Quite a mix of results with the best game being left until the last fixture at the MCG between Hawthorn and Geelong. 2 games were complete blow outs of over 100 points and another 2 were almost the same with 90 plus points as margins. That was a far cry from the opening round last week. Tipsters would have picked at least 8 and many picked 9. I got 7. The results will mean an evening up of the ladder with teams beaten last week registering their first win and teams winning last week suffering a defeat this week. The ladder at the moment bears little resemblance to what it will look like in 10 weeks except of course for the bottom 2 teams and that is to be expected considering their recent entry into AFL ranks.
Carlton 23.16.154 Defeated Brisbane 9.9.63
Apparently there was some sort of super concert on in Brisbane for Easter that started while the second quarter was on. Most of the Brisbane players ducked into the showers, changed into their glad rags and didn’t bother showing up to play out the rest of the game. Was that a Jimmy Stynes payback? Marc Murphy is proving to be a great player and with Judd in the team and Kreuzer improving each week the Blues will certainly be in the mix again come finals time. It remains to be seen how they will go against better opposition and next week Carlton take on Collingwood. For the Lions and Michael Voss, it’s really back to the drawing board and it was a woefully disappointing effort after last week against the Demons. It will be no easier for them against Freo in Perth next week.
Essendon 16.15.11 Defeated Port Adelaide 13.8.86
For some reason the game was pretty close at three quarter time but the Bombers prevailed and maybe it was their inaccurate kicking that kept the Power in the game. Not the prettiest game to watch according to the experts but a nice result for Essendon who have started with a 2 from 2. It is all good news for them next week when they meet Gold Coast. Port is a chance against the Swans.
Sydney Swans 14.10.94 Defeated Fremantle 12.9.81
Sydney was really cruising early in the 3rd quarter then suddenly the Dockers kicked 6 unanswered goals and it was game on as the margin was cut from 41 points to 11. The Swans steadied enough to hold off Freo and win by 13 points, almost fell over the line you could say. The loss of Mumford before the bounce didn’t help and Seaby was no match for Fremantle giant Sandilands who totally dominated hit outs. It’s a shame the Dockers small men didn’t take advantage.
West Coast 25.16.166 Defeated Melbourne 9.4.58
Try working out whether it’s worse getting beaten in the opening game a few days after Jimmy’s funeral or getting absolutely thrashed by more than 100 points a week later? That’s about the only dilemma Melbourne has at the moment. Oh, and maybe the game plan. This has been an embarrassing start for the Demons but a powerful one for West Coast. Surprisingly Josh Kennedy was well held this week in an avalanche of West Coast goals to which he contributed 1 after last week kicking 7 when you would have expected that he might have kicked the same number of goals this week. The Eagles sit on top of the ladder and their healthy percentage is expected to get another boost when they play the GWS. Expect another 100 point win! Melbourne meets Richmond and the Demons will need a form reversal to win that one.
Collingwood 12.13.85 Defeated Richmond 8.16.64
The combined score at half time in this game was 7.20! Atrocious kicking but in the end the Pies opened up a match winning score in about 20 scintillating minutes of the 3rd quarter when they broke the game open with 5 unanswered goals. Collingwood did enough to win the game and Richmond was not really smashed so there is hope there as well. Some say the half time melee may have roused the Pies from their lazy first half and certainly it will be a costly incident for some players. It might have been a story of full forwards too with Reiwoldt held goalless by Ben Reid while Cloke was proving to be a powerful target on the Collingwood forward line. The Pies will need to get better to beat the arch enemy Carlton next week and Richmond might manage a win against the hapless Dees.
Adelaide 11.16.82 Defeated Western Bulldogs 9.10.64
At half time it looked like the Crows in a canter but to their credit the Bulldogs came back in the 3rd quarter to be down by just 2 points going into the last. The Bullies actually got in front in the last but steadying goals from Adelaide gave them their win at home. Thompson for the Crows, playing his 200th, was best man afield second week in a row and the Bulldogs welcomed the return of Griffiths who was a strong contributor. Adelaide will be tested again next week by Hawthorn and the Bulldogs meet the Saints.
North Melbourne 28.15.183 Defeated GWS Giants 8.6.54
Well if North Melbourne can give the Giants such a hiding it doesn’t bode well for GWS when they play better teams like Geelong, Collingwood, Hawthorn and West Coast to name but 4. In fact the umpires should have applied the mercy rule here at half time when the scoreboard showed North 12 goals and GWS zip! 15 goal kickers for North says it all while Cameron for the Giants managed to kick half their goal total with 4 – pretty impressive. It looks like another thrashing for the GWS next week against the Eagles and North face a tough one against the Cats on their Geelong paddock.
St Kilda 21.13.139 Defeated Gold Coast 7.5.47
Another mauling for the Gold Coast team this time at the hands of the Saints. There’s going to be a lot of interest when the Gold Coast plays the Giants. It will give those two teams a better understanding of just where they are. The win hasn’t done a lot of damage to the confidence of St Kilda either. Reiwoldt got amongst the goals and Gary Ablett might have even picked up the 3 Brownlow votes even though his team was thumped by almost 100 points! The Suns meet Essendon next week and they wouldn’t want a repeat of the last score line! St Kilda will play the Western Bulldogs – that won’t be so easy.
Geelong 14.8.92 Defeated Hawthorn 13.12.90
Terrific game of football in which the Cats came back twice from 3 goal deficits in the second half. Geelong dominated the last quarter on the scoreboard kicking 4 goals to the Hawks’ 5 behinds and it was touch and go to the very last second when a goal kicked by Hawthorn JUST after the siren was disallowed. The Pod kicked 3 last quarter goals and Buddy was kept to 2 although he was instrumental in a couple of others. This is the level of footy to which teams need to aspire.