourfold and the Dogs had no answers. Bevo bemoaned lack of intensity. Cats home by 23, still the Hoodoo Gurus over the Dogs. Only 6.1 out of 28.17 at non-scoring end of the Cattery.


Any doubts that the Swans hadn’t found their mojo in 2017 were quickly dispelled against the in-form Saints on Saturday at Etihad. The inclusion of defensive general Rampe from injury helped settle the back 6 and minimising the impact of the hybrid, multi-pronged Saints attack. Rooey had to go it alone with 3. Buddy 4, cygnets Newman and Lloyd 30+ reducing Saints to errors unforced. Swans by 50pts.


When Mario from Doncaster rings into SEN and refers to Tigerland as a Cult of Death, you know it hasn’t gone well. Despite 5 wins thus far, the Tigers yet again found a way to commit hari-kari against the GWS, stealing defeat from the jaws of victory. All is not lost Tigers. Another 3pt loss, whilst heartbreaking, you’re still above 11 other teams on the table. Chances did go begging. Cameron 3.


Top team flew to bottom team’s home ground and give footy tipsters some respite and a chance to back a winner. Crows returned to the winners list by 80pts over the Lions at the Gabbatoir. Young Charlie Cameron morphing into Crows great McLeod before our eyes with 4, four others kicked 3 including debutant Greenwood. Lions skipper D Beams 40 stats battled but the Lion cubs struggled.


Apparently Bucks wanted to drive home 20 minutes into the 1st qtr of Collingwood’s game at the G on Saturday night, such was his disgust. The penny must’ve dropped as the Hawks shot out to a 43pt lead. Pendles racked up the stats, though not quite like young Hawk Mitchell with 50. A 34pt ½ time Hawks lead got whittled away in the 3rd, momentum and Aish’s jaw smashed the Hawk hoodoo. Pies by 18pts.


West Coast’s form away from sunny Perth has caused conjecture in AFL-land. Etihad had been good to them, however, until Sunday. The Bombers, coached by ex Eagle legend Woosha controlled it from the outset. Current Eagles’ coach Simmo must be going grey rapidly. Arguably the Eagles let a chance to go equal top begging but it’s too even. The Dons were simply far better by 61pts. Jacket wavers go!


Appropriately the ½ time song played was Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” as the Roos and Demons played an unflinching hard and contested game. Tempers were willing and the umpires, according to Roosy in MMM box, had lost control. North had come to play and the Dees were caught off guard. Hogan and Gawn-less, the Dees tried hard. North by 14, stretching Hoodoo Gurus streak to 16. Brown 5.


Lago Freo hosted the clash between the Dockers and Carlton. The Blues don’t mind the wet and it showed, leading by 28pts, before the Dockers went up a cog, led by Son Son Walters with 27 and 3 goals. The Blues job got hard when Rowe and Daisy were lost to injury. Ross’s Freo reno jumps up into the 8…not bad when they were “written off” at rd2. Freo by 35. Rocking sea shanty blasted WA wide.


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