Round 6 AFL Review

Geelong Cats 11.7.73 defeated Brisbane Lions 6.10.46
On the back of a seven-goal third quarter, the Geelong Cats have come from behind to beat the Brisbane Lions at the SCG on Thursday night. After being outpointed during the first two quarters, Geelong midfielders Dangerfield and Sellwood really grabbed the game from the start of the second half, combining for eight centre clearances that really helped propel their team forward. With Charlie Cameron well held by the Cat's defence, the Lions often looked at a loss as to how they were going to kick a goal, and with an Inside 50 efficiency of just 35%, they struggled to do just that.

Collingwood 8.11.59 defeated Hawthorn 3.9.27

On Friday night at the SCG, the Collingwood Magpies put a tumultuous week behind them and burst out of the blocks to get a win against a Hawthorn team that had beaten them in twelve of their last thirteen encounters. Even though it may not be for very long, with their 32-point victory, the Magpies would be happy to be sitting inside the AFL's Top 4. For the Hawks, James Sicily was great in defence but for the rest of the team, it was an ordinary effort from Hawthorn! Let's face it, they pretty much kicked a Little League score for the match. For the Pies, it was a much-improved effort from a largely new-look team.

Fremantle 12.7.79 defeated St Kilda 11.7.73

With their captain back amongst the ranks, the Fremantle Dockers have managed to turn the tables on St. Kilda to record an exciting one-goal win at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon. After having been six goals behind in the second quarter, the Dockers reeled off ten out of the next eleven goals and then surviving a late scare when the Saints tied the game up, to record an exciting win for the Queensland Hub home-team. With Natt Fyfe placed at full-forward, it was left to Michael Walters and Brayshaw to get the Dockers moving, and they didn't disappoint.

West Coast Eagles 10.7.67 defeated Adelaide Crows 5.4.34
In their last game playing at the Queensland Hub, the West Coast Eagles have gotten their second straight win, comfortably accounting for Adelaide Crows by 33 points at the Gabba. Looking more at home since his move from Geelong last season, the Eagle's Tim Kelly was the game's best player as he racked up 25 disposals and 8 clearances. After his tweet during the week, the Crow's Reilly O'Brien put in a good performance, beating Nic Naitanui around the ground while losing the ruck contests by 12 to the big Eagle. The Eagles will be glad to be home, as they look to keep winning.

Melbourne 12.8.80 defeated Gold Coast Suns 9.9.63
In a match that had just a single point between the two teams, with only minutes remaining, at GIANTS Stadium on Saturday night, the Melbourne Demons have kicked away from the Gold Coast Suns to record a much-needed win. While the Suns had better efficiency across the ground, it was the Demons who got their hands on the ball more to get the opportunities to put the ball through the big sticks. Max Gawn was a star again, getting 30 Hit-outs, 8 Marks and 15 Disposals. Gawn is once again in the Top 2 ruckman in the competition.

Essendon 9.13.67 defeated North Melbourne 7.11.53
While it took a bit of time for the Bombers to get going, they used a three goals to one second quarter to get their heads in front of the Kangaroos, and there it stayed. While Goldstein was a powerhouse for the Kangaroos, they had other players put in a performance that was below what has become expected of them. This was especially true for North's bellwether, Shaun Higgins. For the second week in a row, Higgins has had little impact on the match, and his team has lost. For the Bombers, David Zaharakis put in a great performance, ending with 3 Goals and 20 Disposals.

Port Adelaide 9.9.63 defeated GWS Giants 6.10.46

It took until the final quarter in their matchup, but the Port Adelaide Power saw off the GWS Giants by 17-points at Metricon Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a game that looked like it could have gone either way, especially when the Giants hit the lead early in the last quarter, it was the Power who stepped up to grab the game through the midfield and kept control through the final 20 minutes, resulting in them kicking four of the last five goals. With the win, the Power sits atop the AFL ladder.

Richmond 4.10.34 defeated Sydney Swans 3.8.26

At a rain-drenched Gabba, the Richmond Tigers managed to get past the Sydney Swans in a game that both teams will be wanting to avoid looking at moving forward. After the Tigers got a run on in the first quarter, the Swan's coach made a change. The change was to stack the backline with what looked like eighteen of the twenty-one players on the ground. While this certainly stopped the opposition scoring, it made it very hard for the Swans to score as well, hence the end low scores for the match. Hopefully, Josh Kennedy's injury isn't as bad as it looks.

Carlton 16.7.103 defeated Western Bulldogs 7.9.51
In the final game of the round, the Carlton Blues burst out of the gates at Metricon Stadium, to take a first-quarter lead against the Western Bulldogs that they never relinquished. As a suitable reward for their improved performances, Carlton has finished the round in 8th position on the ladder, a fair improvement over where they ended up in the standings last season. While the Blue's backline went through periods under a fair bit of pressure, they did well to repel the Bulldogs time and time again on their way to a big win over quality opposition.


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