AFL Round 4: Five things you may have missed

Fiasco Sports takes a look at five things you may have missed during Round Four of the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.  

Fremantle and Sydney played one of two cracking games on Saturday night. PhotoAAP: Tony McDonough

Fremantle and Sydney played one of two cracking games on Saturday night. Photo: Tony McDonough/AAP

 

1. The 2015 AFL Premier played on Saturday night.

 

There were two games on Saturday night played at a different standard to the rest of the round.

 

Obviously there is plenty of football still to play, (injuries and suspension can change any circumstances) but after watching the two games on Saturday night it’s clear only four teams are in contention for a premiership in 2015.

 

There is Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Sydney, Fremantle and then daylight to the rest of the competition.

 

2. Hawthorn, not Clarkson or the fan, is at fault.

 

The infamous video of Alastair Clarkson and a Port Adelaide fan shows only a few seconds, but Clarkson was reportedly harassed for over a minute.

 

You could argue he acted in a way any reasonable person would.

 

There was a drunken man in his personal space bothering him for over a minute and Clarkson defended himself by pushing the man off.

 

There has been a lot of debate about which person was in the wrong; the man was clearly being an idiot and aggressively provoking him, but should we be praising a coach for hitting a fan like many are?

 

Fiasco Sports isn’t sure either party is in the wrong.

 

Hawthorn club officials shouldn’t have allowed Clarkson to be in that situation to begin with.

 

Surely a club representative at some point before they started walking from the Adelaide Oval to the hotel thought it wasn’t a good idea?

 

An AFL coach walking by a group of (likely intoxicated) fans from any club late at night after his team loses is an incident waiting to happen.

 

Hawthorn club officials to-do list for next Saturday night: Have a post-game team bus or taxi ready for the coach!

 

3. Dustin Fletcher has still got it!

 

He started playing AFL football before the rookies of this season were even born and the man still has it.

 

Fletcher didn’t even need to bring out the torp for this one from inside the square!

 

4. Giant chance to make the finals?

 

GWS currently sit in second place with three wins and one loss.

 

Any level-headed AFL fan would look at who have they beaten so far (St Kilda, Melbourne, Gold Coast) and brush them aside as a chance to make the finals.

 

The Giants play all of those teams a second time though, and still have two games left against Carlton; Fiasco Sports has them at eight wins after those matches.

 

Throw in a home game against Brisbane and the Giants should have at least nine wins in 2015.

 

If Greater Western Sydney can pull off just two or three upsets along the way, don’t be surprised to see them sneak in for a shock finals appearance.

 

5. The Western Bulldogs might have the most exciting list in the competition.

 

The Bulldogs gave the Adelaide Crows a reality check in the final game of the round.

 

Although some reliable senior players in Matthew Boyd and Robert Murphy played well, they weren’t the driving force behind the win.

 

It was young players like Luke Dahlhaus, Jack Macrae, Liam Picken, Jake Stringer, Michael Talia and Marcus Bontempelli who did the most of the heavy lifting in a dominant win.

 

Throw in a healthy Tom Liberatore and Bulldogs’ fans have a lot to be excited about for the future!

 

Written by Jonathan Boyd

 

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