there were some thrilling finishes In Round 14 of the AFL Premiership season in games involving finals contenders, with big ramifications for sides trying to make the top eight – along with a massive upset in Adelaide.
Hawks pluck unsuspecting Crows
Hawthorn put in a contender for upset of the season after defeating Adelaide by 14 points on Thursday night at Adelaide Oval. Key Crows midfielder Rory Sloane was tagged again and had a tough night trying to lift for his side. Hawks veteran Shaun Burgoyne was very damaging, with the man known as ‘Silk’ kicking the sealer in a massive boilover. The loss puts doubt on the Crows’ claims as the real deal despite their impressive start to the season.
Surging Swans just cross the line against brave Bombers
The Sydney Swans needed a Gary Rohan goal after the siren to save its blushes against Essendon on Friday night, winning by one point at the SCG. The Swans produced a late rally to pip the Bombers at the death after trailing by 19 points with less than five minutes remaining. Sydney blew multiple opportunities at goal throughout the night, finishing with 11.20. The result puts Sydney ahead of the Bombers and firmly entrenched in the finals race.
Robbie Gray sizzles stuttering Pies
Port Adelaide superstar Robbie Gray put on a clinic as Port Adelaide defeated Collingwood by 31 points on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. Gray was involved in eight of the Power’s 13 goals, finishing with five goals and three goal assists. Power runner Matt White proved to be a useful weapon on the big spaces of the MCG. Collingwood were guilty of overusing the ball by handball and were punished for it.
Giants fire themselves to the top of the ladder
Greater Western Sydney blew away Brisbane, winning by 60 points on Saturday evening at the Gabba. Giants midfielder Dylan Shiel had a big day in his 100th appearance with 38 possessions and eight clearances. Forwards Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Jon Patton each kicked four goals. Brisbane lost captain Dayne Beams early after a big hit from Giant Shane Mumford. Dayne Zorko was sensationally tagged only having five disposals for the game.
Bulldogs prevail in epic shootout
The Western Bulldogs defeated North Melbourne by one point in a high-scoring affair on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium. It took a Jake Stringer behind from the boundary line with just 40 seconds left in the match to put the Bulldogs back in front after the Kangaroos staged an impressive last quarter comeback from being 26 points down. Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae led the Bulldogs impressively while Ben Cunnington stood tall for the Kangaroos.
McDonald stars in Demons’ Western escape
Melbourne won a thriller in Perth against West Coast by three points on Saturday night at Domain Stadium. Tom McDonald was the hero for the Demons, kicking five goals for the night including the match-winner with 25 seconds remaining. Jack Viney led his side superbly with 38 disposals, 26 contested possessions and nine clearances. Dom Tyson, Michael Hibberd and returning star Max Gawn were also crucial for the Demons. Drew Petrie had his best game as an Eagle, kicking four goals.
Dangerfield carries Cats home against all odds
Geelong performed a great escape against Fremantle, winning by two points on Sunday afternoon at Simonds Stadium. Dockers forward Michael Walters missed a shot from open play in the final seconds, slumping to the ground in heartbreak as the siren sounded. The Cats had captain Joel Selwood concussed in the first minute, along with Tom Stewart and Darcy Lang getting injured. Geelong were down by 19 points at three-quarter time, but Patrick Dangerfield led the charge in the last term. Dangerfield finished with 24 contested possessions.
Martin leads Tigers against plucky Blues
Richmond overcame a resilient Carlton to win by 26 points on Sunday afternoon at the MCG. Dustin Martin put in a strong performance for the Tigers, along with Jack Riewoldt kicking three goals and Bachar Houli gathering 28 disposals playing off half-back. Houli could be in trouble, however, after concussing Carlton forward Jed Lamb near the start of the game. Matthew Kreuzer continued his fine form and Patrick Cripps lifted in the last three quarters for Carlton.
Billings fires away fading Suns
St Kilda squeezed themselves into the top eight after defeating Gold Coast by 31 points on Sunday evening at Etihad Stadium. Jack Billings was sensational roaming around for the Saints, and former captain Nick Riewoldt chipped in with three goals. The Suns were missing star midfielder Gary Ablett but Jarryd Lyons was hard-working. Suns co-captain Tom Lynch was held goalless for the second week in a row.