Round 6 had it all a nail biter on Friday night upsets on Saturday and Sunday and some big wins as teams start to assert themselves and find some form.
GWS V Bulldogs
What an exciting game with so many momentum swings and never more than 20 points between the two sides. It was the Giants that jumped out to the early two goal lead before the Dogs settled and hit back. The Giants goaled late to take a narrow lead into the first break before opening the second term with the first two goals to take the biggest lead for the game. The Dogs came very hard from about the 10 minute mark in the second quarter but where so wasteful in front of goal kicking 3 goals 8 behinds for the quarter to the Giants 3 straight goals, they could of had the game just about out of reach but only lead by a couple goals at the half.
The third was an arm wrestle again the Giants again kicking the first couple of the term before the Dogs settled and again pulled away to lead by just over 2 goals at the start of the last quarter. The Giants then took over as injuries took its toll on the dogs kicking 3 goals to take a match winning lead. The Dogs rallied again late in the quarter but fell agonisingly short. They will rue the missed shots having 8 more scoring shots than the Giants but not being able to put the goals on the board. Toby Greene finds himself in a bit of hot water and should get 2 weeks minimum for his reckless swing of the arm.
Best Bontempelli 3 votes Greene 2 votes Daniel 1 vote
Hawthorn v Saint Kilda
It was a third quarter blitz that saw the Saints embarrass the Hawks down in Tasmania. The Saints had dominated play for majority of the first two quarters but had been poor in front of goal which left the door open for the Hawks who where again well below their best but after last weeks wake up you thought they may be in with a chance still. Any hope they had of a comeback was snuffed out in the third quarter when the Saints rattled off 7 un answered goals to put the game out of reach and it was of question how far for the Saints. The final quarter saw the Hawks so a bit more fight but still the saints out scored them for the quarter running out 75 point winners. The two big questions again from this game, Can the Saints keep this up and not have those down games and quarters which has cost them a couple wins this season already and what is going on at Hawthorn? This team full of brilliant players are just not firing at all, maybe time for a complete clean out and start again.
Best 3 votes Robertson 2 votes Steven 1 vote Stevens
Carlton v Sydney
After the first quarter even though the Swans looked a little shaky you had little doubt they where going to finally get a win, by the end of the half you began to have doubts the Swans just look like a shadow whimpering in the corner at the moment compared to the team of the past decade. During the third term the Blues shone kicking the first 5 goals of the term to get to a handy 4 goal lead before the Swans kicked a couple late goals to to give them a glimmer of hope of snatching a win. The Blues left no doubt in the last quarter they would no be denied victory opening up a game winning lead and never headed again, they had an answer for every Swans attack and completely controlled the quarter. Carlton where just too good they kept the pressure up all game and did not let up, so much promise with this side just give them time they are heading in the right direction.
Best 3 votes Docherty 2 votes Simpson 1 vote Cripps
Brisbane v Port Adelaide
It was all one way traffic from start to finish the Power opened with a 7 goal first quarter and never looked back. The Lions had more possessions than the Power but where not damaging at all, over use of the handball and a lot of backwards passing mean they had lots of the ball but did nothing with it. The Power on the other hand made the most of every touch with 40 shots on goal with 67 inside 50’s. the score could of been a lot worse for the Lions if the Power hadn’t wasted a few shots on goal which came from a bit of complacency. It’s the same old story for the Lions too much left for too few they have a good core of 5 or 6 players but they drop away too quickly. The Power had contributors all over the ground. Wingard had a blinder and looks to have finally broken the shackles from the last couple weeks and Gray again in front of goal he only needs a few disposals to hurt you.
Best 3 votes Wingard 2 votes Dixon 1 vote Ebert
North Melbourne v Gold Coast
Ablett wow but just wasn’t enough to lift his team over the line, the Roos finally broke the duck and got a much needed win and the club will breathe a collective sigh of relief after being in so many winnable spots this year it’s good for them to get the much deserved break though.
From the opening bounce it was free flowing lots of running and skilful display from both sides, a goal in it at the first change and only two points in it a half time you where left wondering if the Kangaroos where again going to lose another close one. Ablett was at the peak of his powers and had the ball on a string but just struggled to get the consistent help he needed. The third quarter saw the Roo’s take the ascendency in the game but a two late goals saw the Suns again draw within a goal at the final change. the first few minutes of the last was a scrap then the Kangaroos booted 3 quick goals to take an unassailable lead, to the Suns credit they kept fighting and kicked the last two goals of the game but it was too little too late.
Best 3 votes Ablett 2 votes brown 1 vote Higgins
West Coast v Freemantle
Opening quarter blitz seals the win for the Eagles, it was a devastating opening term where the Eagles kicked 7 goals to 1 which was basically the final margin in the game. Take out that first quarter and it was a tight contest for the rest of the game both sides going goal for goal after with long periods of hard footy with little or no scoring. The Eagles had so much more of the ball with almost 100 more possessions in the game, the Dockers had plenty of opportunities but the Eagles defence was almost impenetrable at time quite the contrast from the week before.
It was a simple case of the Eagles just having more class across the field and the Dockers will learn from their tardy start, you can’t give even average sides a 6 goal head start and expect to win a game .
Best 3 votes Kennedy 2 votes Yeo 1 vote Shuey
Melbourne v Essendon
It was an old fashion slog through the first half with no side gaining any ascendency and was very low scoring only 4 goals a piece but with a few missed shots between them one would of expected the ground to be very slippery or wet.
The third quarter the game was won and it was the Demons who blew the game wide open with an 8 goal to 2 burst that left the Dons stunned. Last weeks Anzac Day hero Jo Daniher put on a shocker only 1 goal to go with his 6 behinds it was a disappointing return on the score board for him. The Demons now have a foot in the door of the top eight but can not let games slip from here. The Bombers will continue to improve but need to get the problems in front of goal sorted before they will be consistent enough to threaten for long periods in game. Lewis was great in his return from suspension and gave the Demons much needed poise and skill around the ground and Jack Watts showed some of that untapped potential to be a game winner.
Best 3 votes Lewis 2 votes Watts 1 vote Jones
Geelong v Collingwood
The biggest upset of the round went to the Pies, they where still horrid in front of goal and up until late in the third quarter the bad kicking kept the Cats in the game until the Magpies put through 4 straight in a row to put the game out of reach.
Collingwood wood should of been further in front and when the Cats started pushing at the start of the third quarter you expected them to kick into gear and run over the top of the Pies. it was Collingwood though that took control of the contest and got on top around the ground and exposed Geelong’s lack lustre defensive effort. The win gives Buckley breathing space and releases some pressure off the players but they need to back it up over the next couple weeks and not fall into bad habits again. The Cats won’t lose to much sleep over the loss they just where not good enough on the day and a few of there stars had off days.
Best 3 votes Adams votes Tuohy 1 vote Pendlebury
Adelaide v Richmond
The Crows just how good are they, the Tigers held a slender lead a quarter time but then the Crow machine just kicked into overdrive and blew them away it looked more like a top v bottom clash than two undefeated sides going toe to toe.
The Crows are in a class of their own at the moment and are so precise with the ball use and the way the players run hard both ways in unparalleled in the league. If the grand final was played tomorrow they would be the shortest priced favourites in history. The Tigers didn’t play bad it’s just the Crows are just that much better at the moment, Martin, Cotchin and company tried everything but just could not penetrate the amazing Crows defence and when on the attack the Crows are just sublime with the ball use and decision making.
Best 3 votes Sloane 2 votes Crouch 1 vote Kelly