Hawthorn, looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2009, showed some sensational trial form
in comfortably seeing off Richmond at Aurora Stadium on Saturday night.
After 10 minutes it was 1 goal apiece, but the Hawks then exploded into action and the Tigers were
unable to keep up. Buddy Franklin kicked 3 goals in the first quarter as the Hawks ran away to a 38
point lead at the first change. And the one-way traffic continued in the second quarter, the Hawks
being aided by two super-goals as they powered to a 72 point lead at the long break.
From there the result of the match was never in doubt. The lead blew out over 100 points in the third
quarter before Hawthorn, with the game safe and not wanting to expend too much energy too early in
the pre-season campaign, put their cue back in the rack for the last quarter allowing the Tigers to at
least double their score.
For the Hawks, the disappointments of their failed premiership defence in 2009 look to be behind
them as they build up for 2010. But for new Tigers coach Damien Hardwick, a lot of work lies ahead to
prevent this from becoming another long, hard season at Tigerland.
Hawthorn 0.7.3 2.10.7 3.15.11 3.16.12 (135)
Richmond 0.1.1 0.2.1 0.4.2 0.9.8 (62)
Nine Point Goals : Hawthorn - Breust, S Mitchell, J Roughead. Richmond - Nil.
Goals : Hawthorn - Franklin 5, Roughead 2, Hodge 2, Ellis, Moss, Mitchell, Suckling,
Lisle, Shiels, Schoenmakers. Richmond - Riewoldt 3, Nahas 2, Polak, Astbury, Hislop,
Best : Hawthorn - Franklin, Mitchell, Hodge, Lewis, Roughead, Ellis. Richmond - Martin,
Deledio, Connors, Gourdis, Edwards, Collins.
Injuries : Hawthorn - Nil. Richmond - Nason (hyper-extended knee), Thomson (knee
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Ryan, Grun, Richie.
Crowd - 11,217 at Aurora Stadium.
Three days of non-stop heavy rain in Canberra turned Manuka Oval into a slushy quagmire, with
swirling winds and a slippery ball making for difficult conditions for football. And despite some
inaccurate finishing in front of goals, the Western Bulldogs defeated Brisbane by 8 points to move
through to the second round.
An early super-goal to Justin Sherman got the Lions off to a strong start, the Lions leading by 14
points at quarter time and by 19 at the long break. But the Bulldogs got on top in the premiership
quarter, holding the Lions scoreless while adding 3.6 to hit the lead shortly before the last change.
And although the Lions continued to fight hard, a nine-pointer by Ryan Griffen was enough to get the
Bulldogs over the line.
Western Bulldogs 0.0.4 0.1.8 0.4.14 1.5.14 (53)
Brisbane 1.1.3 1.3.6 1.3.6 1.5.6 (45)
Nine Point Goals : Bulldogs - Griffen. Brisbane - Sherman.
Goals : Bulldogs - Everitt 2, Cooney, Roughead, Jones. Brisbane - Sherman 2, Fevola,
Best : Bulldogs - Cooney, Giansiracusa, Gilbee. Brisbane - Buchanan, Sherman,
Injuries : Bulldogs - Nil. Brisbane - Nil.
St Kilda led almost all night against Collingwood, but in the end it took some final minute heroics to
get the Saints over the line in a thrilling finish at Docklands.
Helped by an early super-goal to Adam Schneider, the Saints got off to a flying start and led by 26
points at the first change. It was the Saints at their best, showcasing the skills that got them to last
year's minor premiership and grand final; and although the ultimate glory eluded the Saints last year,
the form they showed is what it will take to right that wrong in 2010.
The second quarter saw a more competitive Collingwood side match it with the Saints, but the third
term again started strongly for the Saints as they got out to a 43-point lead midway through the quarter.
But slowly the Magpies got their way back into the contest. And one of the driving forces behind the
Magpie revival was former Saint Luke Ball. In his first game in Magpie colours, Ball's performance in
the midfield set up numerous Magpie attacking raids. 4 goals and a super goal to the Magpies saw
the margin cut to just 10 points at the last change; and with just 3 minutes to go they would hit the front
for the first time.
But there was to be a final twist in the tale. The Saints moved the ball forward, but some fine work by
Adam Schneider to shake off the attentions of his opponent set up an uncontested mark. Making no
mistake with the kick, Schneider restored the Saints' lead with just a few seconds remaining on the
St Kilda 1.5.1 1.7.1 2.10.3 2.13.4 (100)
Collingwood 0.2.2 0.5.4 1.9.8 1.13.12 (99)
Nine Point Goals : St Kilda - A Schneider, J Blake. Collingwood - D Jolly.
Goals : St Kilda - N Riewoldt 4, A Schneider 2, A McQualter, B McEvoy, L Montagna, J
Koschitzke, R Stanley, S Milne, S Fisher. Collingwood - L Brown 4, P Medhurst 2, T
Cloke 2, D Jolly, T Lockyer, D Swan, L Ball, D Beams.
