THE VIEW FROM DOWN HERE – AFL 2011 Round 3

 Results:

Collingwood 15.12 (102) def Carlton 11.8 (74)
            And the Collingwood juggernaut continues unabated. The AFL must be laughing with glee, after everything they’ve done for them and all the concessions they’ve given them.

Western Bulldogs 18.14 (122) def Gold Coast 7.9 (51)
            I know they’re the new kids on the block, but I honestly thought Gold Coast would be better than this.

Adelaide 7.12 (54) def by Fremantle 11.13 (79)
            A bad loss for Adelaide at home, but a strong showing from Freo. But the size of Adelaide’s home crowd was really bad. With Port Adelaide also struggling to attract crowds, is this an indication that the South Australian public finally sees the AFL for what it is – a business where sport is an inconvenience and the public do not matter?

Richmond 6.16 (52) def by Hawthorn 17.13 (115)
            Good, strong win by the Hawks.

West Coast 13.10 (88) def by Sydney 15.11 (101)
            A hard fought win by the Swans over in the west. I wouldn’t be writing either of these teams off this year.

Melbourne 12.10 (82) def Brisbane 11.5 (71)
            Yeah, not a good game.

Geelong 17.20 (122) def Port Adelaide 6.7 (43)
            Another flogging for Port. New coach Matthew Primus has his work cut out pulling this rabble together.

St Kilda 12.12 (84) def by Essendon 21.10 (136)
            The Saints could well be forced to write this season off if they cannot get over last year’s grand final and the off-season debacles which the media insists on perpetrating ad nauseam.

Bye: North Melbourne

News:

* The new team on the block gets a break, as Gold Coast’s Campbell Brown only got a minor penalty for a blatantly stupid piece of on-field thuggery.

* And that’s it. A Port player broke the club’s drinking rules, but he wasn’t found sprawling drunk in the home of an alleged hitman, he just drank too much somewhere. Good – a week where the focus was on the football, and not the players.

SANFL Round 2

Sturt 6.12 (48) def by Norwood 19.12 (126)
            Sturt should be better than this, but Norwood are showing early signs of being a contender this year.

West Adelaide 14.12 (96) def Central District 4.6 (30)
            It’s only one loss, but it was a bad one for Centrals, and their aura of invincibility was well and truly snapped in this game. Maybe that will help the other teams overcome their own mental blocks with regards to the most successful SANFL team of the past 20 years.

Port Adelaide 9.9 (63) def Glenelg 9.7 (61)
            Again, it’s early in the season, but both of these teams showed some good fight, particularly Port after last week’s loss.

South Adelaide 8.21 (69) def North Adelaide 8.9 (57)
            South won! Against North! Imagine the score if they could have kicked straight…

Bye: Woodville-West Torrens

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