AFL Round 2 Wrap & Brownlow Votes Predictions
Another fascinating round of footy, which again left many questions unanswered as four teams remain undefeated.
Round 2 began on Thursday night with another MCG blockbuster and while it remained close for the first three quarters, the result was an inevitable one as the Tigers were dominated in the midfield and struggled defensively without Alex Rance, allowing their biggest score against since Round 2 last season.
The Tigers were able to bounce back from that loss against the Crows this time last season, but are now faced with the reality of being without two of the competition’s best players as Jack Riewoldt suffered a wrist injury, which will keep him out of action for at least a month. Throw in Dylan Grimes’ suspension and the Tigers face an uphill battle against the Giants in Sydney on Saturday night.
The Giants are coming off a big loss against the reigning premiers, but won’t be the only team to suffer that fate in the west this season. They will fancy their chances against a wounded Richmond and will likely regain stars Josh Kelly and Toby Greene for the clash.
Their crosstown rivals, however, look in some real strife. They’ve recovered from far worse positions, but it’s the style of footy and how they’re being beaten that’s alarming. A loss against Carlton this week and an 0-3 start to the season would be disastrous. The Blues again had another honourable loss, but unless they start banking premiership points, their fans will continue to be frustrated. They have a big chance at home against the struggling Swans to do that this week.
The big losers of the weekend were Essendon and Melbourne and as fate would have it, the two struggling clubs will meet in a pivotal clash on Friday night at the MCG. While the Dons only lost by 11 points on the scoreboard, the margin flattered their performance in what was a terrible display of skill level and more concerning, intent. The Dees were simply outclassed by Geelong at the Cattery, which has left growing concerns over Simon Goodwin’s men. The second half was a complete rout, as the young Cats toyed with their more experienced and more fancied (in terms of premiership betting) opposition.
The three Sunday games witnessed dramatic finishes as all three winners came from behind, with the Dogs and Suns both storming home in the final quarter to record famous wins for their respective clubs. The Dogs, in particular, were brilliant kicking nine goals to one to remain undefeated with a home game to come against the Suns in Round 3 who could easily be undefeated themselves in what has been a brilliant start to the season by the wooden spoon favourites.
Round 2 Brownlow Votes Predictions
|Collingwood v Richmond|
|3||J. De Goey||Coll|
|Sydney v Adelaide|
|Essendon v St Kilda|
|Port Adelaide v Carlton|
|Geelong v Melbourne|
|West Coast v GWS|
|North Melbourne v Brisbane|
|Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs|
|Gold Coast v Fremantle|
Oddschecker Predicted Brownlow Ladder
|1||D. Sheed (WC)||4|
|T. Rockcliff (PA)||4|