Round 3 is usually the round that things start to level out in the AFL. We’ve had a couple of teams come out hard and surprise, and as always there is talk of the demise of the power house teams. Over the next few rounds we will really learn a lot more about where teams are at this season. Without a doubt the game of the round is the Adelaide derby. Most expected the Crows to be a good side, but they have absolutely blown quality opposition out of the water. Port on the other hand have been the surprise packet. However, this is when we find out how good they are. Will they take it up to the Crows and prove they are a contender this year? Or will their shock Round 1 victory against the Swans be a flash in the pan?
A huge round ahead for some struggling teams. Talk of the Hawks demise seems a tad premature, however if they don’t belt the hapless Suns then there is little to debate, it’s over. West Coast and Richmond threatens to be a big game, on paper the Eagles should take this one out but the Tigers are playing with a lot of heart. Either way, the match up between arguably the best full forward in the competition in Kennedy, and the best defender in Rance should have all AFL fans salivating. The old timers Geelong take on the up and coming Melbourne, another great game where anything can happen!
After this though the quality drops off. Saints should be able to dispatch the Lions, Dogs should destroy a lackluster Dockers. I don’t think anyone really cares what happens with the Blues and the Bombers, GWS beat North without climbing out of second gear, and based on their current form the Swans and the Pies will be about as exciting as watching the U13’s on a rainy Sunday morning!
#puntr Tips – Swans, GWS, Eagles (just), Cats (just), Crows, Dogs, Saints, Bombers, Hawks.
Match of the Round – The Derby
Match up of the Round – Kennedy vs Rance (WCE vs Rich)
Questions of the Round – Are the Hawks done? Are Port pretenders or contenders?