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ROUND 5 Review

Port belt CarltonIt was a good old fashion thrashing on Friday night and the Power did what good teams must and that’s put the bad sides away and build some much needed percentage. Carlton where reduced to training comes as the Power did as the wanted when they wanted the only real shining light for the Blues was Cripps with 37 disposals, Casboult did what he had to and kicked 4 but it was almost meaningless. This game could of been well over 100 points if Port hadn’t been too wasteful in front of goal Wingard and Gray both with 4 behinds each, Gray did boot 5 goals to go with this. Port will need to back this up with another win against the Lions next week and would see the, well entrenched in the 8. 
3 votes Gray 2 votes Cripps 1 vote Wines

Bob’s 300th 

The Lions gave the Dogs one hell of a fright for the first half and had built a very handy lead, it was the accuracy in front of goal that set it up for them kicking 12 goals 3 behinds to the scrappy Dogs 5 goals 13 behinds. 

The third quarter was all dogs in the first 10 minutes and had reduced the margin to a goal by half way through the quarter. The Lions settled and held strong for the next 20 minutes until the last 15 minutes of the last quarter when the Dogs unleashed a barrage of goals booting 8 goals for the quarter to run away 32 point winners. Again for the Lions it was Rockliff, Zorko and Beams which lead the way but again too many passengers in the last half. For the Dogs again it was a very balanced performance Stringer and Dunkley 3 goals a piece, hard to find a standout for them but where well served by Dahlhaus, Picken and JJ.
3 votes Zorko 2 votes JJ 1 vote Beams
Crows 5-0

It was bang bang in the first quarter as the crows raced to a 34 point lead and if it wasn’t for a bit of wayward kicking they would of been further in front. The 3 Rory’s got the Crows running and they had 10 different goal kickers in the first half. Ablett was at his best but it wasn’t enough, the Suns still have too many passengers, Lynch made the most of his opportunities Saad, Hall and Barlow where solid but not in the same class as the Crows. The trend continued into the third quarter the Crows never looked in trouble at all, early in the fourth the Suns showed a few signs of life but the Crows ran away again out scoring the Suns in every quarter.
3 votes Sloane 2 votes M Crouch 1 vote Laird 

Giants the Sydney Kings

The Swans jumped out hard kicking the first 4 goals of the game in 10 minutes from there though it was pretty much the Giants rolling all over them. A goalless second term for the Swans was all the Giants needed to assert their authority over the Swans building a 5 goal lead. The Swans fought back a little in the third but where never in it in the last quarter quarter kicking only 1 goal late in the quarter. The Swans now 0-5 it’s season over surely they would need to win at least 12 of the remaining 17 games and while not beyond the Swans it seems very unlikely with how they are playing. The Giants are now locked in the top 4 and look like they could just about not lose a game all year, they have so much depth across all the lines it’s kind of scary how good they could be.
3 votes Cameron 2 votes Greene 1 vote Ward 

Dockers snatch another

I don’t believe it I just don’t believe it, the Dockers have done it again another last minute goal to steal the game, and the Kangaroos somehow find a way to lose after having the game almost sewn up.

To hear Coach Brad Scott say the Roo’s can still make the finals is a joke, these loses must be taking their toll on the players mentality and in a close game they may just continue to choke up.

Take nothing from the Dockers they have found a never give up attitude and while they may or may not make the finals from here but and while they haven’t exactly been amazing they will grow with confidence from the wins.
3 votes Mundy 2 votes Cunnington 1 vote B Hill 

Cats in dog fight 

It took until the last 15 minutes of the game for the Cats to finally shake the Saints and the final score did not do the Saints justice, in fact with 15 minutes to go you had that thought that the Saints just might steal it. 

Jack Steven and Ross where brilliant for the Saints but it was the Class of Joel Selwood who just willed himself on every contest that made the difference in the end. 43 very important touches but it was the way he attacked the ball that set him apart, Dangerfield and Duncan where in no way played poorly but it was Selwood who some.

It was a high scoring free flowing and high skilled contest by both sides and the Saints kicking woes of past weeks where gone. Cats still remain un-beaten and the Saints are right in the middle in the glut of teams that will battling it out for the bottom part of the 8.
3 votes Selwood 2 votes Dangerfield 1 vote Steven 

Hawks finally.

Where has this Hawthorn team been in the first 4 weeks, this was vintage Hawks the tackling the aggression the ball movement the Eagles where never really in the contest. The Eagles looked like the team that was 0-4 sloppy ball movement, poor decision making when going forward and just all round disorganised play. 

The Hawks power forwards all contributed and it was so good to see Roughy kicking goals again, but more so it was good to see the Hawks taking the game on. 

Mitchell was superb and has been the Hawks best all year but was good to see him finally getting the help, not one player had under 15 touches for the Hawks in a huge team effort. The Eagles will beat most sides at home but can’t see them winning to many away if this is the best they can through up, the Hawks where to from here 4 very winnable games for next 4 rounds so maybe just maybe the Hawks can keep the dream alive.
3 votes Mitchell 2 votes Shuey 1 vote Burgoyne

Tigers Wow

Monday night footy did not disappoint, what a cracker of a game it had everything. The Demons seemed to have control of the game early and should of been further in front with the amount of ball use they had. They had a couple game ending injuries which would ultimately see them run out of legs and the Tigers over run them in the last. The third term saw the Demons set up what seemed like a game winning lead of 20 points, seemed…… the last quarter the Tigers sprang to life kicking 5 goals to none to somehow find a way to win the game by 13 points. The Demons lead most statistical categories but the game was won in the hit outs, clearances and inside 50 efficiency. The Tigers bandwagon keeps on rolling but the Demons are very unlucky to drop this game. Riewoldt with 6 back at his best, Dusty seems to have shaken of the groin and Houli among the best.
3 votes Martin 2 votes Hibberd 1 vote Riewoldt 

Anzac Day 

Bombers jumped the Magpies early and held on for a very gutsy ANZAC day win, they set the win up in the first quarter kicking 4 goals to 1 in a tight contest making the most of all their entries inside 50.

The midfield battle was hotly contested Treloar was a standout with 39 touches and almost dragged the Pies over the line himself but was lacking the help he needed and again the Pies forward structure let them down with poor kicking.

The Dons where impressive in victory every quarter the Pies came at them but they always had an answer.

Merrett was fantastic and had plenty of support from Heppell, Goddard and Watson, Fantasia and Daniher where brilliant in front of goal kicking 7 between them and Daniher winning the ANZAC medal. The biggest question now out of the game is how much longer does Buckley have…. surely not long.
3 votes Treloar 2 votes Merrett 1 vote Daniher

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