Time on – round 4

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 and my team of the round.

Welcome to Time On.


Collingwood over Richmond by 71 points

Hawthorn over the West Coast Eagles by 7 points

Carlton drew with Essendon

Geelong over the Sydney Swans by 28 points

Port Adelaide over Adelaide by 32 points

Melbourne over the Gold Coast Suns by 90 points

Fremantle over North Melbourne by 29 points


B: Nick Duigan (Carlton) Dustin Fletcher (Essendon) Matthew Scarlett (Geelong)

HB: Brett Deledio (Richmond) Troy Chaplin (Port Adelaide) David Wojcinski (Geelong)

C: Dale Thomas (Collingwood) Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle) Brent Moloney (Melbourne)

HF: Paul Chapman (Geelong) Travis Cloke (Collingwood) Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle)

F: Justin Westhoff (Port Adelaide) Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) Hayden Ballantyne (Fremantle)

FOLL: Mark Jamar (Melbourne) Dane Swan (Collingwood) Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)

I/C: Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne), Jobe Watson (Essendon), Marc Murphy (Carlton)

SUB: Darren Milburn (Geelong)

Coach: James Hird (Essendon)

HERO – Dustin Fletcher (Essendon)

He’s 35 kicking 70 metre bombs and running down the field, as well as chasing and tackling pacy playmakers such as Carlton’s Jeff Garlett on Saturday. He is in wonderful form and if he continues the way he is, the question has got to be asked: Who is the better backman, Fletcher or Scarlett? He’s fantastic to watch at his best, and he’s certainly at that right now.

VILLAIN – Lachie Henderson (Carlton)

Big Lachie had a shocking first game of the season, finishing with just two touches in three-and-a-half quarters before being subbed for Andrew Walker in Saturday’s draw with the Bombers. The Blues desperately need the 196cm former Lion to grab hold of a key forward post and assist an in-form Jarrad Waite. Likely to be retained for their round 5 clash with the Crows on Saturday night, due to their lack of genuine key forwards.


1. Jarrad Waite

He was superb against Essendon on Saturday. He took some great contested marks and only booted the one goal but gave the Blues a much needed presence at centre half forward. He is crucial to Carlton’s chances this year. After the siren, Waite went to shake hands with injured Bombers Jason Winderlich and Courtenay Dempsey. After a knee reconstruction in 2009, Waite knows the pain those two Bombers are in. Respect.

2. Collingwood’s key forwards

Against an inexperienced Richmond defence, the Magpies’ Travis Cloke/Chris Dawes key forward combination is arguably a better proposition than Hawthorn’s Lance Franklin/Jarryd Roughead. Both Cloke and Dawes get quality supply from a star midfield, but both were the difference on the weekend and key components of last year’s premiership team.

3. Nathan Fyfe

Taken by the Dockers at No.20 in the 2009 draft behind other draftees Cunnington, Rohan, Sheppard, Gysberts, Lucas, Talia, Jetta, Howard, Pittard and Tapscott. Has now clocked up 22 games and is a jet with loads of pace and skill. The Dockers have found themselves a real gem. Against the Roos yesterday, he had 32 possessions, but a game-high 19 contested was why he was most impressive.


1. Richmond

The Tigers were never a chance against the premiership favourites on Friday night but their will and dare to take the game on and create opportunities must be noted. But their inability to make the most of those opportunities is what would most frustrate their supporters. The reliance on Jack Riewoldt is unhealthy but I liked the inclusion of former Demon Brad Miller up forward. Coach Damien Hardwick is slowly building a side that is trying to balance the importance of defence and offence. More patience is needed.

2. North Melbourne

The Roos are in trouble. Big trouble. Winless sitting 16th on the ladder 0-3 is not the start coach Brad Scott would’ve been hoping for. Two trips to Perth to face the Eagles and Dockers made it tough, plus a scarring humiliation at the hands of Collingwood inbetween those trips haven’t helped either. They’ve also had the bye. Injuries to key players have also hurt them. The Roos lack genuine match-winners and star players who step up when their team needs them. Finals are now a long shot.

3. Gary Ablett

Too many social events and too many visits down to Melbourne tell me Gazza is not in the right frame of mind. He needs to re-focus and put all is energy into making sure he trains all sessions and does all the media conferences and marketing campaigns a captain is expected to do. The Suns need their captain to be at his very best on and off the field, and that includes all their uncontracted players.


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