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Monday, May 16, 2011

AFL Review Round 8

Geelong 8.17.65 defeated Collingwood 9.8.62
It was bound to happen eventually and the Cats stole the show and the points in the big game of the undefeated teams at the MCG. Collingwood’s problem is not the disallowed goal near the end of the game, it’s the fact that Geelong had 25 scoring shots to 17 in a low scoring game. Something to ponder. Another 80,000 plus crowd at a Collingwood game this year – no wonder the AFL loves them! With just a 3 point margin and a disallowed goal you can be sure that the next time they meet tipsters will have the same problem, just who to pick. The result was not convincing enough to suggest that Geelong will win the next time they meet. Selwood was the best for the Cats and Thomas the best for the Pies. Ottens had an impact on the game which suggests that the absence of Jolly for Collingwood was important. The Cats play another tough one next week against Carlton and the Pies meet Adelaide.
North Melbourne 19.10.124 defeated Melbourne 12.11.83

At the end of the first quarter fans would have been saying the Demons by how much. But from the start of the 2nd quarter it was all the Kangaroos and they over ran a disappointing Melbourne by 41 points. Edwards kicked 6 goals for North. Another amazing form turnaround for tipsters. I agreed with North coach Scott thinking there wasn’t a lot between the two teams and with the Trengrove incident and few unexpected injuries the Demons looked fragile coming up against the Kangaroos. North plays a winnable game against Brisbane next week and Melbourne meets the Saints.
Adelaide 20.10.130 defeated Gold Coast Suns 9.19.73
Speaking of form turnarounds…….most people expected the Crows to win and it took them a quarter to get going but they retrieved a lot of the percentage they lost in last week’s loss to Melbourne. The form of the Gold Coast team is as expected. Lots of losses amongst their few wins. They’re doing ok. Ablett played a blinder in a losing side with over 40 touches and kicking 4 goals. Dangerfield booted 6 for the Crows. The win probably doesn’t mean a lot for Adelaide considering the opposition so the game next week against Collingwood will be a better test. The Suns will win a couple more games this season, a good result for a new team.
Essendon 15.12.102 defeated Brisbane 9.12.66
Another game that was won in the second half. At half time the Lions were a point ahead but inside 50’s to that stage were Essendon 37 to Brisbane 17, it’s just that Essendon were not making the most of their opportunities. It all came together in the second half of the match leaving the Lions on the bottom of the ladder and the Bombers in the top 4. Zaharakis ignited in the second half with 20 possessions and 4 goals and Adcock and Rich played well for the Lions. We know that Jonathon Brown is a big loss for Brisbane but he won’t win them games off his own boot every week. Essendon has a tough game next week against Richmond.
Sydney Swans 18.13.121 defeated Port Adelaide 9.5.59
Sydney held a slim 9 point lead at half time but like a couple of other games over the weekend the Swans completely outclassed the Power in the 2nd half 13 goals to 5 and gave tipsters the expected result. Bolton and Adam Goodes dominated the game for the Swans with Bolton having 33 possessions and 13 tackles and a goal probably getting the Brownlow votes. Port was powerless in the second half making too many mistakes that caused turnovers and resulted in Sydney goals. Sydney plays Hawthorn next week and Port plays Fremantle.
Hawthorn 14.15.99 defeated St Kilda 10.9.69
The Saints kicked 5 goals to 1 point in the first quarter then the Hawks kicked 5 goals to 1 point in the second quarter. From half time though it was all Hawthorn who went on to win the game easily. Will the Saints even make the finals? Buddy kicked 5 for the game and Hodge seemed to return to some sort of form for the first time this year. Jordan Lewis for Hawthorn was dominant with 30 possessions. 2 bad injuries to Hawthorn’s Hale and Gilham left the Hawks short in the big man department but Roughead played a great game for them contesting the ruck hitouts successfully.
Western Bulldogs 23.15.153 defeated Richmond 18.10.118
The Tigers allowed the Bulldogs to dominate the first quarter conceding a 6 goal lead. Richmond is not a good enough team to start so slowly and make up the difference when playing the better teams and so it proved. The Bulldogs will be happy to return to the winning list. Halfway through the 3rd quarter the Tigers had reduced a 52 point deficit to 12 but the Bulldogs steadied and kicked the next 4 goals. The first quarter deficit was maintained to the end. Gilbee kicked 6 for the Bullies and Minson chipped in with 4. Reiwoldt has maintained his leading Coleman medal position with 4 goals for the Tigers. Maybe it was the presence of the Prime Minister that spurred the Bullies on to a big win.
West Coast Eagles 14.12.96 defeated Fremantle 9.9.63
The game was done and dusted by half time and finally West Coast has beaten the Dockers in a Derby. Freo will struggle to play finals this year. The Eagles improvement is looking similar to that of Essendon. Both WA teams are still well in the mix of that middle rung of wanna be’s in a race for the top 8. West Coast lost Embley and Kerr in the pre-match warm up and still won the game. Priddis won the Glendinning medal with 27 possessions but Mundy and Fyfe also played as well for Fremantle. Perhaps you can’t win a medal if you are in the losing side. West Coast plays the Bulldogs at home next week so they might add to their wins in that game. Fremantle plays Port at AAMI and should win as well.

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