No need to overreact, but the tone will be set in AFL season openers this weekend
Round One Question Time
Lance Jenkinson has questions on each club heading into the round one matches in AFL 2021 …
Adelaide: Can veteran key forward Taylor Walker point the way for an inexperienced Crows forward line to kick a winning score against last year’s runner up Geelong?
Brisbane Lions: Who will be the conduit between the midfield and forward lines For the Lions in the absence of injured youngster Cam Rayner against the Sydney Swans?
Carlton: Is Harry McKay ready – both physically after an ankle injury in preseason and mentally with such big responsibility thrust on his shoulders in the absence of Charlie Curnow – to be the Blues focal point in the season opener against Richmond?
Collingwood: Will Doggies destroying Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy continue to live in the nightmares of Bulldogs fans or will the Dogs newly formed ruck duo of Stefan Martin and Tim English be his kryptonite?
Essendon: The Bombers look set for key position defenders for the next decade, but where will the dash out of defence come from against Hawthorn with Adam Saad and Conor McKenna leaving the club?
Fremantle: How much tougher will an already strong defensively Fremantle be to score against with the re-introduction of premiership-winning full back Joel Hamling to the line-up against Melbourne?Embed from Getty Images
Fremantle full back Joel Hamling will be working hard to quell the opposition’s best forward.
Geelong: How well will Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins co-exist in the one forward line in their first official match together in Adelaide?
Gold Coast Suns: After taking the league by storm in his rookie season last year, will Matt Rowell return to the line-up with a bang against West Coast after missing most of last year with a shoulder injury?
GWS Giants: Will new Giants full forward Jake Riccardi handle the pressure of going up against St Kilda’s best defender with no Jeremy Cameron to provide him cover?
Hawthorn: Can young rebounding defenders Will Day and Changkuoth Jiath replicate their preseason form and dominate off half-back against Essendon?
Melbourne: Are the second tier Melbourne players ready to step up against Fremantle after a failure in the last preseason game without some of their big stars to carry them?
North Melbourne: Is Nick Larkey ready to step up, albeit a little ahead of schedule after the departure of Ben Brown, and be North Melbourne’s chief target inside forward 50 against Port Adelaide?Embed from Getty Images
Nick Larkey is an exciting young forward with big responsibility for North Melbourne.
Port Adelaide: Will this game against an inexperienced North Melbourne be the start of a break-out season for young Port Adelaide forward Todd Marshall?
Richmond: Will the MCG remember to provide a second flag pole for Richmond’s unfurling of back-to-back premiership flags in front of their fans before the season opener against Carlton?
St Kilda: Are St Kilda the real deal? 120 bruising minutes of football against a GWS Giants side eager for redemption after their 2020 horror show will provide a good indication.
Sydney: Will the Swans rue the decision to let key defender Aliir Aliir go to Port Adelaide when they face a powerful Brisbane Lions forward line consisting Eric Hipwood and Joe Daniher?
West Coast Eagles: Is, as Fox Footy commentator Gerard Healy suggests, Oscar Allen ready to live up to the ‘best young tall’ talk and put Gold Coast Suns to the sword?
Western Bulldogs: After announcing they will blood rookies Anthony Scott and Lachie McNeil against Collingwood, have the Bulldogs got the mix right at the selection table?
What are your big questions heading into round one of the AFL season? Leave your comment below …