AFL Round 1 – Collingwood vs Fremantle

How could i forget… AFL has finally kicked off. of course, i was up on the Sunshine coast which showed a couple of 1960 -era movies instead of delighting us all with the Rocca’s bag of goals.. bloody typical!!

Match Details

Collingwood v Fremantle
Saturday, March 22, 2008
MCG, 2.10pm AEDT, crowd: 45,383
Conditions: Very good
Weather: 22C, fine, warm, blue skies
  1/4 time 1/2 time 3/4 time Final
COL 3.3-21 (2) 7.6-48 (4) 10.10-70 (6) 16.15-111 (26)
FRE 3.1-19 7.2-44 10.4-64 13.7-85
Goals: Collingwood: Anthony Rocca 6.1, Alan Didak 3, Dale Thomas 2, Leon Davis 2, Paul Medhurst, Travis Cloke, Tarkyn Lockyer. Fremantle: Luke McPharlin 3, Shaun McManus 2, Matthew Pavlich, Peter Bell, Mark Johnson, Matthew Carr,  David Mundy, Ryan Crowley, Jeff Farmer, Des Headland.
Best: Collingwood: Anthony Rocca, Rhyce Shaw, Leon Davis, Chris Egan, Dane Swan, Alan Didak, Scott Pendlebury. Fremantle: David Mundy, Peter Bell, Roger Hayden, Luke McPharlin, Byron Schammer, Des Headland, Steven Dodd, Jeff Farmer.
Umpires: Scott McLaren, Ray Chamberlain, Chris Kamolins.
l Dean Solomon (Fre) was cited with a Level One rough conduct offence against Shane Wakelin (Col) during Q??. The MRP found the offence was classified as 125 points but because of Solomon’s past record his tally was increased to 232.81 points which means that even by pleading guilty he will still have a tally of 174.61 points – well over the 100 point cut-off for a one match suspension. Fremantle sought the adjudication of the Tribunal. The Tribunal found Solomon guilty and suspended him for two matches.


Match Comments

the crowd of 45,383 was the biggest to watch the pair – previous highest was 44,480 at the MCG last June …

  • ROHAN CONNOLLY noted in The Age – "no fewer than 10 of the Pies’ 22 were aged 21 or less" – Nathan J Brown, Marty Clarke, Travis Cloke, Chris Egan, Tyson Goldsack, Harry O’Brien, Scott Pendlebury, Sean Rusling, Dale Thomas and Cameron Wood …
  • ANTHONY ROCCA passed 400 career goals in game 231 …
  • no new match records were noted …
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