2017 was meant to be a season of foregone conclusions and the status quo remaining the same, but just three rounds into the new campaign and we already have curveballs being thrown from every direction.
Last year’s grand finalists Sydney and top-four stalwarts Hawthorn are both without a win, while Richmond, Essendon and Melbourne all occupy positions inside the top eight.
Whether the current situation remains the same will be the question, but as of now AFL football is as exciting and unpredictable as it has been in almost a decade and we love it.
Twitter loves it too, and we took a look at some of social media’s finest work from across the weekend of action.
Tiger army in full voice as Richmond roars
If there is one thing that gets the city of Melbourne up and rocking, it’s a winning start to the season for Richmond.
The yellow and blacks are 3-0, and after upsetting the Eagles at the MCG, the fans are shooting for the Stars.
The Tiger fans took the chance to bask in the glory of the undefeated start after the rest of the league told them 2017 was going to be another fruitless season.
Not everyone agreed however.
One West Coast fan feels they threw the game away after leading early in the third quarter.
— Vincent Martin (@westerlymouth) April 8, 2017
The long-time whipping boy of the Tigers Ty Vickery swapped the black for brown over the off-season, and one Twitter user was quick to point out the fortunes of both sides since the former top-ten draft pick made the transition.
— MjB (@mjb24) April 9, 2017
Carlton crashes the Dons party
Few would have predicted Carlton’s upset win on a rain soaked MCG on Sunday afternoon, but for Essendon fans it was an all too familiar tale.
There is a perception amongst Bomber fans that the team does not handle the wet well, and it rang true.
It wasn’t just the players who did not want to be there on Sunday.
Not everyone was prepared to brave the inclement conditions, and who could blame them?
— Tayla Richter (@tayla_richter) April 9, 2017
It was the Dons first loss of the season, and the old enemies made their voices heard.
Traditional rivals love it when their arch-nemeses go down, but how happy can a Pie fan be when Carlton beats Essendon?
A Monday post-Collingwood win is a little dampened by a Carlton win but slightly lifted with an Essendon loss. Gees footy is complicated!
— Ms Clooney (@hotpies4) April 10, 2017
A one point win on Friday night usually trumps all.
Fans delight in perennial powerhouse Hawthorn’s 0-3 start
Oh how the mighty have fallen.
The new era at Hawthorn has officially become a nightmare after the Hawks were destroyed by the Gold Coast to the tune of 86 points at Metricon Stadium.
And didn’t the AFL community love it.
Caus I’m a good bloke , I might even go to the airport to greet the poor Hawks players as the arrive back to Melb . ??.. #AFLSunsHawks
— MickyT (@mickt74t) April 9, 2017
After the threepeat cockiness the rest of the AFL had to endure, the fans are enjoying their chance to give it straight back to the brown and gold.
Could the Hawks be 0 and Fourthorn next week? #AFLSunsHawks
— Josh Barnstable (@JBarney1994) April 9, 2017
Other fans were just happy to see the return to form for the little master – Gary Ablett.
Great to see Gaz is out of that one game form slump that looked like ending his career #AFLSunsHawks
— Fraze (@GlennGorillas) April 9, 2017
Others were just happy the great one got them a winning dividend.
When you back Ablett most disposals, his willingness to work hard for cheap stats at the end is inspiring. Thanks Gaz.#AFLSunsHawks
— Todd Baker (@subastral) April 9, 2017
Either way, it is good to have you back Gaz.
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