From Friday until Saturday night you thought the AFL had returned to its predictable best besides the Cats going down to the Dons but to many that wasn’t a huge surprise with the Cats struggling for a couple weeks and had been lucky to get over the line in a few earlier games.The other games where pretty run of the mill predictable in how they went and the results went to script.
Then you had the Demons who have been a bit of an enigma this season so far up against the Crows seething after being humiliated by the Roos and it was the Demons again zigging when most thought they would zag.
That result and Sunday has opened a can of worms in terms of the make up of the top 8, it was starting to look very settled but now has been thrown wide open.
West Coast v Western Bulldogs
The Bulldogs took a conservative approach to this game and rested a couple players it almost paid off and they almost snuck away from the west with a win. In reality the Eagles where never really threatened to hard they controlled the game from the outset and always maintained a solid lead. Both sides had plenty of opportunities to open the scoring up but where horrible in front of goal which kept it a low scoring average game to watch. The Dogs are still going to be there deep in September but will need to start working on some goal kicking as will the Eagles they will win enough at home from here to be pushing top 4.
Best 3 votes Gaff 2 votes Mitchell 1 vote Johannisen
Hawthorn v Brisbane
A very workman like game here from the Hawks they showed glimpses of brilliance again but are still just going to be middle of the road this year. The Lions again for a quarter showed a bit of spark and drive but they just don’t have the stock to do it for long periods of a game the result was put beyond doubt in the third term and early in the last where the Hawks turned a 1 goal lead into a 9 goal lead. With Martin, Zorko, Beams and Rockliff the Lions do have an elite midfield and a solid base to build around but they need to get there fast or risk not being able to attract and keep players.
The Hawks will be with out Rioli for the most part of this season and doubt if he will get back with the Hawks season all but over. Tom Mitchell has to be right up there in Brownlow calculations already this season he has been week in week out the Hawks shining light.
Best 3 votes Mitchell 2 votes Rockliff 1 vote Henderson
Saint Kilda v Carlton
The Saints continued their good form with a solid win against the plucky Blues in a tight contest. Every time the Saints threatened to break the game open and skip away to a 4 goal lead the Blues would dig in and fight there way back into the contest. The Blues will take a lot of positives out of the game they matched the Saints in most areas of play and will look to continue the strong rebuild this season. The Saints again wasteful in front of goal at times are a bit of a sleeping giant, they don’t rely on 1 or 2 to get the job done they are a very even side across the board and if they can get that goal kicking sorted out will be a real force as the season progresses. They showed in long patches of this game that they can control the tempo and keep constant forward pressure on, they just need to maximise the scoring while doing this.
Best 3 votes Billings 2 votes Cripps 1 vote Steven
GWS v Collingwood
It took until the final minute of the game for the Giants to seal the victory thanks to some Stevie J brilliance roving the pack, and you must give the Giants big wraps for winning this game. Down almost 6 goals and with 2 game ending injuries you could of forgave them for dropping this game in the end but a an inspired second quarter got them right back into the game and from there it was goal for goal until the final siren.
This loss will the haunt the Pies it was one that got away a good side would of been able to out the Giants away but the Pies played lazy football through out the last half and let the Giants dictate the tempo for too long. Their skill level is at times so horrid to watch and their lack of tackling intensity really stood out, too many down hill skiers.
Josh Kelly was sublime and almost single handedly kept the Giants in the game, will be very interesting to see where he ends up at seasons end with some big money offers coming his way.
Best 3 votes Kelly 2 votes Adams 1 vote Shiel
Essendon v Geelong
Cats poor kicking made al the difference, in a very un Geelong type performance the most accurate side in the league put in a shocker in front of goal. No more so than in the final term with all the momentum and to kick themselves out of the game with 6 goals and 6 behinds this along with the 1 goal 5 behind opening quarter the Cats made a mountain to high to climb. The Bombers were lead well by Merrett and Zaharakis and the good Daniher turned up to boot 5 goals and kept the Cats at bay until the end of the third quarter but they did enough it the last to ensure the victory. The win somehow puts the Bombers 11th on the ladder within a game of port in 4th. The loss for the Cats puts them on a 3 game slide and outside the top 4 for the first time this year and with a game against the Doggies this week and Power the following week the Cats are treading on very thin ice.
Best 3 votes Merrett 2 votes Dangerfield 1 vote Zaharakis
Adelaide v Melbourne
This was a big statement game for the Demons, they out played, out classed, out ran and out muscled the highly rated Crows on their home ground. Most gave Melbourne little chance to win maybe if it was in Melbourne but not in Adelaide where the crows have averaged over 150 points a game. The crows got off to their usual slow start but ny the end of the first quarter had managed to break even. They kicked the first 4 goals of the second quarter and it was like here we go again the Crows will squash them from here. The Demons then went on to kick the next 9 goals of the game and kept the Crows highly regarded forward line to only 3 goals for the rest of the game.
It was a huge team effort from the Demons and shows that there best is good enough to beat anyone they just need to find the consistency and back it up week after week.
Best 3 votes Viney 2 votes Salem 1 vote Laird
Richmond v Freemantle
Oh Richmond how oh how did you let this one slip in those final 20 seconds!
Freo oh Freo how did you let Richmond back in and how oh how did you steal it!
After a very even first quarter it was the Dockers that looked the better of the two sides going through the second quarter and if it wasn’t for a couple missed shots would have had a bigger lead. The third quarter was all Dockers as they opened up what looked like a game winning lead of almost 6 goals and kept the Tigers goal less in the quarter. It was the complete role reversal in the last quarter as the Tigers kept the Dockers ‘goal less and opened the quarter with 3 quick goals. They managed to kick a goal after minutes of scrambling to take the lead with only 20 seconds left in the game. What happened next 20 seconds is un excusable how did they not get every single player back in side their defensive 50 to block up all the holes. How did the Dockers get a player running so free through the middle of the ground and how did Mundy get so much space inside forward 50. Simply unbelievable!
Best 3 votes Walters 2 votes Hill 1 vote Martin
Gold Coast v Port Adelaide
So much hype so much potential such a disaster for the Suns. Port Adelaide are exciting to watch and if they can maintain their intensity look out come finals they have
so much X-Factor about them they can do anything. From the opening bounce it looked like men versus boys and the Suns goal kicking is not something you would want in such a spectacle game. Hall, Harbrow shone for the Suns but it was the Power with every player getting 10 disposals or more that had them covered all over the field. The Hoff with a goal of the year contender was amongst the best along with Ebert and Boak. The Power were never troubled by the Suns from the opening bounce to the final siren they continued to build their lead winning every quarter for the match.
Best 3 votes Boak, 2 votes Wines 1 vote Hall
North Melbourne v Sydney
This game offered so much the Swans trying to build momentum and the Kangas coming off a huge win against Adelaide. It wasn’t to be, after a tight first quarter it was the Swans that took command during the second quarter and never got troubled again the Kangaroos just could not work their way back into the game.
Josh Kennedy was back to his very best along with Parker with good signs for the Swans going forward for the rest of the season. For the Kangaroos it was just a case of too few contributors on the day, it was a game that they needed to win to back up from last weeks effort but they folded too easily. Can the Swans make an impact from here and sneak into the finals…… It’s a long season and they have the players and so far the last couple weeks other teams have left the door open for them to sneak in but will take a huge effort from here.
Best 3 votes Kennedy 2 votes Parker 1 vote Hannebery