Best : St Kilda - A Schneider, D Armitage, S Milne, N Riewoldt, L Montagna, S Fisher.
Collingwood - H Shaw, L Ball, T Cloke, D Swan, S Pendlebury, H O'Brien.
Injuries : St Kilda - J Steven (ankle). Collingwood - Nil.
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Rosebury, Meredith, Bowen, Jennings
Crowd - 29,801 at Docklands.
Football came to Sydney's west with a full house of close to 10,000 at Blacktown Olympic Park for the
match between Sydney and Carlton. And for the first time in Paul Roos' tenure as Sydney coach, the
Swans won a NAB Cup match when they defeated the Blues by 12 points.
A super-goal to Martin Mattner gave the Swans the edge in a low-scoring first half. The first quarter had
an amusing moment when a train horn was mistaken for the siren, with both teams stopping before
the read end of the quarter until the umpires realised the error and re-started play. The Blues created
opportunities, but missed key shots to trail by 2 points at the long break.
The Swans got on top in the third term, aided by another super-goal to young draftee Lewis Jetta. At
one stage the Swans led by 30 points before a late revival from the Blues cut the margin to 17 points
at the last change. And although the Blues finished strongly, the Swans' defence was equal to the
task, and the Swans took the game to progress to the second round.
Click here to see Harboursport's photo gallery from this match.
Sydney 1.1.2 1.3.2 2.6.8 2.7.11 (71)
Carlton 0.2.3 0.3.9 0.6.9 0.8.11 (59)
Nine Point Goals : Sydney - L Jetta, M Mattner. Carlton - Nil.
Goals : Sydney - B McGlynn 2, T Dennis-Lane, L Jetta, B Kirk, J McVeigh, G Rohan.
Carlton - M Robinson 2, H Scotland 2, A Carrazzo, C Yarran, L Henderson, B Thornton.
Best : Sydney - B McGlynn, N Malceski, J McVeigh, M Mattner, J Bolton, C Bird. Carlton -
H Scotland, M Browne, M Robinson, B Thornton, C Judd, B Gibbs.
Injuries : Sydney - Nil. Carlton - B Fisher (knee).
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Kennedy, H. Ryan, Stewart.
Crowd - 9,732 at Blacktown Olympic Park.
The first major boilover of the pre-season occurred when North Melbourne took out a 14-point victory
over reigning premiers Geelong at Docklands on Sunday.
Geelong led by 8 points at the first change, but the Kangaroos got the edge in the second term, a
super-goal to Matt Campbell being the pivotal moment in a quarter in which the Kangaroos turned
their deficit into an 18-point lead, a lead that could have been even greater had it not been for some
inaccuracy in front of goals.
But weight of possession began to result in scoreboard pressure, with the Kangaroos consistently
beating a strangely flat Geelong side to the ball. But the Cats, even while struggling, were still able to
conjure enough goals to keep the match close, and a super-goal late in the third term cut the margin
to just 8 points at the last change.
But Cats' hopes of running over the Kangaroos in the last term were not to materialise. Instead the
North Melbourne defence held firm, and with the Kangaroos kicking 2 goals to 1 in a tight and tough
final quarter the reigning premiers found themselves eliminated from the pre-season tournament in
the opening round.
North Melbourne 0.2.2 1.6.8 2.9.10 2.11.11 (95)
Geelong 1.2.1 1.4.2 2.9.2 2.10.3 (81)
Nine Point Goals : North Melbourne - M Campbell, B Warren. Geelong - T Hawkins, J
Goals : North Melbourne - B Warren 3, D Petrie 2, L Harding 2, C Jones, A Swallow, L
Adams, T Goldstein. Geelong - C Mooney 3, M Duncan 2, T Hawkins, J Bartel, J
Podsiadly, T Varcoe, S Johnson.
Best : North Melbourne - L Anthony, D Petrie, M Campbell, L Greenwood, S Wright, L
Harding. Geelong - C Enright, J Bartel, J Selwood, G Ablett, S Johnson, J Kelly.
Injuries : North Melbourne - Nil. Geelong - Nil.
Reports - Nil. Umpires - McBurney, Wenn, McKenzie.
Crowd - 12,989 at Docklands.
A solid start by Fremantle, kicking the first 5 goals of the match, was the platform for the Dockers to
record a comfortable 47-point win over a disappointing Melbourne at Subiaco Oval on Sunday evening.
The Demons unveiled top 2 draft picks Tom Scully and Jack Trengove, but neither had any significant
influence as the Dockers outperformed the Demons in virtually every facet of the game.
Two super-goals to the Demons late in the second quarter reduced the half-time deficit to 15 points,
but the Dockers then turned on a 4 goals to 1 third term to put the game out of the Demons' reach.
With victory assured, the Dockers gave their young draft picks a run in the last term, and although the
match never reached any great heights the size and manner of the victory gave the Dockers some
hope they could turn their disappointing form of 2009 around; but the match delivered little that would
inspire hope for the Demons.
