The Cats suffer a huge wake-up call, a star recruit finally makes his debut for his new side, and the Crows take honours in a Showdown thumping.
Dangerfield-less Cats forced to lick their wounds
Sydney Swans soundly took care of Geelong Cats on Friday night in a 46-point victory at Simonds Stadium. The Cats’ over-reliance on Patrick Dangerfield was there to see with the star midfielder missing through suspension. A five-goal burst in the first quarter put the Swans comfortably in control and they didn’t look back. Meanwhile, Cats skipper Joel Selwood suffered an ankle injury and is set to be out until the finals in a massive blow.
Giants go big in Canberra as ‘Lids’ finally makes his debut
Greater Western Sydney gave Melbourne a reality-check in a 35-point win on Saturday afternoon at UNSW Canberra Oval. The Demons kicked the first three goals of the game before the Giants responded with the next eight to give themselves a comfortable buffer at quarter time. Giants recruit Brett Deledio made his long-awaited debut and finished with eight disposals and one goal.
Bombers survive major scare against arch-rivals
Essendon kept their finals hopes alive after winning by eight points over Carlton on Saturday afternoon at the MCG. The Bombers were almost made to pay with inaccuracy in front of goal nearly costing them the game as the Blues refused to lie down. Carlton forward Levi Casboult had a chance to put the Blues back in front with a minute and a half remaining, but missed before Anthony Mcdonald-Tipungwuti kicked the sealer shortly after. The win put the Bombers in eighth position.
‘Bont’ delivers as Bulldogs edge Lions
Western Bulldogs have kept their premiership defence alive after winning by 14 points on Saturday evening at the Gabba. The Lions kept themselves well and truly in the game until a burst in the last quarter by the Dogs gave them enough breathing space. Rising star Marcus Bontempelli was worth his weight in gold as he and Jack Macrae put on a masterclass in midfield. The win puts the Bulldogs in seventh on the ladder ahead of a Friday night blockbuster against keen rivals GWS.
Pies take down toothless Kangaroos
Collingwood had a comfortable 54-point victory over North Melbourne on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium. This game won’t be remembered in time as both sides have been out of finals contention for a while, but it was nevertheless a satisfying night for the Pies. The Roos were forced to play skipper Jack Ziebell as a full-forward after Ben Brown was severely concussed, and although he delivered a career-best five goal haul, it wasn’t enough as North’s pressure and goal-kicking let them down.
Fyfe leads Dockers over plucky Suns
Fremantle were finally able to record their first home victory since round nine with a 23-point win over the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday night at Domain Stadium. While similar to the other Saturday night game with both teams out of finals calculations, there were some encouraging signs to take out of this one for both teams, such as Nat Fyfe backing up with another strong performance, and Suns forward Peter Wright kicking three goals.
Travel curse strikes Eagles again as Saints go marching in
St Kilda has ramped up the pressure on West Coast after a thrilling eight-point win on Sunday afternoon at Etihad Stadium. This game was goal for goal for the whole day, with rising Saints star Jack Billings showing nerves of steel to ice the game with a calm effort in a frantic finish. The Saints’ victory came despite Eagles star forward Josh Kennedy kicking five goals that nearly dragged the Eagles over the line, but it wasn’t to be. The win keeps St Kilda 11th but now equal on points with West Coast, who slipped to ninth.
‘Leon Dion’ inspires Tigers in Roughead’s 250th
Richmond has continued it’s charge for a top-four berth after swatting away Hawthorn by 29 points on Sunday afternoon at the MCG. Dion Prestia played his best game of the season as he went head-to-head with Hawks ball-magnet Tom Mitchell. Former Cat Josh Caddy played easily his best game for the Tigers, regularly finding space on the rebound as the Tigers defensive pressure proved too hot to handle for Hawthorn.
Crows towel up rivals to lock in home qualifying final
Adelaide Crows demolished rivals Port Adelaide Power by a whopping 84 points on Sunday evening at the Adelaide Oval. This could have easily ended as a ridiculous smacking if the Crows weren’t 1.9 at quarter time. ‘The Sauce’ Sam Jacobs took home the Showdown Medal and was well-supported by a returning Eddie Betts, along with Josh Jenkins, Taylor Walker, Matt Crouch and Rory Sloane.