AFL ROUND 8, 2020: Power Outage

Port Adelaide AFL Team

Round 8 – the last round played between Thursday and Monday for the next couple of weeks. The AFL has decided to supercharge the competition into 20 days in a row, knocking out a few rounds quickly. It’s going to make it interesting for Supercoach players because there won’t be any downtime to make decisions or any good trades. I’d rate round 7 alright. Carlton had a win, after another scare. Port Adelaide had an upset loss, but looking at their performance last week it doesn’t surprise me. Adelaide finally had a win. No sorry, I’m joking – they’re now 0-8.

Thursday night saw the Gold Coast Suns play the Western Bulldogs. It was always going to be a close one, with both of these sides playing well. Miller had another great game for the Suns, while Macrae and Daniel dominated for the Doggies. Surely one of these sides will be playing finals footy, it’s just a shame Matthew Rowell won’t be a part of it.

GWS defeated Richmond, which was an upset considering the poor form of the Giants this season. It was a grand final rematch from 2019 but had a very different result. Kelly smashed the Supercoach points, while Greene also did well, kicking 5 goals.

It was the battle of the spuds up at the Gabba. North Melbourne took on Carlton, in what was predicted to be an easy win for the Blues. They started strong, but as usual, let North come back to within 4 points in the final quarter. The Blues held on to win by 7 points. Cripps and Docherty still seem to be struggling with form, as well as Casboult up forward. Not great for me, who has them all in his Supercoach team. Sam Walsh played remarkably well and Polec was the standout for the Roos.

Another game decided by only 7 points was the Sydney vs Hawthorn match. The Swans defeated the Hawks in what was a close encounter the whole way through. Rampe and Lloyd were heroes for the Swans with their points, while Sicily was ranked number one for the Hawks. I don’t know if either of these teams will come close to finals, but at least they can still put on a good show.

The upset of the season so far! Port Adelaide came into this match with a near loss to the struggling Blues. The Saints have been pretty strong so far this season. Last week’s poor continued this week for the Power, losing to the Saints by an outstanding 29 points. St Kilda has now rocketed to the third spot and is looking mighty fine.

Adelaide almost had their first win of the season, but all hopes were dashed by the Bombers. Only three points separated the teams when the final siren sounded. Next week Adelaide have the Kangaroos, I wonder if this will be their time to shine.

Grundy had a shocker for the Pies, but luckily he is in most Supercoach teams so everyone feels the bite a little. Collingwood went down to the Eagles, who look to be finding some form, finally! Tim Kelly has been good the last couple of weeks, after a really slow start in his new side. I got him into my team, unfortunately, a couple of weeks later than I wanted to. He’s a good option because if he keeps doing what he is now, he will keep rocketing in price.

Melbourne put up a good fight against the mighty Lions. Neale was back to his best racking up a tonne of points. Max Gawn continues to dominate the ruck, and if you had him as Captain, it evened out the Grundy damage.

Freo only managed a pathetic 16 points against Geelong. I guess it doesn’t help to have Fyfe out and to get an injury early on in the game. The game was pretty low scoring, but the Cats managed to boot a few in the last quarter to take them to 48 points. Patrick Dangerfield had a slow start but managed to do ok in the end. Good to see Geelong being able to win without the majority of their strong midfield.

The next three rounds will be very interesting indeed; twenty straight days of footy made up of 33 matches. Australia is excited, but I’m sure the Supercoach players are nervous for such a quick turnaround of rounds. One thing is for sure, we will probably never witness anything like this again, so let’s enjoy this rare gem.

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

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