AFL: Round 2 – What did we learn?

Fremantle might have to wind back their premiership clock at this rate

With and 0-2 start, and aging key forward and no real defence, Fremantle may have to take a very harsh, real and quick look at their premiership aspirations. With the retirement of Luke McPharlin, there is a gaping hole in the team, a hole which there has been seemingly little urgency to fill.

A looming problem for the better part of the last five or six years, the fact that this still remains a problem does not bode well for the teams prospects this season, nor in seasons to come. The suggestions that big money offers are going toward luring banned Essendon pair Cale Hooker and Michael Hurely do suggest they are trying to rectify the problem, unfortunately it’s a few season too late.

The Dogs have a real top-four chance

Their manic-pressure displays in the first two games have shown that they are not to be messed with, and with their first 7 games to be played at Etihad stadium, the dogs have a very real chance at going 7-0 and ending up with a  top four spot at seasons end.

Possessing arguably the best backline in the league, the dogs do not let their opponents rest on, nor off the ball. Coming off All-Australian seasons from Robert Murphy and Easton Wood, the likes of Jason Johannisen has lifted their game and shown that they are not willing to go down as one-season wonders. The emergence of other talents across the park like Caleb Daniel and the return of Tom Liberatore will only excel this.

The showdown is as hard to guess as the lottery

The Crows and The Power always dish up something different for every showdown. Last year was an emotional nail biter, this year, an utter annihilation by the Crows. Port played a zone defence, only suitable if the entire team buys into the idea, however, it was clear from early on, not everyone had.

The likes of Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, Josh Jenkins, Rory Laird, Wayne Milera and Tom Lynch all ran riot. A rather uncharacteristically one-sided affair, Ken Hinkely seemed against the idea of changing a failing system, indicating the lack of a plan B. Of course, it is only round 2 and the showdown’s are anyone’s game on any given day – but the very fact that nothing seemed to change is sure to worry many should it continue.

Tom Lynch is the Gold Coast’s next captain

After bagging 5 goals in the drought breaking win over the Dockers, Tom Lynch has further shown himself to be a real leader. A physical presence, with clean hands, a powerful kick and a developing elite level of endurance Lynch has shown a massive development in his game since his debut. From the outside looking in, he is a popular figure with the team and is looked to as a leader amongst the younger brigade outside of the likes of Gary Ablett and Matt Rosa.

Of course as his contribution continues to increase, he will command even more attention from the games premier defenders, but there is a confidence in his game which tells people, he wont have nay problem’s dealing with such justified attention.

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