AFL ROUND 7, 2020: Singing the Blues

Carlton Blues Player Fending Off and Opponent

The season’s match quality seems to be ramping up quite a bit, yet we keep on seeing big injuries. Maybe it was the lack of practice, or maybe it’s the playing in a different state. Who knows? Carlton’s dreams were shattered with a kick after the siren, to end their chance of a major upset over Port Power. Port deserved the win but was unlucky with scoring, as well as with injuries. We saw Gary Ablett return to Melbourne after Geelong’s loss, to be with his son. Geelong also lost Joel Selwood to injury, which leaves their midfield expectations to Dangerfield over the next few weeks.

Collingwood looked great against Geelong. I’m not saying anything, but Selwood going down early definitely increased their chances for the win. Treloar, Grundy, Adams and De Goey dominated for the Pies and they look more and more like a force to be reckoned with. Geelong’s blow of losing Ablett, Selwood and possibly Clark over the next few weeks won’t do them any favours. I feel for Gary Ablett, being a Father myself to a baby boy, I couldn’t imagine what he is going through. My best wishes to the family at this difficult time.

The Bulldogs have put their mark on this season, destroying the Bombers. Tim English was outstanding! No Essendon players stood out in my eyes, but I guess that’s why they seem to be having an up and down season. Still too early to call a top 8, with so many clubs looking great and then falling to their knees.

Another great game was GWS against the Brisbane Lions. It was good to see Coniglio and Whitfield finally playing a little better. Unfortunately, GWS were no match for the mighty Lions. Even with Neale having an average game, Andrews would fill his void. After seeing Port play at their worst, I think Lions are the favourites.

The Suns took out another win over the luckless Sydney Swans. Rankine impressed once again in his second game, and I’m very thankful that I put him into my Supercoach team. Next week by trading in Heeney, and possibly Pittonet, I might be able to get a couple of great players thanks to the money I got from trading Rozee.

North Melbourne was a little unlucky to have two players out of the match early, as well as Simpkin going off early with a niggle. Luckily Simpkin came back on, but couldn’t do much good for the Roos. As predicted, after a great start, they’ve reverted to their old ways. Richmond played well and had an unlikely star in Pickett.

Port Power came out firing against the Blues, scoring the first three goals in a jiffy! Carlton fought back with four unanswered goals and ended up leading at quarter time. Funnily enough, Carlton led the whole match, up until the final siren. Unfortunately, Robbie Gray kicked a difficult goal after the final siren, to give Port the win. It was a great match, and I think Port deserved the win. They played terribly and the Blues just couldn’t take advantage. Constant turnovers ended up leading to their demise, including a silly bomb decision with 30 seconds to go by Gibbons. Charlie Dixon now leads the Coleman medal, even though he kicked atrociously.

Gawn. That’s all I need to say. He and his fellow Demons took out the Hawks with ease. The only Hawk that stood out was Sicily, whereas Melbourne had Gawn, Petracca, Viney and Oliver stand out. These are the usual standouts for the Dees, with Viney finally finding more form than in previous weeks.

The famous Derby, played by Fremantle and West Coast in their home town of Perth. What else could you want on a Sunday night? The Eagles were too strong (for the tenth time in a row) against the struggling Dockers. With no Fyfe listed, they especially never stood a chance. The game was lower scoring, and nobody particularly stood out. The only player who seemed to rack up a decent amount of points was Ryan from Freo.

The final match of the round was played on a Monday night (yeah, I know, what?) By the winless Adelaide and the inconsistent Saints. In a couple of weeks, AFL will be played for 19 days straight, so we may as well get used to the mid-week games. As we all suspected, Adelaide had yet another loss. Steele for the Saints was brilliant yet again, guess you could say tough as steele? Sorry, I’m terrible!

As I mentioned before, next week is the last ‘proper round’ before we have a big nineteen-day straight onslaught of AFL. I don’t think anybody is complaining, but I wonder how Supercoach will work? Taking out the turn around to decide on players could be interesting.

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

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