Round 5 AFL Review

Thursday
Brisbane 8.13.61 defeated by Collingwood 18.15.123

It looks like other teams are paying a bit more attention to the Lions, and putting more work into countering what helped them to get off to a great start this year, and Collingwood had certainly done their homework! While the game never looked to be in doubt, it was the 3rd quarter that saw a ruthless Collingwood team pile on eight goals to Brisbane's two, building a lead that enabled the Pie's coach to plan for the big Anzac Day clash with Essendon by giving some players a welcome rest.
At the end of the game, Brisbane probably got off a bit lucky, thanks to the 15 behinds kicked by the Pies, imagine if even five of those were goals...
The Pie's Adam Treloar (35 disp and 8 marks) and Tom Phillips (29 disp with 13 contested) were really influential throughout the game, providing plenty of run leading to a number of forward forays.

Friday
North Melbourne 7.16.58 defeated by Essendon 17.14.116

While I was just thinking about how Collingwood is the only team to have kicked a big score this year, we have Essendon. Last week the Bombers ended with 112 points, which they managed to top this week with a total of 116; averaging the equivalent of 18 goals across their last three weeks.
For North, I think they pretty much lost it with their plan of... ummm... errr... playing as slowly, and stop-starty, as possible. Maybe this was to try and make the Bombers drowsy, I really don't know, but all it did was give the Bomber speedsters even more opportunities to slingshot the ball forward after any turnover. This was a true demolition that sees the Roos to now be the team holding up the ladder in dead last, while the Bombers are inside the Top 8.

West Coast 8.5.53 defeated by Port Adelaide 13.17.95
Speaking of demolitions... While Port Adelaide has a decent history when playing in Perth, only the most ardent Power supporter would have thought they would head over to Perth and completely own a 'travelling-very-well-thankyou-for-asking' Eagles outfit, but that is exactly what happened. Starting with the 'returning' Scott Lycett's dominance in the ruck, the Power got the game on their terms right from the first bounce, taking a 9.9 to 2.2 lead into the halftime break. While scoring evened out after that, largely due to Port's inaccuracy, the Power were never threatened.
About the only positive for West Coast was the brilliant form and continued hard-running of Jack Petruccelle. By game's end, he had 5 goals, 7 marks and 18 disposals in a noteworthy performance for the losers. The Power will be sweating on results of scans for the injuries to the exciting Rozee and bullocking Powell-Pepper.

Saturday
GWS Giants 11.16.82 defeated by Fremantle 16.10.106

In this high-quality game of footy in Canberra on Saturday, it took until the 4th Quarter for the game to open up and a team to get some dominance, and surprisingly that team was the Fremantle Dockers. After having lost their last four games to the Giants, the Docker's midfield really took control of this match; lead by Mundy (25 disp and 5 tackles), Langdon (32 disp and 10 marks) and the returned Fyfe (31 disp).
While the Giants have been touted as grand finalists for 2019, they will need to lift their game if they are going to achieve those heights, as the Fremantle Docker players just out-worked their more fancied opponents!
For the first time this season, the Docker's three main scoring threats all clicked, with Matera (4 goals), Hogan and Taberner (43 disp, 27 marks and 6 goals between them) really dominating the GWS defence.

Melbourne 7.13.55 defeated by St. Kilda 15.5.95
While both teams had twenty scoring shots a piece, it was the Saints who put a lot more of them through the big sticks! Was this because the Saint's defence kept their opponents taking shots from the sidelines, or something else...? Let's take a look at the Angels and Sinners from the game by checking out how they went in this area:
For the Demons: Harmes, Pretacca, Preuss and Melksham kicked nothing but goals from their attempts, while Gawn, Jones, Hunt, Weideman, McDonald, C. Wagner and J. Wagner kicked nothing but points.
For the Saints, it was quite a different story, with only Newnes, Gresham and Steven missing the big sticks. Membrey had 4 goals and Kent 3.
Yep, even with all the rule changes, kicking goals is still pretty important when you want to win a game of footy and the Saints are more advanced at this than their opposition was. Saints win.

Richmond 13.11.89 defeated Sydney 10.7.67
Speaking to someone who went to the game at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night, I was told that the temperature within the 'dome' "was as hot as the frog races after too many beers!". And after a 30c day in Melbourne, leading up to the game, my mate was probably spot on the money! Unfortunately for the players, the roof remained closed and the players continued to sweat; I remember when the camera focused on the Swans Alir Alir, and the sweat was just streaming down his face. Then the first ball was bounced...
While the Swans had the dominant forward in Lance Franklin (4 goals 1 behind), such was the pressure of the Tigers the ball didn't find its way down forward often enough for him to be able to impact the game to get a better result for his team. For the Tigers, Martin (25 disp and 3 goals 2 behinds) finally found some form, and energy, while a few Tiger Cubs (Bolton, Stack and Ross) showed they have very promising futures in the AFL.

Sunday
Western Bulldogs 7.15.57 defeated by Carlton 15.11.101

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it has happened, the Carlton Blues finally won a game of footy! Not only did they get their first win for 2019, they also managed to reach the 100 point milestone, something they haven't done for a very long time. To give you an idea of how long it had been since this last occurred... If your child was born on the same day as the Blue's previous 100+ game, you would be in full swing making plans for your kid's 3rd birthday party. I hope you find somewhere fun. Ball pits are always a winner!
The Blue's midfield was really dominant, with Cripps (36 disp) and Petrevski-Seton (35 disp) running rampant, and the Carlton tall forwards, aided by the return of Kreuzer, seemed to mark everything that came their way and they converted efficiently. Heck, even Levi Casbolt had 3 goals straight!
As the final siren sounded, you could see how much this win meant to everyone involved with the Carlton FC and congratulations to them.

Adelaide 18.11.119 defeated Gold Coast 6.10.46
I'm going to label this review The Eddie Betts Show Spectacular
Eddie Betts was playing his 300th game of footy, a fantastic achievement that is reached by very few people.
Eddie Betts razzled and dazzled his way to a game-high 6 goals, helping his team record a very comfortable win over the visiting Suns.
So as to not take away from the review's theme too much, I will be keeping the rest quite low-key... Taylor Walker finally woke from his slumber to kick 3 goals. The Rorys (all three of them) and Crouches (just the two) were all prominent and Brodie Smith was great off half-back.
Well done Eddie!

Monday
Hawthorn 13.12.90 defeated by Geelong 17.11.113

After a pretty tight tussle through the first half of the match, Geelong's coach made a couple of good moves to start the 3rd quarter that really paid dividends for his team. The first was to move Dangerfield up forward, this move was needed as he was getting pretty well held by Hawk tagger Daniel Howe. The other was to inject Joel Selwood into the heart of the action after being run from a wing prior to the move. Selwood then had six contested possessions for the quarter as the Cats kicked 5 goals to the Hawks 3.
While Sicily did a great job of containing Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins to a solitary goal, the Hawthorn team appeared to run out of legs towards the end of each quarter, and the match, resulting in Geelong getting to kick a number of goals in the final few minutes of most quarters. No, Gary Rohan certainly didn't run out of puff, kicking four goals for the match in an impressive showing.

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