We’ve made it via the bye rounds, and us footy followers are grateful to have a full weekend of footy to devour.
Josh has taken a few weeks off and trusted me along with his fashionable speaking factors column for the subsequent three rounds.
With 9 video games, there’s a lot to speak about. So, let’s get into it.
Rating overview strikes once more
Apologies for bringing it up for the umpteenth time this yr. The rating overview system was once more within the information in Spherical 15, with some controversial selections – and non-decisions – being made by the nameless officers.
On Thursday night time, within the dying minutes of a good conflict at Marvel Stadium, Essendon Bomber Cale Hooker hand-balled to Shaun McKernan, who ran inside 50 as well a purpose.
Or was it a purpose?
GWS Large Adam Kennedy got here throughout to smother and appeared to get a contact on the footy, he appealed to the umpire instantly, nonetheless it was let go with no overview.
It’s mentioned each purpose is checked out on the way in which again to the center, regardless. I ponder how carefully they checked out this one?
GWS coach Leon Cameron refused guilty the rating overview system in his post-match press convention, however you’ll be able to’t assist however marvel if Adam Kennedy is so adamant he has touched the ball, why can’t the central umpire say “let’s examine it, simply in case”.
In Fox Footy’s protection after the match, Jonathon Brown referred to as the rating overview system “the largest embarrassment to the sport since Meatloaf.”
As anticipated, Steve Hocking and Gill McLaughlin got here out in assist of the rating overview system, saying they have been comfy with the choice made on the time.
On Friday night time, the rating overview system remained within the highlight. Crow Elliott Himmelberg’s purpose, which appeared to alter course because it brushed the publish, was allowed.
Later, a left-foot snap by Geelong’s Tim Kelly was initially referred to as a purpose by goal-umpire David Rodan, nonetheless the ‘snicko’ expertise in motion at GMHBA Stadium mentioned in any other case. On the way in which again to the centre, the decision was overturned by the officers, deemed to have touched the publish.
In a commentary on Friday night time, Matthew Richardson mentioned he would “love them to speak via the overview,” and I’ve to agree. I want to hear the officers, from their bunker, speak us via the method, as they do within the cricket. Not less than then us followers can admire what the rating reviewers are searching for and the way they attain their choice.
Sydney ruck shares naked
Sydney are sweating on scans of ruckman Callum Sinclair’s proper shoulder, after he dislocated it a few occasions within the opening time period of Saturday’s match in opposition to the Suns.
Sinclair went down very early within the piece with the preliminary dislocation and had the harm strapped up earlier than heading again onto the bottom to proceed within the ruck for his facet. It was an excellent begin to the match and the Swans massive man would have felt he had an essential position to play as Sydney regarded for a 3rd win in-a-row.
On the finish of the opening quarter although, Sinclair was in seen ache as trainers tried to place the shoulder again in place for the second time. He was unable to proceed and Sydney will look forward to scans to substantiate the extent of the harm.
Aliir Aliir went into the ruck for Sydney, however the match-up was completely dominated by Jarrod Witts for Gold Coast. He went on to win the hit-outs 66-26.
If the ruck shares have been already low at Sydney, they’re now all however naked.
Accidents to Sam Naismith and Darcy Cameron are unlucky for the people and the crew, it means the Swans have few choices however to go cellular with Aliir Aliir and Sam Reid taking turns within the ruck.
Naismith didn’t play AFL in any respect in 2018 after struggling a torn ACL, and had a setback requiring an arthroscopy earlier this yr. The medical crew say he’s coaching properly, however not match prepared but. Cameron began the yr with a PCL pressure and now has a quad harm.
The final man standing within the “tall” division at Sydney is mid-season draftee Michael Knoll, picked up by the Swans only a few weeks in the past. John Longmire admits giving the previous SANFL ruckman his debut can be a “massive ask”; creating properly at NEAFL degree, Longmire is just not satisfied Knoll is prepared for AFL motion.
Sydney face the Essendon Bombers subsequent, a crew who may also be with out their finest ruck possibility. Tom Bellchambers suffered a calf pressure within the win on Thursday night time and can miss six weeks of footy.
