The spectacular demolition of Port Adelaide on the West Coast reveals what was obscured by the turmoil of last year’s hub season.
Traveling to Perth to play against the undefeated Eagles at Optus Stadium last season is AFL’s biggest audit.
The West Coast’s breathtaking first half display dominated every aspect of the game, scoring 10 to 2 goals against unfortunate power, so it was just great.
The Eagles’ 37-point win, 16.12 (108) to 11.5 (71), redefines the Premiership conversation and amazes Adam Simpson’s team near its forefront.
This was the biggest statement the West Coast has made since it surprised Richmond at home in 2018.
And the most devastating dismantling of fellow candidates since the Eagles kicked 10 goals in the first half to book a ticket to MCG later that year.
There were guns everywhere on the west coast, but none were as bright as Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff.
The skipper that came back was great from the start, setting the tone with 10 touches and 4 tackles on the opening stanza. Shui had 28 dispositions and eight clearances when the hamstring was further injured in the middle of the final semester and the night ended early.
Guff shrugged his indifference to start the season, became busy, and ran, created, and gathered exhausted at the disposal of game height 36.
The Eagles scored goals from within the first three 50 entries, jumped from the gate, and stayed on, unlike the Round One game with the Gold Coast.
The Center Square Control helped quickly deliver the ball to a tall forward array with the help of Nick Naita Nui’s fun tap work. Even if the Eagles are out of the game.
On the west coast, the first half of the ambush dominated the ground and sky, supported by clearance (23-13), the contested ball (89-67), and the contested marking (13-4). The Eagles finished the game with a huge 141 mark on the 86 in Port Adelaide.
Joshua Kennedy and Jack Darling enjoyed scoring 7 goals as the Eagles scored 15 points out of 50 and Powers 9 points.
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Cheeky Liam Ryan likes to pick a particular teammate and tell them that they’re going to be posters-because he’s going to hang a hanger on their head soon.
It wasn’t fellow Eagle who offered the ride last night, but his opponent Darcy Byrne-Jones, who was a teammate of last year’s All-Australian team.
Ryan’s mark of the year became an early favorite of this year’s goal of defeating the house and winning in 2019.
It was his hang time that was as impressive as Ryan’s height. He seemed to be too early, but was able to stay on his opponent’s shoulders long enough to bring the ball back to Earth with him.
He took a frustrating cycle of four seasons, twelve games, and most positions on the field to find the opening round, but Jarrod Brander finally kicked his first AFL goal.
Brander played primarily in the wing in eight appearances last season, with the prospect of being 13th in the 2017 draft as the key to the boom, and was recently tested as an inside midfielder in the WAFL practice game.
With Brendon Ah Chi injured, Brander took his first chance of the season as a late inclusion and played as a forward.
The 22-year-old broke a duck in style. After the traditional mark of Reed, he missed an early set shot 50m head-on, but in the second half of the opening round he picked up a crowded ball and instinctively snapped.
The 195 cm Brander, who had a square peg in a round hole for a long time, was attacked by a teammate who knew his frustrating journey.
The West Coast brought Port Adelaide its first defeat in 2021 and won a big victory at Optus Stadium.
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