The Hawks’ defeat of the Giants was the one recreation in Spherical eight determined by a margin of over 5 targets.
The weekend threw up some shock outcomes, even when it comes to the margin between the 2 groups concerned. Perception and morale ought to have been excessive for the Blues and Saints regardless that they didn’t win.
Sydney Swans vs Essendon Bombers
The sport was tight all through the 4 quarters with each groups having the identical quantity of scoring pictures (22).
The Swans simply obtained over the road with the results of the sport coming right down to final kick of the sport. David Myers had an opportunity to win it, however the distance proved to be too far.
The match was marred by a weird incident with Sydney defender Dane Rampe shaking the submit in an try to postpone Myers’ kick for aim, nonetheless no free kick was awarded in opposition to Rampe for his antics.
Swans group lifter: Luke Parker
Bombers group lifter: Michael Hurley
Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane Lions
It was a recreation that the Bulldogs wanted to win to remain in contact with the highest eight and to show that their Spherical 7 win over the Tigers wasn’t a fluke.
The Canines trailed at quarter time and the sport proved to be a reasonably shut contest with the Lions failing to win a match that will have helped to maintain their momentum up.
Bulldogs group lifter: Sam Lloyd
Lions group lifter: Mitch Robinson
Carlton Blues vs Collingwood Magpies
Spherical eight was all concerning the Blues proving that their disappointing loss to the Kangaroos in Spherical 7 wasn’t the beginning of a development, however an aberration.
Carlton misplaced a recreation that they need to have received, enjoying higher footy than the Magpies for 3 quarters, so it is going to be a case of whether or not the Blues take the glass half full or half empty method to the evaluation.
Blues group lifter: David Cuningham
Magpies group lifter: Brodie Grundy
Gold Coast Suns vs Melbourne Demons
This was a low-scoring contest that went right down to the final second of the sport.
It was 21 scoring pictures to 15 within the Demons’ favour, however the Suns had been forward by a aim with 50 seconds remaining.
Marty Hore was the hero for the Demons, levelling the scores along with his first profession aim. Within the last seconds of the sport, Tom McDonald had a possibility to win the sport for the Dees, lacking a aim that he ought to have kicked, nevertheless it didn’t matter as they received the sport by a solitary level.
Suns group lifter: Nick Holman
Demons group lifter: Clayton Oliver
St Kilda Saints vs West Coast Eagles
The Eagles simply had an excessive amount of class and polish for the Saints, however the recreation was a reasonably good spectacle all through.
St Kilda confirmed lots so far as enjoying the sport out was involved – they’ve clearly improved from final 12 months, however that received’t imply lots as they didn’t declare the 4 factors.
The third quarter was the place the Eagles received the sport, kicking six targets to the Saints’ two.
Saints group lifter: Shane Savage
Eagles group lifter: Jamie Cripps
Port Adelaide Energy vs Adelaide Crows
The sport was over at half time with the Crows forward by eight targets on the scoreboard.
To make issues worse for the Energy, they misplaced new recruit Ryan Burton to a hamstring harm, however that’s no excuse for the first-half capitulation.
Port did present one thing within the last quarter, kicking six targets to the Crows’ three.
Energy group lifter: Sam Powell-Pepper
Crows group lifter: Tom Lynch
North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Geelong Cats
It was fascinating to see the teaching battle between the 2 Scott brothers.
The 2 groups performed an excellent type of footy, with the Kangaroos’ inaccurate goal-kicking costing them an opportunity to win a recreation that they weren’t anticipated to win.
Geelong received with out the likes of Joel Selwood and Sam Menegola, and with Gary Rohan struggling concussion and unavailable to play a component in a part of the sport.
In the long run, the Cats confirmed why they sit on prime of the AFL ladder with their elite kicking for aim.
Kangaroos group lifter: Ben Brown
Cats group lifter: Gary Ablett
Hawthorn Hawks vs Higher Western Sydney Giants
It was a low-scoring contest that was tough to observe at instances.
Jeremy Cameron’s efficiency summed up the Giants’ day with the important thing ahead going goalless, registering 4 behinds. Hawthorn’s group adjustments labored nicely to say the 4 factors.
Hawks group lifter: James Sicily
Giants group lifter: Jeremy Finlayson
Fremantle Dockers vs Richmond Tigers
This recreation was a comparatively tight contest up till half time, with the Tigers controlling the third quarter, when Richmond kicked six targets to Freo’s three.
The Tigers suffered two extra accidents so as to add to their rising record with Toby Nankervis and Jack Ross testing their depth, however the guests stood up in a recreation that they had been anticipated to lose.
Ross Lyon was out-coached by Damien Hardwick, given the gamers lacking from the Tigers’ line-up.
Dockers group lifter: Nat Fyfe
Tigers group lifter: Bachar Houli