Isaac Smith scored, which turned out to be the winner, as Geelong managed to hold on and grab a one-point victory over Brisbane in a thrilling blockbuster Friday night.
The 32-year-old clinging to home fans, only his second game for the Cats, following his summer move from Hawthorn. It set up a frenzied ending and what turned out to be a very controversial ending as the Lions desperately attacked and thought they should have had a free kick when Zac Bailey faced off against Mark Blicavs.
The AFL has since issued a statement in which referee boss Dan Richardson admitted it was a bad decision and should have been seen as ‘holding the ball’.
In an equally exciting game, the Western Bulldogs crossed the finish line against the West Coast in a real swing affair; the lead has changed no less than 12 times.
The Eagles held a 14-point lead at one point, in the last term, but the Doggies came back strong and held their cool, in the dying minutes Marcus Bontempelli sealing what coach Luke Beveridge called a “ monumental and important victory ”.
A beautiful view, on the weekend, was Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin returns to Sydney after a period of almost 18 months on the sidelines due to various injuries.
The 34-year-old forward, who greeted the birth of his son earlier in the week, did not disappoint, scoring four goals in Adelaide’s loss to SCG.
Speaking to Fox Footy after the game he said: “A few cobwebs for sure. The past 18 months have been disappointing for me. It’s been a stressful time for everyone, with COVID and everything, but it’s amazing to be back and I loved every minute of it.
In South Australia, Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades, 19, kicked off four majors each as Port Adelaide continued its strong opening to the new season.
Power, considered by many to be true Premiership contenders, showed exactly why as they led the entire evening in the 54-point demolition of Essendon.
Melbourne emerged victorious in a tight, sometimes disjointed contest against St. Kilda by 18 points. He maintains his perfect start, making it two out of two for the first time in four years, and Demons fans will be excited that it could be a big year.
Ahead of the match, a moving tribute was paid to the great Danny Frawley (led by Garry Lyon, Stewart Loewe and Tony Lockett) to help launch the first Spud’s Game – an initiative to support and raise awareness of mental health programs .
A strong start from the reigning Richmond Premiers set them on the path to victory against a vigorous hawthorn. Jack Riewoldt, Tom Lynch and Jack Castagna among the scorers for a Tigers outfit that is already showing worrying signs of form.
A tough day for the Hawks came with promises 19-year-old defender Will Day sent off after twisting his ankle, towards the end of the third trimester, and they will be anxiously awaiting the results of the scans to reveal the extent of the injury.
Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew was elated after seeing his players flaunt as they beat a dismal North Melbourne, under the lights, at Metricon.
He said: “It was a satisfactory result. The start was important and a real focus for us after last week. Moreover, how we exhausted it as well; we challenged the players and their attitude, to go and win the fourth quarter, and they did exactly what was great.
Opposite number David Noble offered no excuse for the result which sees the Kangaroos sitting at the bottom of the ladder. He said: “We are bored, we are disappointed with the way we have presented ourselves tonight. What was delivered tonight is not.
Jordan de Goey marked his 100th appearance for Collingwood with four goals to help his team defeat rivals Carlton. Although they led most of the meeting, they were pushed to the end, by a fiery Blues, before rising by 21 points.
The impressive performances of midfielder Taylor Adams (29 assignments, 13 clearances and one goal) and captain Scott Pendlebury (30 assignments) were also impressive.
In the final game of the round, an inaccurate Fremantle, who amassed 21 behind, still had way too much for an abject GWS Giants in front of 27625 at Optus Stadium.
The only sour note was the loss of the captain Nat Fyfe after being surprised by Sam Reid. This led to him being the first player to be replaced by a medical replacement due to a concussion; a new rule that came into effect at the start of this season.
2nd round results
Carlton 13.7 (85)
Collingwood 16.10 (106)
Geelong 12.9 (81)
Brisbane 11.14 (80)
Sydney 18.13 (121)
Adelaide 11.22 (88)
Port Adelaide 18.11 (119)
Essendon 9.11 (65)
Saint Kilda 12.19 (91)
Melbourne 11.7 (73)
Gold Coast 14.14 (98)
Melbourne North 5.9 (39)
Hawthorn 7.7 (49)
Richmond 11.12 (78)
Western Bulldogs 14.16 (100)
West Coast 14.9 (93)
Fremantle 11.21 (87)
GWS 7.14 (56)