There was a combination of shut video games and one-sided matches, however few contests that had been in between. It was nice to get again to discussing the footy and never have any controversy.
The race for the finals is effectively and really alive. There have been 4 video games with a margin of three targets or much less, however the performances from the Dockers, Suns and Crows had been unacceptable.
Fortunately the performances by the groups who carried out effectively such because the Bulldogs made up for the mediocre shows by a few of the different groups.
High 5 coaches of Spherical 16
1. Adam Simpson (West Coast Eagles)
2. Luke Beveridge (Western Bulldogs)
three. Ken Hinkley (Port Adelaide Energy)
four. Chris Fagan (Brisbane Lions)
5. John Worsfold (Essendon Bombers)
Coaches beneath the pump
Ross Lyon (Fremantle Dockers)- In a derby you’d count on your crew to be up for the competition, nevertheless it was the other of that.
Stuart Dew (Gold Coast Suns)- The sport was all however over at quarter time, which is a sign of how poor the Suns performed.
Don Pyke (Adelaide Crows)- The Crows had been deplorable within the premiership quarter, which is the third quarter; that’s unacceptable within the showdown.
Allan Richardson (St Kilda Saints)- The Saints had been uncompetitive for a lot of the sport; they should enhance if Richardson is to see out his tenure on the membership.
Nathan Buckley (Collingwood Magpies)- By his personal admission the Magpies aren’t taking part in their finest footy and accidents aren’t an excuse.
Spherical 16 key factors
Hawthorn Hawks vs Collingwood Magpies
Hawks victorious in a scrappy contest
The Hawks managed the sport early so far as territory was involved, however they had been behind on the scoreboard, but they trailed by 13 factors at quarter time.
The Hawks had 31 to 18 inside fifties at half time, however they did not benefit from their dominance of normal play on the scoreboard. The Hawks managed to switch their management of normal play within the fourth quarter and subsequently gained the sport.
Magic Second: Mitchell Lewis kicked his second objective of the sport within the fourth quarter to place the Hawks in entrance.
Who stood out from the pack? James Sicily and Jarman Impey helped the Hawks recover from the road.
What went proper? Not loads, aside from the sport being fairly shut on the scoreboard, which made the sport bearable to look at from a impartial perspective.
The higher crew on the night time gained the sport, which appeared unlikely because the Magpies led for the primary three quarters of the sport.
What went improper? The Hawks inefficiency within the ahead half within the first quarter, kicking one objective from six pictures at objective. Each groups turned the ball over loads and struggled with their ball dealing with. It was a irritating night time for each coaches.
Essendon Bombers vs Sydney Swans
Swans succumb to courageous Bombers
It was a tricky and tight sport early, with no targets scored for the primary half of the opening time period. Targets had been arduous to return by after that cut-off date too.
Magic Second: Nick Blakey labored arduous to get contained in the ahead fifty, take an unbelievable mark and kick the primary objective of the match from the resultant set shot.
Who stood out from the pack? David Zaharakis was prolific for the Bombers accumulating loads of the ball and kicking three targets.
What went proper? The morale and perception of the Bombers had been evident; this was a should win sport for the Bombers they usually attacked it accordingly. The margin separating the 2 sides on the scoreboard was minimal all through the sport.
What went improper? The Swans hit the submit with their set pictures on a couple of events. The sport was comparatively low scoring.
Gold Coast Suns vs Richmond Tigers
Suns slaughtered by tenacious Tigers
The primary half was like a coaching drill for the Tigers, with the Suns not turning up. It’s troublesome to decipher whether or not the second half was the Suns enhancing on their first half efficiency or the Tigers taking their footy off the peddle.
Magic Moments: The primary couple of minutes of the primary quarter had been entertaining from a Tigers perspective, regardless of the sport being like a coaching drill.
Who stood out from the pack? Jason Castagna was influential when the sport was there to be gained within the first quarter.
What went proper? The Tigers first half was nearly flawless, whereas the Suns first two quarters had been the antithesis. The Suns confirmed some spirit within the second half.
What went improper? The Suns had been deplorable within the first half, whereas the Tigers could be comparatively upset with their second-half efficiency as proportion may very well be vital within the race for the finals.
Adelaide Crows vs Port Adelaide Energy
Energy surge previous Crows
The Energy performed model of footy, making use of themselves to the competition by capitalising on their sturdy perception in themselves. The Crows followers would have been very upset within the endeavour proven by the Crows, notably within the second half.
Magic Second: Scott Lycett’s objective from virtually fifty metres out was excellent; it was additionally extraordinarily vital because it gave the Energy the momentum within the third quarter and it was a giant objective within the context of the sport.
Who stood out from the pack? Brad Ebert performed a stable sport for the Energy ending with three targets.
