Indigenous players star in Round 10
Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round saw all 18 clubs wear special Indigenous-themed guernseys, while 10 players changed their number to either 50 or 67 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Australian Aboriginal referendum.
Dangerfield gets Cats home
Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield produced a moment of magic to lead Geelong to a thrilling two point win over Port Adelaide at Simonds Stadium. In a tight match where the margin never went beyond 12 points, Dangerfield was on the end of a scrappy Joel Selwood kick and instinctively kicked a goal from a tight angle from his left boot. There was a moment of controversy earlier in the quarter when Charlie Dixon was called to play on for exceeding the 30 second limit for a set shot. The star man for the Power was Ollie Wines who had 31 disposals and laid eight tackles.
Hawks edge Swans in thriller
Despite their positions on the ladder, the modern-day rivalry of Hawthorn and Sydney lived up to the billing once again with the Hawks winning by six points at the SCG. The Hawks led for most of the game until Isaac Heeney kicked the first two goals of the final quarter for an eight point Swans lead. But Shaun Burgoyne kicked a monstrous goal from 52 metres out before inspirational skipper Jarryd Roughead nailed the winner with just over a minute left. Dan Hannebery was excellent for the Swans with 35 touches while Isaac Smith and Liam Shiels were the best ball winners for the Hawks.
Bulldogs dispose of Saints
Premiers Western Bulldogs dismissed St Kilda convincingly with a 40 point win at Etihad Stadium. The returning Jake Stringer starred with five goals, four in the first half, while Jason Johannisen’s goal early in the last term ended any semblance of a Saints’ comeback. The Dogs needed the win after losing three of their past four and are now 6-4. The one sour note was a hamstring injury in the dying minutes to captain Robert Murphy.
Demons produce Darwin comeback
Melbourne’s season was on the line when they were 30 points down in the third quarter to a Gold Coast team missing Gary Ablett. But from there, they produced a masterclass kicking 14 goals to four to record a 35 point win at TIO Traeger Park. They were especially good in the final quarter which at times looked like a training drill. Jeff Garlett, who wore no.67 on his jumper, was fabulous with five goals and 24 disposals while Nathan Jones and Jordan Lewis were noteworthy contributors.
Tigers subdue Bombers in front of bumper crowd
Richmond won ‘Dreamtime at the G’ by 15 points over Essendon in front of a huge crowd of 85,656. The Bombers kicked the opening three goals in a high-scoring opening quarter. But the Tigers began to gain momentum through the middle of the match, led by Dustin Martin who kicked a goal and won 30 possessions. In a gripping final quarter when the rain started to fall, the Tigers took control with a Jack Riewoldt goal before Toby Nankervis closed the door shut with the sealer. A close win is exactly what the Tigers needed because they have suffered some heartbreaking losses so far this year.
Crows stamp authority against Dockers
Adelaide returned to their emphatic best with a 100 point belting over Fremantle, the biggest loss of Ross Lyon’s 11-year coaching career. Played in extremely wet conditions at Adelaide Oval, it was fitting that three indigenous players – Eddie Betts, Charlie Cameron and Wayne Milera – each kicked three goals to celebrate the Indigenous round. The 43 scoring shots to 13 summed up just how much of a gap there was between these sides. Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins and Matt Crouch were prolific in midfield.
Pies get on a roll
Collingwood recorded back to back wins for the first time this season after defeating Brisbane by 45 points at the MCG. Last placed Brisbane launched a spirited fightback in Q3 to reduce the margin to just 10 points before the Magpies got things back on track in the final quarter. Collingwood’s midfield of Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom, Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams were all outstanding while Jamie Elliott kicked four majors up forward. For Brisbane, it was a ninth loss in a row with their bye next week.
North hold on against Carlton
North Melbourne withstood a stirring Carlton comeback to win by 17 points at Etihad Stadium. North dominated early and led by 45 points at one stage, only to concede nine of the next 10 goals to ensure a thrilling finish. When Sam Docherty kicked the opening goal of the final term, Carlton amazingly hit the front. But then North steadied by kicking five of the next six goals with Mason Wood, who was previously anonymous, kicking two of them. Bryce Gibbs was one of the key men in flipping the match on its head. He had 38 disposals and three goals in a fine individual effort.
Giants get over Eagles in Perth
Toby Greene has inspired GWS to an eight-point win over West Coast at Domain Stadium. In a see-sawing encounter, the game built to a thrilling final quarter shootout and the lead changed hands several times. After youngster Daniel Lloyd got the Giants in front, Greene stepped up with two clutch goals from distance – one from a set shot and one on the run — to finally break the Eagles resolve. Their task wasn’t helped when Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy finished on the bench with a potential achilles injury.