AFLX 2019 live: Scores, start time, rules, teams, schedule, update

The AFL’s revamped preseason competition copped its fair share of backlash on social media throughout the night, but plenty of fans still flocked to the stadium for the action.

Jack Riewoldt’s Rampage emerged as victorious with Blues star Patrick Cripps showing he’s set for an even bigger season in 2019.

Game 1: Rampage 72 defeat Bolts 52

Game 2: Bolts 45 defeat Deadly 39

Game 3: Flyers 84 defeat Deadly 38

Game 4: Rampage 67 defeat Flyers 46

Game 5: Deadly 98 defeat Rampage 84

Game 6: Flyers 87 defeat Bolts 76

Grand Final: Rampage 84 defeat Flyers 67

‘Snoozy’ AFLX fails to win over fans

Marvel Stadium saw 23,828 fans rock up to catch the action live and but fans couldn’t quite get behind the AFLX experiment.

The games started in slow fashion with the players more out for just a bit of fun before the action heated up later in the tournament when the games took on a bit more of meaning.

Jack Riewoldt led the way for Rampage as he sealed the matchwinning super goal in the final minute to claim Grand Final victory.

But despite the decent turnout and plenty of fans tuning in to watch the action TV, the backlash came in thick and fast as it has since the competition was announced.

It all kicked off when the players rocked up to the stadium with the dress code relaxed and the flood of criticism continued as the games got underway.

While there has been plenty of love for the footy being back, the strange concept that is AFLX has yet to settle with the masses.

Despite the heavy criticism, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan was quick to defend the latest product from the league.

“(There are) a lot of kids here and they are having a very good time. It is a good crowd, the players are having a good time,” McLachlan said.

“It is a fun night, that is what it is. It is for kids and it is a bit of fun to kick off the year.”

Bont seals the deal

The Gatorade game changer played its role with Marcus Bontempelli kicking a goal after the final siren to book the Flyers’ spot in the Grand Final.

Daniel Rich put the Bolts up in the dying minutes, but as the intensity lifted it was Luke Hodge who gave away the late key free kick and Bont took full advantage.

Slotting the match sealing goal to set up the Flyers vs Rampage AFLX Grand Final.

To little too late

Eddie Betts turned it on as the Deadly ran out to the big win over Rampage, but it mattered little as the first two losses has sealed their fate.

Donning the game changer jersey, Betts lit up the scoreboard as he and opposing star Patrick Cripps played out a scintillating duel.

‘You can’t be behaving like that’

The rule book has well and truly been thrown out and Patrick Cripps and Jack Riewoldt took things a step further in their third game of the night.

After Cripps took a mark deep inside the forward half, Riewoldt grabbed the ball and placed it on the ground NFL style.

Cripps then nailed the place kick, but commentator James Brayshaw wasn’t having it.

“You can’t be behaving like that,” Brayshaw said.

Fyfe fires up

They may have had the most exciting roster in the competition, but they couldn’t deliver on the talent with Eddie Betts’ Deadly squad suffering two straight losses.

Despite nursing an elbow injury, Nat Fyfe led his squad to a resounding victory and played a major role while rocking an elbow sleeve.

Bolts bounce back

After being comprehensively swept away in the opening game of the night, Patrick Dangerfield’s Bolts put together a solid game plan and managed to secure the win.

A Jack Martin shot after the siren for Eddie Bett’s Deadly squad missed the target in a shot that would’ve seen the match end in a draw.

Unable to play to start the season, Andrew Gaff looked to be using the hitout to his advantage and moved across the field like a player ready for the home and away season.

First game of the night

Jack Riewoldt and team Rampage exploded out of the gates and as James Brayshaw put it they “made a bit of a mess of the Bolts”

Patrick Dangerfield’s troops had no answers for the sheer intensity the men in green brought to the contest with Shaun Higgins tearing the game apart in the opening half.

The second half saw Danger’s troops come storming back and put some intrigue into the contest, but the deficit was too great to overcome as Rampage took the chocolates in the opener.

Returning star’s sickening act

Shane Mumford hung up the boots 17 months ago, but returned to the footy field for the GWS Giants in a practice game.

The hulking ruckman stepped off the footy field and into the boxing ring, but for a moment on Friday he seemed to forget he had swapped back.

After getting into a tussle with Sydney’s George Hewett, Mumford swung his right arm high and into the face of Hewett.

Mumford is already scheduled to miss the first two rounds after the club imposed a suspension on him after footage emerged of him snorting white powder in a video from 2015 and the latest incident is sure to attract the attention of the AFL Match Review.

“I think I’ve got to be a lot more careful with the way I go into contests now,” he said.

“With any contact with the head you obviously risk suspension and things like that.

“Like I had to modify the way I tackled as well a couple of years, when you can’t dump people any more. Got to evolve with the game and I guess I’ll have to.”

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