Round three of the 2015 AFL season has been run and won and there were many talking points to come out of the weekend’s fixtures.
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Collingwood kicked off proceedings with a big win over St Kilda, while the Dockers showed why they are considered premiership contenders after they completely outclassed West Coast in the Western Derby on Sunday.
But just what did we learn?
Find out below:
The Dockers are the real deal…
Fremantle were scintillating in the 41st Western Derby, particularly in the opening stages.
The Dockers piled on the first eleven goals of the game and looked like a side intent on proving that their premiership window is far from closed.
West Coast’s injury woes meant they were thoroughly beaten through the corridor, but regardless, Ross Lyon’s side were just on a complete different level.
No Dangerfield, no Adelaide? Think again…
There’s no doubt that Patrick Dangerfield still remains one of Adelaide’s star players, but the Crows showed they may be fine without him if he decided to leave at the end of the 2015 season.
Dangerfield was tagged out of the game by former Crow Bernie Vince, but the likes of Rory Sloane and David Mackay stood up and were immense.
West Coast’s injury issues may end their season before it barely begins…
West Coast’s defence has been decimated by injury and its problems may deepen after Jeremy McGovern was subbed out of the Eagles’ derby loss to Fremantle with a knee issue.
The Eagles have already lost key backmen Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown for the season, and the possible absence of McGovern will hurt Adam Simpson’s side big time.
Roos’ Demons are on the right track
Melbourne showed they are steadily on the improve despite its loss to Adelaide on Saturday.
The Demons’ intensity and pressure was brilliant, and once the polish matches the endeavour, Paul Roos’ side will be very tough to beat.
Carlton struggling, but showing some fight…
Mick Malthouse’s side rallied from a 41-point deficit to put pressure on the Bombers in the closing stages, and could have made more of a fist of it if it wasn’t for their glaring kicking inaccuracies.
Patrick Cripps showed why is he considered to be a future star for the Blues with a 22 disposal effort, while usual suspects Marc Murphy and Kade Simpson lead Carlton’s resurgence.
There’s no doubt there is a major hole in Carlton’s list, but they must give their long-suffering fans something to cheer about against the Saints on ANZAC Day.