By Liam Melrose and Ollie Nash
Chris Scott has been slammed with a $10,000 fine by the AFL. Photo: Getty Images
Overreaction to quarter-time argument
Still unsure what Chris Scott and the Brisbane players did wrong on Friday night. A few words exchanged, nothing physical, kept a nice distance while chatting, no obvious expletives that I could see (though I’m sure there was). I’m not saying that this has to happen every year, but if it happens now and then what’s the big deal? It’s a competitive game, we finally see players and coaches not acting like robots and we’re worried about the message it sends to lower levels? Those at the highest level clearly haven’t been to a country footy game in a long time, seniors or juniors. I’ve seen a club have a punch on between themselves post game in a match I played in. I think a small argument is fine at AFL level, because a lot worse happens at country level on a weekly basis.
The Lions are threatening but will they pounce?
Things went from bad to worse for the Brisbane Lions. After a shock loss to the Sydney Swans in round one, the Lions travelled down to Geelong in round two to face the Cats in one of footy’s hardest road trips. The Cats were all over the Lions early and it was beginning to look ugly, before a stunning comeback that should’ve been capped off with a win, however an umpiring decision that should’ve gone Brisbane’s way didn’t late in the contest, and the Cats ultimately held on. This meant the Lions now sat 0-2 after two rounds. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the Brisbane lockdown, the Lions are now stuck in Victoria for the time being, after originally only expecting to be in Victoria for their game against Geelong. In round three they were meant to face Collingwood at the Gabba, however they have been forced to take on the Magpies in Melbourne at Marvel Stadium instead. We know how good this Brisbane team can be at their best, but will they pounce on the Pies on Thursday night and get their season back on track? Or will they find themselves staring down the barrel of the dreaded 0-3?
The Suns were superb against North Melbourne. Photo: AFL Photos
Gold Coast dominance
I’ve really liked Gold Coast’s start to the season. West Coast kicked three goals to zero in the first two minutes of their clash in round one but the Suns stemmed the tide, rallied and went into three-quarter time a point in front. They were overran by a very good Eagles side at home, but they returned to smash a team that they should have in North Melbourne. A dominant performance which sets them up for a mouth-watering clash with the Crows at Adelaide Oval. A must win and one that could set up their season with Carlton, the Bulldogs, GWS and Collingwood to come in the next month.
The Texan is back
Taylor Walker had an incredible start to the season in round one, kicking five goals in Adelaide’s upset win over Geelong. While many thought it was a one off for the superstar Crow, he backed it up in round two against the Swans putting together arguably a best on ground performance despite the Crows being thrashed by the Swans. Finishing with 6.3 it wasn’t just his six-goal haul, it was his intent that was most impressive with three of his goals coming on the back of holding-the-ball tackles that resulted in set shots. With Walker leading from the front and in strong form, this young Adelaide team will stand taller and potentially rise up the ladder quicker than expected.
Essendon has been hit hard by injuries to start 2021. Photo: AFL Photos
The same old story at Tullamarine
Going into 2021 there was a lot of optimism from Essendon fans. After what many believed to be a strong off-season in the recruiting department, confidence started to arise out of the Hangar. Could they rise up the ladder? Could they play finals? We’ve only seen two games but it’s enough to suggest the Bombers likely won’t be playing finals in 2021 which extends the horror drought without a win in September for Bomber fans. With Ben Rutten taking over as senior coach external expectations weren’t high, and after being hit by a number of injuries to key players, many have put the cue in the rack for the Dons. I’m keen to see what the young Bombers can do over the next few weeks, it’ll be a key indication into how much talent this list is really armed with.
Melbourne entering dangerous Melbourne territory
The Demons are 2-0 and travel to Sydney for round three to face the floundering, backs against the wall GWS Giants. Melbourne fans should be confident yes? I bet not one single Dees fan is entering Sunday’s game without some form of stress. They played really well in round two against a strong St Kilda team, used the ball well inside forward 50 and overran the Saints late in the game. It was a joy to watch, but I won’t take them seriously until they can win a game they are meant to win.
Cover Photo: Sydney Swans