Pearce Hanley stars in AFL week 3

Collingwood vs. Carlton

Result: Collingwood 15.12. (102) defeated Carlton 11.8 (74)

A top of the table clash saw traditional rivals Collingwood and Carlton played at the MCG on a warm Friday night in front of 88,181 fans. The Blues provided an early challenge for the Pies and we looked set for an intense match, however the Pies came out firing in the second term and took the lead to 27 points at the main break, setting up their win.

The Blues looked dangerous early with their small forwards in Garlett, Betts and Yarran running amuck but then the Pies important defense stood up, as did the midfielders to take control of the match.

The smallest player on the field was almost best on ground with 5 goals to his name, a personal best for the youngster, who has not played 15 games and won a premiership. To think that he was told he wouldn’t make it in AFL because of his height….

Top SuperCoach Player: Jarryd Blair 142 – SuperCoach Points

Irish player news: Setanta O’hAilpin is still out of the Carlton side with an ankle injury and may find it hard to fit into the side, especially with Thornton and Waite providing good tall targets up forward.

Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast

Result: Western Bulldogs 18.14. (122) defeated Gold Coast 7.9. (51)

The Dogs had a very comfortable win in round 3, smashing the Suns by 71 points. While the Dogs provided a dominate one-side display, the Suns showed more promise than in their opening game.
The Dogs midfielders ran riot, racking up the possessions, with Matthew Boyd the most influential with 36 disposals. Big bad Bazza up forward kicked 5 majors and the 700th career, what a great achievement for the big man!

Positives for the Suns was that number 1 recruit Ablett played a great game, trying to encourage his team mates and ruckman Zac Smith looks very promising and could develop into a very strong player.  While the Suns are still developing, they are showing good signs around the ground, but it will not help them that strong back man Campbell Brown is out for a month after striking Callan Ward.

Top SuperCoach Player: Matthew Boyd – 131 SuperCoach Points

Unfortunately there is no Irish representation in these clubs at the moment.

Adelaide vs. Fremantle

Result: Adelaide 7.12. (54) defeated by Fremantle 11.13. (79)

Fremantle have won their second away game this season, with a pretty convincing 25 point win against the Crows in Adelaide. The Dockers set up their win in the first quarter, kicking 5 goals to the Crows zip.

Both teams struggled at times in the windy conditions, but the Dockers were able to deal with them slightly better. The Crows stepped up a notch in the second half and were more competitive, but it was too little too late. The Dockers outran them in Matthew Pavlich’s club-record 239th game.

Top SuperCoach Player: Scott Thompson -152 SuperCoach Points

Irish player news: Unfortunately there is no Irish representation in these clubs at the moment.

Richmond vs. Hawthorn

Result: Richmond 6.16. (52) defeated by Hawthorn 17.13. (115)

Another outburst from big Jack Reiwoldt, and another loss for the Tigers. Unlike the draw they played in last week, this game hardly showed any Tiger heart apart from the early stages. They were outclassed and outplayed by a dominate Hawks side who could be extremely dangerous come September.

In the soaking wet conditions Buddy Franklin finally came alive and kicked 5 majors assisted by an influential display by skipper Luke Hodge (who showed no signs of his niggling achilles injury), and Josh Gibson who held Reiwoldt to 1 goal.  For the Tigers who were missing two key defenders out suspended, they only managed 2 goals in the opening half and seemed to not adapt to the wet conditions as well as the Hawks.

The only downside for the Hawks was that Ben Stratton was stretched off the field with a dislocated knee.

Top SuperCoach Player: Luke Hodge – 149 SuperCoach Points

Irish player news: Unfortunately there is no Irish representation in these clubs at the moment.

West Coast vs. Sydney

Result: West Coast 13.10 (88) defeated by Sydney 15.11. (101)

In yet another great match between these two, the Swans have come up with the Goodes, literally. The match was up and down and tight for the most part, with the lead changing on a few  occasions, with the Swans winning the match by 13 points and remaining undefeated.

The Swans led at the main break by only 3 points, and Eagles didn’t back down. They kicked five straight goals at the end of the third quarter to lead at the final term, until co-captain of the Swans Adam Goodes took over with 8 possessions, kicking 2 goals and leading the Swans with new coach John Longmire into their 3rd straight win.

Top SuperCoach Player: Adam Goodes – 133 SuperCoach Points

Irish player news: Kennelly is playing for the Sydney Reserves after recovering from a dislocated kneecap, he was expected back in Round 1, but will have to fight for his spot, with the Swans being undefeated in 2011.

Melbourne vs. Brisbane

Result: Melbourne 12.10 (82) defeated Brisbane 11.5 (71)

The Demons have won their first game of the season with a tight 11 point win over the Lions on a typical Sunday afternoon in Melbourne with both sunshine and rain.

It wasn’t all good for the Demons early, the Lions came out the stronger side and had a 30 point lead in the second term, and had the Dees defence under pressure. The Lions were faster and had cleaner possessions.

In the second quarter Melbourne seemed to wake up, thanks to their excitement machine Liam Jurrah who kicked 3 goals, and pretty much won the matched for the Dees after finishing with 5 majors.

Top SuperCoach Player: Tom Rockliff – 163 SuperCoach Points

Irish player news: Pearce Hanley had 18 possessions, with 15 kicks and was quite impressive with his game high 12 marks.

Geelong vs. Port Adelaide

Result: Geelong 17.20. (122) defeated Port Adelaide 6.7 (43)

After a very inaccurate game in front of goal for Geelong, they still remain undefeated after three rounds, blowing away the Power by 79 points, after a sluggish start. It was a windy day at Skilled Stadium and while the Cats had the upper hand for the majority of the match, the match was not theirs until until a 5 goal display in the third quarter, due to inaccurate kicking earlier on in front of goal.

The Cats midfielders were extremely dominate all day running all over the Power, causing first year coach, Matthew Primus to push players behind the ball, to try and limit the Cats scoring (not that it helped much, or helped them score).

Top SuperCoach Player: Jimmy Bartel – 159 SuperCoach Points

Irish player news: Unfortunately there is no Irish representation in these clubs at the moment.

St Kilda vs. Essendon

Result: St Kilda 12.12. (84) defeated by Essendon  21.10. (122)

The Bombers continue to remain The Saints bogey team as they once again come out comfortable victors by 52 points. The game was done and dusted in the third quarter where the Dons kicked 6 goals to 1 to lead by 64 points into the last break.

Even big Saint Nick’s 200th game, could not stop the Bombers. They were faster, cleaner with their possessions and moved the ball much better than the Saints. The Dons and contributors all over the ground and goals scored from more than one main target, where the Saints seemed to constantly rely on Riewoldt.

The umpiring wasn’t the best in this game, with the men in yellow missing free kick, after free kick, after free kick, okay I think you get my drift. The Saints skipper also reportedly did not shake hands with his opponent after the match and look frustrated during the game, as did Brendon Goddard.

Top SuperCoach Player: Jobe Watson – 136 SuperCoach Points

Irish player news: Tom Walsh played reserves for Sandringham this week with the team winning. by 19 points he had a good game but made some learning errors- don’t expect him in the team for another few weeks at least.

Michael Quinn played in the Bendigo Bombers reserves this week, after winning their best and fairest last year, he may play in the Seniors, however he may find it difficult to break in with the team playing well.

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