In Round 11 of the AFL premiership, Hawthorn hit a new low, some Brownlow Medal contenders put in worthy performances, Tigers fever rolls on and the cattery curse continues for Adelaide.
Power blank out toothless Hawks
Hawthorn recorded their lowest-ever score at halftime – just three behinds – as Port Adelaide ran out 51-point winners at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night to celebrate Brad Ebert’s 200th game. As good as Port were in the first half, Hawthorn contributed to their demise with poor ball movement going forward. Power forward Charlie Dixon had a dominant display when going near the ball, presenting strongly and ending with four goals for the night. The loss convincingly ends any hope of finals for Hawthorn.
Sizzling Cats give Crows something to think about
Geelong reminded everyone that they can match it with the best on Friday night, dismantling the high-flying Adelaide Crows by 22 points at Simonds Stadium. Geelong led by 47 points at one stage nearing the end of the third quarter before the Crows regained some pride late. Cats captain Joel Selwood was inspirational, throwing himself courageously against Crows forward Andy Otten late in the first quarter. Selwood recorded 21 contested possessions and 35 disposals for the night. The Crows missed out on the run and carry usually supplied by runners Brodie Smith, Charlie Cameron and Luke Brown.
Gold Coast stand up for themselves
Gold Coast recorded its first-ever win over West Coast on Saturday afternoon at Metricon Stadium. Big man Peter Wright proved to be the hero for the suns, kicking the winning goal from 50 metres out with 90 seconds left. Gary Ablett had a strong return for the Suns, the little champion finishing with 36 disposals. West Coast have now lost three games in a row, with coach Adam Simpson left with a few headaches to negotiate during the bye next week in how to recover the season before it’s too late.
Kelly sparkles once more for spirited Giants
Josh Kelly was the difference for GWS once again, putting in a majestic performance with a career-high 38 possessions, as the Giants upset Essendon veteran Brendon Goddard’s 300-game milestone. The Giant’ 16-point win at Spotless Stadium on Saturday evening moved them to first on the ladder. Kelly showed he can do work both inside and outside in midfield, impressively generating 10 inside 50’s. Essendon were brave in defeat, but now sit a game and some percentage outside the top eight.
Martin leads Tigers against plucky Kangaroos
Richmond superstar Dustin Martin was dynamite for the Tigers, leading them to a 35-point victory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night against North Melbourne. Martin was explosive all over the ground, recording 38 disposals, with 25 kicks, 16 contested possessions and nine inside 50s. Tigers recruit Dion Prestia had his best game for the club, recording 35 disposals in midfield. North Melbourne had a two-point lead going into halftime, until Richmond ran away in the third quarter, kicking six goals to one.
Pies show grit in the west
Collingwood had to work hard to win by 20 points away to Fremantle at Domain Stadium on Sunday evening. Despite losing Daniel Wells and Jamie Elliot in the second half to injuries, the Magpies midfield dug deep. Fremantle were dealt a blow before the game, with star ruckman Aaron Sandilands being a late withdrawal. Despite this, Magpies ruck Brodie Grundy couldn’t capitalise against Sandilands’ replacement Jon Griffin. The win keeps Collingwood’s finals hopes alive, while Fremantle are at risk of falling out of the top eight next week due to poor percentage.