Around the Grounds: Halfway through Round 2 – and already the season looks to be a pearler!

Around the grounds - AFL news of the week

AFL News for the week ending March 26, 2023: Clarko and Lyon settle in, the lights go out and the bump is back in focus

First up, apologies for the break in transmission with these weekly round-ups.

We've all been watching the footy, of course, but now we're into the season, watch out for them on a weekly basis

Clarko and Lyon 2.0

The return of Alistair Clarkson and Ross Lyon was something many were looking forward to in terms of what effect they would have on North Melbourne and St Kilda respectively.

And one and a half rounds in, they have their teams sitting on two wins from two games, not something a lot of pundits would have picked.

The second win for Clarko came with some controversy, as it looked to many that another 'sirengate' was looming when Freo were denied a free kick right on the siren.

But the AFL has cleared it and Clarko looks to be on target to lift the Roos from being cellar dwellars - the question is, will it be at the expense of his old club?

Time will tell - looking forward to when the Hawks and Roos play!

Gabba blackout

Friday night footy suffered a blackout when one of the lights at the Gabba appears to have had some technical fault, stopping the Brisbane V Melbourne game for nearly forty minutes.

The game finally resumed, and a fired up Dees side - without skipper Max Gawn, who was out of the match early with what is said to be a six-week on the sidelines injury - made a valiant effort to topple the Lions.

But the Lions held on - although after the game, coach Chris Fagan was not happy about how the situation was handled.

Bump back in focus

And the bump is back in focus after several players - notably Melbourne's Kozzy Pickett - were cited for bumps.

Several suspensions were meted out across the round, and given there are past players involved in legal action against the AFL around concussion, this probably won't be the last we hear of and talk about the bump's place in our game this season.