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    Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Australian Football League – 2018 Premiership Season

    I’m not really sure whether this will get any audience due to it being so different, and there (potentially?) not being a lot of Australians on this forum. Either way, I figured I’d give an AFL BTB a go. The way this works is simple, I’ll play out the entire fixture for the 2018 season; however the results will be determined by a roll of the dice method.

    The way it works is simple, for each quarter, the dice will get rolled twice. The first roll will be for the amount of goals the team scored that the quarter and the second will be for the amount of behinds the team has scored that quarter. I will then add them up so it will look a little something like the below:

    Collingwood 1st Quarter G5 B4 34

    I’ll do this for every match of the 2018 AFL fixture. At this stage, due to time commitments and my ECW BTB, I can’t promise very common updated but this is something I want to do.

    At the end of every week, I’ll post an updated ladder as well as one article a week which will be a 9 things we have learned from the week of action article.

    First off is round one and below is the action that we will see:

    Thursday, March 22, 2018
    Richmond vs. Carlton

    Friday, March 23, 2018
    Essendon vs. Adelaide

    Saturday, March 24, 2018
    StKilda vs. Brisbane
    Port Adelaide vs. Fremantle
    Gold Coast vs. North Melbourne
    Hawthorn vs. Collingwood

    Sunday, March 25, 2018
    Greater Western Sydney vs. Western Bulldogs
    Melbourne vs. Geelong
    West Coast vs. Sydney









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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    I have plenty of mates living in St Kilda so even though I don't understand how this works I'm rooting for them! Good luck!

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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Thursday 22nd March
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Richmond vs. Carlton

    Rich G6 B1 37 G8 B7 55 G10 B13 73 G16 B14 110
    Carl G3 B1 19 G5 B2 32 G10 B5 65 G14 B10 94






    Richmond got their premiership defence off to a solid start, getting the job done against Carlton without being spectacular. Whilst Richmond will be happy to get off the mark with a win, Carlton finished 16th (3rd last) in season 2017, meaning unless Carlton have improved dramatically, Richmond have some work to do to reach their lofty heights of last September. With that being said, Richmond was well and truly in control, with inaccuracy in front of goal being the thing that cost them in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Despite a challenge where Carlton narrowed the margin to 9 points at 3 quarter time, Richmond charged to the finish line with 6 last quarter goals. Richmond were lead strongly by their two best players, captain Trent Cotchin and the reigning Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin, whilst Kade Simpson was almost heroic across half back for Carlton. One of the big talking points out of this game was the disappointing performance of the now fit Carlton captain Marc Murphy, as there continues to be pressure externally to make Patty Cripps captain.
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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    I'm an Aussie but don't watch too much AFL, prefer NRL. But c'mon Swans!!

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    Friday, March 23, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    Essendon vs. Adelaide

    Ess G4 B6 30 G9 B9 63 G11 B11 77 G12 B17 89
    Adel G2 B6 18 G5 B10 40 G7 B13 55 G8 B19 67

    There has been talks of big things from the Essendon Football Club this year during pre season, with prized recruits Ahmed Saad, Jake Stringer and Devon Smith all making a huge difference. They were coming up against a stern test in round one though; facing last year’s runner ups, but it’s safe to say they passed with flying colours. Despite goal kicking from both teams being terrible throughout the game, Essendon remained in control from start to finish. In a fascinating display, Essendon captain Dyson Heppell and Adelaide heart and soul player Rory Sloane went head to head, and both men nullified each other out of the game. Matt Crouch tried his hardest for Adelaide with 40 disposals but had no support at all, and Zach Merrett continued his sensational form from last year for Essendon, being their best player on the day.









