Round 16 of the AFL premiership produced another thrilling draw for the Giants with a nail-biting finish. The defending premiers suffered a belting in the City of Churches, and the Saints slammed the lid back on at Tigerland.
Sloppy Bulldogs fail stern test under Friday night lights
The Adelaide Crows smacked the Western Bulldogs by 59 points in wet weather on Friday night at Adelaide Oval. The Bulldogs were in the match until halftime, when the Crows kicked seven goals to none in the third quarter to put the game to bed. Crows captain Taylor Walker bounced back into form with an aggressive performance which set the tone for his side. Meanwhile, the two Jakes – Kelly and Lever – were impressive in repelling the Bulldogs’ attacks.
Giant drama down in Tassie as heavyweights endure second consecutive draw
Greater Western Sydney were fortunate to escape with a 97-all draw against Hawthorn at the University of Tasmania Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Hawk Ryan Burton was half a second late in rushing the ball through for a behind which would have won the game. Tom Mitchell was once again unstoppable for Hawthorn along with Billy Hartung, who had one of his best games yet. ‘The General’ Jon Patton was imposing up forward with five goals for GWS.
Zaharakis produces masterclass against an old foe to lift Bombers up and away
David Zaharakis put in a best on ground performance as Essendon flexed their muscles in a 37-point victory over Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday afternoon. Zaharakis was well supported by teammates James Kelly, Michael Hurley, Darcy Parish and Orazio Fantasia, the latter finishing with five goals. Magpie Levi Greenwood could be in hot water, with a raised elbow flooring Bomber Zach Merrett in the third quarter sparking a wild melee.
Swans cash in against Ablett-less Suns
Gary Rohan had a breakout game up forward as the Sydney Swans were comfortable 67-point winners at the SCG on Saturday evening against a Gold Coast side sorely missing talisman Gary Ablett. Rohan kicked five goals to go along with a game-high eight inside 50s to have one of his best games. Sydney produced a strong team performance against the Suns, with 11 players having 20+ possessions. Trent McKenzie finally played his 100th game for the Suns, after being stuck on 99 since round 14 last season.
Electrifying Saints demolish limp Tigers
St Kilda produced finals-like intensity to embarrass Richmond by 67 points at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. The Saints brought the heat early, kicking a staggering nine goals in the second quarter with the Tigers having no answer to the pressure and quick ball movement as the Saints led by 82 points at halftime. Sebastian Ross continued his fine work for the Saints along with Leigh Montagna, while two Jacks – Steven and Steele – joined the party.
Cats salute strongly for Lonergan and Duncan
Geelong withstood an early charge from the Brisbane Lions to come out 85-point winners in Tom Lonergan’s 200th at the Gabba on Saturday night. Geelong kicked 10 goals in the second quarter to take the energy out of the game as they shared the goal kicking load for the night with 12 different scorers. Patrick Dangerfield was sensational for the Cats, while Mitch Duncan kept up in his 150th. The one positive for Brisbane was Dayne Zorko flying the flag with 36 possessions, 12 tackles, 10 clearances and four goals.
Gallant Dockers keep season alive after close shave with Kangaroos
Fremantle have bucked the recent trend of close losses to defeat North Melbourne by four points at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Kangaroos ruckman Todd Goldstein had a golden opportunity to put his team in front with a set shot from 25 metres out with 25 seconds remaining, but remarkably missed. Fremantle’s former captain David Mundy was a late withdrawal; however, it was a dream debut for replacement Ryan Nyhuis, kicking four goals including the last two of the game.
Melbourne do the double over Carlton
Melbourne had to work hard to beat Carlton by eight points at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. The Demons were up by two points with a minute to go, but successfully held onto the ball with Jordan Lewis eventually kicking a goal after the siren. Tom McDonald continued his strong form up forward with four goals, while Jeff Garlett struck three against his former side.
Power recharge top-four hopes after striking down Eagles
Port Adelaide have shocked the Eagles to win by 32 points at Domain Stadium on Sunday evening. This was despite the Eagles brining back big names in Matt Priddis, Mark LeCras, Scott Lycett and captain Shannon Hurn. The scores were level at three-quarter time before the Power came home strong with a barnstorming eight-goal final quarter.