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Monday, August 23, 2010

AFL Review Round 21

Geelong 18.13.121 Defeated Carlton 12.7.79The Blues tried hard all game but whenever the Cats applied a bit more pressure they were able to keep ahead. Carlton weren’t shamed they were just in a lower class. 7 goals is a reasonable margin. Ablett was kept possessionless in the first quarter but showed he is a true champ by kicking 4 goals and getting a few touches particularly in the second half. The Pods is in trouble even if he apologised to Gibbs for nearly making him a paraplegic. Careless and will cost, might get away with 2 weeks. He still kicked 4 for the Cats and goals for the Blues came from Waite, Henderson and Robinson. The Blues need to win next week against Freo to avoid travelling for their first and only final appearance. Geelong will be there at the end.

St Kilda 17.13.115 Defeated Richmond 14.10.94The Tigers took it right up to the Saints in this match but like Carlton and Geelong there is a significant difference in class. Reiwoldt kicked 7 and Reiwoldt kicked 3. The one that kicked more was in the team that lost the game. Richmond was competitive and that’s about all a coach can ask. Dal Santo and Montagna had many possessions for the Saints and Goddard looked like he took the mark of the year. Well it was until the next day. St Kilda will be happy they did enough and Richmond ditto.

Hawthorn 24.11.155 Defeated Fremantle 5.9.39The game was a farce and it shows that the statement that the Dockers think they have depth in their squad is a load of codswallop. Freo supporters will be hoping that their team can perform a little better against Carlton next week. Johnson was playing his 100th game for the Dockers after being banned for a few weeks when he was caught taking drugs. When he looked at the scoreboard at 3 quarter time he must have thought he’d had a sniff again! Freo had 1 goal to 3 quarter time and Johnson had kicked that one. Harvs and the Dockers management better have got this right in preparation for next week. Embarrassing. Buddy kicked 5 and Roughy kicked 4 as did Burgoyne. In fact Franklin’s score and rushed behinds was enough to beat the Dorks.

Collingwood 6.18.54 Defeated Adelaide 7.9.51This was the close game of the weekend and the kicking woes continue to dog the Pies in a game where they had 24 scoring shots to 16. Rushed was the major point scorer for Collingwood and the Crows can consider themselves unlucky. Collingwood wins the minor premiership but please don’t stop now. It’s their first in 33 years that 1st place finish. That year they drew with North in the grand final and lost the replay. Thompson and Johncock for the Crows had lots of possessions as did Pendlebury and Sidebottom for the Pies. Forget about goal kickers. The Magpies play Hawthorn next week and Adelaide plays somebody as well.

Sydney 17.12.114 Defeated Western Bulldogs 10.10.70The Doggies kennel cough seems to be more a case of rabies although a bite from these dogs is not necessarily one to fear. The Swans did the right thing by Captain Kirk and the supporters and will play a part in the finals. The Bullies will either win the premiership or be out in 2. Bad news about Cooney whose season might be over with a torn hamstring and Brad Johnson might as well retire as he has injured his Achilles – that’s long term. Dennis-Lane for the Swans was the highest scorer with 4 goals. Bolton and Jack played well again for Sydney and who knows what 4 letter curses emanated from Rocket’s mouth after that effort. Maybe he was all cussed out after last week’s effort. Julie Gillard is their number 1 supporter so maybe it was a sign of what was to happen at the elections that day.

Port Adelaide 17.10.112 Defeated Melbourne 11.17.83The number of shots on goal is probably not a real indication of the game as Port had the measure of the Demons by the start of the 3rd quarter. The poor away record continues for the Dees and Primus puts another notch on his coaching belt. I mentioned earlier that Goddard’s mark of the year lasted just a day because Melbourne’s Jurrah took a real screamer in this game that might just win him the trophy. Port’s Ebert did his knee – badly, and players like Cassisi with 29 touches and Schulz with 5 goals were the best for the Power. Melbourne was disappointing considering their season to date and Jurrah capped off his mark of the year with 4 goals and Cameron Bruce racked up 39 possessions. These two teams have been a nightmare to tip all year so nothing has changed.

Brisbane 14.11.95 Defeated Essendon 10.8.68The return of Brown for his 200th was worth watching – he starred. Not a lot can be said for the Bombers whose final score flatters them.  Brown had 16 marks, 27 possessions and kicked 4.6, that was enough to have beaten Essendon by the end of the 3rd quarter when the Bombers had the same score. The result was a good one to take a bit of pressure off Voss but the opposite will apply to Knights as the tremors reach richter scale proportions. I know this is crazy but don’t you think the players have something to do with poor performance? Essendon just don’t have the cattle. QED.

North Melbourne 16.14.110 Defeated West Coast 14.10.94The Eagles looked like they were going to win the game at one stage and their fans were hoping for a good end to the season. But as the game wore on North was just far too good and finished strongly so the West Coast fans got some consistency – another loss. Harvey for North played his 300th and he would have been a lot happier at the end of the 3rd quarter after a slow start saw them looking at a possible defeat. Wilson bobbed up with 4 for the Eagles and LeCras kicked his usual 2. Wright for North also kicked 4. Harvs was amongst North’s best and the Eagles certainly look a lot better with Hurn back in the side. North will finish strongly but the Eagles need a lot of work and a lot of injured players back. West Coast has already sacked two coaches as part of their football review. More bloodshed to come there.

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