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    Saturday, March 24, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    StKilda vs. Brisbane

    Stk G1 B4 10 G7 B9 51 G13 B10 88 G16 B16 112
    Bris G6 B2 38 G10 B8 68 G12 B12 74 G15 B15 105

    Finishing 9th and just outside of the finals last year, with a relatively young and improving list, there is pure optimism that StKilda will make the finals this year. Even with the loss of two of their best and most experienced players in Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna, the grass seems to be well and truly greener on the other side. Coming up against a Brisbane Lions team who finished last in the previous season and are expected to not be much better this year, StKilda were expected to start the season off with a good win. Whilst they did achieve a win, they only managed to squeeze over the line with a 7 point victory. With the inclusion of Luke Hodge steadying their backline, Brisbane opened up a 28 point lead by the end of the first quarter. StKilda did well to fight back though, with a nice solid team effort, gaining the lead in the 3rd quarter, and then withstanding a late charge from Brisbane to get the win. New Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has reason to be optimistic whilst the highlight for the Saints will be the move of Jade Gresham to the midfield, as he was handy with 26 disposals and a goal. Still, if last year’s form is anything to go by, StKilda will want to improve in the coming weeks when they face tougher teams.

    Adelaide Oval
    Port Adelaide vs. Fremantle

    Port G6 B1 37 G8 B5 53 G10 B6 66 G11 B10 76
    Freo G1 B4 10 G6 B7 43 G12 B8 80 G18 B13 121

    Coming off the heartbreak of losing an Elimination Final in extra time to West Coast last year, and playing at home against a Fremantle side who finished 14th last year, big things were expected for Port. Unfortunately for them, they failed to deliver. They started off well with a big 1st quarter, taking a 27 point lead into quarter time, but from there they lost every quarter. They were still up by 10 points at half time but ended up losing by a whopping 45 points. The scariest part of this for Port is that they arguably had the best player on the ground with Chad Wingard having a sensational performance, and Robbie Gray was a standout to. On the flipside, Fremantle would be ecstatic with the win. The ever consistent Lachie Neale and Michael Walters in a full time midfield role lead the Dockers to victory. It must be noted that Ross Lyon coached teams have always had issues scoring, but Fremantle seem to have added an attacking flair to their game plan, and for round one at least, it has certainly paid off.

    Cazaly’s Stadium
    Gold Coast vs. North Melbourne

    GC G1 B4 10 G7 B5 47 G10 B7 67 G14 B13 97
    North G1 B3 9 G4 B6 30 G9 B9 63 G12 B14 86

    Both these teams finished on the lower end of the ladder last year, Gold Coast being 17th and North being 15th, so it’s safe to say nobody expected a classic here. After a dour first quarter with only 1 goal being kicked by each team, the game really picked up though. In a hard fought contest, Gold Coast were able to battle their way to an 11 point win. It’s really hard to determine whether both teams have improved and we will have to reserve judgement after they have played a few higher quality teams. This was an enjoyable game though, and despite an enormous effort by Ben Cunnington from North, they just weren’t able to get the win. For Gold Coast, they looked to have really upped their tackling pressure under new coach Stuart Dew, and the new game plan seemed to work wonders for, not only the whole team, but especially Aaron Hall and David Swallow.

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Hawthorn vs. Collingwood

    Haw G6 B3 39 G12 B5 77 G16 B10 106 G17 B14 116
    Coll G6 B3 39 G9 B8 62 G13 B14 92 G15 B15 105

    Both teams finished outside of the finals last year with Hawthorn placing 12th and Collingwood placing 13th. Despite their similar finishes last year, both teams come into this season with completely different expectations. For Hawthorn, after blooding some youngsters and having a rather successful second half of last season, they will be looking to jump straight back into the finals. For Collingwood, it was said they had to make finals or their coach Nathan Buckley would be sacked, however rather amazingly, they missed out on finals and extended Buckley’s contract for two years. The alarm bells would be ringing for Collingwood fans as despite brilliant games from Steele Sidebottom and Brodie Grundy, this was a typical Collingwood performance. They stayed close but were just unable to ever really look like having the ability to win the game. These are the types of performances which have ruined their seasons for the past 3 years. As for Hawthorn, they looked back to their free flowing best, and Tom Mitchell led the way in the midfield, with Collingwood again refusing to tag him. If Hawthorn can keep up the high scores and small kicks moving around opposition defences, they could be back fighting for another Grand Final as soon as this year.









