In Round 15 of the AFL Premiership season a thrilling draw was played out between two flag favourites, while the Sydney Swans’ finals charge continues to grow despite some Bugg interference, and the Tiger train rolls on – along with Dustin Martin’s Brownlow hopes.
Franklin warms up cold MCG to put the sword to Melbourne
Sydney put in a bruising performance to defeat Melbourne by 35 points on Friday night at the MCG. The Swans were all over Melbourne early and if it wasn’t for some inaccuracy the game would have been over at quarter time, with the Swans kicking 1.8. Luke Parker led the charge in the middle for Sydney, while Lance Franklin was a constant threat all night and finished with four goals. Demon Tom Bugg laid a cheap shot against Swan Callum Mills, with Bugg looking at missing 4-6 weeks.
Eagles swoop on slow starting Bulldogs
West Coast belatedly held their nerves to win by seven points on Saturday afternoon against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium. Wingman Andrew Gaff capitalised on the good work of inside mids Sam Mitchell and Dom Sheed, finishing with 42 disposals and 10 inside 50s. The Bulldogs threatened to pinch it late coming back from five goals down, but Nathan Vardy stepped up to kick the game-clinching goal to guide the Eagles home.
Gibbs reminds Adelaide what they could have had, but Crows hold on
Adelaide stood up in a gritty game against Carlton to win by 12 points on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. The Crows were quick off the mark, hammering four goals to none early, but the Blues worked hard to keep throwing numerous challenges at the Crows. Bryce Gibbs and Patrick Cripps led the charge, while Liam Jones added another scalp to his comeback story taking down Taylor Walker.
Gold Coast stand tall in Ablett’s 300th
Gold Coast celebrated Gary Ablett’s 300th game in style to beat North Melbourne by 19 points on Saturday evening at Metricon Stadium. The great man sizzled for the Suns with another masterclass, with Jarryd Lyons joining the party to ensure Ablett didn’t have to do it all himself, coming up with 23 contested possessions. Tom Lynch returned to form, kicking five goals and had support from young forward Ben Ainsworth’s four goals, including a spectacular soccer effort.
Premiership rivals share the spoils in brutal encounter
Tom Hawkins couldn’t weave his magic act after siren this time, kicking a point as Geelong and Greater Western Sydney played out a thrilling 68-all draw on Saturday night at Spotless Stadium. Both sides were hit with late withdrawals to stars Joel Selwood, Daniel Menzle and Toby Greene but it didn’t affect the quality of the contest. Patrick Dangerfield was a machine and will be taking home three Brownlow votes after having a whopping 45 disposals, 25 contested possessions and 13 clearances.
Martin leads Tiger charge to bury wasteful Port Adelaide
Richmond came home strong to defeat Port Adelaide by 13 points at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. Port started brightly in a fiery encounter and appeared in control until late in the third quarter, when Tigers small forward Dan Butler and debutant Tyson Stengle combined to kick four of the next six goals to turn the game on its head. Dustin Martin was sensational for Richmond, doing his Brownlow chances no harm with 36 possessions.
Young Lions roar to clip dour Bombers
The Brisbane Lions achieved their third win of the season after producing a stirring comeback to win by eight points against Essendon at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Lions showed plenty of fight to come storming home by kicking six of the last seven goals to leave Essendon’s finals hopes in tatters. Alex Witherden was fantastic in his second game for the Lions while Eric Hipwood’s stocks continue to rise after kicking four goals.
Hawks spoil Pendlebury’s 250th
Hawthorn were in no mood to celebrate Scott Pendlebury’s 250th game, defeating Collingwood by 24 points on Sunday afternoon at the MCG. Ryan Burton continued to impress for the Hawks, and Tom Mitchell had another big game against the Magpies. Jordan De Goey had his best game for Collingwood in a bright performance in midfield, while Taylor Adams tried hard but was guilty of turning the ball over too often.
Saints edge Dockers in thriller
St Kilda escaped from Perth in a thriller to defeat Fremantle by nine points on Sunday evening at Domain Stadium. Michael Walters almost single-handedly dragged the Dockers over the line after kicking his sixth goal of the game to put the Dockers in front. However, two late Josh Bruce goals edged the Saints over the line. Fremantle have now lost five games in a row, with their finals hopes appearing shot.