Collingwood 15.13.103 defeated St Kilda 11.11.77
It took the Magpies half a game to shake off a determined Saints side and there’s nothing like a generous interpretation of rules to give a side a couple of easy goals which helped Collingwood maintain a reasonable lead. The loss of Lenny Hayes before the game didn’t help St Kilda’s chances either. The Collingwood back line did much better as did their centres and running players. The Saints will win a few more games this season but it’s going to be a tough year for them. They might have a better chance against Carlton next week and the Magpies fly to Perth to play Fremantle.
Essendon 17.18.120 defeated GWS Giants 12.9.81
The Bombers were jumped in the first half and we were looking at the upset of the season at one stage. Whether the Giants ran out of legs or whether the Essendon players woke up is hard to determine but they sure poured on the pace and the score kicking almost 100 points in that half. GWS will be disappointed with the margin because it doesn’t show just how much they dominated that first half. They play Adelaide so they better not expect any mercy there either. The Bombers will need to sharpen up because it’s the top of the table clash with Geelong next week.
North Melbourne 14.9.93 defeated Port Adelaide 12.11.83
The Kangaroos finally won a game in which they held a substantial lead but there would have been some nervous supporters and coaching staff sensing some déjà vu as the Power got to within the final margin of 10 points with a couple of minutes left to play. That’s the first loss for Port Adelaide which is not real bad for the season so far considering their form last year. North can get a bit back on track and see how they can consolidate over the next few weeks. Another win is very much on the cards as they play the Western Bulldogs. Port is at home to Richmond – an interesting game.
Hawthorn 13.11.89 defeated Adelaide 11.12.78
The game was pretty tight for 4 quarters but a short burst by the Hawks in the last quarter which netted them 4 goals and gave them a break of 25 points was too much a gap for the Crows to overcome before they ran out of time. Adelaide looked a lot better than their ladder position indicates but it seems they need to be challenged before they produce a better brand of football. Hawthorn just keeps winning after the first round loss and their form looks pretty good. We’ll see how good when they come up against Sydney in the GF replay. A game like that should be great to watch. Adelaide might consider next week’s game a gimme against the Giants.
Geelong 20.11.131 defeated Richmond 13. 9.87
The Tigers would have been very happy going into the half time break just a handful of points down in what was a spirited first half. The end result and margin would have been disappointing for Richmond supporters but reality sucks and the difference between the two sides looks to be about 40 points. Tiger turnovers and Cats’ sure handling was a significant difference. Geelong remains undefeated while Richmond suffered their 3rd consecutive loss. Either Essendon or Geelong will remain undefeated after they meet next week and Richmond is looking down the barrel at AAMI against Port next week.
Fremantle 15.9.99 defeated the Gold Coast Suns 7.12.54
In what was thought to be a chance for a possible upset the Dockers really cruised to a comfortable win against the Gold Coast. They led from start to finish and rarely did the Suns look like they could pinch the game. Fremantle should take some confidence from that win which was away from home and without 4 of their best players. Ablett was sort of held but still finished with 28 possessions and a goal. The Suns have a chance to redeem themselves next week when they play the Demons and Freo might find that the players they are missing will mean a lot more next week when they host the Pies at home.
Sydney 17.13.115 defeated Brisbane 8.7.55
The form of the Brisbane Lions up to this game was a precursor to the fact that they were going to get beaten and so it came to be. Sydney played as well as they had to and won reasonably easily as they set up a 6 goal break in the first quarter, maintained it and increased it a little before the game was over. The Lions will have fond memories of the season which finished for them after winning the NAB cup. Sydney will be there again at the end of the year and they have a nice challenge next week to see if they can beat Hawthorn again. The Lions meet a resurgent Eagles at the Gabba.
Carlton 18.13.121 defeated Melbourne 8.12.60
The Blues kicked 5 goals to zip in the 1st quarter and that was basically game over. The return of Waite for Carlton was a big plus and gave them a focal point at centre half forward. The Garlett and Betts show continued with the two live wire forwards kicking 8 goals, same as Melbourne! Grimes for the Demons suffered a bad injury and with a few of their better players out the task of winning games for Melbourne is becoming highly improbable. Carlton has consolidated with their 3rd consecutive win with a good chance of a 4th when they play St Kilda next week. Melbourne looks in danger playing the Gold Coast in round 7.
West Coast 21.11.137 defeated Western Bulldogs 10.7.67
Nothing better describes this than an old fashioned thrashing. The 70 point winning margin was the biggest of the round and the highest score kicked as well, all this from a team that has really been playing poor football. And where did the sudden goal front accuracy come from? It’s a funny game football. So true. Back to the drawing board for the Doggies and maybe West Coast, with the return of Natanui and Wellingam, might be able to go on from here. They have another win chance at the Gabba next match against the Lions there. The Western Bulldogs play North Melbourne.