The 2010 AFL Season provided some fantastic spectator sport over the Easter long weekend as Round 2 took place.
The Gabba kicked off the Round’s proceedings, while eight matches took place around the nation and saw some fantastic display’s, with the Saints cementing their campaign to claim the Season’s Championship in their clash with North Melbourne.
It was a Round where teams set out to prove their fight for the Championship, to prove a point to their corresponding rivals, and to set themselves up as contenders. There were a few upsets, and some fantastic individual performances, setting up the rest of the Season to be as exciting as ever.
Below is an outline of the Round 2 matches for the AFL Season.
Brisbane Lions 107 V Carlton 88
Kicking off the weekend’s events, the Brisbane Lions were at home to Carlton, and despite the disadvantage due to lack of rest – the Lions went into the match as favourites and came away winners, with a 19-point win.
It was a fantastic game to watch as the Blues went into half time 22 points down, but turned the game around in the third quarter, and went into the final break ahead.
Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown proved why he is the leading man, with an inspirational performance in the final quarter, taking his side from seven points down and kicked half the terms goals – resulting in a 16.11 (107) to 12.16 (88) win.
New Brisbane boy, and ex Carlton player, Brendan Fevola came away victorious against his former side with three goals to his name.
Collingwood 86 V Melbourne 85
The MCG was host to one of the more unexpected and tense affairs of the weekend, as Collingwood – who dominated against the Bulls in the opening round, failed to break the 2009 Wooden Spoon winners Melbourne, managin just a single point win.
The Magpies were lucky with the slight margin win, having trailed to an impressive Melbourne performance. Leon Davies managed to save his side from redder faces, scoring a late goal for a 12.14 (86) to 12.13(85) victory.
The Demons went in with incredibly long odds, and will be disappointed coming away with the loss, after being the far better side on the Melbourne oval.
Ricky Petterd proved himself as Melbourne’s rock, scoring four goals and provided an inspirational performance which his side gallantly followed – boosting their confidence for the upcoming Season.
West Coast 86 V Port Adelaide 89
The battle between the Eagles and Port Adelaide was always going to be tough, but the visitors managed to scrape a win at the Subiaco Oval on Saturday, with a 13.11(89) to 12.14(86) victory.
Jason Davenport took charge of the tight game in the final term scoring four goals after seeing both sides grabbing the match by the scruff of the neck at some point. Another notable player for the visitors was Justin Westhoff who managed an impressive 27 possessions along with a goal.
The Eagle’s did not capitalise on several opportunities by Josh Kennedy and Mitch Brown, which could be the trigger to the loss.
St Kilda 143 V North Melbourne 39
While the clash between the Saints and the Kangaroos was predicted to result in a St Kilda win, nobody would have picked it to have been such domination by the Season favourites, as they came away with a 104-point thrashing of the visitors.
Captain Nick Riewoldt may have started slow, but dominates the stats finishing with seven goals, 23 possessions and 15 marks in what was a 23.5(143) to 6.3(39) battering of North Melbourne.
It was a performance from the Saints which sends a strong message to the rest of the sides in the AFL, with few weaknesses to note – and we are only in Round 2.
Adelaide 75 V Sydney 118
The AAMI Stadium came to life on Easter Sunday as Adelaide played host to the visiting Sydney Swans. The home side went into the Round 2 match as favourites, however the home ground advantage did not help the Crows who lost substantially 11.9(75) to 18.10(118).
The Swans travelled to South Australia as underdogs but came away with their first win over Adelaide in five years, ending their six-game losing streak.
Sydney’s Ben McGlynn proved his spot in the side with five match deciding goals – equalled by the home sides’ Patrick Dangerfield, but to no avail.
Essendon 69 V Fremantle 113
Another surprise result was the clash at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday, with Fremantle completing their first two games of the season with wins – and securing their top start to a Series, beating the bombers 17.11(113) to 9.15(69).
It was equal footing going into the final term, but Freo managed to come out with all guns blazing, kicking six goals in contrast to two from Essendon.
Michael Barlow once again dominated for Fremantle, proving himself as a new star in the sport, while Scott Gumbleton started strong for the Bombers – but along with the rest of his side, seemed fatigued towards the end of the clash.
Richmond 48 V Western Bulldogs 120
The last match on Easter Sunday saw a predictable result at the MCG as another title contender – the Western Bulldogs, found their form in Round 2, as they beat Richmond with a satisfying 17.18(120) to 7.6(48) win.
The 72-point triumph is rather flattering to the Dogs who, while never under threat of losing their Round 2 battle, did not dominate against the Tigers.
The young Richmond side came away with some positives, as Will Thursfield was a notable Tiger’s player, coping well up against the Bulldogs’ Barry Hall.
Hawthorn 91 V Geelong 100
In what was a weekend of title chasers proving their contention, the highlight match of Round 2 was expected to be the finals clash between Hawthorn and Geelong on Easter Monday – and it certainly did not disappoint.
The Cats went into the match as favourites, and did not find the lead until the final quarter when Steve Johnson made his mark on the game, and saw the visitors win 14.16(100) to 13.13(91).
It was a game of passion by both sides, with the Hawks looking more impressive for the majority of it, but despite that, the Cats proved their campaign for the flag with two wins to their name this Season.