Monday, April 2, 2012

ROUND 1 AFL Review

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AFL Round 1 Review
First round of tipping – you can cover yourself in glory or slink away into a corner and lick your wounds! Lick! Lick! Gawd, tongue as dry as a lizard’s!! I think some of the tipping was a bit cute but some of the results were also rather ugly. Welcome to tipping 2012.
Sydney 14.16.100 defeated Greater Western Sydney 5.7.37
The game followed the script as expected with the Sydney Swans accounting for the newcomers into their territory. It was just the final margin that needed to be sorted on the night. Considering that margin was just 10 goals it might mean that the Swans may again be middle of the road rather than finals material. For GWS?
Well, it’s the opening game in their history and certainly some wins will give their fans heart for the season.
Carlton 18.17.125 Defeated Richmond 12.9.81
People have to stop getting onto the Richmond bandwagon at the start of the season when they are booked to meet Carlton each time. The Blues turned around a winless pre-season and won this game going away at the end. Yarran for Carlton kicked a contentious goal as he was clearly out of bounds but that was just 1 of many unanswered goals by the Blues in the last as they powered away from the Tigers – again.
Hawthorn 20.17.137 Defeated Collingwood 16.19.115
By all accounts this was a great game of footy if you weren’t a Collingwood supporter. Buddy was beaut and Rioli was raging in a game that the Pies might win next time they meet. The Hawks for the minor premiership? The Magpies had quite a few missing from their line up and still hit the front in the last quarter so it was far from a disgrace as a loss for them. Bucks has started his career with a loss and Clarkson is playing down the win – as he should, it being the first game of the season.
Brisbane 17.17.119 Defeated Melbourne 11.12.78
A dirty day for Demons players and supporters and it was always going to be difficult to work out which way the emotion following the passing of Jimmy Stynes was going to affect the players. Unfortunately for Melbourne it was a negative outcome but a pretty good win for the Brisbane Lions really. A dominant 3rd quarter put paid to any chance of a Melbourne win and maybe the adrenalin from the hype had worn the Demons down by half time. Voss and his Lions will face the season with a bit more confidence while Neelds may want to revise his game plan.
Adelaide 19.23.137 Defeated Gold Coast 10.8.68
This was another game in which it was only the final margin that had to be worked out at the end of the game. Gold Coast may have been a bit lucky that the Adelaide goal kicking left a bit to be desired otherwise it might have been a tad more embarrassing for them. Scott Thompson was brilliant for the Crows with a million possessions and ditto for the Gold Coast by Gary Ablett with 42 disposals and a couple of goals. Adelaide won every quarter but certainly their first quarter was enough to show the Gold Coast they were in for a tough day at the office.
Essendon 14.20.104 Defeated North Melbourne 15.12.102
The Bombers turned on a premiership 3rd quarter but had no petrol left in the tank for the last as North Melbourne kicked 5 goals to almost steal the game. A very exciting finish in another good game this Saturday night and North’s Hamish Macintosh will spend some sleepless nights for the rest of his life no doubt rueing that missed shot on goal after the siren. Fletcher, for Essendon, is in his 21st AFL season!
Fremantle 16.9.105 Defeated Geelong 15.11.101
The Dockers raced out of the blocks with the first 5 goals. Geelong eventually caught them in the 2nd quarter and from then on it was 14 lead changes before Freo finally outlasted the Cats to finish 4 points ahead in another thriller. 2 late Pavlich goals were the sealers for the Dockers who hung on after Bartel brought them within a kick with a minute left. Geelong‘s Scarlett will be a bit red when he faces the tribunal for smacking that pest Ballantyne who might get the finger pointed at him as well for some questionable tactics. Lyon notches his first win for Fremantle.
West Coast Eagles 21.10.136 Defeated Western Bulldogs 12.15.87
After half time it was only the Eagles who decided to play football. Josh Kennedy was doubtful to play at one stage but made the team and kicked 7 goals for West Coast. It was a disappointing start for the season for the Bullies while the Eagles continued where they left off last year and really slaughtered the Bulldogs in the second half, a result that gave new coach McCartney his first loss in the AFL. The loss of LeCras and Nicoski for the season in the forward line for West Coast simply gave other players an opportunity but whether those losses can be covered for the whole season remains to be seen.
Port Adelaide 13.11.89 Defeated St Kilda 13.7.85
This result really added insult to injury for tipsters trying to make a good start although you can see the smug grin on the face of the smarties who picked The Power to win. Apart from a 19 point lead at quarter time the rest of the game was really nip and tuck with neither team dominating the scoreboard. The result will probably have tipsters looking at games these two teams play a little more closely while the loss as a first in the AFL for a new coach can have Scott Watters’ name added to the weekend’s list.

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