Round 11 AFL Review

Saturday, August 8
Port Adelaide 13.15.93 defeated Richmond 11.6.72
In one of the more entertaining, and quality of play, matches of Season 2020 has seen the Power run out victors over the Tigers. Despite being outplayed for most of the time, the Tigers managed to take a narrow one-point lead into the final quarter at Adelaide Oval, but this lead wasn't to last long! Just seconds into the fourth, Robbie Gray kicked his third goal, which would be the start of his team's three goal to none run and see the Power ensure this quality win over a tough opponent. While the Power keep on steaming along, the Tigers need to work out how they are going to stop getting smashed in the middle.

Brisbane 14.12.96 defeated Western Bulldogs 11.6.72

Brisbane's Eric Hipwood has booted five goals to lead his team to a win over the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba on Saturday night. While Hipwood made the most of the chances he was given, it was the Lion's midfield, being lead by Lyons, Neale and Zorko, who won the battle with their often vaunted Doggie opponents. While Jack Macrae starred in the middle for the Bulldogs, racking up 40 Disposals, it will be the Lion champ who will have added to his Brownlow points after another prolific performance (36 Disposals and a whopping 12 Clearances). The Lions are now second on the ladder and are one win behind Port Adelaide.

Sunday, August 9
West Coast 11.6.72 defeated Carlton 7.8.50

Despite it taking a while for the West Coast players to warm into the game the West Coast Eagles ran over the top of a Carlton Blues team that had all the play across the first half of the contest. Having found themselves down by two goals at half-time, the Eagle's players came out into the third and made a statement, kicking five goals to the Blue's single. The fourth-quarter played out in a similar fashion, with the Carlton players being unable to make any inroads into the deficit they found themselves in. Hopefully Carlton recruit Jack Martin will be right after leaving the match with a calf injury.

North Melbourne 5.5.35 defeated by Melbourne 13.14.92
In the culmination of what I am sure has been a very tough month for the North Melbourne football club, the Kangaroos put up barely a whimper in their 57-point loss to an improved Melbourne Demons at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. While Nick Larkey and Luke McDonald were great for the Roos, two players are never going to be enough to stop a team, and that is how Melbourne is starting to play across the back-half of Season 2020. In more bad news for the Kangaroos, and their fans, they had four more players cop an injury in this match, which will further test the team's depth and desire in coming weeks.

Monday, August 10
Geelong 14.9.93 defeated St Kilda 4.10.34

Even with St Kilda being the team appearing to be in better form across the past few rounds, the Saints were no match for a reinvigorated Geelong at the Gabba on Monday night, as the Cats ran away from the Saints across the second-half, on their way to a resounding 59-point win. Try as they might, the Saints were unable to put any form of brakes on the Cat's Tom Hawkins, who ended up kicking a bag of five goals for the match. For the Saints, there will have to be concerns over the low output from their big recruit, Brad Hill. Hill finished the game with a very low seven disposals and just the two tackles. The Saints will need more from him if they are to right the ship.

Fremantle 7.6.48 defeated Hawthorn 4.8.32
In a match where the Fremantle Dockers had 99 more disposals than their Hawthorn opponents, it is easy to see who the home-team came to be the winners of this match on Monday night. In what was probably their most impressive showing for Season 2020, the Docker's young guns shined brightly on the Monday Night footy stage to run rampant over a more vaunted Hawks' team that failed to fire a shot in this game. To add salt to the wounds of their loss, the Hawks have also been leap-frogged on the ladder by the Dockers. Fyfe and Brayshaw lead the way for the Dockers, while second-year mid, Adam Cerra, put in a quality game, showing off his growth this season.

Tuesday, August 11
Adelaide 5.8.38 defeated by Collingwood 10.2.62

As they ended up having one less scoring shot than the Adelaide Crows, it is lucky that the Magpies kicked so straight to ensure their win on Tuesday night at Adelaide Oval! While the Crows didn't get the win, there were some positive signs for the team. They broke even in hit-outs, had more contested possessions and, in a strange twist, lead for more of the game than their Magpie opponents. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to getting the ball through the two big sticks, something the Crows were unable to do against a quality Magpie defence. The Crows need to find a big straight kicking forward, and in a hurry!

Wednesday, August 12
Gold Coast 11.7.73 drew with Essendon 11.7.73

It wouldn't be an AFL season without a surprise draw happening sometime during the season, and that time was in this match between the Suns and the Bombers at Metricon Stadium. In a very exciting final terms, players from both teams had opportunities to give their side a bit of breathing space, but the needed goal proved very hard to come by! Considering the Bombers had seventy more disposals than the Suns team, the Gold Coast players did well to make the most of the opportunities they had. At the same time, their defenders were busy repelling Essendon's attacks. As the Suns were in front for 90% of the match, a draw isn't going to be a fulfilling result. I'm sure the Bombers agree...

Byes: Greater Western Sydney, Sydney

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