Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 12:31 AM


Round 13 of the AFL Premiership season saw Sydney produce an epic comeback to shock Richmond, Bryce Gibbs dominate on the Gold Coast, and the Western Bulldogs’ premiership defence take another blow.

Cats flat away to rebounding Eagles

Geelong left it too little too late away to West Coast, losing by 13 points on Thursday night at Domain Stadium. Lewis Jetta had his best game so far for the Eagles, looking dangerous when on the run and providing accurate kicking. Eagles midfielder Luke Shuey was influential, gathering 32 possessions along with eight clearances and seven tackles. Geelong captain Joel Selwood could be at risk of suspension for striking Eagles ball-magnet Sam Mitchell in the second quarter.

Saints kill off Kangaroos to bounce back

St Kilda snapped its three-game losing streak against North Melbourne on Friday night at Etihad Stadium, winning by 17 points. Sebastian Ross continued his fine form for the Saints, gaining 32 possessions and five clearances. Leigh Montagna found some form running off halfback with 28 disposals, including 21 kicks. The game was a dour contest riddled with skill errors from both sides but the Saints had more polish in the first half to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Although an opportunity for a percentage boost was missed, the win keeps St Kilda’s season alive.

Alex Rance heroics not enough for Tigers

Despite not kicking a goal in the first quarter and conceding the first six, the Sydney Swans engineered an impressive fightback to down the Richmond Tigers by nine points on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. The Swans kicked eight of the last nine goals after staring down a 36-point deficit. Tigers spearhead Jack Riewoldt looked to have given the Tigers momentum when he goaled late in the fourth quarter, but goals to Swans Kieran Jack and Gary Rohan finished the Tigers. Richmond superstar Alex Rance was sensational in the second half for the Tigers, outplaying Swans star forward Lance Franklin and setting up attacks from the backline. The loss again puts doubts over Richmond’s composure and ability to close out tight games.

Port Adelaide tame Lions in Adelaide

Port Adelaide were made to work hard against a gusty Brisbane Lions side but managed to get the win by 40 points on Saturday evening at Adelaide Oval. Power ruckman Paddy Ryder had a dominant display against Lions pairing Stefan Martin and young Archie Smith, having 40 hitouts to the Lions duo’s combined total of 26. There were some positives for the Lions despite the final margin not doing them justice for their effort. Dayne Zorko continued his stunning form, gathering 32 disposals, with 12 tackles, 11 inside 50s and two goals. Meanwhile, rising forward Eric Hipwood had a nice running goal late in the third quarter.

Gibbs domination sets up Blues win

Bryce Gibbs produced one of the best individual games of the season in Carlton’s 10-point victory over Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night. Gibbs finished with 43 possessions, including 14 contested possessions, 10 tackles, seven clearances and two last-quarter goals. Blues forward Liam Jones has smoothly transitioned into life as a defender, claiming his second big scalp in keeping Suns co-captain Tom Lynch goalless. The night turned from bad to worse for the Suns with recruit and hardworking midfielder Michael Barlow suffering a season-ending leg fracture in the last quarter.

Demons demolition puts another nail in Bulldogs season

Melbourne has moved to fifth on the ladder after defeating the Western Bulldogs by 57 points in a fiery match at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Demons’ win was driven by their forward line with Jack Watts, Mitch Hannan, Thomas Bugg, Jeff Garlett and Tom McDonald combining for 11 goals. Rising Melbourne star Clayton Oliver had another impressive performance in midfield, gathering 29 disposals including eight tackles and five clearances. Bulldogs enforcer Tom Liberatore marked his recall to the side with 29 disposals, including 13 contested possessions and nine tackles.

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