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    Sunday, March 25, 2018
    Manuka Oval
    Greater Western Sydney vs. Western Bulldogs

    GWS G5 B1 31 G11 B6 72 G16 B12 108 G17 B16 118
    WB G3 B1 19 G7 B4 46 G9 B8 62 G12 B14 86

    After finishing in the top four last year and making a Preliminary final, GWS seem to be every chance to make it that one step further this year. They have kept their star studded team together and don’t seem to have to many injuries as of yet. On the other side of the coin, after winning the Premiership in 2016, the Bulldogs failed to make the finals last year. Nobody is quite sure where they will finish as they look to bounce back. If this match was anything to go by, GWS are a Premiership contender again, and Bulldogs are going to struggle again. GWS lead the match the whole way through in a really even performance from the entire team. Bulldogs had Bontompelli and McCrae get huge amounts of the ball, but much like last year, they failed to score. With their forward line misfiring, they were stuck chipping the ball around and not actually going forward. Basically, they had a lot of junk possessions and then GWS would cause a turn over and be more dangerous going the other way.

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Melbourne vs. Geelong

    Melb G1 B3 9 G7 B7 49 G9 B10 64 G13 B13 91
    Geel G1 B3 9 G5 B8 38 G7 B10 52 G13 B12 90

    Two teams who have both been talked about as final contenders this year. After just missing out on the finals last year, Melbourne are expected to continue to improve and get there this year, whilst Geelong made a Preliminary final last year, and with the return of Gary Ablett, could win the Premiership. The match was tight all the way through with Melbourne in front at every break, but Geelong taking the lead throughout every quarter. Dangerfield and Selwood were great for the Cats, but Nathan Jones and Clayton Oliver were a little bit better in the midfield for the Demons. In the end, the slight ascendancy in the mid field didn’t mean much, as the game still came right down to the wire. With one minute to go, Jesse Hogan kicked his third goal to put the Demons back in front, and they managed to hold on and win by one point.

    Perth Stadium
    West Coast vs. Sydney

    WCE G2 B6 18 G3 B10 28 G7 B15 57 G12 B18 84
    Syd G6 B4 40 G7 B9 51 G10 B13 73 G13 B14 92

    These are another two teams who are sitting on different sides of the pre season discussion. Sydney made a semi final last year after their miraculous comeback to make finals last year, and it’s expected now that their players are all healthy, they will do even better. On the other side of things, West Coast lost in a semi final last year, but have lost two of their best players to retirement, in Sam Mitchell and Matt Priddis. Without these two players in their midfield, they are expected to drop out of the finals race this year. This match was an absolute slog and despite losing some of their best players, West Coast stuck with Sydney after the first quarter. Neither team made the most of their opportunities, kicking more behinds then goals, but West Coast were a little more inaccurate and that was the difference. In the battle of the big forwards, Jack Darling kicked 6, whilst Buddy Franklin managed to kick 5.









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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    This seems like a fun thing to check in on. Keeping it simple and not going over the top with the detail. I dig it. I like the format you've chosen. Nice easy read and I'm really liking the breakdown of the scoring that you've gone with.

    Of course, it's not an accurate simulation unless Buddy Franklin gets the Swans to the final but then is beaten or they flame out early because the sporting gods will punish this man forever. Hang it there, Buddy! Maybe you can get that third ring in this sim.


