The round that had it all, melee's, comebacks, upsets, and a game postponed. It was so crazy, Essendon, who didn't even play, will finish the round in 4th place. When round 3 was said and done - well sort of - the ladder resembled something only the boldest punter could have suggested. For Adelaide and Fremantle; dreams of finals football perished. Meanwhile, the seasons of West Coast and GWS are hanging by just a few threads.
Hawthorn defeated Richmond by 32 points
Thursday night footy again kicked off the weekend's fixtures, and again, we were treated to a stunning result. Blitzed, the Tigers were never in it, as the Hawks flew out to a 32-point quarter time lead. Richmond scoring just 1 behind in the opening stanza for the second consecutive week. Chad Wingard had his best game for the Hawks, as Isaac Smith turned in a best on ground performance. Results around the league mean Richmond won't feel the pressure of this one too much.
Western Bulldogs defeated GWS by 24 points
A genuine dislike exists between these two clubs. The Giants - who lost Toby Greene, Josh Kelly, and Lachie Whitfield either just before or early during the game - went for the physical approach. It backfired. Wrestling began before the ball was bounced, the Giants going after Marcus Bontempelli. Predicting a tame performance from the Doggies, they produced a fine response.
A BIG win for the Doggies gets their season back on track.
Weathering the storm, they controlled the game all night and should have won by more. As the Bulldogs can begin to build in 2020: GWS is hanging by a thread with Collingwood and Hawthorn to come this fortnight.
Sydney defeated North Melbourne by 11 points
A scoreline that flattered North, Sydney move to 2-1 and a top 8 position. Isaac Heeney was superb, frequently clunking important contested marks. If the Swans can win enough games, he could make a Brownlow run.
Collingwood defeated St Kilda by 44 points
Billed as the game of the round by many, Collingwood reminded the Saints last week was only one win. After 5 goals last week, Collingwood's 10 goal first half blew the Saints out of the water. Winners all over the park - Sidebottom and Pendlebury most notably - Collingwood reminded everyone what their best football looks like, enjoying their first win post the COVID-19 break. Media darlings all week, the Saints blew their chance to prove their credentials and now sit at 1-2 with Richmond and an improving Carlton to come.
Carlton defeated Geelong by 2 points. Moment of the Round!
After Gold Coast's shining moment last week, Carlton's list may have just had that same moment this week. They were simply superb. This was a different kind of upset. They didn't just hang around and get lucky. They pantsed the Cats. On their famed home turf. Leading by 42 points at one stage, the Blues ran out of steam as Geelong stormed home. A crucial victory this is, Carlton faced the prospect of 2020 being over before it started.
What a match. What a comeback.
Victory here means they can sink their teeth into the season. Amazingly, Geelong will feel they should have won, blowing late chances. Yet any other result than a Carlton win would have been a travesty.
Brisbane Lions defeated West Coast by 30 points
Wasn't it great to hear some real crowd noise?! The boos were ringing out from Lion's fans, apparently yet to learn the rules have changed since 2004. Ok, that was cheap! Yet, for the first time in 2020, we saw a team ride the crowd home. An even game, 1965 one-eyed Lion fans should poll a vote beyond Brisbane's 1-2 punch of Neale and McCluggage. Brisbane is now rolling; with a Round 4 matchup against an Adelaide team yet to throw a punch post isolation. Whilst the West Coast find themselves 1-2 with Port Adelaide and Richmond to come. They are desperately searching for the reset button.
Gold Coast defeated Adelaide by 53 points. Match of the Round!
Yes, Match of the Round, it was just so amazing! After last week's demolition of the West Coast, this one was all about whether or not the Sun's could do it again. Did they manage to top it? From the first siren, only one team was winning this game. Captain Jarrod Witts was best-on-ground and set the tone for his team. Raging Rising Star favourite Matt Rowell was again superb, notching two classy goals to go with his 20 disposals and 10 tackles. Rowell notched up what must be a rare triple-double. 10 kicks, handballs, and tackles! Elsewhere, Ben King was ever-present up forward for the Gold Coast with his 3 goals. Hugh Greenwood, Lachie Weller, and Brandon Ellis have added mature bodies to the midfield and played telling roles throughout. Everywhere the Gold Coast had winners. Their defensive unit was superb, working as a team to shut out anything Adelaide managed to produce. Where can this team finish?
For Adelaide, 2020 is done. Brisbane awaits them next week, the turnaround of all turnarounds required!
Essendon Vs Melbourne - postponed
Let's not talk about it here.
Port Adelaide defeated Fremantle by 29 points
Fremantle started as men possessed, an instant classic was brewing as these two teams went goal for goal and blow for blow. As it turned out, a Gold Coast deluge was also brewing. When it hit, it was curtains for Fremantle. Port Adelaide was superb in the wet, Charlie Dixon with as influential 3 possession half of football you will see. Moving to 3-0, round 5's ripper against Brisbane awaits in shadows.