It was upsets galore in Round 7 of the AFL Premiership, North Melbourne taking the cake with a thumping of the previously undefeated Adelaide Crows, while Geelong suffered another shock loss and Hawthorn showed some signs of fight by edging out Melbourne.
Saints show they belong on the Friday night spotlight
St Kilda returned to Friday night football for the first time in two years, taking down a Giant-sized scalp in GWS by 23 points at Etihad Stadium. GWS lost key defender Adam Kennedy early on to an ACL injury. When the game was there to be won in the last quarter, Jack Steven stepped up for the Saints, kicking two crucial goals and having 29 possessions for the game. The Giants will need to show more toughness in the future when away from home.
Jarrad Waite dominates in Hobart
North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite made a blistering return to action at Blundstone Arena, kicking three of the first 10 goals and six for the day as North sprung the upset of the week, demolishing the Adelaide Crows by 59 points. North raced out of the blocks early to lead the scoreless Crows by 64 points at quarter time and didn’t let up, with midfielder Ben Cunnington working hard all day Crows captain Taylor walker had a quiet day, only managing seven disposals – the least out of his side.
Carlton ruin Collingwood’s birthday celebrations
Carlton backed up from last week’s spirited win to spoil Collingwood’s big day out, producing hard-fought 23 point victory in front of more than 70,000 people on a cold Melbourne afternoon at the MCG. Blues midfielder Marc Murphy was surprisingly allowed to run free with no tag placed on him, running riot with 30 disposals. Kade Simpson had a strong day from half-back, having 26 possessions, with 21 of those being kicks. Questions will be asked about Collingwood – who were celebrating their 125th anniversary – after being behind Carlton in work-rate all afternoon.
Eagles scratch at flat-track bully tag
West Coast were able to claim an important win away from home at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday evening, winning by 10 points against Port Adelaide. Small-forward Mark LeCras booted four goals to make the most of the Eagles’ opportunities inside 50. The Power were guilty of wasting the ball going inside 50 despite winning the count 68-39. Chad Wingard dominated in midfield again for Port Adelaide, winning 34 possessions. West Coast clearly don’t mind playing at the Adelaide Oval, now boasting a 5-1 record.
Bulldogs show steel to claw down Tigers in thriller
Western Bulldogs hunted down Richmond at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, winning a thriller by five points. The Bulldogs trailed by 32 points early in the second quarter thanks to a fast start from star forward Jack Riewoldt, kicking three of Richmond’s first six. Riewoldt also brought up his 500th career goal by kicking his first of the night. Rising star Marcus Bontempelli lifted for the Bulldogs in the second half, finishing with 27 possessions for the night.
Suns hold Cats at bay
Gold Coast shocked Geelong on Saturday night at Metricon Stadium, winning by 25 points. Former No.1 draft pick David Swallow reminded everyone of his class, winning a team-high 20 contested possessions for the Suns despite being up against Geelong powerhouses Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood.
Buddy domination finally gets the Swans on the board
Superstar forward Lance Franklin had a day out, kicking eight goals as the Sydney Swans finally opened their account for 2017 with a convincing 54-point victory over the Brisbane Lions at the SCG on Sunday afternoon. Franklin was dominant early on, kicking five goals before halftime, including a huge goal over 70 metres long on the run to end the first quarter. Tom Rockliff dug deep for the Lions on a tough day, recording 32 possessions and 11 tackles.
Old heads finally shine for Hawks
Hawthorn held on against a fast-finishing Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday afternoon, winning by three points. Shaun Burgoyne and Luke Hodge led the Hawks superbly, finishing with 23 and 26 disposals respectively, while captain Jarryd Roughead made a big impact with four goals. Jack Viney was a machine for the Demons all day, winning 32 disposals, and leading his side in contested possessions (16)and clearances (7).
Dockers run down tired Bombers
Essendon couldn’t handle the heat in Perth on Sunday evening after playing their third game in 13 days, going down to a resurgent Fremantle, who won by 37 points at Domain Stadium. On a warm day which saw temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees, Dockers recruit Bradley Hill played his best career game to date, finishing with 37 disposals and providing lots of run and carry.