Tuesday 12 December 2017 / 04:20 AM

AFL ROUND 20 WRAP

In this week of the AFL premiership season, Adelaide turn up the heat to burn Geelong, West Coast have issues away from home again, while it’s also been a round of big hauls – from stars and unlikely heroes alike.

Crow blitz gives Cats plenty to think about

Adelaide were impressive winners in downing Geelong by 21 points on Friday night at Adelaide Oval. The Crows were fantastic in moving the ball with speed and accuracy across the ground, with the Cats looking second-best for most of the night. Richard Douglas and Rory Sloane were fantastic contributors for Adelaide. The feel-good story of the night belonged to Alex Keath, finally making his AFL debut after previously giving up football to pursue a cricket career.

Bombers’ class wears down fighting Kangaroos

Essendon survived a scare against 17th-placed North Melbourne, but eventually won by 27 points in a shootout on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium. The Kangaroos were missing a host of stars but this didn’t stop the young side from showing ticker and taking the game to the Bombers. It took four final-quarter goals by Bomber Cale Hooker to push the Roos away. For North Melbourne, Ben Brown and Jarrad Waite kicked 10 goals between them and Taylor Garner was very impressive.

Viney and Gawn combination leaves Port dazzled

Melbourne welcomed the return of four stars to win by 23 points against Port Adelaide on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. Led by the impressive Max Gawn and Jack Viney setting the tone strongly in the first half, the Power were made to play the game on the Demons’ terms. Michael Hibberd was superb in repelling the Power’s attempts going inside 50. The win was sweetened with former captain and favourite son Jack Trengrove making his first appearance in the side this season.

Unlikely hero Picken keeps Bulldogs’ finals hopes alive

Liam Picken stole the show in Cairns for the Western Bulldogs in a 54-point win over the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday evening at Cazaly’s Stadium. The Bulldogs were able to find plenty of movement for outside players Lachie Hunter, Shane Biggs and Matthew Suckling, which enabled them to gain the ascendency in running over the top of the Suns. It could be a sad ending for premiership hero Dale Morris, the 34-year-old unfourtunaly breaking his right forearm which may force him to retire.

Sinclair adds a new string to his bow in Saints rout

The Sydney Swans were comfortable 42-point winners against St Kilda on Saturday night at the SCG. Swans ruck/forward Callum Sinclair was placed as a deep forward for the whole night and did not disappoint – kicking a career best five goals to bury a fading Saints side. The loss puts the Saints out of the top eight in the finals logjam, with percentage not being in the Saints’ favour.

Gunston shows new tricks as Hawks swoop over Dockers

Hawthorn put in a strong performance to put away a poor Fremantle side in a 52-point win on Saturday night at Domain Stadium. Jack Gunston impressed in playing his new role playing more away from goal, gathering 35 possessions, 23 kicks and eight marks in another masterstroke from coach Alastair Clarkson, who celebrated his 300th game in charge.

Hardworking Tigers dig deep to claw Giants

Richmond made the most of wet conditions to out-muscle Greater Western Sydney by 19 points on Sunday afternoon at the MCG. The Giants started fast by kicking the first four goals of the day, but only kicked two more after quarter time. Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and influential midfielder Dustin Martin weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. GWS forward Toby Greene could be in trouble yet again after launching a jumper-punch on Richmond superstar Alex Rance.

De Goey steps up to lead Pies in spoiling Kennedy’s 200th

Collingwood made a stirring comeback to defeat the West Coast Eagles by eight points on Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium. The Eagles led by as much as 24 points early in the last quarter, but this didn’t deter the Pies from going at them given the Eagles’ struggles away from home. Jordan De Goey, Adam Treloar and Jack Crisp stepped up in the absence of skipper Scott Pendlebury, while Josh Kennedy shined in his 200th for the Eagles with six goals.

Dayne Show rocks Gabba

The Brisbane Lions recorded their fourth win of the year, beating Carlton by 30 points on Sunday evening at the Gabba. The Lions kicked 12 goals to three to put the Blues to the sword by halftime. Captain Dayne Beams and star Dayne Zorko were sensational in taking down the Blues’ midfield, with Zorko likely to add another couple of Brownlow votes after this performance.

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Sport has always been a big passion in Brett's life and he aims to share his vision with Commentary Box Sports' readers. Based in Melbourne, Brett covers AFL, NRL, cricket and football for CBS.

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