Monday, April 8, 2013

AFL Review Round 2

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2013 - AFL Review Round 2
Doubled the tipping score from last week but still some way to go. Watching the games hasn’t made me wiser but has certainly made me happier. There are a few teams I can’t quite figure out in that whether they will win one week or not. But, only round 2 and Collingwood did beat Carlton, that’s always a positive mood changer. What about the goal umpire that has to have a knee reconstruction after being injured during the game by a Bulldog player? Are umpires getting too close to the play? These guys are just part time too I think – I mean the goal umpires, like we had in grade and suburban footy. Mums and dads doing the job.

Richmond 14.15.99 defeated St Kilda 12.10.82
As expected the game was fairly close all night and every time the Saints closed the gap on the Tigers to be within 2 kicks Richmond would find a way to kick another couple of goals – usually through Jack Reiwoldt who finished with 7 goals which was 50% of the Tiger goals. Last week he didn’t kick a goal!! Cousin Nick did alright as well with 4 goals for the Saints. Good season start for the Tigers and I think the Saints had a similar start last season to what they are experiencing. Both teams played with quite a few errors in their game. Richmond faces the Bulldogs next week – another possible win and the Saints should open their account when they play the Giants.

Sydney 17.12.114 defeated Gold Coast 11.7.73
The Swans hoisted the 2012 Premiership flag, lost the first quarter in torrential rain then steadied and proved too good for the Suns who tried hard but were outclassed by Sydney for most of the match. McVeigh for Sydney had 28 possessions and kicked 4 goals – a match winner. The result was no surprise and sees Sydney with 2 from 2. Suns were okay and play big brother Lions next week. Could be a coin toss for trying to pick that one after watching Brisbane play. The Swans travel to Tassie to play North Melbourne.

Fremantle 16.10.106 defeated Western Bulldogs 11.12.78
The final margin shows 28 points but really, Fremantle had this game under control from the first bounce. The first and only Bulldogs goal came in time on in the 1st quarter while Freo had kicked 6. That about covers it. The Bullies were never able to bridge that gap and Fremantle didn’t let them. Might be a good indication of how good Fremantle is when they face the Bombers in Perth. Forget the opening match for the Bulldogs they need to show it again against Richmond to be a chance.

Adelaide 14.12.96 defeated Brisbane 10.17.77
The Lions led at the last change but failed to kick a goal in the final quarter managing just 4 behinds to Adelaide’s 5 goals. There was very little in it for a close game but the Crows were much more constructive in the last 15 minutes than Brisbane who just kept bombing it into the forward line hoping that they could kick a goal. NAB premiership seems to equal bad karma. Is it just me but I don’t think the Crows are as good as last season and the Lions aren’t as good as I thought they showed in the NAB Cup. Adelaide plays Port in the SA derby next week. That’s going to be a tough pick too. Brisbane takes a bus ride to the Gold Coast to play the Suns.

Port Adelaide 19.20.134 defeated GWS Giants 11.12.78
The Power started slowly and even allowed the Giants a handy lead at the end of the first but from then on it was pretty much one way traffic. A 6 goal quarter and a 7 goal final quarter buried the Giants and gave Port Adelaide its 2nd big win in a row ensuring they would stay around the top of the ladder. After their strong showing against Sydney last week it was a disappointing effort by GWS. Port stay put in SA to play the Crows but how come they are nominated as the home side again? Every game for the Gianst is a lesson and next week the teacher is St Kilda.

Essendon 28.16.184 humiliated Melbourne 5.6.36
Gee, what can you say about this? Essendon was magnificent and Melbourne was even more pitiful this week than last week. The team is a basket case for sure and I am not sure the coaching staff knows a way for them to turn this around. The Bombers might jump to top of the ladder after that effort and their start to the season is taking on a familiar pattern. Melbourne committee are all behind the coach and the players are doing some soul searching but the Demons have to face the Eagles next week and who, by the way, haven’t won a  game so far either but I know where my bet will go. Essendon take a holiday to the west to face Freo.

Geelong 16.16.112 defeated North Melbourne 17.6.108
Certainly a game played in 2 distinct halves with North establishing a 6 goal lead by half time. The Cats seem to enjoy winning games from behind and really played a great second half. Decision making by North players at times was frustrating for spectators let alone the coach but not as frustrating as some umpiring decisions including the last one that handed the Cats the game like a saucer of milk. I didn’t look at the forecast for Melbourne but it was pouring during the latter part of that match and if I was a patron getting wet at the game I would be asking for my money back. “Where’s the roof? My pie and donut are soaking!” The Cats have another tough one next week against Carlton at the same venue and North can go and sulk in Tassie and wait for last year’s premiers to front up.

Collingwood 17.15.117 defeated Carlton 15.10.100
The Blues kicked the first 3 goals, scary, but the Pies came back and the game was close all day. Less than a goal separated the teams with less than a minute to go but Collingwood kicked 2 quick goals to win by 17 points. Great game of footy with clear streaming for the whole game! Seems like the Pies have found a couple of good new players including this kid Elliott who kicked 5 goals and kept Collingwood in the game at times when I thought they were letting it slip. 84,247 at the game! Atmosphere! The Magpies face Hawthorn in another big test next week and Carlton plays Geelong, also a big game.

Hawthorn 23.10.148 defeated West Coast 15.8.98
The Hawks were quick out of the blocks and established a 6 goal lead before the Eagles had got a sweat up in the hot weather. At times they challenged and got to within 3 goals later in the game but Hawthorn always had the answer and in fact kicked away in the last 10 minutes to win easily. Another bad loss for West Coast at home while Hawthorn opened their win account. I will have to reconsider West Coast as premiership contenders based on what I have seen so far. They need LeCras and NicNat back in that side. The Eagles have a better chance against Melbourne next week. Hawthorn will have to tough it out against Collingwood

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