The Fearless Files – AFL Round 11: OK…Indigenous round and we’re back to nine games a week

Wearing two of the lesser “indigenous-themed” jumpers, Swans hosted the Cats at the SCG on yet another Thursday night. The jumper was not the only forgettable aspect to the Cats’ night. A one-goal 1st half, a 100pt plus loss all very rare for the Cats these days. Franklin, Tippett and Goodes formed a powerful Swans forward 50.


The Saints started well against the Pies and yet still managed to trail by 4 goals at qtr time. Friday night then proceeded to turn off the tv public, barring the black and white faithful. Travis Cloke returned to form with 5 goals, assisted by Fasolo, Elliott and Josh Thomas. As for the Saints, the learning curve is steep at times. Pies 86pts.


History was made on Saturday as AFL debuted in the Red Centre at Alice Springs’ picturesque Traeger Park. Port managed to hold off a determined Melbourne, the home(?) team, whose supporters are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. A crowd of @5000 will be hoping for more AFL. Port powered away by 20pts.


Carlton travelled to the Gabba to play the Brisbane Lions. The unthinkable then happened for Mick Malthouse. Brisbane recorded its second win for 2014, despite yet another serious injury, this time to ruckman Trent West. Carlton’s indiscretions when the game was up for grabs weren’t helpful but give the Lions a sniff and…


A season-turning performance catapulted Richmond into the Dreamtime game at the G against Essendon. By the end of the game, Tigers coach Hardwick was fuming as the Tigers had failed to show up. Jake Carlisle successfully moved back to defence and the hardened Bombers did as they pleased. Ben Howlett 5 and Joe Daniher 3.


The Crows hosted the Suns in conditions not yet proved as suitable for the Gold Coast. The City of Churches turned on 13 and wet. Maybe that’s why the grass was high. The Crows decked out in one of the best Indigenous jumpers were ably led by the mullet-less Tex Walker who kicked 5. The Suns still alive at 3 /4 time but faded.


The Doggies hosted the Purple Haze and did their best to stay close. Stephen Hill took the game and the indigenous theme to heart by producing his best game with 4 goals. Haydn Ballantyne produced his best effort for a while with 3 goals. The Dogs are building well but 6.15 will break your heart. Freo love Etihad, home by 38pts.


GWS nearly extracted the upset of the season by just losing to Hawthorn. A baptism of fire for stand-in Hawk coach Brendan Bolton nearly ended disastrously but the final margin of 7pts reflected a much better effort on-field by Leon Cameron’s men. The Hawks Indigenous jumper was the best colour match for the round’s theme.


With two of the better Indigenous jumpers, North took on West Coast in an 8point game for both teams at the foot of the 8. The Roos started solidly for a change and structured up well defensively across the ground all night, stifling the Eagles’ tall forwards. Roos by 38pts. Priddis, Cunnington, Dal Santo and Greenwood all 30+



  1. Dave Brown says

    Yep, Crows and Kangaroos for mine, Fearless

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