Hawthorn 15.14.104 defeated Port Adelaide 10.12.72
It wasn’t until the last quarter that Hawthorn got away from the Power who played well enough to keep the game close for a while. Another knee injury for a player – Rodan of Port this time. Buddy was well held but still managed 3 goals.
Sydney Swans 10.13.73 defeated Western Bulldogs 10.5.65
Well the game was always going to be difficult one from which to pick the winner. Swans got away in the 3rd quarter and were then able to hold on in the last as the Doggies came at them. So the Western Bulldogs were second favourites for the flag? Not anymore. Sydney might even finish ahead of them at this rate.
Geelong 19.13.127 defeated North Melbourne 9.7.61
Top Cats Kelly, Selwood and Bartel were impossible to stop by North. Almost 100 possessions and 3 goals between them tells a story. As expected North took it up to Geelong for a quarter and a half but skill and experience in the Geelong side started to tell after that. Geelong cruised to a 10 goal win.
Richmond 23.10.148 defeated Fremantle 14.15.99
First half of this game was played at a cracking pace and the Dockers were 2 points up at half time. But near the end of the 3rd quarter the young Tigers kicked late goals and surprisingly Fremantle went down with hardly a whimper in the last. 14 goals to 5 in the second half made it a bad loss for Freo but a very heartening one for the Tigers.
Gold Coast Suns 18.16.124 defeated Brisbane Lions 17.14.116
What a game of footy!! Krakaoer for the Suns took the mark of the year then kicked a goal taking his tally to 5 for the night. McGrath kicked 6 goals in the 2nd half for the Lions. Mercenary Brennan best on ground. For the mathematicians that’s a 147 point turnaround by Gold Coast. Tipster nightmares continue as does the nightmares for Michael Voss.
Essendon 16.10.106 defeated West Coast Eagles 12.18.90
The Bombers buried West Coast in the 3rd quarter when they kicked 6 goals to zip. Then the Eagles exacerbated the situation with inaccurate kicking in the last quarter. How can a team go to sleep so badly when at half time they are leading? Prior to that 3rd quarter the bets would have been on West Coast. Strange game.
Melbourne 22.17.149 defeated Adelaide 8.5.53
There’s nothing quite like a 96 point win to give a coach some breathing space. Big breaths Bailey!! There’s nothing like a 96 point hiding to give a coach that crushing feeling of hopelessness. Get Neil a brown paper bag. The Demons lost by 9 goals last week. The Crows beat St Kilda by 3 goals last week. Can anybody tell me what’s going on with consistency and form? Me either but I did tip the Demons.
Carlton 11.18.84 defeated St Kilda 12.9.81
The Blues looked like they had the game in the bag a couple of times but when the Saints kicked a swag of goals they actually put themselves 3 points up at the 27 minute mark. A Walker goal for Carlton with about a minute to go gave them back a 3 point lead and that’s how it finished. Exciting game for Monday night.