Hawthorn 20.15.135 defeated Collingwood 15.7.97
The game went to script for Hawthorn and at the end of each quarter they edged further and further ahead of the Pies who battled valiantly and even posted a 1 point lead in that 3rd quarter. That was short lived as each time Collingwood closed the gap the Hawks were able to kick the next couple of goals. Listening to the game it sounded like it was tough and hard but I also heard that quite a few Collingwood players were small contributors, something you cannot afford to do against the top team. Hawthorn earns a rest and the Pies face West Coast next week at the MCG.
Sydney 11.5.71 defeated Adelaide 5.12.42
I thought that the Crows would be a little suspect under the pressure that is applied by top 4 teams and so it proved. The Swans had this game won by half time and even a small last quarter surge by Adelaide did not stop Sydney from winning fairly well. The Swans earned their week off and get to face the winner of the Collingwood versus West Coast game at Telstra Stadium in Sydney. They will be hoping that it’s not the Magpies. The Crows get a home game against Fremantle.
Fremantle 14.12.96 defeated Geelong 11.14.80
About 15 minutes into the 2nd quarter the Dockers led by 8 goals and Geelong had yet to post a goal. If you looked at the final score you would not believe how Fremantle dominated the game up to that point. It was always going to be hard but not impossible for the Cats to come back from that. They did challenge a lot more in the 2nd half but the Dockers were not going to be denied the upset win and for punters an upset it was. Fremantle travels again to AAMI next week to play the Crows and with their defence you would have to give them a chance. For the Cats, the season is unexpectedly over and Hawthorn can breathe a sigh of relief at that.
West Coast 24.18.162 defeated North Melbourne 9.12.66
The commentators used the term “monstered” when describing this win by the Eagles. It was an old fashioned thrashing and might indicate the difference between a top 4 side, which the Eagles were most of the season, and a side that battled hard to get into the finals as North did. With the margin just under 100 points in a final it goes without saying that it was one sided and a 7 goals to zip first quarter laid the foundation for West Coast. They fly to Melbourne to play Collingwood next Saturday night and will do so with much confidence having beaten the Pies a couple of weeks ago. For North Melbourne it’s season over but they will be better for the experience next season.