The 2011 Grand Final didn’t disappoint as the Pies ran away in the final 62 seconds with a couple of goals. The Cats should have won but squandered a dominant fourth quarter by missing six shots, many of them sitters.
Dane Swan tweaked his hamstring and will miss some time while Ben Reid did and similar injury and Scott Pendlebury copped a tough cork. He did finish out the match out though.
Pendlebury was fantastic and kicked four goals and Steele Sidebottom was also prolific running around the wing. Joel Selwood really impressed but faded in the fourth while Jimmy Bartel was unusually quiet.
Port won a badly needed game when Paul Stewart kicked a goal on the run in the 30th minute after being down as much as 27-points early in the fourth. Jay Schulz kicked seven goals in his return from an eye injury while Danyle Pearce was great with 22 kicks and 30 disposals.
Port had lost six in a row heading into the round and North was in desperate need of a win after two disappointing losses to the Eagles and Bulldogs and will once again surely draw the wrath of coach Brad Scott at training this week. The loss drops North Melbourne to twelfth on the ladder, two games out of the eight.
Fremantle were pathetic in their no show effort against the Hawks in Launceston, losing by 63 points and kicking just two first half goals. Their disposal wasn’t up to scratch and their midfield simply not good enough against a Hawks middle that aren’t renowned for their hard ball gets. Not the ideal lead up to next week’s derby against the league leading Eagles. Hawthorn were impressive and Jarred Roughead kicked four goals to lead a potent forward line attack.
Sydney dispatched Melbourne with ease as the road to a 101-point win behind three goals apiece to Jetta, Kennedy, Jack and Parker. Still winless in 2012, Melbourne proved to be the perfect matchup for a Swans team that were looking to halt a two-game losing streak
The Western Bulldogs didn’t have too much trouble with the Gold Coast Suns even after both teams had combined for four goals up to half-time. The 48-point win came after they put together a seven goal to two second half with great performances from a few of the usual’s, a few not so usual’s. Boyd and Griffen were typically good, Brian Lake continued his comeback season and youngsters Wallis and Liberatore were also impressive.
Question marks surround star Gary Ablett who played the majority of the game across half back and appeared to be carrying some sort of groin injury. Fifth gamer Kyal Horsley was lights out with 27 possessions.
Essendon and Richmond put together a great Saturday night matchup with the Tigers coming from behind via a dominant third quarter, actually taking a lead in the fourth, before eventually falling short 128-109. Bombers stars Watson and Stanton were dominant and Patty Ryder kicked four goals. Bad news though, Dustin Fletcher sustained a groin injury and had to be subbed off the ground.
The Tigers midfield, which looks better and better each week, was again spectacular but concerns regarding Dusty Martin continue when he was quiet for the second fourth quarter in as many weeks.
Brisbane had no trouble with Greater Western Sydney as Merrett, Brown and Rockliff combined for 15 goals while Rockliff, Redden, Rich and Simon Black all received plenty of the ball.
Carlton were considered heavy favourites heading into their match with the Crows but Adelaide were simply too good, moving into the league’s second spot after collecting an 11-goal win.
We often talk about these elite midfields but Adelaide’s might be as good as any. Dangerfield was unstoppable and fantastic to watch with 35 touches while Rory Sloan, Scott Thompson and Nathan Van Berlo were each equally impressive.
West Coast returned to the top of the ladder after holding off a St Kilda comeback to win by 30. Ruck man Dean Cox had five goals while Nick Riewoldt had four in the loss.