AFL Round 3 Weekly Wrap & Brownlow Votes Predictions
Only two undefeated teams remain after another fascinating weekend of football, which has left a few clubs still searching for answers
The Round began in Adelaide on Thursday night where the Cats showed the football world they’re the real deal in 2019 after their meek exit from last year’s finals series. An injection of youth has inspired Geelong’s 3-0 start to the season with a huge matchup against the Giants at GMHBA Stadium this weekend.
The Crows meanwhile have lost both their home games to start their season and are still a fair way off the dominant offensive force they were in 2017. The ruck is a real issue, especially with Sam Jacobs injured and the forward line just isn’t functioning. Top four looks a long way off.
Friday night’s shootout was an entertaining affair for the neutral but exposed some deep seeded issues with Melbourne, issues they don’t look to have addressed after their preliminary final thumping. It’s a long way back from 0-3 and next face the Swans at the SCG on Thursday night where they will look to keep their season alive.
The Bombers’ last six quarters have been greatly improved and there’s enough signs there to say John Worsfold’s men are still well within finals contention. They face the undefeated Brisbane Lions next.
Saturday’s games saw the two Sydney teams win. The Swans broke their season duck against the Blues while the Giants pit and undermanned Tigers to the sword as Jeremy Cameron booted seven goals and rocketed clear in the Coleman Medal race, they're clash against Geelong this weekend looks to be the match of the round.
The Grand Final rematch didn’t quite live up the hype with West Coast controlling the game far earlier than they did in the last year’s decider, keeping Collingwood at arms reach for the majority of the match and confirming they are the team to beat again this season. Not many gave them a chance to go back-to-back, mainly due to how tough repeating as premiers is, but the additions of Oscar Allen and speedster Jack Petruccelle have given the Eagles a new look, plus players like Liam Ryan and Dom Sheed continue to get better. It’s still early but they’re a lock for a top four position.
Another team who could find themselves with a double chance come the end of the season is the rapidly improving Brisbane Lions who remain undefeated and seem to be finishing games better than any team in the competition right now. Once again they were headed late in the game, only to finish with a flurry of goals and put the close loss demons of last season to bed. Port Adelaide will have lost no admirers, but the Lions are really putting the rest of the competition on notice that they’ve arrived.
The Suns’ fairytale start to the season continued as they upset the undefeated Bulldogs in a brilliant performance, leading all day. They withstood the late Bulldogs charge and now have a great opportunity to go 3-1 on the season when they host Carlton at Metricon in Round 4
North Melbourne remained winless after fading out against the Hawks to go down by 16-points. The Hawks led by Jaeger O'Meara, Luke Bruset and new recruit Chad Wingard overcame the sluggish start to improve to 2-1 in what was a dream debut in brown and gold for the former Port Adelaide star.
Fremantle controlled the game from start to finish against the Saints but not without some nervous moments. St Kilda only led for a brief moment in the opening quarter but had their opportunity to strike in the third term when Nat Fyfe was off the ground concussed. Missed chances in front of goal hurt the Saints who squandered their dominance, something Fremantle capitalised on, kicking the first two goals of the final term and holding on for a five-point win, jumping them back up to third on the ladder.
Round 3 Brownlow Votes Predictions
|Adelaide v Geelong|
|Melbourne v Essendon|
|Carlton v Sydney|
|GWS v Richmond|
|Brisbane v Port Adelaide|
Collingwood v West Coast
|Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast|
|Hawthorn v North Melbourne|
|Fremantle v St Kilda|
Oddschecker Predicted Brownlow Ladder