Round 12 AFL Review

Friday
Richmond 5.7.37 defeated by Geelong 16.8.104

To all of the Richmond supporters out there... OUCH! To all of the Geelong supporters out there... Awesome game hey! How great are the Catters!?!
In a game that was great to watch if you are a Geelong supporter, and a couple of hours of masochistic torment for those Richmond supporters out there, the Geelong Cats burst out of the quarter time huddle to slam on seven second-quarter goals to the Tigers none. The Cats repeated this dose in the third quarter where they piled on eight goals to just one from the Tigers, and by that time the famous song had been sung; the Cats could have emptied their bench, or brought in their VFL team and still had a comfortable win!
Geelong had too many players that comprehensively won their position to go through, but I think Gryan Miers is worth a mention. As a player who was taken as a 'specialist forward', often a dirty term in footy, he showed his ability to crumb, get on the end of chains and always know where the goals are.

Saturday
Carlton 11.12.78 defeated Brisbane 9.9.63

After giving the Lions a six-goal headstart, the Carlton Blues have staged a fantastic comeback to overrun them at Marvel Stadium on Saturday and come away with a 15 point win. Having wasted their inside 50s throughout the first 40 minutes of the game, it was Michael Gibbons who finally managed to break the goal-scoring drought at the 12-minute mark of the second quarter. Carlton then went on to outscore their opponents three goals to nil across the last part of the second quarter.
After the half-time break, the game turned into the Patrick Cripps Show, and what a show it was! Even with playing 94% of the game, Cripps dragged his team across the winning line with his 38 disposals, 8 clearances, 7 marks, 5 inside 50s and 4 goals. No need to wonder who the three Brownlow votes from this match are going to.

Gold Coast 11.6.72 defeated by North Melbourne 14.15.99
Up on the sunny Gold Coast last Saturday, the Kangaroos got off to a blistering start that set the stage for a comfortable win for the visitors. While the home-team kicked the first goal of the match, it was the team from North Melbourne who took control of proceedings, even with star midfielder Shaun Higgins going off injured early.
While no loss is good, the Suns got out of this game with a surprisingly small loss, as the Kangaroos wasted many forward 50 entries and shots on goal; North Melbourne ended the game with 70 inside 50s, compared to the Sun's 43.
Both teams will be sweating on injuries to key players; Touk Miller for the Suns and Shaun Higgins for the Roos, with Higgins looking to have a serious shoulder injury.

Adelaide 12.10.82 defeated GWS Giants 9.7.61
Just when you think the GWS Giants have hit their straps, they head over to play an inconsistent Adelaide outfit and, in spite of a 'late-game comeback' end up suffering a disappointing loss! The Giant (sic) comeback managed to pull them in front of the home team, by four points, before the Crows managed to right their flight-path and kick the last four goals of the match, snuffing out the visitor's hopes and giving their fans something to... crow about.
For the Giants, they have once again shown why it is so hard to pick them with any confidence! As for the Crows, the win has given them a boost up the ladder, from 8th to 5th, and has shown that they can beat teams above them.

Sunday
Sydney 18.8.116 defeated West Coast 10.11.71

In spite of starting the game in fourth place on the ladder, the West Coast Eagles were made to look very ordinary after being outplayed by the 15th placed Sydney Swans in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. An interesting tweak the Swans made for this game, was to have a deliberate plan of getting the ball moving through Lance Franklin as often as possible. Not only did Franklin respond with 5 goals, he also had double figures of score involvements for his side. "Plan A" successful...? Tick!
A really interesting aspect of this game was the number of Swans players who finished with a disposal efficiency percentage in the 90s. To me, this really shows the lack of defensive work by their West Australian opponents, something the Swans took full advantage of in getting this win.

Monday
Collingwood 15.8.98 defeated Melbourne 7.15.57

After a lethargic first quarter, the Demons came out much more awake in the second (No-doze anyone...) to get a couple of quick goals. The Magpie players mustn't have felt too good about what was happening, as they put their heads down and took back control of the Queen's Birthday match at the MCG. From that point on Collingwood were never really threatened and ran out winning by a comfortable 41 points.
As it has been all season, Melbourne's lack of accuracy again cost them dearly in this match. Having just the one less scoring shot than the Magpies shows the Demons had a very real chance to win this match, but instead the Demons find themselves adding another digit to the loss column as Collingwood proved way more efficient when going forward!

Byes: Essendon, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, St. Kilda, Western Bulldogs

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