After six months of waiting, training, a multitude of trades, changes in coaching staff, fitness personnel and leadership groups, round one of the 2013 premiership season is now history and it certainly did not disappoint.
Four quarters and that final sound of the siren can in many respects undermine or determine the accomplishments of any given club’s pre-season.
Winning in round one certainly is not the be all and end all, but history and statistics would suggest that starting off the new premiership season with the four points in hand is a key factor to establishing momentum for the season ahead.
In the 2012 premiership season, five of the teams that made up the top eight were victorious in round one. Sydney opened the 2012 AFL premiership season with a win against GWS and consequently won the premiership.
In the 2011 premiership season, six of the eight teams that made up the top eight won their first encounters for the season. Geelong started their season by defeating St Kilda, and they too won the premiership for that year.
Round one of the 2013 premiership season, more accurately dubbed as a ‘tipster’s nightmare’, displayed a cavalcade of interesting results.
With the exception of wins by Collingwood and Sydney, the round was nothing short of surprising. The footballing community witnessed Gold Coast defeat St Kilda, the Western Bulldogs win against reigning NAB Cup victors Brisbane and Richmond’s emphatic victory over Carlton.
If round one of 2013 is anything to go by, we can scrap this idea of momentum and hold dear to our hearts the idea that regardless of who plays who, the results will reflect how each team plays on the day.
As the ladder stands at the conclusion of round one, Port Adelaide are at the top of the table, the Gold Coast Suns have assumed seventh position and Richmond, despite winning, are dubiously placed in ninth.
Although it is far to early to call as it is only the first round, if this ladder is indicative of anything, it is that season 2013 is going to be one that is extremely competitive and one that is substantially different from last season.
The reality is that there are 18 teams competing for premiership success in 2013. Players, coaching staff and supporters all pine for that first found win.
However, competitive sports will have it that nine of these teams will be licking their wounds, looking for redemption in round two to make up for where they went wrong.
Losing in round one certainly is not season ending, but history has a way of speaking for itself. The real question is, will season 2013 be the beginning of new things? Only time will tell.