Last week of the AFL produced no real surprises but there were a few marginal outsiders like the Bulldogs, Crows and Demons winning their respective matches. Elsewhere the Cats narrowly escaped the Kangaroos with a plucky one-point win, the Lions put up an inspiring fight against the resurgent Bombers, the Tigers consigned Collingwood to a winless start to 2017 and the Giants put on a show in recording their first 100+ win; over fellow newcomers the Suns.
The action of round three begins with a cracker between two teams desperate to register their first wins of the season when Sydney hosts Collingwood at the SCG. On Saturday the Kangaroos play the on-fire Giants, the Tigers and Eagles clash in what should be an entertaining match between two undefeated sides and Geelong will look to make it three straight wins for the year when they play the Demons. The Showdown between Adelaide rivals the Crows and Power is sure to once again deliver before the Dockers and Dogs meet over in Perth.
On Sunday there are three matches with St Kilda hosting the Lions in what many punters are predicting to be a Saints victory. Then old enemies Essendon and Carlton clash at the MCG in what should be a packed house before the Suns look to end a winless run against the Hawks at the Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium.
Friday, April 7, 7:50 pm (AEST) @ SCG
SWANS: B: N.Smith, A.Aliir, N.Newman HB: C.Mills, H.Grundy, H.Marsh C: Z.Jones, J.Kennedy, J.Lloyd 0HF: .Florent, L.Franklin, L.Parker F: G.Hewett, S.Reid, W.Hayward FOL: S.Naismith, D.Hannebery, K.Jack I/C: J.Dawson, J.Foote, R.Fox, C.Sinclair EMG: H.Cunningham, S.Edwards, J.Laidler
MAGPIES: B: J.Howe, H.Schade, J.Ramsay HB: J.Smith, B.Reid, B.Maynard C: S.Sidebottom, S.Pendlebury, J.CrispHF: T.Varcoe, J.White, T.Broomhead F: A.Fasolo, D.Moore, C.Mayne FOL: B.Grundy, A.Treloar, T.Adams I/C: T.Goldsack, L.Greenwood, T.Phillips, W.Hoskin-Elliott EMG: J.Blair, J.Aish, L.Dunn
Saturday, April 8, 1:45 pm (AEST) @ Blundstone Arena
KANGAROOS: B: M.Williams, R.Tarrant, L.McDonald HB: J.Macmillan, L.Hansen, A.Mullett C: T.Garner, B.Cunnington, S.Atley HF: N.Hrovat, M.Daw, T.Dumont F: L.Thomas, B.Brown, K.Turner FOL: T.Goldstein, J.Ziebell, S.Higgins I/C: A.Swallow, S.Durdin, B.Preuss, S.Gibson EMG: R.Clarke, E.Vickers-Willis, C.Wagner
GIANTS: B: Z.Williams, P.Davis, M.Buntine HB: J.Kelly, A.Tomlinson, A.Kennedy C: H.Shaw, C.Ward, T.Greene HF: D.Smith, R.Lobb, S.Johnson F: R.Griffen, J.Cameron, T.Scully FOL: S.Mumford, D.Shiel, J.Hopper I/C: S.Reid, T.Taranto, N.Haynes, N.Wilson EMG: J.Patton, A.Corr, H.Perryman
Saturday, April 8, 2:10 pm (AEST) @ MCG
TIGERS: B: A.Rance, D.Astbury, D.Grimes HB: R.Conca, B.Houli, B.Ellis C: K.McIntosh, D.Prestia, S.Grigg HF: D.Rioli, T.Elton, D.Butler F: D.Martin, J.Riewoldt, J.Castagna FOL: T.Nankervis, T.Cotchin, J.Caddy I/C: N.Vlastuin, B.Lennon, J.Short, K.Lambert EMG: J.Townsend, A.Miles, C.Menadue
