Port Adelaide v Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns v Sydney Swans

It was not until eventually the previous 90 seconds of the first quarter, with the Swans presently up by 33 factors, that Noah Anderson scrambled the Suns’ initial intention of the season. Sam Flanders had an additional on the stroke of quarter time to give them a pulse.

Former skipper David Swallow turned that pulse into a heartbeat with a third target in two minutes of participating in time early in the next. But by the finish of the half, the Swans had restored a 29-stage benefit and have been participating in like they were being the workforce with a place to show.

A six-aim third quarter built that level with emphasis, swiftly placing the sport to mattress. If class is lasting, as the stating goes, then a poor working day at the office environment last September has not robbed the likes of Errol Gulden, Chad Warner, Callum Mills and Ollie Florent of it.

Nonetheless, they’ll face sterner opposition than the Suns supplied. At instances the match seemed a lot more like a training drill, with the Suns scarcely aggressive at moments. Wherever was the anticipation and intensity – the excitement, even – that an opening-round video game needs?

True, the game was performed in energy-sapping situations, with humidity nudging 90 per cent. But, certainly, that need to only have pointed to a slight benefit to the dwelling aspect. And they didn’t appear to engage in.

The Swans queued up for purpose, with 12 players hitting the sheet. It was not often slick – the ball was also slippery for that – but it was significantly too effortless. Notwithstanding a few late aims in junk time, that should really set the Suns less than the microscope next week.

Port recruits fire in 54-level victory over Brisbane

Port Adelaide’s pair of prized recruits have created quick impacts in a 54-position belting of the Brisbane Lions.

Jason Horne-Francis was most effective-afield and Junior Rioli slotted a few goals in the Power’s resounding 18.18 (126) to 11.6 (72) triumph at Adelaide Oval.

Horne-Francis was excellent with his 25 disposals that includes 10 within 50s, 11 score involvements and a target – and he sparked a match-winning Electricity surge in the third expression.

Just after trailing by 10 points at halftime, Port booted eight objectives to one in a decisive third quarter.

Horne-Francis, the 2021 No.1 draft choose who walked out on North Melbourne immediately after a single season, ran rampant in the onslaught with a dozen touches, five within 50s and 3 clearances for the term.

Happy Port days: Jason Horne-Francis hugs a teammate as Will Ashcroft looks on.

Delighted Port days: Jason Horne-Francis hugs a teammate as Will Ashcroft appears on.Credit:AFL Images / Getty Photographs

And ex-Eagle Rioli was an ever-present threat to the lacklustre Lions, who have been perfectly served by their individual critical signing, previous Bulldog Josh Dunkley.

Dunkley collected 19 disposals and seven clearances, veteran Daniel Abundant was most influential with 26 touches while Lachie Neale was rather subdued with 20 possessions.

Brisbane have been collectively overwhelmed right after producing the early functioning in a dominant second stanza punctuated by Port’s Charlie Dixon blowing up.

An abusive Dixon gave absent consecutive 50m penalties when penalised for a higher tackle on Loaded and the Lion goaled – the first of six majors as the people crafted an 18-level direct.

Dixon paid off some of his personal debt with a aim soon after the halftime siren to leave the Electricity 12 points down.

And Horne-Francis then took the spotlight with his 3rd-expression feats as the Lions wilted.

Port’s tall forwards Todd Marshall (4 aims) and Dixon (3.3) complemented Rioli’s eye-catching haul which highlighted a amazing substantial mark.


Brownlow medallist Ollie Wines (29 disposals) and Zak Butters (24 touches) helped Horne-Francis rule the midfield whilst backmen Ryan Burton (24) and Darcy Byrne-Jones (27) ended up prolific ball-winners.

Brisbane’s hyped debutant Will Ashcroft snapped a elegant purpose among his 13 touches.

And ex-Hawk Jack Gunston and Zac Bailey scored two goals apiece on a effectively-held Lions forward line.

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