An AFL weekend of thumpings & thrillers. North got up against the Bombers in a tight one Friday night. The Hawks destroyed Melbourne by over a hundred points Saturday, followed by Carlton’s utter demolition at the hands of GWS. And West Coast obliterated Gold Coast who were early-season finals-favourites. These were all BIG thrashings, the likes of which could see a coach or two sacked as early as this week.

Sunday brought some balance back to the round with a thriller at the G between the Tigs & Pies, Richmond getting over the line by 5 points in the dying seconds. But the surprise result of the round belongs to the Dogs (yes – we are somewhat biased), losing to the comp’s undefeated champions Freo by 13 points in a heart-stopping finish, scores dead-level minutes before the final siren. Proud of the Bulldogs this morning. They were given absolutely no chance, and instead pushed the Dockers right to the line. Good signs for a very young side who’ve emerged from a tumultuous pre-season.

Fires out.