Round 2 AFL Review

Thursday
Richmond 10.6.66 defeated by Collingwood 17.8.110

Well, there you go... The Pies bounced back from last week in the best way possible, by thumping fellow finals contender Richmond.
Collingwood entered the game with an obvious plan in place, and the team executed it brilliantly, showing up the opposition across every part of the ground! I feel only Dylan Grimes can be holding his head high after that match. When you add Riewoldt's injury it was a double bad night for the Tigers.
I reckon all other teams just got that bit more concerned about playing the Magpies this year, and on Thursday night's form, so they should be.

Friday
Sydney 8.14.62 defeated by Adelaide 12.16.88

After a tight contest through the first three and a half quarters, Adelaide managed to take some control over the game as the third quarter neared its end. While Buddy had managed to answer most of the Crow's goals, ending with three goals himself, the Swans weren't able to keep pace with Adelaide's superior control in the SCG's slippery conditions. With Crouch Crouch and Rory Rory (sic) ensuring the Crows had plenty of the ball, the Swans just weren't able to keep up, going down at home by 26 points to the visitors.

Saturday
Essendon 9.11.65 defeated by St. Kilda 10.16.76

Another game where one team fly out to a big lead early while the other team spends the rest of the game trying to peg them back. While it was the Bulldogs v Sydney last week, this week saw St Kilda grab complete control of the game early and Essendon spend the next 90 minutes trying to figure out how to play footy in 2019. Suffice to say they failed, and the Saints are sitting on two wins from their first two games of the year.

Port Adelaide 13.10.88 defeated Carlton 11.6.72

While the Power came away from Adelaide Oval with a closer than expected, at least by me, 16 point win tonight, they have had Jack Watts (ankle) and Karl Amon (knee) suffer potentially serious injuries. After the Power looked like taking control of the game in the first, the weather changed and with it so did Carlton's fortunes. The Blues seemed to enjoy the rain and mud, but with superior skills, the Power managed to get some breathing room in the last to seal a close win.

Geelong 20.6.126 defeated Melbourne 6.10.46

On a night that was poor for anything that involved leaving the comfort and warmth of the couch, the Melbourne Demons headed down the Princes Fwy to take on the Cats at home, a task about as enticing as having to visit your ex to ask for your Cold Play CD back...
Midway through the 3rd quarter Demon Nathan Jones went off with an injury and I couldn't help thinking the Demon's task just got a lot harder! This was compounded further with a goalless quarter. Unfortunately, for the Dees, the 4th wasn't any better. With a deep understanding of their home ground and impressive efficiency in their forward 50, the game was never in doubt, with the Cats running out worthy winners! Geelong has no beaten Collingwood and Melbourne, a pretty impressive start to the season.

West Coast 16.8.104  defeated GWS Giants 7.10.52

With only three goals scored between them in the opening quarter, I was interested to see how this game panned out on the wide-open spaces of the Eagle's home ground. While the Giants won pretty much every stat, it was the Eagles who were the more efficient in front of goal and, as the saying goes, "bad goal conversion is bad football!" "Bad kicking at goal is bad football!" ummm... "Kicking points instead of goals is bad football!?!"
The Eagles kicked goals while the Giants seemed to enjoy kicking points. Eagles win!

Sunday
North Melbourne 13.9.87 defeated by Brisbane 16.11.107

With ex-Docker Lachie Neale leading the way for the visitors (he ended up with a game-high 43 disposals and 6 tackles) the Lions were able to take control of the match in the last quarter; they were 22 points down mid-way through the third. For the Roos, Goldstein put in another workhorse-like performance, while Ben Cunnington went n hard, often finding teammate Shaun Higgins through the middle but it wasn't enough. With Charlie Gardner's four goals and Jarrod Berry's 10 marks, the Brisbane Lions were able to secure a morale-boosting win at Marvel Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Hawthorn 13.9.87 defeated by Western Bulldogs 16.10.106
Regardless of the contentious umpiring decisions that lead to two last quarter goals to the Bulldogs, the Doggies really did storm over the top of Hawthorn; the team that took down the Crows in Adelaide just a week ago. Both teams had a dominant forward, being Schache (four goals) for the Doggies and Gunston (also four goals) for the Hawks, but it was the Bulldog's midfield, and run, that proved the deciding factor. Well, that and the Hawks allowing the Dogs twelve scoring shots in the last quarter, leading to nine goals, to three shots from the Hawks. Game over!

Gold Coast 7.19.61 defeated Fremantle 8.10.58
For all of those people who like to espouse the line "any team can beat anyone on their day...", can add this game as a solid case study to back it up!
In spite of kicking 7 goals and 19 points, the Suns hung on to beat the Dockers up in Queensland on Sunday; who would have thought you would win a game of footy with that scoreline? 7.19.61... Another lively (vibrant anyone...?) performance from Sun forward Alex Sexton sees him sitting atop the goal kicking ladder after Round 2. A big shoutout to him! After going down to the Saints last week, what can we take from these first two games from the Suns?

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