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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Ladder After Round 1
    Team Wins Losses For/Against
    Fremantle 1 45
    Greater Western Sydney 1 32
    Essendon 1 22
    Richmond 1 16
    Gold Coast 1 11
    Hawthorn 1 11
    Sydney 1 8
    StKilda 1 7
    Melbourne 1 1
    Geelong 1 -1
    Brisbane 1 -7
    West Coast 1 -8
    Collingwood 1 -11
    North Melbourne 1 -11
    Carlton 1 -16
    Adelaide 1 -22
    Western Bulldogs 1 -32
    Port Adelaide 1 -45









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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Round Two
    Thursday, March 29, 2018
    Adelaide Oval
    Adelaide vs. Richmond

    Friday, March 30, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    North Melbourne vs. StKilda

    Saturday, March 31, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    Carlton vs. Gold Coast
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Collingwood vs. Greater Western Sydney
    Gabba
    Brisbane vs. Melbourne
    Perth Stadium
    Fremantle vs. Essendon

    Sunday, April 1, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast
    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Sydney vs. Port Adelaide

    Monday, April 2, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Geelong vs. Hawthorn









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    Thursday, March 29, 2018
    Adelaide Oval
    Adelaide vs. Richmond

    Adel G1 B5 11 G6 B9 45 G9 B14 68 G15 B17 107
    Rich G1 B2 8 G4 B6 30 G9 B7 61 G14 B9 93

    There was barely any ever doubt that Adelaide were not going to win this one in front of their hometown fans. These two teams met in last year’s Grand Final and Richmond taught Adelaide a football lesson, and since then, things couldn’t have been different for the two teams. Richmond have been revered whilst Adelaide have had a rocky pre season and look to prove the doubters wrong. A round one loss wouldn’t have helped Adelaide but this one had extra motivation, payback of a lost grand final. It was still close with Richmond making a real run at Adelaide in the 3rd quarter, but they were only close because Adelaide was inaccurate in front of goal. Adelaide dominated the game with Matt Crouch outstanding through the midfield, whilst Josh Caddy tried hard for Richmond.









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    Friday, March 30, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    North Melbourne vs. StKilda

    North G4 B6 30 G6 B11 47 G11 B12 78 G13 B13 91
    StK G1 B2 8 G3 B6 24 G7 B12 54 G12 B18 90

    North Melbourne were tipped by most doomsayers to have a pretty bad year this year due to not having much experience on their list. In round one, they played against another team that was predicted to do bad in Gold Coast and lost in a close one. Not to be discouraged though, North came up against a promising StKilda team, who probably underperformed a little last week. Despite underperforming last week, they managed to win and many expected them to improve here but that wasn’t to be the case. North outplayed the Saints for the better part of three quarters, with Ben Cunnington in tight being dynamic. In the last quarter, the tide changed and lead by a heroic Jack Steven, the Saints got back into the contest but still fell short by one point.









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    Saturday, March 31, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    Carlton vs. Gold Coast

    Carl G6 B5 41 G9 B7 61 G12 B12 84 G14 B16 100
    GC G3 B3 21 G8 B9 57 G14 B11 95 G15 B17 107

    Two teams who nobody had much promise for before the season started locked horns here, but by the end of it, things seemed to be looking a little bright for one of them. Carlton would be buoyed by their performance coming within seven points and being competitive once again, however it seems like their supporters are in for another terrible season. On the other side of the coin, despite low expectations, and whilst both opponents aren’t exactly top class, Gold Class have now narrowly won their first two games of the year. They are currently the only team to have won both games. For Carlton, their captain Marc Murphy rebounded from a bad performance last week, whilst Aaron Hall dominated for Gold Coast with his run and carry, and big Tom Lynch kicked seven goals.

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Collingwood vs. Greater Western Sydney

    Coll G6 B4 40 G12 B8 80 G14 B11 95 G18 B16 124
    GWS G4 B4 28 G7 B6 48 G9 B11 65 G10 B12 72

    This match is the pure example of one week being an eternity in football. Coming off a big win in round one and being so close to the flag last year, GWS were expected to stroll over a listless looking Collingwood. Collingwood were terrible in round one but bounced back in style, winning this game by a whopping 52 points. They started the game on top and remained that way for the whole, with Collingwood’s midfield, lead by Treloar and Sidebottom dominating. Realistically, the only player from GWS who can hold their head high is Callum Ward.

