In a shortened round of footy, fans were treated to solid matches of footy. We got underway at the famous MCG where Essendon managed to get over the line in the final quarter. For the most part, it was the Jarrad Waite show as he booted a career high seven goals. In what turned out to be the winning move, Essendon coach James Hird switched Michael Hurley and Jake Carlisle to great effect. Hurley was able to nullify the potent Carlton forwards while Carlisle provided a much need forward target for the Bombers. Jake Melksham also had his best game to date for Essendon with 21 disposals and, more importantly, kicking three goals including the match winner.
We began Saturday footy up in Sydney and while Geelong got the job done in the end, the Giants gave a great account of themselves. GWS were leading Geelong at the end of the first and second quarters but ultimately the sheer class that encompasses the Cats prevailed in the end. Jeremy Cameron was once again a prolific target, kicking four major for the AFL’s newest side.
In what many people thought would be the match of the round, Adelaide vs Sydney ended up being a let down with the reigning premiers getting up with 77 points. While Rory Sloane was one of Adelaide best it was Dan Hannebery who stole the show with 42 possessions including 28 at half time. If the Crows are to compete in September, they will need to find more forward targets with their conversion at just 30%. The Swans made a statement on Saturday afternoon and they are a realistic chance at going back-to-back in 2013.
In this week’s only Saturday night clash, it was a case of deja vu for North Melbourne fans. Much has been said about the Suns and their team form improving, but North got the jump, taking a 25-point lead into the quarter time break. In trying conditions up in the Gold Coast, North players were second to the ball and the Suns capitalised, kicking nine goals to four after the first change. Gary Ablett was prolific again, amassing 28 possessions while Jaeger O’Meara continuing his impressive season with another 25 touches.
It was slim picking on Sunday as we had to wait until 4:40pm for our only match of the day. While it was anything but pretty, the Saints and Eagles clash was close all the way. After leading for most of the day, West Coast got up in the dying stages by four points, keeping their finals chance alive. Stephen Milne was one of St Kilda’s best, booting five goals. Leigh Montagna and Nick Dal Santo were solid once again in a game that the Saints really should have one. Over the course of the weekend, the men in green were heralded for letting the play unfold and for the most part, put the whistle away. In stark contrast, what most fans will take from this game a few critical decisions going against the Saints in the final quarter, including two that gave the Eagles direct goals. Nevertheless, the Eagles banked a vital win and head into the break with some degree of momentum.
In the league’s only game on Queen’s Birthday, it was an all too familiar story for the Dees as they got blown away by Collingwood. In the first quarter they bettered the Pies in contested possessions and inside 50s but as has been the case this season, their form and subsequent pressure dropped off considerably as the game wore on. Dane Swan was not tagged and brought his own footy as he amassed 39 possessions. Melbourne were left searching for answers once again.
Here are the best 10 highlights of the round as chosen by you:
@mrutter09 Jack Ziebell’s incredible physique and hairstyle not getting wet on Saturday night
@stephenmarson Sydney just doing what they do best.
@stuartfaz The rise of GCS and GWS. Everybody took notice this week. Write off the 2015-2025 premierships .
@aMattMcDonald Eric Mackenzie’s 2nd and 3rd career goals in game 88.
@moxey25 GWS showing that they aren’t as bad as everyone thinks they are.
@Strauchanside Ablett again. Gold coasts recovery and the prowess of young Jeremy Cameron.
@JourdanCanil Jake Carlisle’s game saving mark
@SoggyE Jack Watts and Chris Dawes playing nice in the first half
@52johnm Seeing the demons get a huge percentage booster after their 83 point loss #babysteps
@damoj88 Gazza’s scorching form, & his influence at the Suns. On track for another Brownlow. Better than Judd at Carlton as a leader?
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