AFL ROUND 4, 2020: Howe Disappointing!

Jeremy Howe after getting injured

Another week that AFL still survives, but maybe not for too much longer in Victoria, where cases are skyrocketing. Essendon got off lucky, with only two of their players having to quarantine. It was a round full of close ones, injuries and some surprises. Jeremy Howe for Collingwood went down with a serious knee injury with only 7 minutes left of the match. Nat Fyfe performed terribly due to injury as well (as my Captain of course), while Rowell and Neale continued to smash the midfield. As Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Victoria, there has already been a changed fixture for next week, as Victorian teams are getting blocked from travelling interstate.

I struggled in my Supercoach, making some terrible decisions and having heaps of players who failed. I went from the top 20% to the top 30% in one week. Shattered.

Sydney def by Western Bulldogs (39-67)

Sydney never really looked like winning this one. Bontempelli dominated for the Bulldogs, and you were very happy if you had him in your midfield. If you had Naughton or Lloyd you were probably a little less happy, as they copped injuries and were left on lowly scores. Heeney for Sydney had another very average game, not what coaches want from him. Bulldogs are looking much stronger, defeating two prior top sides, over the last two weeks.

GWS def Collingwood (66-64)

What a close one! Whitfield surprisingly returned this week and had an alright game. Coniglio bombed once again, so I finally bit the bullet and dumped him for Neale (even though my money is gone now). Knowing my luck, Coniglio will dominate next week. As I said earlier, Howe copped an injury late in the game, and it doesn’t look great. GWS lost two of their good players, Davis and Williams, which will hit them hard.

Port Adelaide def West Coast (89-41)

Port continued their domination of the season, meaning they still hold top spot. Charlie Dixon kicked 6 goals and killed Supercoach points. Nobody else particularly stood out. Rozee bombed once again, which stuffed up my score massively this week.

St Kilda def Richmond (93-67)

Richmond has continued a disappointing run, to lose to another poor performing team of the past. Even though this was the case, Nankervis achieved one of the highest Supercoach scores I’ve seen. Houli and Martin struggled and I guess this doesn’t help Richmond’s cause.

Essendon def by Carlton (51-52)

Two rivals with 16 Premierships each. The Blues held on to take the win by a single digit. The last three weeks have been close ones, all within a kick. Even though this is the case, they are still at the highest they’ve been on the ladder for a long while. Essendon will welcome back Conor McKenna next week, which is controversial considering a ban not being actually served. I guess the Bombers are desperate for a win, so…

Ridley and Saad racked up decent Supercoach points, while Docherty absolutely annihilated the point system for the Blues. He was my only saviour this week!

Gold Coast def Fremantle (64-51)

This one was meant to be the battle of Rowell vs Fyfe. Safe to say Rowell came out the better man, embarrassing Fyfe on Supercoach. Fyfe went down with an injury, so maybe this could be used as the perfect excuse for the poor performance. He may be back for the Derby in round 7. Gold Coast are also the highest they’ve ever been on the ladder, and boy they look good. Next week will be interesting, as they are up against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium. Geelong just lost to the Blues there, will they make the same mistake against the Suns?

Brisbane Lions def Adelaide (83-46)

Neale, McCluggage and Berry took apart the Crows. They tried to fight back, but unfortunately, the Lions were too strong again. Adelaide is still in all sorts and looks to be the wooden-spooners already for 2020. There were a few knocks in this contest, which seems to be the case this season.

Melbourne def by Geelong (44-47)

If I had told you that Melbourne would be within a kick of Geelong, you’d probably say I was crazy. Geelong just hasn’t been the same team as we’ve seen in the last ten years or so. It was good to see Dangerfield finally make an impact on Supercoach. Gawn for Melbourne continues to impress and have consistent results. Other standouts for Geelong included Guthrie and Duncan.

Hawthorn def North Melbourne (58-54)

A very weird season indeed, and a tipster’s worst nightmare. Many players impressed for the Hawks, including Worpel, Wingard and Mitchell. Higgins did very well again for the Roos, and Goldstein had a quieter one than he’s had this season. At this point, I wouldn’t have a clue who will be in the top 8 from what I’ve seen. I know there’s a long way to go, but only a few teams are looking consistent.

 

To wrap it up…

  • A few big injuries took place this round, including Fyfe for Fremantle and Howe for Collingwood.
  • Adelaide continues to look like they’ll be the wooden spooners for 2020.
  • Matt Rowell already looks like he’s got the Brownlow, and it’s only his 4th Match of AFL.
  • Port Adelaide hold the top spot, still undefeated for 2020.
  • The season could be over, at least in Victoria if Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

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

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