    Gabba
    Brisbane vs. Melbourne

    Bris G1 B6 12 G7 B11 53 G10 B12 72 G14 B18 102
    Melb G5 B3 33 G9 B9 63 G15 B14 104 G19 B16 130

    Brisbane, who many tip to raffle bottom of the table with Carlton this year, were unable to get on the winners list against Melbourne. Even with the home ground advantage and Dayne Zorko, Dayne Beams and Luke Hodge arguably being the three best men on the ground, they still couldn’t get the job done. When they had periods of domination they were wasteful in front of goal, and Melbourne are too good to allow that to happen and still lose. The Demons pick up their second win in a row, this one a lot more comfortable as their midfield continues to be lead by clearance king, Clayton Oliver.

    Perth Stadium
    Fremantle vs. Essendon

    Freo G4 B4 28 G6 B9 45 G12 B12 84 G18 B16 124
    Ess G3 B6 24 G5 B12 42 G8 B14 62 G11 B19 85

    The two teams who arguably looked the best out of everybody in round one battled it out here. After coming off beating last year’s runner up, Essendon were a completely different team today, getting dominated by the top of the ladder Fremantle Dockers. For Essendon, Merrett tried hard all day, but an even contribution from Fremantle was too much for Essendon to overcome.









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    Sunday, April 1, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast

    WB G6 B3 39 G7 B7 49 G8 B12 60 G11 B13 79
    WCE G6 B6 42 G9 B7 61 G13 B8 85 G17 B12 114

    Both teams coming off losses last week looked to rebound and get on the winners list for the first time for the year. In the first quarter, it looked as if Bulldogs had finally gotten rid of their scoring woes, keeping up with West Coast and kicking 6 goals. Unfortunately, much like many times previously, the well dried up after that, and they managed only another 5 goals for the game. Much like last week, their midfield dominated with Jack McRae being particularly dominant, but they were just too hesitant to kick long to their underperforming forwards. As for West Coast, a close loss to Sydney in round one and a nice, even performance getting a comfortable win here, perhaps the year isn’t looking anywhere near as bad as pundits thought it would be in the pre season.

    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Sydney vs. Port Adelaide

    Syd G5 B4 34 G11 B5 71 G14 B11 95 G16 B14 110
    Port G4 B1 25 G9 B5 59 G10 B11 71 G14 B17 101

    Sydney started off the season last week with a slight win over West Coast and came up against a determined Port Adelaide last week. Port are a finals bound team according to a lot of experts but after being smashed by Fremantle in round one, they needed to prove a point here. Despite their best efforts, Sydney kept them at arms length for most of the day and were able to pick up a 9 point victory. The Swans were lead by solid efforts in the midfield from Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker, whilst Lance Franklin kicked seven goals. They also put all the attention in the world on Robbie Gray, preventing him from having an impact. For Port, Chad Wingard was arguably best on ground for the second week in a row in a losing effort, and Ollie Wines was at his bulldozing best. Losing a final by a shot on goal after the siren to now losing the first two games of the new season says Port has some serious work to do.









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    Monday, April 2, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Geelong vs. Hawthorn

    Geel G5 B6 36 G8 B7 55 G9 B9 63 G11 B15 81
    Haw G4 B1 25 G10 B7 67 G12 B11 83 G18 B17 125

    With their star studded triple threat midfield in place, Geelong were expecting big things this season, and beginning with a 1 point loss to Melbourne wasn’t ideal. This wasn’t much better for the Cats as despite big games from Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood, outside of the first quarter they were never in the game. On the other side of the fence, Hawthorn defeated Collingwood in round one, and looked even more impressive this week in their 45 point win over Geelong. It was a comfortable win without any stand out players as the Hawks went about playing as a team, with their possession style game plan.









