AFL Round One Wrap: Carlton Fire Top-Four Warning

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AFL Round One Wrap: Carlton Fire Top-Four Warning

So round one is complete for the 2009 AFL premiership season.

No doubt, the major talking point as always, is Ben Cousins.

His fairytale return in front of 85,000 fans at the home of football turned into a nightmare as his hamstring gave way, along with Richmond fans high hopes for the season in 2009.

The Tigers were mauled by a finals bound Carlton side, which isn't even at full strength, with Robbie Warnock, Brad Fisher, Nick Stevens, and Andrew Carrazzo to return.

Geelong got one up on Hawthorn in the grand final rematch, with only inaccuracy stopping the Cats from killing the game off earlier.

There was a first up victory for rookie coach Michael Voss, who engineered an impressive revival from 38 points down against a far from disgraced West Coast side.

Elsewhere, there was a first up win for Adelaide against Collingwood in the surprise of the round, with veterans McLeod and Edwards combining with young guns Bernie Vince and Chris Knights to leave the Pies cold.

The Swans went over an hour without a goal against the Saints after looking good early, but the Saints kicked 11 goals in that time to take the points.

The Roos kept the Dees at bay in their Sunday encounter, with Andrew Swallow and Leigh Harding impressing.

Port downed a disappointing Essendon with Steven Salopek having a great game, while Don's debutant Michael Hurley looked handy on Warren Tredrea.

In the twilight game, Freo went down to the rampant Western Bulldogs, with Matthew Boyd, Daniel Cross, and Shaun Higgins racking them up.

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