The Newsroom reviews the first round of the 2016 Toyota AFL season.
Lance Franklin leads Swans to huge win over Collingwood
Lance Franklin scored four goals to help Sydney thrash the Magpies by a staggering 80 points at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday night. Luke Parker shined in the midfield tallying 40 disposals at an impressive 80 per cent efficiency, 20 contested possessions, six clearances and a goal. The Pies had much to deal with early in the first quarter with former Brownlow medallist Dane Swan succumbing to a season threatening ankle injury before Steele Sidebottom was reported for a bump on Daniel Hannebery. Co-captain Kieran Jack and 22-year-old Jake Lloyd both played their part in the midfield racking up 35 disposals each, whilst Tom Mitchell tallied 30 touches and kicked three goals in the win. Despite the 80-points loss, Collingwood fans will be impressed with the debut of former Greater Western Sydney midfielder Adam Treloar who had 34 touches and kicked a goal.
SYDNEY SWANS 18.25.133
Dangerfield delivers the goods over premiers
The current premiers were given a reality check as Patrick Dangerfield led Geelong to a 30-point win over Hawthorn at the MCG on Easter Monday. The new recruit from Adelaide racked up a career-high 43 disposals and took an early contender for mark of the year as Geelong kicked the last four goals to see out the 18.8.116 to 12.14.86 win over the Hawks. Dangerfield’s 43 touches on debut surpassed the previous record set by Greg Williams who managed 37 disposals in his first game for the Swans in 1986. Darcy Lang, Zac Smith and Josh Caddy all kicked three goals to get Geelong over the line against an injury-riddled Hawthorn, who were missing six stars from its 2015 premiership side.
Melbourne leave it late to beat GWS
Jesse Hogan kicked three final-quarter goals to help the Demons snatch a thrilling two-point win over Greater Western Sydney at the MCG. Melbourne, who were rather uninspiring in the first three quarters, switched on in the final term to kick six of the last eight goals to win 12.8.80 to 10.18.78. GWS’ Phil Davis had Jesse Hogan covered for most of the game before Jack Watts helped inspire a final quarter attacking burst allowing Hogan to kick three match defining goals. Watts’ also set up the winning goal, dishing a handball off to Aaron vandenBerg who dribbled home to secure the win for the Dees. Jack Viney was also a stand out performer for Melbourne collecting 32 disposals and laying six tackles. – Anthony Johnston
MELBOURNE DEMONS 12.8.80
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 10.18.78
GOLD COAST 17.19.121
NORTH MELBOURNE 16.11.107
WESTERN BULLDOGS 15.13.103
PORT ADELAIDE 20.13.133
ST KILDA 15.10.100
WEST COAST 26.10.166
BRISBANE LIONS 15.12.102
Photo of Buddy Franklin celebrating with Luke Parker from the Swans’ Twitter feed.