The Essendon-St Kilda game ended up being cancelled because of torrential rain and the fans that did make it out to regional town of Wangaratta were subjected to a Saints intra-club scrimmage.
The Bombers had received special permission from the AFL to fly out on the day of the game but the weather wouldn’t permit them to land. Goes without saying how seriously teams are taking the pre-season tournament.
West Coast played Port Adelaide south of Perth in a ghost town known as Mandurah and came away with a tight five point win.
He may no longer be the star he was in 2006, but Daniel Kerr found some old magic and kicked the winning goal to trounce the Port comeback.
Kerr kicked two majors and had 20 possessions while Chris Masten (25 disposals), Dean Cox and Matthew Priddis were all big contributors.
No player for Port managed more than 18 disposals and touted youngster Chad Wingard, who recently played his way onto my SuperCoach team, was concerning with just the 10 disposals.
Melbourne got up over last year’s finalists Collingwood 79-70 in a pretty sound team effort.
Scott Pendlebury and Heath Shaw looked good for the Pies.
In another blowout, Adelaide defeated Brisbane by a 51-point margin.
Rory Sloan looks set to be a gun for the Crows this year and Patrick Dangerfield looked amazing as he gather 33 disposals, 22 of them being kicks.
Matthew Leuenberger had a stinker in the ruck, but Jack Redden (29) and Tom Rockliff (26) were big ball getters for the Lions.
The closest game of the round belonged to the Western Bulldogs as they put Carlton away by a cheeky four points.
A late snap by Tory Dickson gave the Dogs the lead for good and Matthew Boyd and Ryan Griffen were huge factors in the midfield.
For Carlton, still yet to win a game in 2012, old man Heath Scotland doesn’t appear to have lost any touch. He provided 23 disposals, 17 of them being kicks.
After coming within six points in the final term, Fremantle destroyed Richmond to win 105-67.
Nat Fyfe was simply nasty in the midfield and Tendai Mzungu, Clancee Pearce and Hayden Ballantyne were all great.