A thrilling finish in Adelaide shook up the finals race, the Bulldogs and Bombers went at each other in a shootout, and there was another draw in a season that keeps on giving.
Hawks spoil former favourite Kennedy’s 200th
Hawthorn has ended the Sydney’s seven-game winning streak via a six-point victory on Friday night at the MCG. Hawthorn are the only team the Swans have lost to since Round 6 this season. Swans captain Josh Kennedy had a night to forget in his 200th game after injuring his calf and ending the night with 14 possessions, with the Hawks’ intensity in the second quarter setting up the win despite kicking only two goals after halftime.
Demons’ hoodoo against Roos continue
North Melbourne defended their second home in Tasmania in a four-point upset of Melbourne on Saturday afternoon at Blundstone Arena. Local lad Ben Brown put on a show with four goals, while Shaun Higgins was impressive in midfield. The Demons lost full-forward Jesse Hogan to injury in the third quarter in a frustrating stop-start year for the rising star. Meanwhile, Clayton Oliver dug deep with 26 contested possessions in a fighting display. It was the Dees’ 17th straight loss to North.
Giants do enough to beat resilient Dockers
Greater Western Sydney were made to work hard for their 12-point win over Fremantle on Saturday afternoon at Spotless Stadium. The Dockers had a 15-point lead heading into three-quarter time, until the Giants came charging back to hold on in the last quarter despite kicking 5.13. Vice-captain Stephen Coniglio reminded Giants fans how much he has been missed this season in a promising return from injury.
Power steal it late against fast-finishing Saints
Port Adelaide overcame a late surge from St Kilda to win by two points on Saturday evening at Adelaide Oval. Despite being wasteful in wet conditions, the Saints came to life in the last term with four quick goals. Power star Robbie Gray continued his impressive return to the midfield with 27 possessions, including the winning goal with seven seconds remaining. The last-gasp win keeps the Power’s top-four hopes alive, while the Saints missed a golden opportunity to jump back into the top eight.
Tomahawk’s big night out as Cats play it cool
Geelong easily swept aside Carlton to win by 65 points on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium. Tom Hawkins starred for the Cats with a career-high 27 disposals and 6.1 in a dominant display by the man known as ‘Tomahawk’ as Geelong cruised in the second half after brushing aside Carlton early. However, star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield could have a nervous wait on his Brownlow chances, after a dangerous tackle on Blues ruck Matthew Kreuzer which ended his night just after halftime.
Yellow and Black do it right without Jack
Richmond has continued its push for a prized top-four berth after defeating the Gold Coast Suns by 33 points on Saturday night at Metricon Stadium. Despite missing key-forward Jack Riewoldt and former-Sun Dion Prestia, the Tigers were not to be denied as Toby Nankervis and Dustin Martin carried Richmond home against a plucky Suns side that had Gary Ablett out as a late withdrawal. Aaron Hall went big in Ablett’s absence with 40 possessions and Pearce Hanley played one of his best games for his new club since moving from Brisbane.
Wasteful Dons made to pay despite Daniher heroics
Western Bulldogs have kept their season alive after a 30-point win over Essendon on Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium. The Dogs had Jason Johannisen return to his dangerous running best, while Marcus Bontempelli guided the Dogs home late. The Bombers were wasteful in front of goal scorning many simple shots, with Cale Hooker having an eventful day down forward. Joe Daniher kicked six of Essendon’s 13 goals for the day to continue his impressive breakout year.
Miracle comeback ends in a draw
A Mitch McGovern goal after the siren made sure Adelaide weren’t leaving empty-handed in a remarkable 103-all draw with Collingwood on Sunday afternoon at the MCG. Collingwood had a 50-point lead early in the third quarter, largely thanks to Daniel Wells and Taylor Adams, until the Crows woke up and kicked nine of the next 10 goals to turn the match on its head in the last quarter.
Eagles cash in on Zorko-less Lions
The West Coast Eagles have climbed back into the top eight after a convincing 68-point victory against the Brisbane Lions on Sunday evening at Domain Stadium. Josh Kennedy kicked another bag of six as the Lions simply had no answer to stem the Eagles’ supply going inside 50. Dom Sheed stood out for the Eagles and former Lion Jack Redden lifted against his old side, while Lions captain Dayne Beams battled hard with 41 possessions.