There were no 100 point plus thrashings in this round . The Geelong / Brisbane margin of 42 points was the equal highest for round 5 with the Western Bulldogs win over the Giants. Surprisingly it was Sydney's 37 point beating of Hawthorn that was the next highest margin of the round! In my opinion Hawthorn had a lot of their confidence knocked out of them when Geelong came from behind and beat them. Some highlights of round 5 included Brisbane's Simon Black playing his 300th game and Adam Goodes breaking O’Loughlin’s game record for the Sydney Swans. And speaking of Sydney aren't they travelling along very nicely with 5 wins and no losses? Will they fade as the season progresses?
Collingwood 11.14.80 Defeated Essendon 11.13.79
What a game of football! Heart in the mouth stuff with the Pies kicking a lucky goal with just over a minute on the clock! Dane Swan won the Anzac Medal with 42 possessions and 3 goals but all players should be congratulated for the way in which they played the game. It was tough, relentless and don't forget these two teams last played only on the previous Saturday. Fortunately they will have a 9 and 10 day break before they play again. They will need it! I watched this game on Foxtel being streamed on my computer and it was the first time that I had seen video replays to decide close goals. Personally, I think it is a great idea. It takes any doubt away from a goal umpire's decision that may or may not cost a game. The Magpies face the Western Bulldogs next week on the Friday night and Essendon meets the Brisbane Lions at Etihad.
Carlton 10.5.65 defeated Fremantle 7.15.57
In a low scoring game the Blues hung on to win by eight points ahead of the fast finishing Fremantle whose inaccuracy in front of goal virtually cost them the game. Carlton got away to a 30 point lead late in the third quarter but Fremantle kicked the last three goals of the match. Fremantle have adopted the Ross Lyons style of defensive football quite well but they will need to kick more goals to win games. Also the 8 turnovers that cost Fremantle goals in the context of this game were unforgivable. The Blues have a win next week against the Giants and Fremantle ditto against Gold Coast.
Western Bulldogs 15.14.104 defeated GWS Giants 9.8 .62
The Doggies were asleep in the kennel during the first quarter as the Giants kicked 2 goals 4 while keeping the Western Bulldogs goalless. In the second quarter the Bullies kicked half their match score to take a handy three-goal lead into the half-time break. The final margin is probably an accurate reflection on where the Bulldogs stand at the moment. Reports of this game, said it was one of the worst games of the year littered with skill errors. Regardless, it was the Doggies first win. The Western Bulldogs will have it much tougher next week when they play Collingwood.
North Melbourne 17.25.127 defeated Gold Coast 13.15.93
North started very well but Gold Coast, to their credit, hauled them in during the second quarter and was only behind by a single point at half time. However North powered away in the third quarter kicking six goals to one. That was basically the difference in the game. It was a good effort by the Suns considering that Ablett was out injured. North have to travel to Perth next week in a testing game against ladder leaders West Coast Eagles.
Geelong 12.7 .79 defeated Brisbane Lions 4.17.41
It was only last week that we saw a team that had not kicked a goal to half-time when West Coast played Hawthorn. Again this week it was Brisbane's turn to be goalless at the big break. In torrential rain for most of the match the Cats had an unbeatable lead by half time. Big power forward Hawkins kicked six goals for Geelong which was a wonderful contribution in those conditions. It was a strange final score line with Brisbane having 21 scoring shots and Geelong just 19 but the latter still winning by 38 points. The Geelong woes of having fewer contested possessions continues but the statistic doesn't seem to mean much when you are still winning games. The Cats play a hapless Melbourne next week while Brisbane travels to Etihad to meet the Bombers.
St Kilda 12.12 .84 defeated Melbourne 10.6 .66
Only points separated the two teams at each break with the margin at three quarter time a mere three points. In the final quarter the only team to kick any goals was the Saints. The bad news for the Demons continues and fortunately St Kilda has had a very kind draw which has enabled them to post a few wins. Not so sure that they can win enough games to compete in the finals. Melbourne, on the other hand, might be looking at the wooden spoon. No game will be easy for them even against the Gold Coast or the Giants although you would have to expect that the Demons could win those 2 games. Geelong next week plays the Demons and Hawthorn plays the Saints.
Sydney Swans 16.10.106 defeated Hawthorn 10.9.69
This was certainly a game played in 2 halves. In the first half Hawthorn seemed to have set up a handy winning position with a three-goal lead. But nobody told Adam Goodes or the Sydney Swans that they should lose their first game of the season. The Swans came out firing and kicked 11 goals to 2 in the 2nd half, running out comfortable winners and remaining undefeated. Goodes contributed 3 goals himself in that 2nd half and Sydney's win at Aurora was Hawthorn's first lost there for 8 games. The Swans’ winning run may continue when they meet Adelaide at home next week. The Hawks might have it a little tougher against the Saints.
West Coast Eagles 16.11.107 defeated Richmond 14.13.97
Richmond almost stole the game from West Coast and they had their chances right up to the last minute. The game was close all day in a very high scoring first half. Things got much tighter after the big break and really either team could have won as it was goal for goal right up to the final siren. It was only a late Eagles goal that sealed the game and along with the Sydney Swans West Coast remains undefeated. This win against Richmond at Etihad was the first time West Coast had beaten them at that venue. The Tigers play Port Adelaide next week at AAMI and will be keen to notch their 2nd win of the season against a team that sits around the same position on ladder.
Adelaide Crows 16.14.110 defeated Port Adelaide 14.7.91
A terrific 3rd quarter by the Power saw them kick 6 goals to 2 and take a small lead going into the last quarter. The game had all the makings of an Adelaide derby at that point but the last quarter fizzled out as the Crows ran all over the Power kicking 4 goals 7 to 1 goal 3. Game over. Taylor Walker was the main contributor for the Adelaide Crows kicking 6 goals. The Crows have had a great start to the season but Port is hovering around the same ladder position as it did last year.