A second victory in three games has not only seen Richmond move up a spot on the ladder but it has also instilled a new sense of confidence at Punt Road. The fact that the side is sitting two spots off the bottom with three victories is pretty amazing considering the side was written of f as a circus act after they were smashed by Carlton in the first round. New Coach Jade Rawlings has to take a lot of credit for planning their round 12 victory over the West Coast Eagles, but the players should also stand up and take a bow for putting up with the criticism and pressure that has been piled upon them so far this year.
Star signing Ben Cousins was once again an inspiration for his new team. A couple of injuries have hampered his year a little but against his former club he used all of his class and experience coming out of the game with 28 possessions. Another former Eagle also shined in this tie, Mitch Morton scored 5 goals and showed guts and determination all afternoon. For the Eagles star draft pick Nic Naitanui made a quiet debut but Josh Kennedy once again showed that he is a star in the making with 4 goals. despite a late come back from the Eagles Richmond held on for an impressive victory.
Top of the table St Kilda continued their amazing start to the season beating Carlton 104 to 95. The Saints didn’t have it all their own way though and only have a Chris Judd broken nose to thank for the win. Judd went off the field after he clashed heads with one of his own players and the Saints used this period to pull away from a brave Blues outfit. Carlton will feel hard done by in this one but you have to say that the signs are looking good for a bright blue future in the AFL. Carlton are $16.00 to win the flag.
Last years premiers Hawthorn had another afternoon to forget and now sit in eighth spot on the ladder. The Hawks led at half time but only scored 1 goal 7 in the second compared to Brisbane’s 10 goals 6. Jonathon Brown was once again inspirational for his side scoring 5 goals and being a constant menace all game. Where now for the Hawks? Get your free bet on them to claim the flag at sportsbet.com.au.
Elsewhere in the first week of a split round 12 Adelaide got on top of a low scoring affair against North Melbourne. The Crows are now fifth on the ladder while Melbourne’s dismal 24 point effort has seen them slide to 12th.
The Western Bulldogs continued their good season by giving the Port Adelaide Power a footballing lesson. The Doggies shared their goal scoring between 13 different players, which was just to much for Port who now sit just outside the eight in ninth spot.