West Coast 15.16.106 defeated Melbourne 6.16.52
A rather insipid display by Melbourne may cause one coach some embarrassment while it provides another with relief. The Demons seem to be in some sort of form limbo and the Eagles continue their bright start to the season. There was, of course, an immediate call for the axing of Bailey as the coach of the Demons and while I doubt that will happen during the season I would be looking at alternate employment if I was him at the end of the year. The result proved to be a mini salvation for Worsfold whose position at the Eagles looked rather tenuous too.Yes, it’s rather early to be talking sacking of coaches but what other interest is there in this game? Kerr put in a good game for West Coast but the opposition was average and Cox continues to be a dominant ruckman for the Eagles although Jamar tried his best for the Dees who face Adelaide in their next game. West Coast will be tested against the Bombers next week.
Carlton 12.15.87 defeated Sydney 10.11.71
A dirty evening weather wise but lots to like with the win scored by the Blues in heavy conditions. The Swans might consider themselves unlucky with an interchange infringement that came at a crucial time in a close game. The penalty for this infringement is way out of balance for a perceived advantage. Carlton gained a bit of breathing space with that win and the Swans stay lurking amongst the middle tier of teams. Judd turned it on for the Blues and undoubtedly got the umpires’ votes and Betts contributed 4 goals, 3 of them when the game was there to be won. Swans play the Bulldogs next week and Carlton meets St Kilda.
North Melbourne 18.25.133 defeated Port Adelaide 10.13.73
The woe continues for the Power this season as they make plans for somewhere to display the wooden spoon after a comprehensive hiding by North Melbourne. Shots on goal, inside 50’s and tackles for North counted almost double that of Port at the end of the game. North captain Harvey was back into form and North ruckman Goldstein probably got BOG with his fine efforts. Motlop was a shining light for Port when all around them is darkness and he kicked 4 goals. Neither team will win next week either as North plays Geelong and Port plays Hawthorn.
Richmond 18.16.124 defeated Brisbane Lions 14.14.98
The game was close as expected even though the Lions were held goalless in the 2nd quarter. They came out and kicked 7 goals in the 3rd and momentarily took the lead. Richmond two weeks in a row has been able to give their fans winning last quarters. Foley dominated for the Tigers and Martin played another very good game. Reiwoldt slotted 5 goals as is his wont at full forward and Power kicked 4 for the Lions for whom Simon Black was best. The Lions are waiting for the return of their skipper Jonathon Brown and his presence might help get a reasonable Brisbane side over the line in the closer games which at the moment they are losing. The Lions play their new Brisbane brothers the Gold Coast Suns next week so they should register a win and get off the bottom of the ladder. Richmond will have a tough game against Freo albeit the game is at the MCG, but, Fremantle have been travelling well winning both away games this season so far.
Adelaide 13.12.90 defeated St Kilda 9.17.71
Somebody tell me what’s actually going on with these two sides? Their form is making it impossible to pick them with any confidence week to week. Disappointing Saints and a puzzling Adelaide. Reiwoldt was a loss for the Saints in the last quarter when he was not allowed to play after being knocked out at the end of the third quarter. Would you want to be the Reiwoldt family doctor? Abused by Jack at Richmond and ditto by Nick at St Kilda because you don’t allow them to play after concussion. Thompson was best for the Crows and Dal Santo best for the Saints for whom life does not get any easier when they play Carlton next week. Adelaide, with 2 wins, might sneak up the ladder with games against the Demons and the Suns in the next couple of weeks.
Essendon 31.11.197 defeated Gold Coast 8.10.58
The Bombers kicked the highest first quarter score in AFL history with 15 goals! The Gold Coast replied with…….one point which is all they had time for. Reimers booted 8 goals and the Bombers had the last kick of the day to make the Essendon score 200 but it was offline. That’s about the only sad note for the Bombers. Gold Coast won last week so it was back to harsh reality today. I wonder what Hird said to his players at quarter time. “Righto guys, we can do better than that.” ?? Somebody see if there’s a tape showing the Essendon coach addressing the team at quarter time. Conversely, what did Bluey McKenna say to his charges at quarter time. “Righto guys, we can still win it from here, remember last week when we came from 40 points down??!!”
Collingwood 15.15.105 defeated Western Bulldogs 8.9.57
The Bulldogs started with a flourish and led at quarter time. 5 minutes into the last quarter the scores were level after Collingwood had gotten out to a 28 point lead. From that time in the last quarter the Pies kicked 8 unanswered goals and won by that margin – 48 points. 4 goals came from the boot of Leigh Brown an unlikely winner of leading goal kicker for the day. The Bulldogs have won just 2 of their first 5 games so where will they finish this season? Collingwood has a bye then they play Geelong, also undefeated, in a Friday night blockbuster at the ‘G’. A convincing win in that game will shorten the premiership odds on the Pies even more and have most teams happy that Collingwood has 2 byes this season.