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    Ladder After Round 2
    Team Wins Losses For/Against
    Fremantle 2 84
    Hawthorn 2 55
    Melbourne 2 29
    Gold Coast 2 18
    Sydney 2 17
    Collingwood 1 1 41
    West Coast 1 1 27
    StKilda 1 1 6
    Richmond 1 1 2
    Adelaide 1 1 -8
    North Melbourne 1 1 -10
    Essendon 1 1 -17
    Greater Western Sydney 1 1 -20
    Carlton 2 -23
    Brisbane 2 -35
    Geelong 2 -45
    Port Adelaide 2 -54
    Western Bulldogs 2 -67









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    Round Three
    Friday, April 6, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Carlton vs. Collingwood

    Saturday, April 7, 2018
    Adelaide Oval
    Port Adelaide vs. Brisbane

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Melbourne vs. North Melbourne

    Optus Stadium
    Gold Coast vs. Fremantle

    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Sydney vs. Greater Western Sydney

    Etihad Stadium
    StKilda vs. Adelaide

    Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Richmond vs. Hawthorn

    Etihad Stadium
    Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon

    Optus Stadium
    West Coast vs. Geelong









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    Friday, April 6, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Carlton vs. Collingwood

    Carl G3 B4 22 G4 B7 31 G5 B9 39 G7 B14 56
    Coll G1 B1 7 G7 B6 48 G9 B10 64 G15 B11 101

    Being competitive but losing their first two games, Carlton came into this game against their arch rival hoping for the same effort with a slightly different result. Unfortunately for Carlton though, outside of a good first quarter, they were thoroughly out played by a free flowing Collingwood who picked up their second big win in a row. Outside of their round one loss to Hawthorn, Collingwood are playing a fast brand of footy which opposition defences seem to be struggling with. For Carlton, they were lead by their two old stalwarts, Marc Murphy and Kade Simpson, whilst Steele Sidebottom was at his damaging best for Collingwood.









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    Saturday, April 7, 2018
    Adelaide Oval
    Port Adelaide vs. Brisbane

    Port G6 B5 41 G12 B8 80 G16 B11 101 G19 B16 130
    Bris G5 B2 32 G6 B3 39 G9 B7 61 G15 B12 102

    Both teams yet to win a game this year, this one is huge. With the home ground advantage, Port started off strong, however Brisbane were able to keep with them. It was a different story in the second quarter with Port getting their free flowing play going for the first time this year and blowing Brisbane out of the water. At half time, Port was 41 points up and ended up winning the game by 28. Chad Wingard was the best for Port for the third week in a row, however arguably the three best players on the ground were the leaders for Brisbane, Dayne Zorko, Dayne Beams and Luke Hodge. The issue is, they had no support from their lesser players.

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Melbourne vs. North Melbourne

    Melb G3 B5 23 G9 B8 62 G12 B12 84 G13 B18 96
    North G2 B2 14 G5 B4 34 G9 B6 60 G13 B10 88

    Coming off two straight wins, the momentum kept rolling as they managed to pick up a third straight win. North now fall to 1 win and 2 losses and it’s still really hard to judge where they sit this year. The scoreboard flattered North in the end, only losing by 8 points, however they kicked a fair few goals in junk time in the last quarter to make the score look more respectable. For Melbourne, Jesse Hogan was unbelievable, getting 30 touches and kicking 4 goals, earning him clear best on ground honours.

    Optus Stadium
    Gold Coast vs. Fremantle

    GC G5 B3 33 G8 B7 55 G13 B8 86 G19 B11 125
    Freo G3 B3 21 G4 B8 32 G10 B11 71 G13 B17 95

    A battle between two teams who were expected to finish outside of the finals this year, yet they have both started the year with two straight wins. In a rather impressive result, Gold Coast lead from start to finish, despite a passionate Fremantle attempted come back in the third quarter. For Gold Coast, they were lead through the midfield by David Swallow, whilst for Fremantle; their captain Nat Fyfe was outstanding. It’s safe to say after three rounds with their new coach Stuart Dew, Fremantle look like the real deal.

