Here is Part Two of the 2017 AFL Round Two Review, summarising each team from Hawthorn to the Western Bulldogs. If you did not read Part One, click here.
Showing signs of decline in the opening rounds of the 2017 season but facing Gold Coast in Round 3 should give the Hawks a boost of confidence. Hawthorn started in emphatic fashion against Adelaide kicking 6.2 to 2.2 in the first quarter but that momentum wasn’t sustained for the remainder of the game.
New additions Tom Mitchell and Jaeger O’Meara were positive performers for the Hawks gathering 38 and 36 respectively but the remainder of the team was rather uninspiring. The mercurial Cyril Rioli was disappointing, kicking the solitary goal and laying just four tackles.
The Demons broke their Carlton hoodoo and won despite the absence of star midfielder Bernie Vince. It was a tight and low-scoring encounter at the MCG but Simon Goodwin’s team kicked six goals in the final quarter to pull away from the Blues.
Max Gawn won his ruck battle with Matthew Kreuzer winning 28 hit-outs to 21, Jeff Garlett kicked three goals, and Dom Tyson, Christian Salem, and Clayton Oliver collected over 30 possessions each.
Despite dominating for three quarters, the Kangaroos faded when they really didn’t need to. North Melbourne lost it in the last minute of the game as the youngsters couldn’t cope with Geelong’s more established stars.
On the positive side, Robbie Tarrant got 28 touches as a key defender, Ben Brown kicked three goals in the absence of Jarrad Waite, and Braydon Preuss was a late replacement for Todd Goldstein and he smashed Rhys Stanley in the ruck with 46 hit-outs.
Who would have thought that the Power would have won their first two matches for 2017? After grabbing a shock victory against Sydney in Round 1, Port Adelaide humiliated Fremantle by 89 points on Sunday.
Midfielder Robbie Gray got 30 disposals and kicked six goals straight while Charlie Dixon kicked four goals. Ollie Wines also starred in midfield with 31 disposals and two goals.
Not as convincing as last week but the big names lifted, especially as the game improved in the second half. An improved performance from Alex Rance in defence and Jack Riewoldt showed why he should be in the goal square, not roaming around the ground.
Riewoldt kicked only two goals but he was a reference point up front. Dustin Martin was still a danger in the forward 50, gathering 25 touches and kicking two goals. Trent Cotchin played like a true captain by collecting 26 disposals for the game and kicking two goals in a tight first half.
The Saints have suffered two defeats in the opening two rounds and after losing Nick Riewoldt in Round 1, midfielder Jack Steven suffered from a punctured lung against West Coast.
Alan Richardson’s side was leading for most of the game but it only scored 1.2 in the final quarter while the Eagles kicked 5.3.
Although the Swans have started poorly, they are another team that you should not write off too quickly.
Kurt Tippett has been a disappointment for Sydney for about four years but Sam Reid showed that he could be an excellent target in the forward 50 by kicking 6.1. Perhaps bringing Tony Lockett back to the club has already paid off dividends.
Dan Hannebery has not been anywhere near his best, failing to collect over 20 possessions for the second week in a row.
Survived an early scare against St Kilda and got another victory. The Eagles were trailing until three-quarter time but Josh Kennedy scored three goals in the final quarter to help the Western Australian side win by 19 points.
Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell are the big names in midfield but Andrew Gaff collected 36 possessions like he did against North Melbourne in Round 1.