With their Bucks against the wall, the Pies ventured to their home away from home and knocked off the Swans by a point. They ruined Buddy Franklin’s 250th game and also the Swans chances at playing finals football this year. Sydney will now look to rebuild around their young group of players, particularly their shining light in defence, chand-Aliir Aliir.
The Giants and Kangaroos both failed to get motivated for this game as they played in front of less than 9,000 spectators. The errors began before the game even started for the Kangaroos with the cheer squad spelling captain’s Jack Ziebell’s name wrong on the banner. The Kangaroos are living up to expert expectations of being a bottom four team this year.
The team from Greater Western Sydney took home a 42 point victory. Josh Kelly dominated with 31 disposals and a goal showing North Melbourne they will need more than a nine year $9 million contract to get this young star to join their team. Ryan Griffin will be out for 10 weeks with a serious ankle injury. You have to feel sorry for the guy after leaving his old team then subsequently missing out on a premiership.
The Tigers knocked off the Eagles by 11 points at the MCG. The Eagles yet again having problems kicking the ball through the two big sticks, scoring 17 behinds. Dustin Martin was the hero again for the yellow and black with 40 touches and two goals. The club will now allow him to visit New Zealand between every game. Jack Riewoldt is also taking credit for the Tigers resurgence after being reinstated to the leadership group this year.
Melbourne struggled with the weather conditions at Etihad Stadium as they kicked themselves out of the game scoring 13-19 to Geelong’s 20-6. Alex Neal-Bullen was able to maintain the trend of hyphenated names playing well this season. More bad news for the Dees as All-Australian ruckman Max Gawn will miss 12 weeks after requiring surgery on his hamstring.
Joel Selwood had 37 touches, while Patrick Dangerfield had 36 and three goals and is having a Brownlow Medal shootout with Dustin Martin.
Yet again there was a power failure in Adelaide. This time the Government can’t be blamed, but the Adelaide Football Club who shut down the Power after quarter time. Port Adelaide stopped, stopped, stopped because they were top, top, top. Ken Hinkley needs some new ideas as putting Justin Westhoff behind the ball when they get behind is about as predictable as a Nick Kyrgios dummy spit. The Match Review Panel have suspended Patty Ryder for a week for punching Riley Knight, while the Spectator Review Panel (aka the Police) will likely suspend a number of ‘supporters’ for throwing punches on the hill at Adelaide Oval.
Rory Sloane won the showdown medal and if he isn’t in the top 10 best players in the comp then I don’t know what I’m talking about (I do). The Crows still haven’t had their best 22 on the park and won’t for a number of weeks with Mitch McGovern set to be ruled out for at least a month with a hamstring injury.
The Dockers unveiled the key to beating the reigning premierships - bring in a bunch of kids (and don’t play Zac Dawson). Freo gave the rest of the competition hope by causing the upset of the year winning by 16 points. The Dogs just couldn’t get over the hill they faced as Stephen and Bradley had 58 touches between them. Aaron Sandilands was back to his best with 42 hit outs which caused one journalist to ask Luke Beveridge if he would bring back Will Minson next week to bolster the ruck division(!?). The Dogs will need to lessen their reliance on Travis Cloke who had just 10 disposals, reminiscent of his Collingwood days.
Just two weeks after what looked like a career-ending injury, Nick Riewoldt was back to save the day with 28 touches and three goals leading his Saints to a 31 point win over the Lions. It could have been more, however, Leigh Montagna spent half of the last quarter standing in the goal square with the ball wasting time. Clearly he doesn't understand how percentage works.
Heavy rain at the MCG aided the Blues skill level as they beat their old rival in Essendon by 15 points. Marc Murphy led from the front with 32 touches, 10 tackles and a goal of the year contender. Jack Silvagni was just pleased to get a victory after starting his career with 12 straight losses. The Gatorade shower did little as he was drenched from the rain anyway. Telling his mum, Jo, to “sack the binoculars” after last week's game did the trick and she will never take them to a game again. Carlton now travel north to take on the Suns in a game that could shape the top eight. The Bombers blew a great chance to keep their unbeaten season alive and will fall to 2-2 as they take on the Crows at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
Jaeger O’Meara returned to the Gold Coast to face his old club. A game hasn’t had so much hype and spite since LeBron James returned to Cleveland as a Miami player. Gary Ablett let his football do the talking with 36 touches and two goals. It is obvious he wants to finish his career on a high.
At Waverley they are an unhappy team at Hawthorn. The rest of the competition couldn’t be happier, though. The Hawks are wondering if they can delist Tyronne Vickery who has brought the Richmond curse with him. He has played in just one win in the last seven games he has played.