AFL: Top five things to watch for in Round Two

Fiasco Sports takes a look at the top things to watch out for in round two of the 2015 AFL season.

Another finals-like match could be on the table as Port Adelaide take on Sydney in round two. Photo: Sarah Reed/Herald Sun

Another finals-like match could be on the table as Port Adelaide take on Sydney in round two.
Photo: Sarah Reed/Herald Sun

1. Port Adelaide v Sydney


Port Adelaide and Fremantle put on an epic round one spectacle last week and this match could be more of the same; a must-watch.


With Matthew Lobbe likely returning the Power to full strength, they will be eager to bounce back at home after a narrow loss to the Dockers.


Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley said his team welcomes the opportunity to test out their skills in another high-pressure contest and that’s exactly what they will get in round two.


Playing against Sydney, who were buoyed by a miracle comeback win over the Bombers, this match is going to be an intense battle from start to finish.


This looks set to be the game of the round with another finals-like match on the cards for Saturday night at Adelaide Oval.


2. Gary Ablett Jnr v everybody


The little master had a quiet outing by his lofty standards in his first game back from a shoulder injury and his coach Rodney Eade labelled it “a bad day.”


That is not a phrase used to describe a game from the champ very often.


Unfortunately for St Kilda, there is no greater danger to an opposition in the AFL than a Gary Ablett Jnr with something to prove.


He could be in for a big game at home on the Gold Coast against the team likely to finish bottom.


Watch for Ablett Jnr to come out firing against St Kilda and put any critics to rest.


3. North Melbourne’s response


Prior the season several AFL experts tipped North Melbourne as a top-five finisher; in round one they were comprehensively smashed by Adelaide.


Coach Brad Scott has said the players will “get what’s coming to them” and captain Andrew Swallow is expecting some humbling changes at the selection table before round two.


Can North Melbourne respond?


It’s hard to meet those preseason expectations with two losses to start a season so this is a must-win game.


Look for them to make to make a statement against Brisbane on Sunday if they are any chance of finishing in the top five.

Taylor Walker putting on a show... he played footy at some point as well. Photo: James Elsby/AFL Media

Taylor Walker putting on a show… he played footy at some point as well. Photo: James Elsby/AFL Media

4. The Taylor Walker show


One of the main reasons for North Melbourne’s 77-point loss was a ridiculous game from Taylor Walker.


He had 15 marks, including seven in the first quarter, and could have easily kicked 10 goals after missing a few easy shots and passing a couple off.


Walker looked back to his best, fully recovered from a torn ACL and showcased the makings of becoming the most dominant power forward in the AFL today.


Can he back it up?


It’s worth watching him against Collingwood to find out!


5. Started from the bottom now we here


The completion of the third match in round two will yield a scenario not many would have been expecting… either Melbourne or GWS will have two wins and zero losses.


It’s a position the Giants have never been in during their short history and hasn’t been done by Melbourne since 2005.


Both teams have made some handy additions and posses a plethora of young guns making this quite an even and intriguing match to achieve the feat.


This is one for punters to get around; Fiasco Sports is feeling a draw!


Written by Jonathan Boyd


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