Footy fans were finally treated to some AFL action over the weekend, as 12 teams dusted off their preseason cobwebs in a series of JLT Community games.
Between the comeback kids (and veterans) from Essendon, horrific injuries, and games played in venues not good enough for a third division reserves team; here’s five things we learned from the opening round of the AFL preseason.
Geelong look to have recruited very well…just not in the apparel area
There were some question marks over the Cats’ trade dealings at the end of last year, but if Friday night in Tassie is anything to go by, they look to have filled two glaring holes.
Although losing to Hawthorn, Aaron Black’s four goals (including three in a quarter) was a standout performance, and Zach Tuohy’s 33 possessions from half-back was extremely eye-catching.
Now they just need to fuck off that horrendous t-shirt kit.
Travis Cloke relishing actually playing in a good side
A slimmed down Travis Cloke looked to relish playing in a side that can actually hit a target with their kicks.
The big forward looked good, as he raked in eight marks and converted one super goal and a regular major as well.
And zero behinds!
The JLT Community series really held strong to its name, with games played in Tasmania, Whitten Oval, Broadbeach, Narrandera (?) and Coffs Harbour.
The trend continues this weekend, with matches being hosted in Mackay, Cranbourne, Geraldton and North Melbourne’s traditional home, Arden Street.
For a 32-year-old who was questioning whether or not to return to the AFL fold, Jobe Watson looks like he hasn’t missed a beat after a year out of the game.
The former-Essendon captain eased his way to a classy 19 possessions, before being rested in the final quarter.
You simply couldn’t wipe the smile from his face too.
Injuries know no preseason
It may only be the preseason, but unfortunately we have already seen our fair share of bad injuries, with the Bulldogs’ Jordan Roughead set for a stint on the sidelines with a hammy injury.
But, spare a thought for Gold Coasts’ Sam Day, whose season is in tatters after dislocating his hip in what doctors have described as a “car crash-like injury”.
And a bonus one...
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