EAGLES: B: S.Hurn, T.Barrass, S.Wellingham HB: J.Nelson, J.McGovern, E.Yeo C: M.Hutchings, M.Priddis, A.Gaff HF: M.LeCras, J.Darling, J.Redden F: N.Vardy, J.Kennedy, J.Hill FOL: J.Giles, L.Shuey, S.Mitchell I/C: B.Sheppard, C.Masten, J.Cripps, L.Jetta EMG: L.Duggan, S.Butler, W.Schofield
Saturday, April 8, 4:35pm (AEST) @ Etihad Stadium
CATS: B: Z.Tuohy, T.Lonergan, A.Mackie HB: T.Stewart, L.Henderson, J.Thurlow C: M.Blicavs, J.Selwood, S.Menegola HF: J.Parsons, H.Taylor, B.Parfitt F: S.Motlop, T.Hawkins, D.Menzel FOL: Z.Smith, P.Dangerfield, C.Guthrie I/C: M.Duncan, L.McCarthy, J.Murdoch, T.Ruggles EMG: J.Bews, D.Lang, R.Stanley
DEMONS: B: C.Salem, T.McDonald, J.Hunt HB: N.Jetta, O.McDonald, N.Jones C: B.Vince, D.Tyson, J.Harmes HF: M.Hannan, S.Weideman, A.Neal-Bullen F: J.Garlett, C.Petracca, T.Smith FOL: M.Gawn, C.Oliver, J.Viney I/C: J.Watts, B.Stretch, D.Kent, J.Melksham EMG: C.Pedersen, T.Bugg, J.Spencer
Saturday, April 8, 7:40pm (AEST) @ Domain Stadium
DOCKERS: B: E.Hughes, J.Hamling, L.Spurr HB: G.Ibbotson, M.Johnson, T.Sheridan C: S.Hill, L.Neale, B.Hill HF: L.Weller, C.McCarthy, E.Langdon F: M.Walters, S.Kersten, B.Grey FOLL: A.Sandilands, N.Fyfe, D.Mundy I/C: C.Blakely, H.Balic, G.Logue, H.Crozier EMG: M.Taberner, D.Pearce, J.Griffin
BULLDOGS: B: M.Adams, F.Roberts, J.Johannisen HB: M.Suckling, E.Wood, R.Murphy C: L.Hunter, L.Dahlhaus, M.Boyd HF: J.Macrae, L.Jong, J.Stringer F: T.McLean, T.Cloke, L.Picken FOLL: T.Boyd, M.Bontempelli, T.Liberatore I/C: Z.Cordy, T.Campbell, S.Biggs, C.Daniel EMG: C.Smith, J.Dunkley, B.Williams
Saturday, April 8, 7:40 pm (AEST) @ Adelaide Oval
POWER: B: D.Byrne-Jones, T.Clurey, D.Houston HB: M.Broadbent, T.Jonas, H.Hartlett C: B.Ebert, O.Wines, J.Polec HF: S.Powell-Pepper, J.Westhoff, C.Wingard F: J.Trengove, C.Dixon, A.Young FOL: P.Ryder, T.Boak, R.Gray I/C: K.Amon, J.Impey, B.Edddy, S.Gray EMG: M.White, J.Atley, N.Krakouer
CROWS: B: D.Byrne-Jones, T.Clurey, D.Houston HB: M.Broadbent, T.Jonas, H.Hartlett C: B.Ebert, O.Wines, J.Polec HF: S.Powell-Pepper, J.Westhoff, C.Wingard F: J.Trengove, C.Dixon, A.Young FOL: P.Ryder, T.Boak, R.Gray I/C: K.Amon, J.Impey, B.Edddy, S.Gray EMG: M.White, J.Atley, N.Krakouer
Sunday, April 9, 4:40 pm (AEST) @ Metricon Stadium
SUNS: B: J.Harbrow, S.May, J.Bowes HB: K.Kolodjashnij, R.Thompson, A.Saad C: D.Swallow, G.Ablett, M.Rosa HF: J.Lyons, T.Lynch, B.Matera F: T.Miller, P.Wright, J.Martin FOL: J.Witts, M.Barlow, A.Hall I/C (from): A.Sexton, J.Lonergan, B.Fiorini, J.Leslie, S.Lemmens, B.Ainsworth, J.Joyce
HAWKS: B: B.Stratton, J.Frawley, S.Burgoyne HB: L.Hodge, R.Burton, J.Gibson C: L.Shiels, J.O’Meara, I.Smith HF: L.Breust, J.Gunston, C.Rioli F: T.Vickery, J.Roughead, P.Puopolo FOL: B.McEvoy, W.Langford, T.Mitchell I/C (from): R.Henderson, K.Stewart, T.Miles, B.Whitecross, J.Sicily, B.Hartung, K.Brand