The ‘dissent’ rule has gone too far:
I’m all for respect to umpires but the call which most likely decided the match between GWS and Carlton was utterly ridiculous. AFL is an elite environment, the players are full of adrenaline and putting your hands up asking why it was/wasn’t a free kick shouldn’t result in a free kick or 50m penalty. If there’s language, abuse or screaming then yes, fair enough, but this was a terrible call.
The AFL need to come out early this week and clarify what is/isn’t worthy of a free kick, there’s inconsistencies everywhere and until an exact ruling is made, it’s going to be a talking point nearly every week, imagine the uproar if a Grand Final was decided like that.
Mitchell wins heated battle in Tasmania:
The Hawks recorded their first win of the season, defeating the previously unbeaten Kangaroos by 19pts in Launceston. There was plenty of talk all week about Hawthorn’s culling of their list, with some wild claims about ‘tanking’ rearing its ugly head. In the best way possible, Sam Mitchell dispelled all of these claims with a masterful coaching display controlling the game with uncontested marking.
The Hawks young stars in Will Day and Cam McKenzie were super impressive throughout the game, whilst skipper James Sicily racked up an amazing 18 marks (15 uncontested).
Pressure mounts on Hinkley:
Many Port Adelaide fans are calling for Hinkley’s head after their Showdown loss to Adelaide. With scores close to even at 3qtr time, Port simply weren’t good enough against the Crows who’s pressure simply overwhelmed the Power in the last quarter.
The Port Adelaide side that destroyed Brisbane in Round 1 seem long gone, as they face the Swans this weekend in Sydney, possibly starting the season 1-3 heading into Gather Round.
Geelong 18th after 3 rounds, yes that’s correct:
Is it panic time yet for the reigning premiers?
For the first time ever, a reigning premier sits bottom of the ladder after 3 rounds. The Suns produced a gritty win under significant pressure of their own to celebrate David Swallow’s 200th game for the Suns.
Even though they sit at 0-3, their next 4 games are against Hawthorn, West Coast, Sydney and Essendon. At worst after Rd 7, the Cats should be 3-4 and starting to build. If they drop more than one of those games however, pressure will begin to build for the Cats.
Dockers run over brave and bruised Eagles:
The Eagles didn’t deserve the final margin to be extended out to 41pts. Without a bench for the last quarter and a half the Eagles closed the margin to 2 points early in the last quarter before the Dockers run over the top.
It was an important win for Fremantle who had been under immense pressure after losing their first two games largely on the back of a negative game-style that made it hard for their forwards to score. Does this kick-start their season or simply paper over the cracks in their current game-style?
Collingwood win…At a cost
The Pies have continued on their merry way to start the season 3-0, however, the biggest talking point to come out of the game was the significant PCL injury to Darcy Cameron.
With Brodie Grundy being traded to Melbourne in the off-season and Mason Cox out for the next 4-6 weeks with a hematoma, Collingwood will be without a ruckmen for the next month. With Craig McRae sticking by his statement of not picking players until they are ‘ready’, it looks like Dan McStay, Ash Johnson, and Billy Frampton may share the duties in the coming weeks.
Another disappointing day at the ‘G’ for the Swans:
It was billed as one of the matches of the round with a high likelihood of both teams facing off sometime late in September. Unfortunately for the Swans, the Demons midfield dominated contested possessions, led by their two superstars in Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca.
The Swans tall forward line of Logan McDonald, Joel Amartey and the returning Buddy Franklin only managed 3 goals between them, does three talls work with the Swans game-plan?
Saints celebrate 150 years in style:
In a rollercoaster of a game filled with momentum swings, the Saints ran over the top of the Bombers in front of club legends and fans alike.
It’s hard not to enjoy the way the Saints are currently playing, missing superstars such as Tim Membrey, Jack Steele and Max King doesn’t seem to bother this young side, playing hard defence and then catching teams on the quick rebound makes excellent viewing.
Callum Wilkie has somehow taken his game to a higher level and is probably the best one-on-one player currently in the AFL.
This high-pressure gameplan allows this Saints side to stand up to the competitions best, regardless of personnel. With St Kilda facing Gold Coast this week at Marvel Stadium, the Saints have more than a chance to start the season 4-0.