The Swans may be okay, for subsequent week at the least.
North’s strain punishes Pies
Brutal and ruthless. These are the phrases which were used to explain North Melbourne’s effort in opposition to Collingwood on Saturday night time.
It was a finals like strain efficiency from the Kangaroos, however don’t point out the F-word to the interim coach (or is he?).
Extra scoring photographs, extra inside 50s and North gained each clearances and contested soccer. It was a masterclass by North Melbourne in areas Magpies’ satisfaction themselves on.
The one factor they didn’t win was the free kick depend, an astonishing 27 to 11 the Magpies method. It was as if the Roos have been enjoying in opposition to 21, though some have recommended there have been a number of witches hats wearing Collingwood jumpers on the sphere.
Whereas they gained by 44 factors, North Melbourne would have been disillusioned with their inaccurate purpose kicking and doubtlessly ought to have completely thumped the Pies.
Ben Brown had considered one of his most inaccurate recreation, and it’s the primary time North Melbourne have gained a recreation with out Ben Brown kicking a purpose since spherical three, 2016.
Now solely a recreation and share outdoors the top-eight, finals are an actual likelihood, if the Kangaroos can sustain that depth within the rounds to come back!
Raining Canines’ in Adelaide
It was an old-school moist climate slog on Saturday night time at Adelaide Oval and the Western Bulldogs performed the situations finest for his or her first interstate win of the season.
Marcus Bontempelli set the benchmark early within the piece with 5 opening time period clearances and 12 disposals, and his crew adopted.
Dan Houston initially began on Jack Macrae however was moved elsewhere and the Bulldogs ran riot. Macrae completed with 36 disposals and a purpose and was influential in his facet’s dominance within the center.
Kicking 10 targets to Port’s 5, the Bulldogs have been correct regardless of the wind and rain. Kicking snaps from all pockets of the bottom, bombs from simply inside 50, it appeared they might not miss.
Not solely did the Bulldogs use the ball higher, they performed good footy. All the time in entrance of their opponents, any hack kicks landed within the Canines’ laps and so they had the cleaner disposal on a tricky night time for fast ball motion.
Port had no plan B for the climate, they caught with their operating recreation and struggled to execute the switches on half-back they love a lot.
The 25,623 on the Adelaide Oval certainly included the workers, safety, digital camera crew. I used to be there and I can actually say 25,000 appears a stretch, nonetheless it’s most likely an honest tally given the situations and crowd averages for Port thus far this season.
You must admire the small Bulldogs cheer squad, who sat of their purple ponchos in terrible situations on the North finish of Adelaide Oval. Fully open to all of the wind and heavy rain, at the least their facet gave them a lot to cheer about.
Curnow’s Blues rise up
Within the absence of each co-captains – Sam Docherty and Patrick Cripps – Ed Curnow stepped up and gained the primary battle of the day, the coin toss, in pouring rain.
A gradual begin for the Blues had us all fearing a blow out within the west, however they stood up within the second time period and put an excellent strain recreation collectively, because the rain started to clear.
Dominating centre clearances and peppering their ahead 50, the Blues boys stored pulling the margin in each time Fremantle would stretch it out.
With out Cripps, Marc Murphy and Sam Walsh stepped up within the midfield, urgent their facet ahead with each clearance.
Within the second-half, Jack Silvagni moved into the midfield and matched up with Nat Fyfe at each stoppage. Whereas he didn’t cease the Fremantle captain, he definitely put Fyfe beneath strain and slowed his impression across the floor. Silvagni would have additionally learnt some helpful classes from the sturdy midfielder.
After Charlie Curnow went down within the opening time period, it was feared the Blues would wrestle to deliver the ball to floor inside ahead 50. The younger facet discovered different methods to attain and so they stored hitting the scoreboard after they wanted to.
Most significantly with lower than 30 seconds to go within the recreation.
Murphy put the footy on his boot and stole the win for his facet within the west. This Carlton facet have life in them after the bye and will take one other scalp or few earlier than the season is out.
