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Magpies earn first points of the season as Lions remain winless

The third round of the 2024 AFL season saw the reigning premiers register their first win, the Tigers produce an upset, and Tom Hawkins celebrate his 350th AFL game in style.

Grand Final rematch sends more woes to Brisbane Lions

After a disappointing start to the season – losing the opening three games – the reigning premiers Collingwood Magpies have registered their first victory of the 2024 AFL season in an epic rematch of last year’s Grand Final against the Brisbane Lions. In what seemed like the first time this season, the Magpies brought a great defensive effort and stayed in the game with their ability to pressure the Lions and outplay them in front of nearly 35,000 fans.

Midfielder Nick Daicos (30 disposals and seven score involvements) helped lead the team in the middle of the field, while Bobby Hill dazzled with three goals and Jamie Elliott scored four of his own, along with 16 touches. While the Lions may have not earned the four points, there were some positives for the club with Lachie Neale (35 disposals) and Dayne Zorko (30 disposals) showing their best in the midfield and forward line.

Richmond pull-off huge upset

The Richmond Tigers pulled off an Easter Sunday miracle against the Swans, earning their first win of the season in the process. In an emotional win for Adam Yze – his first victory as the club’s coach – the Tigers worked incredibly hard on the ground with their speed and agility. The upset victory means even more, considering the number of players on the sidelines.

Winning by five points, Tom Lynch managed to kick three goals, with the trio of Mykelti Lefau, Shai Bolton and Liam Baker all scoring two goals throughout the match. Tim Taranto was marvellous in the midfield, registering 35 disposals while opposing midfielder Errol Gulden remained quiet through the match with 18 kicks and seven handballs.

Hawkins celebrates Game 350 in style

Carried off the MCG, Geelong Cats forward Tom Hawkins has celebrated his 350th milestone game in style with a strong, impressive victory against the Hawthorn Hawks. The 24th player in VFL/AFL history to achieve the prestigious feat, Hawkins milestone game also saw him inch closer to achieving 800 career goals – he is now within ten goals of the milestone and surpassed Jack Riewoldt.

It only took Hawkins ten minutes to kick his first goal in the game, and by the end of the match, he had kicked four goals from five scoring shots. Rounding out the game with 12 disposals, four marks and four hit-outs, the key forward moved the Cats to fourth position on the table and remained one of four undefeated teams.

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