Last weekend saw a rematch of the 2017 AFL grand final and it was last year’s runner-up that gained a form of redemption from that result with the Crows cruising to a 36-point win over the Tigers. On Friday night, the Kangaroos got their first win of the season with an upset defeat of St Kilda. The Suns recorded their second win to maintain a perfect start to the year while the Giants fought back late to beat the Pies. Freo surprised the Bombers with a win in Perth while the Eagles soared in Melbourne to defeat the Dogs. In Sydney, the Power shocked the Swans while an Easter Monday cliff-hanger saw the Hawks pip the Cats thanks to a late Jarryd Roughead behind.
Thursday night footy takes a break for the next 11 weeks with round three set to start on a Friday night between Carlton and Collingwood at the MCG. On Saturday the Power take on the Lions, the Demons and Kangaroos clash, the Suns play the Dockers, the Saints tackle the Crows and the Sydney derby takes place between the Swans and Giants at the SCG. The final three games of the weekend conclude on Sunday when the Tigers battle the Hawks, the Bulldogs play the Bombers and the Eagles host the Cats in Perth.
Sunday, April 8, 4:40pm (AEST) @ Optus Stadium
West Coast is coming off a good win against the Western Bulldogs and will be keen to add to that success by winning their first match at their new home ground; Optus Stadium. The Eagles were unsuccessful against the Swans in their first match at the new venue and punters expect they may struggle against a Cats team seething from a one-point loss to Hawthorn on Easter Monday. The pressure is well and truly on experienced ruckman Nic Naitanui to propel the Eagles to victory.
Geelong’s tight loss to Hawthorn was probably a just result considering the Cats were the inferior team for the majority of the match. The fact they came back by kicking the last four goals of the match speaks volumes about the character if the team. Cats fans had their first look at the new midfield trio of captain Joel Selwood, 2016 Brownlow Medal winner Patrick Dangerfield and favourite son Gary Ablett Jr. and they would have loved what they saw – particularly in the final quarter.