The Weekly Wash Up - AFL Round 4 Review

Written by Matt Smith (@SmanSports) on 18 April 2017   

Thursday night footy saw the Eagles beat Swans by 26 points. This game was in Perth, so of course the Eagles won. They can’t win away from home. The Swans are now 0-4 and are in serious trouble of making the top four. It will be interesting to see if at the end of the year they follow in the footsteps of Hawthorn’s successful strategy and trade away senior midfielders like Josh Kennedy and Dan Hannebery.

The Dogs and Kangaroos played in one of the best Good Friday games of football we have seen. It ended up being a bad Friday for North Melbourne losing by three points. The dogs celebrated Travis Cloke’s fourth game with the club (and 246 with Collingwood), however, his night ended in hospital with broken ribs and he’ll be out for four-six weeks. The injuries didn’t stop there for the Dogs as the Easter bunny arrived early delivering an egg to Tom Boyd’s face.

The Kangas have tried to be more Bulldog by signing some of their rejects in Shaun Higgins and Nathan Hrovat, but even that hasn’t worked.

The Dockers beat the Demons by two points at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. Ross Lyon has found his coaching form again and Aaron Sandilands brought up an impressive half century of hit-outs between lunch and tea. Playing two Lachies was the key with Lachie Neale in particular one of the best for the Dockers with 22 touches and four goals which ultimately left the Dees on their knees.

In Canberra, the Giants kicked five unanswered goals in the final term to run out 31 point victors. Heath Shaw was at his finest limping off in the third quarter only to return to the forward line in the fourth, so his could give a mouthful to the Power’s defenders every time Johnathon Patton marked and kicked a goal. Patton finished with six straight in front of a miserly 9,000 spectators.

The Blues lost to the Suns by 26 points. After the game, Coach, Brendon Bolton said “there is a lot to like”, we can’t be sure exactly what he was referring to though. It is ironic that the Blues are sponsored by Career One as most of their players will be looking for new jobs next year. It’s not all bad though Carlton supporters, you still have a better record than Hawthorn

Tom Lynch kicked seven straight for the Suns, while Gary Ablett had a game-high 34 possessions and is clearly playing with weight off his shoulder knowing he won’t have to carry his Suns’ team mates next year.

The Crows put on a football clinic against some red and black witches hats Saturday night. Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts had 10 goals between them at half time before the Crows finished with a 65 point win. Essendon Coach, John Worsfold, after the game said that his side has hit the wall, which is a major concern four games into a 23 round season. It sounds like they need some rest after half the side did absolutely nothing last year.

Collingwood proved that its win away from home last week was nothing more than a fluke with a 14 point loss to St. Kilda. Once again goal kicking was a major issue, one that Nathan Buckley will need to fix quickly to save his coaching career. Having your best player and captain in Scott Pendlebury on the bench for over half the third quarter isn’t ideal either. Good luck picking a winner between the Pies and Bombers on Anzac Day.

Richmond kept their winning streak alive with a 52 point drubbing of the Lions in Brisbane. The Tigers now face their bogey side in Melbourne who they haven’t beaten for the last three years – you know if you haven’t beaten Melbourne in three years you aren’t very good. The same can be said for the Lions whose best player was Mitch Robinson who just runs around and crashes into players.

Hawthorn’s misery continued with an embarrassing 86 point loss to rival Geelong on Easter Monday. Even leaving Ty Vickery out of the side couldn’t break their losing streak. No club has made the top eight after starting the season 0-4 since the top eight was introduced in 1994. Former Club President, Jeff Kennett, believes the Hawks should rebuild. If only the Hawks had a first round draft pick this year, Jeff.

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