Additionally they transfer off the underside of the ladder!
All people will get a flip
Adelaide Crows (Eight-6)
The Geelong hoodoo continues, however gee Adelaide ought to really feel assured going into this subsequent run of video games. Inconsistent Port Adelaide, Gold Coast (away), Essendon, Carlton (away) and St Kilda, the Crows may nearly safe a place within the top-eight with wins in all 5.
Brisbane Lions (9-5)
Eric Hipwood’s 5 purpose haul so essential to Brisbane breaking this recreation open. Enormous presence up ahead within the third time period, should stick with it.
Carlton Blues (Three-11)
Charlie Curnow happening the one factor to bitter this victory within the west, fortunately it appears solely a low-grade medial pressure.
Collingwood Magpies (10-Four)
A few ugly wins and we mentioned good work, it’s essential to maintain getting the 4 factors on the board even once you don’t play properly. Now an unsightly loss, how a lot will we learn into the poor kind and work-rate of the Magpies to begin the second half of the season?
Essendon Bombers (7-7)
Tom Bellchambers out for six weeks, however the season and John Worsfold’s teaching profession are nonetheless alive because of Shaun McKernan and Cale Hooker, who stole the win!
Fremantle Dockers (7-6)
Cam McCarthy is a lovely kick for purpose; three at the moment, one simply touched on the road.
Geelong Cats (12-2)
Again on observe at dwelling. Absolutely Jordan Clark will get the Rising Star nomination this week? He doesn’t look misplaced within the elegant Geelong midfield, 23 disposals and a purpose on Friday night time.
Gold Coast Suns (Three-11)
Excellent news for the Suns is that prized draftee Izak Rankine received via his return NEAFL recreation on Saturday. Restricted minutes, however a purpose within the third quarter received Rankine and his teammates up and about. Is perhaps an opportunity for a debut late this season.
GWS Giants (9-5) – Prime 4 spot in jeopardy for the Giants now. Powerful run to come back, they should end off the shut ones in preparation for finals.
Hawthorn Hawks (5-9) – Powerful loss, however a tremendous effort from the youthful Hawks. When do you quit on finals and play extra of the youngsters?
Melbourne Demons (Four-10) – Irritating second-half in defence for the Demons and issues received tense between Steven Might and Sam Frost, who exchanged phrases at three-quarter-time.
North Melbourne Kangaroos (6-Eight)
North Melbourne have had a tricky time getting massive identify recruits lately, so if they’ll’t choose up John Longmire or Adam Simpson, Rhyce Shaw appears value a shot completely. He has the assist of gamers and is constructing a robust case after Saturday night time’s win.
Port Adelaide Energy (7-7)
Tom Rockliff had 57 touches, 14 clearances and eight inside 50s within the SANFL for the Magpies. Coming off a problematic hamstring pressure, the cautious method was maybe finest, however Port actually may have used his wet-weather footy expertise in on Saturday night time.
Richmond Tigers (Eight-6)
They’ve set themselves up properly for a strong run into the finals. Seven inclusions and the crew gelled properly, blew the margin out as properly. Share can be an element and they should enhance it.
St Kilda Saints (6-Eight)
In his third AFL recreation, mature-age recruit Nick Hind booted two first-half targets for the Saints. His faux and snap within the purpose sq. put the Saints in entrance, early within the second time period.
Sydney Swans (6-Eight)
You must return to the early rounds of this yr to discover a recreation the Swans got here with a clear invoice of well being. Powerful run with accidents hasn’t helped their trigger this yr.
West Coast Eagles (10-Four)
After 349 days out of the sport, you’ll be able to’t assist however smile seeing Nic Naitanui again on the market and getting via unscathed. Restricted recreation time, however 41 hit-outs and some clearances matched his opponent Ben McEvoy.
Western Bulldogs (6-Eight)
He’s unlikely to win the NAB Rising Star, however 23 disposals, 5 clearances and a whopping 14 tackles from Bailey Smith is a few form of recreation. The quantity seven draft choose is proving a robust prospect for the Canines, regardless of interrupted preparation for his first season within the AFL.