    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Sydney vs. Greater Western Sydney

    Syd G3 B5 23 G6 B10 46 G10 B13 73 G14 B17 101
    GWS G6 B5 41 G9 B11 65 G12 B14 86 G13 B17 95

    The first Sydney derby of the year saw Sydney Swans take on their younger brothers, GWS. Both teams are tipped to finish in the finals this year, and it was played with a real quality. GWS looked the better for the entire game, using their run and carry, however Sydney’s experienced players stepped up in the last quarter and they managed to come from behind and steal victory. Sydney seem to be the kings of close games so far this year, winning three games by a total of a combined 23 points. Despite losing the battle, Josh Kelly from GWS was the best player on the ground by quite a distance.

    Etihad Stadium
    StKilda vs. Adelaide

    StK G4 B3 27 G10 B5 65 G16 B11 107 G18 B16 124
    Adel G5 B2 32 G6 B6 42 G7 B7 49 G10 B8 68

    Another two teams met who were at a crossroads this year, with both sitting at a win and a loss each heading into the round. Being last year’s runners up, Adelaide were considered the favourites however it was not to be. Despite an inspired performance off half back by Rory Laird, StKilda’s manic pressure was too much for Adelaide to overcome. Alan Richardson’s move of playing Gresham through the middle paid off again as he lead his team to victory in this one, and it was a big victory, winning by 56 points.









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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Richmond vs. Hawthorn

    Rich G4 B3 27 G10 B6 66 G12 B11 83 G14 B14 98
    Haw G5 B4 34 G11 B7 73 G12 B9 81 G16 B14 110

    This one was a battle between last year’s grand finalists who are expected to be up there again this year, and the undefeated Hawthorn. Fresh off of missing out on the finals last year, big things are expected from them this year. The match delivered in the first half, with Hawthorn just being in front, until Richmond got ahead at three quarter time. Despite the setback, Hawthorn settled and one the game by two goals. For Hawthorn it was a pretty even experience, whilst for Richmond, Josh Caddy was by far their best player.

    Etihad Stadium
    Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon

    WB G6 B1 37 G10 B2 62 G12 B3 75 G18 B8 116
    Ess G4 B2 26 G8 B8 56 G11 B9 75 G16 B14 110

    Again, at this stage of the year it’s very hard to see where these two teams are at, especially considering the even state of the competition. This game was tight all the way through, with Essendon probably having the better of general play, but they kicked to many points and not enough goals. That turned out to be the difference as the Bulldogs took their chances, and won their first game of the year. The Bulldogs now sit equal with Essendon on one win and two losses. For the Doggies, they were lead by Marcus Bontempelli and Jack McRae whilst Essendon captain Dyson Heppell and their new recruit Devon Smith tried hard to match them but couldn’t have the same impact on the game.

    Optus Stadium
    West Coast vs. Geelong

    WCE G4 B4 28 G7 B6 48 G12 B10 82 G13 B16 94
    Geel G4 B1 25 G5 B3 33 G8 B5 53 G10 B6 66

    It’s everybody’s shock that at this point of the year, the team who lost their two best players at the end of last season, West Coast are one win and one loss, whilst the super team with the return of Gary Ablett, Geelong, are yet to win a game. What’s even more shocking is the same thing happened here today. Geelong were simply outplayed, they lost by five goals and if West Coast could have kicked straight in front of goal, it would have been a lot worse. Geelong need to seriously change things up before this season gets away from them, whereas the Eagles look to be building promisingly. Jack Darling was incredible for the Eagles with five goals, whilst Dangerfield and Ablett were both brilliant for Geelong.









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