2 AFL action has several worthy games worth watching
From Deane Cummings: March 2018
win does not an AFL coach make, except if your name is John
struck while the iron was hot by extending his contract
to guide the Essendon Bombers for another two years not
long after the Dons beat the Adelaide Crows 99 - 87 at Etihad
the Bombers' brains must have known that the Crows cannot
win in Melbourne. There has even been idle speculation that
MCG stands for Melbourne Crows Graveyard.
it had been expected that Worsfold would get the extension
and he may be entirely deserving, as he had to do the best
he could in 2016, when the Bombers paid the price for the
2012 doping saga that left them scouring the streets and
pubs for players to top up their list.
played a key role in resurrecting the Bombers to the extent
that they played finals last year and beating the Crows'
scoring machine first up this season, and holding them well
under 100 only served to burnish his reputation.
club might take a year back from the new deal if the Dons
were to somehow lose to the Fremantle Dockers in Round 2.
Perhaps they might be overawed by the opulence of Optus
Stadium in Western Australia.
Adelaide is a big favourite to extract revenge when they
meet the Richmond Tigers in a rematch of last year's Grand
Final. The difference? This game will be at Adelaide Oval,
so the Tigers will not have 100,000 supporters as they did
for the Grand Final.
the Tigers will have is last year's Brownlow Medal winner,
Dusty Dustin Martin, while the Crows will be without Matt
Crouch, their best and fairest for 2017. The Crows will
also be missing a host of others, almost half a side, including
Sam Gibson, Curtly Hampton Alex Keath and Riley Knight.
is relatively intact, with all the players who had physical
issues being listed as available, including Trent Cotchin,
Bachar Houle and Dion Prestia. They will be without Nathan
Broad, who is serving a club suspension and will not be
back until Round 4.
of the bookies have installed the Crows as 9.5-point favourites.
other Round 2 fixture that seems worth a look is the game
between the Sydney Swans and the Port Adelaide Power at
Sydney Cricket Ground. The Swans are 16.5-point favourites,
but if we were bettors, we would take the points and Port.
We are not bettors, however, and we do recommend that no
one interpret our prediction as betting advice - Bonus
sides are reasonably healthy. Port
Adelaide will be without a couple of players, Paddy
Ryder and Jasper Pittard. Sydney has just six in its casualty
ward, with Alex Johnson looking to miss a week or two and
Sam Naismith out for the season.
rest of the Round 2 fixture looks pretty blasť, with the
possible exception of the Geelong Cats v the Hawthorn Hawks,
both of which won first up. Geelong has been competitive
the past couple of years and may have an emotional boost
from the return of Gary Ablett. Whether that is enough to
push them to the top this year will require more games.
The Hawks beat the Collingwood Magpies in Round 1, so the
game with Geelong at MCG is their first true test of the
2018 AFL season.