AFL week 2 review with focus on former GAA Irish players.
St.Kilda vs. Richmond
Result: St Kilda 13.17 (95) drew Richmond 14.11 (95)
Both Clubs came into this round looking for their first win of the 2011 season and both were left disappointed after the second draw in as many rounds unfolded at the MCG. Richmond hit the front at the end of the third term and rallied on several occasions in the final term.
An umpiring decision on a rushed behind will leave many supports of the Tigers disappointed but also happy with a 4 quarter effort against a proven top four side. The Saints will rue many missed opportunities and a winless start to the year.
Top SuperCoach Player: Daniel Jackson 145 – SuperCoach Points
Irish player news: Tom Walsh played reserves for St Kilda and improved as the game progressed. Will find it difficult to notch a senior game this year given the type of player he is and the amount of similar players that are on the St Kilda list.
North Melbourne vs. Collingwood
Result: North Melbourne 7.14 (56) defeated by Collingwood 21.17 (143)
This was a round in which North Melbourne was going to show the football world they would not be pushed around by top 4 sides any longer. However North Melbourne was extremely disappointing as the score line suggests.
Collingwood flexed its muscles and showed it is the team to beat in 2011 with an even performance across the board with Cloke, Pendlebury and Swan all impressive in an easy victory.
Top SuperCoach Player: Scott Pendlebury – 162 SuperCoach Points
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Port Adelaide vs. West Coast
Result: Port Adelaide 15.8 (98) defeated by West Coast 16.20 (116)
West Coast notched up another victory for season 2011 with victory over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium. The Eagles led at every change and will be happy with the resurgence of Andrew Embley in the midfield who dominated the match with 32 disposals and 4 goals.
Port Adelaide was competitive in this match and were within striking distance for most of the day but just couldn’t get close enough when it counted. Gray was great with 4 goals while Cornes led the disposals.
Top SuperCoach Player: Andrew Embley- 167 SuperCoach Points
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Gold Coast vs. Carlton
Result: Gold Coast 7.10 (52) defeated by Carlton 26.15 (171)
It was an historic game for both the AFL and Gold Coast Suns as a new franchise entered the league. The fairytale ended at the first bounce however as this game turned it a humiliating blowout. The match was over by the end of the first quarter with little resistance shown from the young and inexperienced Suns.
Carlton in Chris Judd’s 200th game showed they now have the ability to put other teams to the sword which is a step in the right direction in becoming a true contender for the premiership. For the Gold Coast a lot of work will be needed to get them to be a competitive team this season.
Top SuperCoach Player: Marc Murphy- 133 SuperCoach Points
Irish player news: Setanta O’Hailpin is still out of the Carlton side with injury and will find things difficult this season if the team continues to win easily. However due to his ability to play forward, back and in the ruck he may become a useful substitute player for the Blues.
Fremantle vs. Geelong
Result: Fremantle 10.18 (78) defeated by Geelong 13.11 (89)
Geelong has continued on its winning ways in 2011 with a hard fought victory over a Fremantle side which will rue several missed opportunities late in the game. The Cats without some big names showed they still have the ability and also some talented young kids especially one Daniel Menzel.
Fremantle looked to be in command of this match at many stages but experienced players couldn’t convert at crucial times and left the door open for the Cats throughout the encounter. These are the matches Fremantle needs to win if they want to be a real contender for season 2011.
Top SuperCoach Player: Corey Enright- 139 SuperCoach Points
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Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Lions
Result: Western Bulldogs 19.9 (123) defeated Brisbane Lions 6.9 (45)
The Bulldogs bounced back from a very disappointing round one result to destroy a vastly outclassed Brisbane team which is again plagued by injury only two rounds into a twenty four round season.
The Dogs never looked troubled with young Libba again impressing. For the Lions it was a result that is becoming far too common over the past two seasons. The Michael Voss experiment of drafting older players may be coming back to hurt them in the short and possibly long term.
Top SuperCoach Player: Ryan Griffin- 156 SuperCoach Points
Irish player news: Pearce Hanley gathered 16 disposals this round but he was in ateam that was extremely outclassed.
Sydney vs. Essendon
Result: Sydney 14.14 (98) defeated Essendon 13.15 (93)
Sydney have upset Essendon at the SCG after trailing for most of the day. Essendon led this contest at every main but were overrun by a defiant Sydney team.
It was the final quarter in which Sydney managed 4 goals to 1 which set up the eventual victory. Essendon like many teams this round will look back on missed chances late in the game . 6 behinds in the final term is what eventually cost Essendon the four points. Sydney showed they will continue to be a tough team to defeat at home but Essendon now needs to prove it will not just be the flat track bullies of 2011.
Top SuperCoach Player: Jude Bolton – 198 SuperCoach Points
Irish player news: Kennelly had a successful return to the football field with the Sydney reserves who defeated Greater Western Sydney. Kennelly rotated on and off the bench during the game and provided his typical run off the half back line. Should break back into the senior side soon.
Michael Quinn also played reserves this round for the Bendgio bombers and battled hard all day despite the team having a substantial loss. Tackled well and is a player for the future.
Hawthorn vs. Melbourne
Result: Hawthorn 16.26 (122) defeated Melbourne 12.5 (77)
This match was definitely a tale of two halves. Melbourne started this match in impressive fashion and led going into the main change after an inaccurate Hawthorn just couldn’t convert chances.
After halftime however it was a different story with Hawthorn opening the flood gates and blowing the Demons away. The skill level of the Hawks dramatically increased while Melbourne lost all ability to go forward with any true purpose.
Overall this match has shown us shown us that Hawthorn on their day will be a hard team to beat along with the Demons being another 12 months away and really need a key forward.
Top SuperCoach Player: Cyril Rioli- 147 SuperCoach Points
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