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Geelong 17.11.113 defeated Essendon 11.19.85
This was quite a good game up to half time just before which the Cats had quickly replied with a few goals to take a small lead into the 3rd quarter. Either Essendon had tired or they just weren’t good enough but a mixture of inaccurate kicking and either of the other two reasons was enough to result in a reasonably comfortable Geelong win. That keeps the Cats undefeated and primed to play Collingwood next week while the Bombers play the Brisbane Lions and have a chance to fix some damage from this loss.
Port Adelaide 10.13.73 lost to Richmond 18.6.114
An awfully slow start by Port Adelaide, the same as they had against North Melbourne the week before, put them in an almost impossible position to win the game. Even with a couple of Richmond injuries the Tigers just kept the pressure on the Power and won by almost 7 goals. That win halted the Richmond ladder slide after 3 consecutive losses and also handed Port Adelaide their 2nd loss in a row. The Tiger’s have a great chance to consolidate with a game against the hapless Demons next week and the Power faces Carlton in another danger game for them.
Brisbane 12.10.82 lost to West Coast 17.6.108
The games between these 2 teams when played at the Gabba always seem close and this was no exception where the result was really anybody’s game until half way through the final quarter. West Coast kicked the last 4 goals of the game and when you look at the margin before that it was a mere 2 points. The Eagles need to keep grinding out wins and the Lions just need to keep blaming the coach. Coaching is a numbers game they say and many are saying that Voss’s number is up. West Coast are at home to North in what will be a tough one for them.
Western Bulldogs 15.7.97 lost to North Melbourne 22.19.151
After just a 3 goal lead at the start of the last quarter the Kangaroos piled on 9 goals in that final stanza to win easily. There were 13 goals kicked in that 4th quarter so the coaches might be looking at just what the backlines were doing as it rained 6 pointers. One also wonders why a team can fall away to such an extent after being so competitive for most of the game as were the Bullies. Will they be able to win their second game against the Gold Coast next week? Possibly. North take the road trip west to play the Eagles.
Hawthorn 18.11.119 defeated Sydney 12.10.82
The Hawks are definitely sending a message to the other teams after their resounding victory over the reigning premiers. Hawthorn really had this game wrapped up by half time when they led 11 goals to 4 and played very well to keep the Swans out of the contest. Hodge was Best on Ground and 3 Hawthorn players contributed 11 of their goals. The Swans won the last quarter but the game was over by then. They have a chance to redeem the loss when they play Fremantle but they will have to fight hard to beat a confident looking Dockers team. Hawthorn should kick the sweep next week when they play the Giants.
Fremantle 15.10.100 defeated Collingwood 10.13.73
A Freo blitzkrieg in the first half had the Magpies reeling and made it impossible to win even though they actually made up the huge deficit and led by a point after kicking the first goal of the final quarter. It probably took a lot out of the Collingwood players to come back as Fremantle steadied and then kicked the last 5 goals of the game and win what was, according to the odds, a bit of an upset. Well I was upset that’s for sure. A suspension to Shaw won’t help their cause against Geelong next week and Fremmantle, who lost another ruckman to a knee injury, will have to do it all again against the Sydney Swans.
GWS Giants 7.10.52 lost to Adelaide 29.13.187
Early in the 2nd quarter the Giants got to within 12 points of the Crows but from that point in the game it was all one way traffic. A disappointing effort by the Giants and Adelaide player Lynch kicked 10 goals, more than the whole Giants team actually. A bad loss for GWS and a huge percentage booster for the Crows. If the Giants thought that game was a bad beat they have to play a raging Hawthorn next week while Adelaide is at home to St Kilda.
Melbourne 7.12.54 lost to Gold Coast Suns 16.18.114
Just when the Demons thought they had been to hell and back it got darker when they went down by 10 goals to newcomers Gold Coast who also won their first game at the MCG. Hard to work out just what the problem is at Melbourne but maybe it’s time that the AFL cut them from the competition. Just kidding, you can’t kill a team called Melbourne, home of football can you? Neeld’s coaching position is in serious jeopardy but is that where the problem lies? On top of all the woes one of their best players Silvia has copped a 3 week suspension for a high hit. Let’s not take anything away from the Suns in what was a pretty good win anyway. The AFL is faced with the problem of propping up Melbourne continually or somehow the Demons have to work out a way to change their course but they have been given every chance to date.
St Kilda 11.11.77 defeated Carlton 9.14.68
Carlton did not deserve to win the game but they almost stole it after being almost 6 goals behind at the start of the last quarter. A great effort by St Kilda who gang tackled and kept pushing the ball forward. The Blues found it difficult to kick goals and the young Saints side fumbled and made a lot of errors when under pressure. The loss kept Carlton out of the top 8 and the win should give the Saints a bit more confidence. And they will need that confidence travelling to Adelaide to play the Crows who have just come off a training run against the GWS Giants. Carlton plays Port Adelaide.