The Fearless Round 3 Wrap: Crash Boom Bam – Who said footy had gone soft?


When a young Saints outfit loses its Roo beaut leader prior to the game, that’s harsh. Enter AFL no. one draft pick, Paddy McCartin, all 18 years of age, as replacement. Enter ye olde Magpies Swan (39) Cloke (5.4) Pendles (29) to lead the younger Pies to a confidence lifting 74pt win. Elliott 4, Oxley, Broomhead each 22 stats, 1 goal.


Carlton gave fans more pride, before going down to the Bombers by 21 pts at the G on Saturday. Although still struggling to produce goals, the Blues gave closer to a 4 qtr effort. The Bombers however had too much poise, leading by 6 goals at the last change. Chris Yarran will get weeks to ponder his brainfade, belting Chappy. V. Ugly.


Melbourne travelled to the Adelaide Oval to play the redhot Crows, wearing their best MFC alternative strip yet. Hoping to repeat last year’s upset, the Dees were competitive all day but Crows won by 25pts. Tex kicked 3 and the stat count seemed similar thru the game. Roosy’s Dees have improved but so too the Walsh-led Crows.


Speaking of alternative strips, GWS might be better to employ more charcoal in their jumper as mango and red are quite similar for the easties v westies clash at the SCG. That aside, Isaac Heeney showed why all other clubs want their own academy. 3rd game, 4 goals, 18yo, not bad at all. Giants bridging the gap. Swans 21pts. Buddy 5.5


Richmond headed to the Gabba, knowing they had a good record against the Lions up there, but also that the Lions were on the rebound. The Tigers had a far wider goalkicking spread than the locals and that soon became a Tiger procession, a 7 goal 3 /4 time became a 79pt Tiger mauling. Jack 4, Cotchin 37. D. Beams and Zorko good.


Saturday night’s broadcast on channel 7 saw the Port and North game at Etihad. For the impartial or uninitiated it was a great ad for the AFL. Roof closed, game on and attacking was the go. Hard nuts Ziebell and Wines ending up in the ambulance. It was fast, tough, brutal and seesawing. Port by 8pts, Roos defence caught napping.


Western Puppydogs headed to Aurora for their annual taste of Tasmania and the Hawthorn FC on the rebound. The Roughead cousins went head to head and Jarryd won with 7 goals. Jordan watched teammates get flogged for the 1st time in 2015. Clinical, precise Hawks feast on the pups. Tom “Big $” Boyd kicked 3. Hawks 70pts.


Brave. Cats, simply brave, managing to hold off the vastly improved yet still Ablett-less Sunnyboys on Sunday at the Cattery. First Bartel, then Stokes, then Lonergan down and out. Tomahawk withdrawn before the game and Josh Walker kicked 4 to pick up any slack. Chris Scott a happy man, Rocket’s rockets fired Suns. Cats by 9pts.


Derby/Darby XLI was nearly over at qtr time as Freo led by 9 goals at the first break. The Eagles’ form/ depleting defensive tall stock continuing to grey coach Adam Simpson’s hair. If you’ve not heard of Lachie Neale, you soon will, he’s Nat Fyfe’s understudy as Freo’s go-to hero. 3 goals and 42 stats. Matt Pav-erner 3 goals, Pav 0.3

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