The top 3 teams continued to win over this round and it’s a bit of a logjam for remaining teams in the 8 and a couple just outside. Teams that will fight for top 8 positions and scheduled to play teams like Melbourne, Gold Coast and the Giants twice this season will have a distinct advantage over those teams not playing them two times. That fixture virtually gives them 12 premiership points and some handy percentage! It will be interesting to see how that unfolds over the latter part of the season.
Collingwood 14.12.96 defeated Geelong 11.18 .84
The Magpies seemed to have this game in keeping until about halfway through last quarter when Geelong took advantage of an almost full Collingwood injury bench.The scores were level with just over a minute to go when a Collingwood attacking move was rewarded by a 50 m penalty! Magpies goaled again 30 seconds later to put the result beyond doubt. It was a great replay of the grand final and a better result. A couple of unfortunate injuries to Collingwood players will not help their cause next week against the Crows in Adelaide. Geelong will play the Western Bulldogs at Etihad.
Port Adelaide 14.11.95 defeated North Melbourne 14.9 .93
I'm not too sure many saw this one coming and even in the last quarter when North Melbourne led by 27 points the question was: by how much would they win? The only time the Power led in this game was when they kicked a goal to take the lead very late in the final quarter. Not a lot to say after a result like this is other than: I hate tipping! I wonder what we do next week when the Power plays Gold Coast? Tip Port and we will see a Suns win. North is a chance next week against Brisbane – I think!
Hawthorn 17.17.119 defeated Fremantle 9.9 .63
The game was done and dusted by half-time when Hawthorn had 10 goals on the board to Fremantle’s 2! The Docker defence in the first 7 rounds could not be faulted but in this game the defence faltered! They may have contained Buddy but they forgot about Roughead who kicked 4 goals. The Hawks continue to consolidate while Fremantle maintains that air of inconsistency. The home ground advantage for Fremantle is non-existent next week because they play West Coast so they will start feeling the pressure from the teams below them after they lose that game. Hawthorn will have it tough against the Tigers too.
Sydney Swans 21.12 .138 defeated Melbourne 5.7.37
The dismal start to the season for Melbourne continues with its 8th consecutive loss and it was another doozy. The Sydney Swans snapped a 2 game losing streak and thrashed the Demons by over 100 points. Melbourne is not a new team in the league, unlike the Giants and the Suns, and remember the draft concessions that Melbourne received a few years ago giving them the cream of young players. What's the problem? Sydney gets themselves back into the top 4 with this win. They travel to Etihad to play the Saints who are not doing too badly and must be a chance in that game. Melbourne plays….doesn’t matter who they play, they lose, but it’s Carlton.
Western Bulldogs 9.18.72 defeated Gold Coast Suns 4.10.34
After suffering a tipping nightmare with North Melbourne it looked like the Western Bulldogs were going to give us another because at half time the Suns led the Bullies by 3 points in a very low scoring match to that point. After half time the Western Bulldogs got a wriggle on and ran out comfortable winners by 6 goals. Neither team will play finals this year so they need to continue to consolidate and rack up games for the youngsters. Gold Coast might be a chance against the Power next week but they will have to be at their best.
Essendon 19.14.128 defeated Richmond 15.19.109
The Dreamtime game began to awaken in the last quarter when the Tigers reduced a 6 goal deficit to be less than a kick behind with about 15 minutes to go and even led by 2 points for a few seconds. But the Bombers steadied and kicked the last couple of goals to win by 19 in front of a very appreciative crowd of over 80,000. The Bombers have a percentage boosting match against the Giants next week and an automatic 4 points. There is no interest in Essendon meeting up with their old coach Sheedy so I hope the press don’t make a big deal of it either. The Tigers have another tough game against Hawthorn.
Brisbane 19.18.132 defeated the GWS Giants 5.10.40
It seems the Giants are of the opinion that winning that one game against the Suns was all they really had to do this season because they sure took an embarrassing hiding from the Lions who have not been setting the football world on fire themselves! A 6 goal Brisbane lead at quarter time, 7 goals by half time and it was an ever increasing margin giving the Giant no hope from early in the game. A 92 point win is pretty good in anybody’s language but Brisbane’s consistency is their main problem. I can’t see either team winning next week.
Adelaide 19.10.124 defeated Carlton 8.7.55
Both teams have had good form going into this game despite Carlton’s loss last week but I don’t think anybody foresaw a result showing Adelaide winning by more than 11 goals…away from home! The game was on ice for the Crows at 3 quarter time but that didn’t stop them crushing Carlton in the last. That Blues premiership is slipping….slipping….almost gone. Not so sure about Adelaide’s chances though! Considering the hiding they gave Carlton it will be interesting to see how they go against Collingwood at AAMI. Carlton is lucky they meet Melbourne next week as a win will help put them back on track.
West Coast Eagles 18.13.121 defeated St Kilda 13.13.91
Looking back at the game you might say the Eagles won this in the 1st quarter with a 5 goal lead, also the final margin. The margin was even more at half time and from then on the Saints played catch up football. The result is a good reversal from last week for West Coast who was thrashed by Essendon. It was always going to be a tough ask for the Saints travelling to Perth and so it was. West Coast will be happy not to have to travel next week as they play Freo in the Western Derby. Regardless of injuries the Eagles keep winning. They are finding goal kickers every week and this week saw Cox kick 5 and Waters kick 3.