What went proper? The Energy’s third quarter show was extraordinarily spectacular; the Crows couldn’t curtail the Energy’s momentum. Scott Lycett recovered from a knock to his knee within the first quarter to affect the sport, with the knee harm initially showing to be critical.
What went improper? The Crows did not take their alternatives within the first half and paid for that within the second half the place the sport was managed by the Energy. There weren’t any positives for the Crows.
Western Bulldogs vs Geelong Cats
Bulldogs outhunt the Cats
The Bulldogs did job at proscribing the Cats from operating away with the sport on the scoreboard within the first half, however the Cats nonetheless had the ascendancy on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs performed an excellent fourth quarter to take the 4 factors.
Magic Second: The Bulldogs hit the entrance for the primary time within the sport within the fourth quarter due to a objective from Marcus Bontempelli.
Who stood out from the pack? The complete Bulldogs crew endeavour and ruthless assault on the footy made it unimaginable to single anybody out.
What went proper? The sport was contest. Luke Beveridge sticking with Aaron Naughton up ahead, regardless of being criticised for not taking part in him in defence, with Naughton kicking 4 targets. The Bulldogs starvation and assault on the footy was spectacular.
What went improper? The kicking for objective within the first half was deplorable from each groups. The Cats could be upset with their efficiency as they had been utterly outplayed by the Bulldogs, regardless of the scoreboard not displaying how surprising they performed.
The Cats kicked their lowest rating for the season.
Fremantle Dockers vs West Coast Eagles
Eagles destroy deplorable Dockers
The Eagles dominated the sport from begin to end with out Josh Kennedy taking part in. The Eagles had many contributors and the Dockers had no solutions. The Dockers had been obliterated although that they had extra inside fifty’s than the Eagles.
Magic Second: Jarrod Cameron kicked an excellent objective within the second quarter.
Who stood out from the pack? Jarrod Cameron managed to hit the scoreboard at an vital time within the second quarter with two successive targets.
What went proper? The Eagles show was just about excellent; it was troublesome to see any flaws within the method by which the Eagles performed.
What went improper? The Dockers first half efficiency was disgraceful; the sport was all however over by that cut-off date. The Dockers had little to cheer for; they kicked simply two targets from twenty-one scoring pictures.
Carlton Blues vs Melbourne Demons
Blues depart comeback too late
The Blues solely took the lead momentarily within the final quarter, as as soon as once more they gave up an early lead beneath the tutelage of David Teague.
Teague has achieved job in his tenure to date, however he would wish to rectify the Blues gradual begins if he’s to be appointed senior coach of the Blues on a everlasting foundation.
Magic Second: Jayden Hunt kicked the ultimate objective of the sport, which was a protracted set shot from fifty metres out, it was the one objective that the Demons kicked within the final quarter.
Who stood out from the pack? Tom Mcdonald was excellent for the Demons, Mcdonald managed to kick six targets.
What went proper? There was loads of attacking footy performed with each groups kicking a complete of fifteen targets every.
What went improper? As soon as once more, the Blues gave up a giant lead and fought again, however this time they didn’t handle to recover from the road. The Demons gave up a lead of 5 targets at three quarter time to almost lose the sport.
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs St Kilda Saints
Standard story for the Saints
The Saints struggled to be aggressive and sadly, it’s troublesome to decipher what their sport plan is.
Magic Second: Cameron Zurhaar kicked his fifth objective of the sport within the fourth quarter, with an exquisitely executed snap from the pocket.
Who stood out from the pack? Cameron Zurhaar continues to be a revelation beneath the steering of caretaker coach Rhyce Shaw, Zurhaar kicked 5 targets, having a big effect on the sport.
What went proper? The Kangaroos proceed to play good footy following the sport plan carried out by Rhyce Shaw to perfection; each participant is taking part in their function for the crew for the Kangaroos.
What went improper? It’s worrying indicators for the Saints, because the magnitude of the loss from a scoreboard perspective was unacceptable.
Larger West Sydney Giants vs Brisbane Lions
The Giants are beatable at dwelling
The Lions additional solidified themselves as a premiership contender with win over the Giants away from dwelling. They managed the sport from a scoreboard perspective from begin to end.
Magic Second: Eric Hipwood took an incredible mark and kicked a incredible objective from the resultant set shot within the third quarter at an vital level within the match to offer the Lions momentum.
Who stood out from the pack? Lincoln Mccarthy was excellent for the Lions, Mccarthy is a participant that always goes beneath the radar, however after performances just like the one he had in Spherical 16 that gained’t be the case anymore. The previous Cat confirmed why the Lions recruiting has been first-class.
What went proper? The Lions couldn’t have carried out significantly better than they did. The Lions midfield continues to impress, particularly the likes of Hugh McCluggage who has stepped up considerably this season.
What went improper? The Giants would have gone into this sport anticipating a win, with out intimating any disrespect in the direction of the Lions, however at dwelling, they’d have anticipated to have gone away with the 4 factors.