AFL ROUND 5, 2020: Lions Roar, Eagles Soar, Adelaide Bore

Adelaide Crow, Brisbane Lion and Westcoast Eagles Players kicking a footy

Some big news in round 5 of the AFL season! After the spike in Covid-19 cases in Victoria, all Victorian clubs are to move out of the state, in order for the league to survive. Adelaide said no way, but New South Wales has agreed to take a few in. We learnt that Port Adelaide can be defeated and that Matthew Rowell isn’t as invincible as we thought, going down with what could be, a serious injury. Adelaide continues to hold the ladder up and the season still seems uncertain at this point. Come on guys, Victorians aren’t that bad!

Carlton def by St Kilda (55-73)

Quite a disappointing performance by the Blues if you ask me. They never really looked like winning, let alone being in the contest. Levi Casboult was showing some promise in previous rounds, but performed atrociously! Unfortunately for me, I threw him in my team for the injured Jeremy Howe. Billings and Marshall kept impressing for the Saints, and Jack Martin stood out for the Blues.

St Kilda had Hannebery go down with an injury at around half time and he didn’t return for the rest of the match.

Collingwood def by Essendon (48-63)

Grundy was good, but not good enough to save the Pies. Collingwood started strong, but soon enough were overrun by the average Bombers. Shiel and Ridley dominated, but unfortunately for Essendon, Stringer went down with an injury. I would say I feel sorry for him, but I don’t like to tell fibs.

West Coast def Sydney (77-43)

Captain Luke Shuey going down early didn’t stop West Coast from finally recording a win. Sydney continues on their up and down season, with some of their stars still being inconsistent. Heeney is still lacking form and surely looks to be traded by many coaches. The Eagles had a few strong performers, whilst Sydney only really had a standout in Lloyd who almost looks back to his best in the backline.

Geelong def Gold Coast (89-52)

This was meant to be the battle of Dangerfield, Ablett and Selwood vs Rowell, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Rowell went down early with an injury, and we didn’t see him back. He was on such a great run for his first season, what a shame!

Hawkins smashed it in the forward line, scoring a very high 152, something we don’t see often by forwards. Greenwood stood out for the Suns, but it wasn’t good enough.

Brisbane def Port Adelaide (85-48)

Port Adelaide finally succumbed to a loss and a big one at that. Some of their stars were disappointing, but Boak and Butters continued to impress. Neale led the way once again for the Lions, and others backed him well such as Lyons, Berry and McInerney. Are the Lions now the new favourites to take the flag?

Western Bulldogs def North Melbourne (87-38)

Another win for the Bulldogs, and another disappointing loss for the Roos. I knew this would be the case when the Kangas came out firing early in the season. To give them credit, the Western Bulldogs have improved a lot. English and Bruce played very well for the Doggies, while the ‘Bont’ was tagged and kept to a very low score. Goldstein continued to dominate the ruck and Curtis Taylor might be a good buy if you want a bit of profit in your pocket.

Adelaide def by Fremantle (34-54)

A terrible game if you ask me, but you probably wouldn’t expect much from these two sides as of late. Freo went into the match without Fyfe, but it didn’t matter in the end. Adelaide didn’t have any big standouts, but Freo had a few; Brayshaw, Cerra and Mundy stood up in Fyfe’s absence to give the Dockers their first win, and keep Adelaide to 0-5.

Melbourne def by Richmond (52-79)

Oh, they’re from Tiger Land! The reigning Premiers finally got a win after a couple of struggling weeks. Lambert starred for the Tiges, but they lost two of their big guns to injury; Nankervis and Cotchin. Max Gawn was unstoppable once again in the ruck for the Dees, but it’s not a one-man show in this game!

Greater Western Sydney def Hawthorn (83-49)

We were waiting for GWS to show up, and finally, they did. Coniglio and Whitfield were slightly better, but still nowhere near their best. Shaw, Perryman, Haynes, Davis, Kelly and Himmelberg were all outstanding. Hawks were overall average, and also had three injuries, reducing their rotations and chances of coming even close to winning.

To wrap it up…

  • Brisbane seems to be the new powerhouse, but still, trail Port on the ladder.
  • Matt Rowell could be out for weeks if the Suns decide on surgery. This would be shattering, seeing as the big gun was the third favourite for the Brownlow, in his first season.
  • Blues are still hopeless.
  • Adelaide is worse than the Blues.
  • Colli-wobbles do indeed exist, and it’s beautiful.
  • Money in super coach is definitely in the rucks. Grundy, Gawn and Goldstein continue to dominate.

 

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

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