When we look at the 2021 season in retrospect, the date of May 16th could be a very significant one.

It was a day when some of the finest exponents of our great game put their hands up and made people take notice. The Western Bulldogs headed to South Australia and handed Port Adelaide a home loss, cementing their claim as a contender in the process. Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae did a power of work, with Macrae setting records and Bont setting a standard few could match.

The Sydney Swans picked up their sixth win of the season, and whilst their 2021 future may not be as set in stone as that of the Dogs, they have surprised many and will continue to do so with a great mix of youth and experience.

The Brisbane Lions crushed the little brother in the Q-Clash and left no question that the team that struggled through the first couple of rounds had been committed to memory. Without their star midfielder, another stepped up to carry the on-ball division, and the machine rolled on.

North Melbourne had things click and they dispensed with Hawthorn to register their first win of the year behind the contested work of Jy Simpkin and Ben Cunnington.

And then there were the Tigers…

 

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