TheÂ AFL season started on Thursday night at the MCG with traditional rivals Carlton and Richmond playing in a much publicised opening game .
Richmond selected newly signed recovering drug addict Ben Cousins on their team along with their other superstars Nathan Brown and Matthew Richardson and up and comer Jack Riewoldt. The Tigers favoured an experienced line up with many experienced players taking on the younger less experienced Blues. The Blues selected four first gamers in keeping with an established team re-building youth policy by Blues Coach Brad Ratten. The Carlton youngstersÂ all acquitted themselves admirablyÂ helping the Blues to an 83 point win over a lacklustre Richmond side. The Tigers woes were further compounded with a disappointing hamstring injury to Ben Cousins who was forced to leave the ground in the last quarter .It has been confirmed he will miss 3/4 games by embattled Tigers Coach Terry Wallace .
In a closely fought rematch of lastÂ years Grand FinalÂ Â the Cats were successful victors overÂ the Hawks by eight points . It proved an action packed contest with fans treated to a great Friday night spectacle at the MCG.Â All the big names played hard including Lance Franklin and Luke Hodge forÂ the Hawks both of whom were reported .The Cats players managed to combine well to beat the Hawks on the night but have also sustained reports for playersÂ Max Rooke reported for rough conduct and teammate Andrew Mackie booked for striking Brent Renouf.