AFL Round 3, 2020 – At Whits’ End

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Another very awkward round. I mean, the footy looks terrific, but it soon could all be over once again. An Essendon player tested positive – no, this time not to illicit substances. This will put the season in jeopardy, and most likely wipe out some games in the coming weeks. I was just getting the hang of this sportswriting thing too. A few big injuries for this round, including Whitfield for GWS, and a few big upsets too. This round was also a nightmare for Supercoach teams, but it could be on the up next week if some double points get awarded.

Richmond def by Hawthorn (39-71)

When Dusty goes down with an injury, it’s never a good sign for the Tigers. This match proved the point, with the Hawks easily disposing of the reigning Premiers. If the Tiges don’t fix their game soon, it could soon put them back where they were comfortable for years – in 9th place.

Western Bulldogs def GWS (57-33)

The title of this article stems from the early injury to Lachie Whitfield. Unfortunately, I like many others have him in my Supercoach team. I was excited to see my projected score to be the highest it’s ever been this week, only to have all hopes dashed. With his price set to plummet, he will probably be a good buy in the coming weeks.

It’s definitely not looking good for GWS this season, with two losses in a row to the bottom of the ladder teams. Who’s next, a loss to Carlton and Melbourne?

North Melbourne def by Sydney (60-71)

North started this match strong. It looked like they were going to play it out and win, but Sydney soon overtook them to be leading by 4 goals in the final quarter. The Kangas fought back but weren’t strong enough for the Swans. Even though North lost this one, they’re still showing positive signs of finals, if there is a final series this year.

Collingwood def St Kilda (81-37)

Grundy was back to his better self, and so was the whole Collingwood side. Obviously, they learnt their lesson from last week’s pathetic performance against Richmond. Sidebottom, Maynard and Crisp all played well for the Pies, with Butler being the only standout for the Saints. As always, Collingwood supporters are starting to try and crack smiles with their missing teeth, but it’s early days.

Geelong def by Carlton (77-79)

Well, what a thriller this was. For the first time in a long time, the Blues came out firing and led for the whole match. Luckily for them, Geelong lost two players and seemed to be blowing multiple chances. Tom Hawkins had his goal saved, by his teammate punching it before it crossed the line. I know, what in the hell? Also, Ablett missing a goal from right in front with just minutes to go. Carlton led by 42 points going into the final quarter, but Geelong did what they do best, fight. Blues just held on. Cripps, Docherty, Pittonet, Casboult, Martin and Betts were all amazing for the Blues from start to finish. It’s the first time Carlton have won at Geelong’s home since 1996, actually it’s pretty much the only time anyone has won against Geelong at home. Go the Blues!

Brisbane def West Coast (74-44)

There’s something about the name Lachie and being a gun. Oh wait, let’s leave out Lachie Henderson on this one. Neale destroyed the midfield once again and could be a great trade option if you had Whitfield and have a hundred extra grand lying around. Some of the young Lion’s recruits have been impressive too, making them a good option too for your team. West Coast never really had a chance in this one, and their season is now definitely on thin ice.

Gold Coast def Adelaide (82-29)

Matt Rowell starred again to lead the suns to their biggest win ever. Adelaide look in all sorts, with no positive signs coming out of this one. Atkins even did an injury early on, just to make matters worse. The Suns had many smash Supercoach scores including Rowell, Miller, Weller, Ellis, Witts, Greenwood and King. Could this be their year?

Essendon vs Melbourne (POSTPONED)

Well what we thought was going to happen, just happened. A player from the Bombers tested positive to COVID-19. This really puts doubt to the season, or at least to next week’s thriller between the Blues and the Bombers, since it’s a 14-day isolation period. I was shattered seeing this as I was actually going to dominate Supercoach last week, but luckily for me, they made it the top 18 which saved me a few points. Rumours are that they will pay double points for all Melbourne and Bombers players this week… If they take the field at all. Unfortunately for Essendon, Mckenna was close to the whole backline, which could put a dent in their chances against the in-form Blues.

Fremantle def by Port Adelaide (41-70)

Port Power keep their place on top of the 2020 (if we can call it a year) AFL Ladder. Trading Rozee into my team this week was terrible, as he copped an early injury and was pretty worse for wear. I also had Sturt for Freo who went down and scored barely anything. As well as Whitfield going down, I think a lot of people’s forward lines would have struggled this week.

Port had many stand out players including Boak, Lycett and Hartlett. Freo only really had Fyfe, who once again smashed the midfield. At the moment he and Neale for Brisbane are really doing wonders for a Brownlow contention.

 

To wrap up round 3…

  • Richmond, GWS and Adelaide look nowhere near their former selves, all struggling to make an impression.
  • Geelong is beatable at GMHBA Stadium, it just takes a 42 point lead at 3 quarter time.
  • The season could very much be disrupted or over before we know it!
  • Fyfe or Neale look in contention for the Brownlow, if it’s called right now.
  • Gold Coast look like a new team, being led by the powerhouse rookie, Matt Rowell.
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