Fremantle 0.4.4 1.6.6 1.10.9 1.13.10 (97)
Melbourne 0.0.2 2.1.3 2.2.5 2.4.8 (50)
Nine Point Goals : Fremantle - C Pearce. Melbourne - B Green, A Davey.
Goals : Fremantle - M Johnson 3, M Pavlich 3, H Ballantyne 2, D Headland 2, C Mayne,
C Pearce, A Sandilands. Melbourne - B Miller 2, C Morton, R Petterd.
Best : Fremantle - C Pearce, M Barlow, P Duffield, D Mundy, M Pavlich, H Ballantyne.
Melbourne - J McDonald, B Green, N Jones, J Frawley, J McDonald, B Moloney.
Injuries : Fremantle - A McPhee (ankle), B Schammer (ankle). Melbourne - J Spencer
Reports : Fremantle - G Broughton for rough conduct.
Umpires - Margetts, Dalgleish, McInerny, Keating.
Crowd - 11,031 at Subiaco Oval.
|NAB CUP ROUND 2
Friday 26th February
Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs (Docklands, 7:40pm)
Saturday 27th February
St Kilda v Sydney (Docklands, 7:10pm)
West Coast v Port Adelaide (Subiaco Oval, 8:40pm)
Sunday 28th February
North Melbourne v Fremantle (Docklands, 5:10pm)
Friday 26th February
Carlton v Brisbane (Princes Park, 4:00pm)
Collingwood v Adelaide (Alice Springs, 7:00pm)
Saturday 27th February
Melbourne v Essendon (Princes Park, 1:00pm)
Richmond v Geelong (Yea, 4:00pm)
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Football returned for 2010 on a sunny Perth evening, with rivals West Coast and Essendon playing off at
The Eagles scored the first two goals, but the Bombers soon found their rhythm and strung together a run
of 7 unanswered goals. The Bombers took a young running side to Perth, and early on their enthusiasm
and speed caught the Eagles unawares. Captain Jobe Watson was in sensational touch, while new
signing Mark Williams was looking good up forward.
But after quarter time, the Eagles asserted themselves. Teenage ruckman Nic Naitanui, his control of the
ruck and direction of play around the ground being a force the Bombers had no answer to. There was only
a kick in it at half time, but it was one-way traffic in the third term as the Eagles landed a 9-pointer and 6
goals while keeping the Bombers to 3 behinds to put the game out of Essendon's reach.
West Coast 0.3.0 0.8.5 1.14.8 1.16.12 (117)
Essendon 0.7.1 0.9.3 0.9.6 0.12.10 (82)
Nine Point Goals : West Coast - N Naitanui. Essendon - Nil.
Goals : West Coast - J Kennedy 3, M LeCras 3, N Naitanui 2, A Embley, C Masten, M
Nicoski, M Rosa, W Schofield. Essendon - M Williams 3, J Winderlich 2, L Jetta 2, A Monfries
2, K Riemers, M Still, D Zaharakis.
Best : West Coast - N Naitanui, C Masten, M LeCras, J Kennedy, D Kerr, Q Lynch.
Essendon - J Watson, J Winderlich, M McVeigh, R Dyson, B Prismall, B Houli.
Injuries : West Coast - Nil. Essendon - Nil.
Reports - Nil.
Crowd - 23,860 at Subiaco Oval.
Port Adelaide, keen to return to finals action after missing out in the last 2 seasons, showed some good
pre-season form to defeat cross-town rivals Adelaide on Saturday evening.
Aided by a supergoal from Domenic Cassisi, the 16 points at quarter time, and at half time the Power led
by 14 points. But the premiership quarter was to be decisive, with the Power scoring 7.7 to 1.0 to place
Adelaide in a position where there would be no coming back.
The final margin was 56 points. Domenic Cassisi was the star up forward with 2 supergoals, while Justin
Westhoff's 3 goals at critical stages of the game may prove all-important when positions in the finals are
up for grabs.
Port Adelaide 1.4.4 1.7.6 1.14.13 2.15.15 (123)
Adelaide 0.3.3 0.6.7 0.7.7 1.8.10 (67)
Nine Point Goals : Port Adelaide - D Cassisi 2. Adelaide - S Goodwin.
Goals : Port Adelaide - Westhoff 3, Banner 2, Thompson 2, Hitchcock 2, Stewart 2, Boak,
Ebert, Schulz, Logan. Adelaide - Vince 2, Knights 2, Burton 2, Douglas, Walker.
Best : Port Adelaide - Boak, Hitchcock, Westhoff, Krakouer, Cassisi, Thompson, Banner.
Adelaide - Goodwin, Dangerfield, Douglas, Vince.
Injuries : Port Adelaide - Nil. Adelaide - Nil.
Reports - Nil. Umpires - Fila, Avon, Statham
Crowd - 14,663 at AAMI Stadium.