AFL Round 2, 2020 – A Rowelly Good Round!

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Introducing you to Michael Motta’s AFL round recap!

After a long 12 weeks or so, the feeling of sitting alone and watching isolation movie lists is over. This time you can sit with 5 friends and watch an empty stadium cheer on blokes stuck in a hub playing AFL. This world continues to amaze me.

Anyway, over the next few weeks I aim to bring you a little recap of each match played in each round of the AFL season. I’m no expert, but sometimes listening to experts all the time gets a bit stale. Let’s liven things up a little! I’m also having a go at Herald Sun’s Supercoach for the third year in a row, and I’m getting a bit better at it. I’ll include a little summary of who did well, and maybe who didn’t do so well.

If you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, and my attempt at a terrible play on words, it’s about Matthew Rowell – what a star he is so far!

Collingwood drew with Richmond (36-36)

Two true rivals went at it head to head to re-open up the season, and what a bloody disappointment it was. Collingwood was ‘dominating’ early on, with a 31 to 7 lead, before the game ended in a draw. The shortened quarters didn’t help with the score line, but it was ugly to say the least. The Pies’ big man Brodie Grundy struggled with a minor injury, and it did terrible for my Supercoach. Absolutely spewing.

Geelong def Hawthorn (108-47)

Another big rival game to kick the season back off. Geelong did it easy with all their star mids dominating the field. Selwood and Ablett tore the game apart, while Danger had a quieter game – being tagged as usual. There weren’t any stand outs for the Hawks, but if they’re any contention for finals, they’ll need to fix themselves and quickly.

Brisbane def Fremantle (81-69)

A close one, separated by just two straight kicks. Neale demolished the midfield, as expected, scoring a high 171 Supercoach points. Fremantle had a few more stand out players, with Fyfe, Walters and Ryan doing wonders all over the field. Unfortunately, these three couldn’t get the Dockers over the line.

Carlton def by Melbourne (53-54)

Two strugglers of the modern age. Well, as a Carlton supporter I’m proud to say we won. Only joking of course. We should have, I mean if we didn’t start with a 45 to 3 score or whatever it was, or maybe if our ‘star’ players could kick straight. The Blues fought back to be kicking for the lead with only a few minutes left in the game, but as usual only behinds prevailed, over and over again. The Demons got over the line by a single point, which was shattering. Max Gawn smashed it with 184 points, and if you had him as your Captain, you were laughing.

Gold Coast def West Coast (90-46)

Well, well, well. It looks like a new Gold Coast has hit the league. The Suns have gained some new young talent, and with that took it to the Eagles, defeating them quick comfortably. Rowell was expected to be a star recruit, and he did not disappoint with 171 points. Not bad for a second gamer, right? Gaff for West Coast did well, and Captain Luke Shuey was, until he went down with an injury.

Port Adelaide def Adelaide (110-35)

An all Adelaide affair, ended in a humiliation. Adelaide’s injuries didn’t help their cause, but this was just ridiculous. Port had a few standouts, including Rozee and Marshall. Adelaide had only one big standout in O’Brien with 148 points. This victory secures Port Adelaide still on top of the ladder, showing that round 1 was no fluke.

GWS def by North Melbourne (60-80)

Are the Kangaroos back, or are they going to have another win the first 11 games and then bomb out of finals seasons? They proved that they are a force to be reckoned with, defeating one of the strongest teams in the AFL, GWS. Coniglio had an alright game for the Giants, but nothing too special for him. Sam Jacobs struggled in the ruck, making him a trade out target, possibly for Carlton’s Pittonet. Goldstein smashed it for North, racking up 164 Supercoach points and a few others were up there, such as Dumont, Higgins and Polec.

Sydney def by Essendon (73-79)

Another comeback denied by the Bombers. If you look at the stats, it would seem that Sydney demolished Essendon, but unfortunately it wasn’t the case. Apologies, but I’m a Blues supporter, so there may be some bias to Collingwood and Essendon throughout these wraps. Merrett was the standout for the Bombers with 159 points, while Rampe, Sinclair and Lloyd were dominant for the Swans. Zaharakis was nowhere to be seen, and you wonder, is it over for the veteran?

St Kilda def Western Bulldogs (88-49)

Bulldogs still seem to be inconsistent, losing to the struggling Saints. You would expect much better with the talent that they have in Dunkley, Bont and Macrae. The Saints had heaps of Supercoach talent, and unfortunately, I don’t have any of them in my team! Billings, Jones, Steele and Gresham were all up there. Dunkley and Smith had a good game for the dogs, but it wasn’t near enough to help the lost cause.

 

To wrap it up…

-Port Adelaide seem to be a big powerhouse this season, cementing their place on top of the ladder with a big percentage boost.

-Kangaroos are just following in second spot, but will this be another wasted season full of inconsistency?

-Carlton are still blowing their only win-able opportunities. Next week they face Geelong at their home ground. Goodbye Blues.

-Bulldogs seem to have started in the usual consistent manner; will it improve?

-GWS, Hawthorn and Adelaide in a bit of strife with their losses.

-Gold Coast could finally do something special, if Rowell keeps up his stellar performance.

And Finally, I need to improve my Supercoach performance and make better captain choices. Or, at least do the Captain, Vice-Captain loophole, instead of being so cocky. I’m only in the top 24% of players now, and it’s not looking great for next week!

See you next week!

Michael is an educator and writer from Melbourne. He enjoys writing about movies, sport, education and Italian Life.

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