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Adelaide welcomes Geelong to the Adelaide Oval before Essendon Hawthorn plays in Docklands and Brisbane welcomes Sydney to the Gabba

Previously, Melbourne had started its AFL season with a 22-point win over Fremantle at MCG

The Crows scored the first big surprise of the still young AFL season, beating Geelong by 12 points in the Adelaide Oval

The win over last year’s runner-up consisted of star-outings from teenagers like 20-year-old Harry Schoenberg and 21-year-old father-son debutant James Rowe, but veteran striker Taylor Walker scored the biggest with five goals Part of the result when the reigning wooden spoons won 1513 (103) to 1313 (91)

Geelong ace Patrick Dangerfield is under review over a collision in which Jake Kelly was involved in a head fight during his second term

Kelly was kicked out of the game and the home team also lost the injuries of Mitch Hinge (shoulder) and halfback Luke Brown (Achilles)

Kelly and Brown fell out in a first half dominated by Walker, who scored four goals and scored another when Adelaide took a 38-point lead

The Crows built their lead in the 13th Minute of the third season down to 43 points before Geelong finally shifted into top gear

The Cats scored four unanswered goals in nine minutes to reduce their deficit to 19 points at three quarters time

A hectic but goalless start of 10 minutes of last term was interrupted by a shoulder injury to Cat Sam Menegola who was in hiding

And after the teams exchanged two goals each, Gelan Miers of Geelong reduced the deficit to 11 points within seven minutes – but it was the last goal of the game

Adelaides Walker found allies in Rowe, little striker Ned McHenry and Billy Frampton, who each scored two goals

The strikers celebrated the Crows midfield, led by Rory Laird (27 departures, six tackles), Ben Keays (23 possessions, eight within the 50s), skipper Rory Sloane (20 hits) and winger Lachlan Sholl (23 hits ) fanatical pressure on the cats

Geelong’s brownlow medalist Dangerfield was a standout player for his team with 26 departures, eight of which were in the 1950s
Teammate Cam Guthrie (23 hits) was hardworking, ex-Hawthorn winger Isaac Smith was influential with 21 departures and two goals and his mature recruit Shaun Higgins (22 possessions) was solid

Melbourne prevailed 22 points ahead of Fremantle and started the AFL season for the first time since 2017 with a win

An unanswered opening quarter with four goals got the Demons on their way and they never lost the lead all day, winning 1114 (80) to 810 (58) before 21365 fans in the MCG

It’s been a tough day for Fremantle, with hapless key defender Alex Pearce being replaced in the second season with a knee injury while his defense colleague Joel Hamling hobbled away in the final quarter

In his 100th AFL game the on-baller Clayton Oliver from Melbourne (35 departures, seven clearances) collected the ball at will and was well supported by Christian Petracca (24 hits, two goals)

Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw (29 touches) and skipper Nat Fyfe (27 exits, nine clearances) also had plenty of Sherrin

Melbourne defenders Steven May and Jake Lever were stellar while Tom McDonald was a strong striker goal, scoring two goals out of nine points

It took almost 15 minutes for both teams to land a real blow in a flawed first quarter – but it was Melbourne that leveled off the fastest

After Kysaiah Pickett scored a bold hit and then scored the first goal, former Docker Ed Langdon quickly followed on the run with a checkside

Bayley Fritsch, Petracca and the formidable debutant James Jordon all struck before Sam Switkowski finally took first place in the Dockers’ second term

Fremantle bounced back in the second quarter but suffered a massive blow when Pearce hobbled away and walked straight into the rooms

The 25-year-old was substituted for Stefan Giro in his first AFL game since a broken ankle in Round 11, 2019

The Dockers saw a revival in the third quarter that was scored within two goals, but were largely unable to make the most of their better moments

Justin Longmuir’s side had multiple chances to narrow the deficit again last season and when Petracca scored his second goal to improve the Demons by 23 points it proved sufficient to seal the deal

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