AFL Round 1 Review (Season 2021)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 84.89 points per team.
Average Winning Margin: 21.11 points per game, which indicates that there were a mixture of close and one sided games.
Round 1 (In a Nutshell): In Round 1 I correclty predicted six out of nine results results. Despite Despite the fact that Round 1 was the opening Round of the season there was plenty of unpredictability!

Thursday Night Game

Richmond (105) v Carlton (80)
Tigers Too Polished; Dusty Leaves everyone Astonished!
Facts and Figures: Carlton improved out of sight, but they didn’t take their chances. It didn’t feel like a 25 point difference as Carlton had their chances. Richmond were more efficient in the forward half.
Pivotal Moment: Dustin Martin made the lead 15 points for Richmond in the 4th quarter.
Richmond Game Changer: Dustin Martin
Carlton Game Changer: Sam Walsh

Friday Night Game

Collingwood (53) v Western Bulldogs (69)
Bulldogs Far Too Good!
Facts and Figures: The top nine possession winners were all Western Bulldogs players!
Pivotal Moment: Stefan Martin made the margin 23 points in the 4th quarter.
Collingwood Game Changer: Darcy Moore
Western Bulldogs Game Changers: Bailey Smith, Jack Macrae

Saturday Afternoon Games

Melbourne Demons (80) v Fremantle Dockers (58)
Dockers Their own Worst Enemies
Facts and Figures: Fremantle Dockers have plenty of worked to do. Their turnovers and general play weren’t up to standard.
Pivotal Moment: Christian Petracca made the margin 23 points in the 4th quarter.
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Christian Petracca
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Adam Cerra

Adelaide Crows (103) v Geelong Cats (91)
Crows Surprise with a Performance that was Sublime!
Facts and Figures: The Adelaide Crows held on for what was a famous victory! Taylor Walker kicked five goals!
Pivotal Moment: Taylor Walker made the margin 38 points in the Adelaide Crows favour at half time! The set shot was taken after the siren went from outside 50!
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Taylor Walker
Geelong Cats Game Changer: Isaac Smith

Saturday Night Games

Essendon (91) v Hawthorn (92)
Hawthorn Claim Famous Comeback win!
Facts and Figures: Essendon squandered a lead of 39 points at half time.
Pivotal Moment: Tim O’Brien gave Hawthorn a one point lead in the 4th quarter. It proved to be the last goal of the game!
Essendon Bombers Game Changer: Andrew McGrath
Hawthorn Hawks Game Changer: Tom Mitchell

Brisbane Lions (94) v Sydney Swans (125)
Swans Surprise!
Facts and Figures: Scores were level at 52 points for both teams, at half time.
Pivotal Moment: Callum Mills kicked his 2nd goal of the game in the 3rd quarter.
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Lincoln McCarthy
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Callum Mills

Sunday Afternoon Games

North Melbourne (65) v Port Adelaide (117)
Power Have too much Class!
Facts and Figures: North Melbourne Kangaroos had 20 inside 50’s in the 1st quarter.
Pivotal Moment: Orazio Fantasia kicked his 3rd goal in the 2nd quarter. He made the margin 40 points in Port Adelaide’s favour near half time.
North Melbourne Game Changer: Jaidyn Stephenson
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Orazio Fantasia

GWS Giants (78) v St Kilda (86)
St Kilda Win, Somehow!
Facts and Figures: St Kilda came into the game with nine injuries.
Pivotal Moment: Dan Butler gave St Kilda an eight point lead near the end of the 4th quarter.
GWS Giants Game Changer: Harry Himmelberg
St Kilda Game Changer: Tim Membrey

Sunday Afternoon Game (Perth Time)

West Coast Eagles (83) v Gold Coast Suns (58)
Eagles Show Character in Gritty Win
Facts and Figures: The Gold Coast Suns were extremely competitive.
Pivotal Moment: Liam Ryan made the margin 16 points in the West Coast Eagles favour in the 4th quarter.
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: Oscar Allen
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Sam Collins



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