Patrick Dangerfield put in an extraordinary performance despite being injured, the Sydney Swans showed the AFL world that they are the real deal this year, and West Coast Eagles’ Josh Kennedy marked a triumphant return.
Joe Daniher soars as Bombers take off
Essendon brought St Kilda back down to earth with a 61-point thrashing on Friday night at Etihad Stadium. David Zaharakis continued his purple patch with another dominant display in midfield. The game was riddled with easy misses at goal in the first half but Essendon were eventually rewarded for their dominance in the third term, kicking seven goals. The win was even more impressive considering former captain Jobe Watson was rested.
One-legged Dangerfield denies Hawks in Hodge’s 300th
Geelong held off a fast-finishing Hawthorn for a three-point victory on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. Cats star Patrick Dangerfield hurt his foot in the first quarter but somehow played exclusively as a full-forward from the second quarter onwards, and was the Cats’ main target going forward over Tom Hawkins. Dangerfield finished with 5.6 in an impressive display. Hawk Isaac Smith had a chance to win the game in the final seconds – similar to last year’s qualifying final – but his shot on the run went wide.
Power make light work of Kangaroos
Port Adelaide quickly took down North Melbourne to win by 70 points on Saturday afternoon at the Adelaide Oval. The Power kicked eight goals to two in the first quarter to take the fire out early. This time it was the Power’s other Gray, Sam, who stole the show, finishing with a game-high four goals and a handy 25 possessions. Brad Ebert and Chad Wingard were also dominant, while North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington put in a respectable performance in a tough day at the office.
Pies hold strong in rained soaked Gold Coast
Collingwood snapped a four-game losing streak to beat the Gold Coast Suns by 15 points on Saturday evening at Metricon Stadium. The game was impacted by wild rain which suited the Pies better in tough conditions. Collingwood were well led by hard onballers Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams. Coast had superstar Gary Ablett light it up with 41 possessions, however co-captain Steven May suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter that ended his night.
Brilliant Sydney get revenge in battle of the bridge
The Sydney Swans managed to get revenge on crosstown rivals Greater Western Sydney in a 13-point victory on Saturday night at Spotless Stadium. The Swans kept their cool whenever it looked like the Giants were going to get on a roll. GWS co-captain and key backmen Phil Davis had a tough night trying to stop Swans superstar Lance Franklin, with ‘Buddy’ kicking four goals. Swan midfielder/forward Kieran Jack had his best game of the year, while GWS rising star Josh Kelly was impressive.
Tex stars in Darwin to crush Demons
Adelaide put in an impressive performance to defeat Melbourne by 43 points on Saturday night at TIO Stadium. Crows captain Taylor Walker continued his strong form with four goals and eight marks. Key midfielder Rory Sloane was concussed in the third quarter and missed the rest of the game. Demon Jay Kennedy-Harris was impressive in being called up to the side, while Bernie Vince appears to be in strife for a high bump on Crow Richard Douglas in the first quarter.
Tigers take time to put away feisty Lions
Brisbane may be last on the ladder but it didn’t stop them taking the game to Richmond, the Tigers made to work hard in a 31-point victory on Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium. Tigers star Dustin Martin had a blistering game and led his side superbly with 40 possessions, while captain Trent Cotchin and Shane Edwards also had strong performances. Lions youngster Alex Witherden performed beyond his years in a mature display.
Little man Daniel helps Dogs wiz past Blues
The Western Bulldogs had enough class to register a 20-point victory over Carlton on Sunday afternoon at the MCG. Caleb Daniel provided the Bulldogs plenty of energy and spark despite his small size, while Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Macrae and youngster Mitch Honeychurch were influential around the ground. Carlton’s young side were continually let down by poor skill execution in a scrappy contest.
Eagles’ derby delight
The West Coast Eagles had sweet delight in ending rivals Fremantle’s finals hopes, winning by 30 points on Sunday evening at Domain Stadium. Despite Elliot Yeo being a late withdrawal, the Eagles welcomed back forward Josh Kennedy, who wasted no time kicking three goals. The win ends the Dockers’ finals hopes, being two games and percentage out of the eight.