Round One of the AFL Home and Away Season,Â was played out over the weekend. Many games were close contests , with the victorsÂ winning by one or two points . Collingwood and Essendon were the notable exceptions . Both teams thrashed their oppositionÂ . The Swans and Demons , staged a thrilling draw at the MCG , and the Saints , were unlucky to be beaten by one point by the Cats , in the closing minutes of play . New Queensland team, the Gold Coast Suns had a bye .
The AFL , marked the opening of the 2011 Season,Â by providing rock band entertainment , asking team players to assemble to sing the National Anthem, and invitingÂ recently retired players to toss the coin for the first bounce of the ball.
There were many highlights , such as Jack Riewoldt kicking six goals for the Richmond Tigers . The dominance of Collingwood is still apparent , and the resurgence of the Bombers has ignited their fans passionsÂ .