Round 14 AFL Review

Thursday
West Coast 14.22.106 defeated Essendon 11.5.71

At home on Optus Stadium on Thursday night, the West Coast Eagles made their task of winning against the Essendon Bombers harder than it should have been! While the Eagles dominated territory throughout the night, their inability to translate having the ball a lot more into goals (they had 36 scoring shots to Essendon's 16) meant that the Bombers would have held out hopes of being able to catch the reigning premiers at some point.
Even with just the one less disposal than the Eagles, the Bombers had serious trouble getting through the zone set-up by West Coast, a plan that you could see was implemented to take away the usual paths used by the Bombers when moving the ball forward, and it worked very well!

Friday
Sydney 12.10.82 defeated Hawthorn 9.9.63

On Friday night the Sydney Swans played host to Hawthorn at the SCG and what a typical "Sydney" game it ended up being! If it wasn' for the continued great form of Lance Franklin, before he went off with another hamstring injury in the third quarter, it would have been a few hours you could have easily found something more rewarding to do. Fortunately, for the Swans, when Franklin went off injured, Nick Blakey stepped up, both figuratively and literally, to kick two important goals and keep his team in front of a closing Hawks outfit, recording a 19 point win over the struggling Hawks. After returning from the 2s, Roughead did manage a goal but had a quiet game besides. Ben McEvoy, Tom Scully and Paul Puopolo all had shockers, gathering just 23 possessions between all three of them, while the Swan's Luke Parker had 31 disposals by himself.

Saturday
Melbourne 13.7.85 defeated Fremantle 11.5.71

On a pretty miserable day in Melbourne on Saturday, the Melbourne Demons have kicked four final-quarter goals to the Fremantle Docker's single goal, to get a much needed come-from-behind win. At the ground that they had their best win of the season, beating Collingwood in a great contest, the Fremantle Docker's chances of a win looked less likely when Jesse Hogan left the ground late in the first quarter; while he came back onto the ground, he didn't last long before hobbling back to the bench. To make matters worse for the Dockers, Stephen Hill, Sean Darcy and Nathan Wilson all had issues during the match that hindered their performances. For the Demons, Tom McDonald played a great game, ending with three goals and helping to straighten his team up moving forward, while Oliver, Viney and Max Gawn all played important parts in helping their team break it's four-game losing skid.

St. Kilda 8.11.59 defeated by Brisbane 17.13.115
After a very even first fifty minutes at Marvel Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Brisbane Lions switched into gear and ran away from St Kilda to record a comfortable win that will help to give them a percentage boost in the battle to stay in the Top 8.
In a start that was played at a fast pace, the Lions pounced away to an early lead only to watch the Saints reel them back in to a manageable target for them to aim for; during the first quarter St Kilda recruit Dan Hannebery, worked hard to amass 11 possessions and show why the Saints worked hard to get him down to Moorabbin. While the Lions only scored a single goal in the last quarter, the damage had been done in the third, where Charlie Cameron (13 disp and 5 goals 1) ran rampant to seal the game for the Lions and their first away win since Round 2.

Port Adelaide 9.13.67 defeated Geelong 8.8.56
In the upset of the round, the Port Adelaide Power have pulled off a great 11-point win against the ladder-leading Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on Saturday evening. Without wanting to take anything away from the Power, they came up against the Cats at the best time for an opposition team, after the bye; from the past 8 attempts, the Cats have lost every match they have played following the week off. It seems that history certainly does repeat itself with this team! In a match where the Cats suffered a number of injury concerns, with Gary Rohan's concussion appearing to be the most serious, the Power's "axe swinging", where they dropped Ryder and Westhoff for the match, paid dividends as the home team won every major stat and lead at every break. For the Power, Scott Lycett did a fantastic job of rucking solo. He finished with 24 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 41 hit-outs, working hard to get his team first use of the ball.

Sunday
Western Bulldogs 10.13.73 defeated by Collingwood 13.4.82

After a very even contest across the majority of the first three and a half quarters at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Collingwood Magpies pulled away from the Western Bulldogs to record their tenth win of the 2019 season. The Magpies managed to wrest some ascendency during the third quarter and got out to a 22 point lead midway through the last, but the Bulldogs kept coming! Even with Darcy Moore going off, the Pies managed to hold onto the lead long enough for the siren to sound.
With the Bulldogs having more disposals across the ground, the victory came on the back of the Pies being more efficient with the ball, especially in their forward half and hardly missing a shot on goal. While the Bulldogs were good, Collingwood shaded them enough to move onto Round 15 with another win under their belt.

Byes: Adelaide, Carlton, Gold Coast, GWS Giants, North Melbourne, Richmond

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