Round 4 AFL Review

Thursday
Sydney 5.9.39 defeated by Bulldogs 10.7.67

While the Swan's Tom Papley did his best to get his team into the game, it was all the Bulldogs at the SCG on Thursday night. After getting off to a terrible start, where they kicked a solitary point in the first quarter, the Swans just had nothing up forward as the Doggies kept their defence tight to repel the Swan's forward forays. Luke Parker was great for the home team, while the Bulldog mids shared the workload around to wear their opponent down on their way to a solid 28-point win on the road.

Friday
GWS Giants 10.6.66 defeated Collingwood 9.10.64

After missing last week's defeat, the Giant's Toby Greene put in a best-on-ground performance to help his team withstand another last-quarter blitz by Collingwood, to get a 2 point win on Friday night. The Giants lost Phil Davis and Zac Williams in the last quarter, while important Magpie defender Howe went down with a nasty looking knee injury, also in the fourth. The Magpies certainly had their chances, but their inaccuracies cost them the chance to get a win in this 2019 preliminary final recap, with the Giants holding on for an exciting victory.

Saturday
Port Adelaide 13.11.89 defeated West Coast 6.5.41

The hot-running Port Adelaide have been enjoying their time in the Queensland sun, and that extra vitamin D certainly hasn't hurt their football! In this game against the hardly-even-luke-warm West Coast Eagles they Power again showed that they are probably the form team of the Season 2020 re-start, running the Eagles players off their feet for another good win, this time by 48 points. Unlike so many other key-position payers, the Power's Charlie Dixon came out and absolutely dominated the often vaunted Eagles defence on his way to an impressive six goals.

St. Kilda 15.3.93 defeated Richmond 10.7.67

The underdog St. Kilda has put in a great team effort to comfortably account for the massively under-performing Richmond Tigers on Saturday. While they are the reigning premiers, there has been nothing impressive about the Tigers in Season 2020, even before the extended break! On the other hand, the Saints have really picked their footy up a notch to play a fast, attacking brand that is good to watch. As a result of wins coming as well, the St. Kilda players look like they are having a good time, something that will only help them as the season continues.

Essendon 8.3.51 defeated by Carlton 7.10.52

In a game that was neck and neck the entire time, the Carlton Blues managed to get their necks in front and go on to beat Essendon by a single point. This is the second time in three games that the Blues have been involved in a one-point game. Fortunately, they were on the winning side of the ledger in this one! It is interesting to note that Carlton had the top seven ball-getters of the match, usually a sign that a team is going to win, but due to being inaccurate in front of goal, this match stayed very close, for a stressful finish for everyone.

Gold Coast 10.4.64 defeated Fremantle 8.3.51
At the second match of the day at Metricon Stadium, the Gold Coast Suns showed their recent past wins were no fluke, as they overcame a determined Fremantle Dockers, who lost their captain late in the game, on Saturday night. In a match that never got beyond a three-goal difference, the Suns, aided by having four of the top five ball getters, were able to kick two goals and two points in the last quarter, to pull away from the Dockers, who were held to a single behind. Ex-Tiger Brandon Ellis has been a good pick-up for the Suns, being at the top of their disposal count the last couple of weeks.

Sunday
Brisbane 10.23.83 defeated Adelaide 7.4.46

In the match at the Gabba on Sunday, the Lion's Lachie Neale and Hugh McCluggage had twelve shots on goal, for a return of just one goal and eleven points, as Brisbane went on to easily beat the struggling Adelaide Crows by 37 points. The Lions got off to a fast start to lead the Crows by 5 goals and 10 points at half-time. Even with the Crows outscoring the Lions by two goals across the second half, they were never in the hunt! If the Lions had've kicked remotely straight they could have had a picnic in the second half and still won easily.

Melbourne 6.8.44 defeated by Geelong 7.5.47
The MCG saw a low scoring affair as the Melbourne Demons played host to the Geelong Cats on Sunday afternoon. In a game that had 12 individual goalkickers, with only Demon Angus Brayshaw kicking more than one, the Cats withstood a late comeback by Melbourne to win this one by a very narrow three points. In spite of being three goals up at three-quarter time, the Cats were made to work hard for the win by a Melbourne team that refused to give in. While the Demons won the clearances, it was the Cat's efficiency with the ball that helped lead to their win.

Hawthorn 8.10.58 defeated North Melbourne 8.6.54

In another close match from the weekend, Hawthorn managed to hold onto its lead to get a win over North Melbourne by 4 points at Marvel Stadium on Sunday night. In an interesting twist, the Kangaroos won nearly every statistic for the match, except for Inside 50s. The result of them having more of the ball, but not being able to get it inside their Forward 50 shows the work ethic of the Hawks coming into play. In a blow for their next game, North Melbourne's Captain, Jack Ziebell, left this game late with what looked like a hamstring injury.

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