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Snapshot for round one of the AFL season

THEY SAID IT: “It’s a signature win for the club” – Carlton coach Michael Voss after he began his tenure at the Blues by overseeing the club’s round-one win over Richmond – the first time in a decade they have opened their season with a victory over the Tigers.

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Nic Martin was only officially signed by Essendon in late February via the pre-season supplemental period. But the West Australian produced a memorable debut, kicking five goals and gathering 27 disposals despite his side being mauled by Geelong.

KEY MOMENT: With Brisbane trailing by 15 points at three-quarter time against Port Adelaide, much-maligned forward Joe Daniher boots two goals in two minutes early in the last term to revive his team in a comeback victory against the Power.

TALKING POINTS: Are the Blues finally the real deal and how will they cope against the Western Bulldogs next week with coach Voss sidelined by COVID? And how ominous are the signs for would-be rivals to premiers Melbourne and perennial finalists Geelong and Brisbane, who all flexed their collective muscles in impressive season-opening triumphs.

STATS THAT MATTER: Three. The number of Brownlow votes that Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield should already have. The 2016 medallist collected 31 disposals, eight clearances, four marks, one goal and four goal-assists in the Cats’ belting of Essendon.

TRIBUNAL WATCH: Brisbane’s Mitch Robinson has been offered a one-match ban for making forceful front-on contact on Port’s Xavier Duursma, St Kilda’s Dougal Howard has been charged with misconduct and offered a $2000 fine, with Essendon’s Sam Draper also offered a $2000 fine for striking.

INJURIES: M Bontempelli (WB, ankle), C Salem (Melb, knee), D Presitia (Rich, hamstring), M McGovern (Carl, back/hip), J Cameron (Geel, hip), K Langford (Ess, hamstring), C Laverde (Ess, hip), D Zorko (Bris, Achilles), X Duursma (Port, collarbone), T McKenzie (Port, knee)

WHAT’S NEXT: The Western Bulldogs meet Carlton in an enticing Thursday night encounter while Sydney’s Lance Franklin gets another chance to kick his 1000th career goal against Geelong on Friday night. On Saturday, Collingwood host Adelaide, Essendon meet Brisbane, Port play Hawthorn, and Gold Coast host Melbourne. The round finishes on Sunday with North Melbourne host West Coast, Ridmond playing GWS and Fremantle hosting St Kilda.

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