Time on – round 3Posted: April 11, 2011
In a new hard-hitting column, I’ll show the winners of each round on a Monday, plus my hero and villain of the round, as well as the top 3 likes and dislikes of each round.
Welcome to Time On.
Collingwood over Carlton by 28 points
Western Bulldogs over the Gold Coast Suns by 71 points
Fremantle over Adelaide by 25 points
Sydney Swans over the West Coast Eagles by 13 points
Hawthorn over Richmond by 63 points
Melbourne over the Brisbane Lions by 11 points
Geelong over Port Adelaide by 79 points
Essendon over St Kilda by 52 points
HERO – Jude Bolton (Sydney Swans)
The Swans’ midfield hard nut was highly influential in Sydney’s come from behind win over the Eagles. His 19 tackles was a record high among his 20 disposals. Underrated.
VILLAIN – Campbell Brown (Gold Coast Suns)
The former Hawk could be wacked with a 6 or 8 week ban by the Match Review Panel tonight. He has to admired for his toughness at the footy but against the Bulldogs, he went for the heads of Barry Hall and Callan Ward. It was reckless and not a good sight. It doesn’t help him or his team.
1. Centre square toughness
St Kilda started the second half on Sunday with Dal Santo, Montagna and Goddard v Essendon’s Watson, Hocking and Lonergan. Skill v grunt. The grunt won. Our great game is all about winning the centre clearance, moving it forward any way possible and then “pressing” the game to keep the ball in the forward line. Once upon a time, it was athletes over attitudes. The press has changed all that. I like it.
2. Luke Hodge
Was outstanding on the weekend against the Tigers – 20 disposals, 2 goals. He smothered, he harassed, he won plenty contested ball. A great effort considering his interrupted pre-season. Inspirational leader and first class choice as captain. Crucial to Hawthorn.
The Bombers were fantastic in the 52 point thrashing of St Kilda. James Hird has the Bombers playing an exciting defensive-attacking style of footy. They’ve got loads of pace – the area the Saints were exposed on Sunday. They lack genuine A-grade class players ala Judd, Burgoyne, Hodge, Ablett calibre but they have grunt. Skipper Jobe Watson led the way against the Saints with 33 disposals and 3 goals.
1. Jack Watts’ development
We mark the kids harshly, and it seemed Melbourne coach Dean Bailey lost patience with him on Sunday. Subbed after another average performance, the highly rated Watts needs a big game – quickly, or he may find himself in the reserves with VFL affiliate, the Casey Scorpions. Watts needs to get his hands on the footy more than what he has been. I’d play him deep forward, but if he’s still struggling to get a touch, I’d bring him up to a roaming half-forward. He’s a big key position forward who will be a very good player but like all big men, will take time to develop.
2. St Kilda
At best, the Saints are the talk of the town as a genuine premiership threat. But at the worst, they’re one of the most intriguing aspects of footy in the analysing of effort, key personnel and strategy. Coach Ross Lyon labelled his team indefensible on Sunday night and that they now need to regenerate. Others say it is the playing list, or the game plan. Last year, Nick Riewoldt spent a bulk of the season on the sidelines with a dodgey hamstring, it’s now Lenny Hayes with a knee. Losing Hayes for the season is shattering but the fact remains that the Saints are facing an uphill battle to get wins on the board.
I hope the Crows’ Round 3 loss to Fremantle at AAMI Stadium wasn’t an indication between their best and worst. The Hawks in the opening round, the Dockers the next and the efforts were poles apart. Neil Craig was as frustrated as anybody and should’ve been angry. The opportunity is there for the Crows to cement a top 4 spot if they want it but they need to be consistent and win the games they’re expected to.