Round 14 AFL Review

Thursday, August 27  
Hawthorn 10.11.71 defeated by Essendon 13.9.87
The Bombers have welcomed Joe Daniher back into the fold with a quality 16-point win over the Hawks on Thursday night. Not only did Daniher look excited to be back in the fold, he celebrated at Hawthorn's expense, ending the match with a game-high three goals to his name. At half time it was looking like Hawthorn had Essendon's measure, as they took a seventy-six to sixteen-point lead into the long break. In a remarkable turn-around, the Bombers outscored the Hawks eleven goals to three in the second half, netting them the win.

Richmond 14.4.88 defeated West Coast 9.7.61

This match saw both teams lose an important player early on. The Eagles lost key forward Josh Kennedy and the Tigers lost key backman Dylan Grimes; it was the Tigers who did the better job of covering for this loss, as they went on to record a 27 point win and break West Coast's impressive win streak in the process. As a result of their win, the Tigers have snuck above the Eagles on the ladder, as they get ready to meet the Dockers. While the Eagles slipped to 6th place, they have a good chance to get things back on track when they play the Bombers in their next match.

Friday, August 28  
Western Bulldogs 9.7.61 defeated by Geelong 10.12.72

The Cats performed a stunning turn-around as they came back from a six-goal quarter-time deficit to go on and beat the Bulldogs by 11-points, in a win that has seen the team from Geelong move to the top of the AFL ladder, albeit it a brief stay. In a match that saw the Doggies get off to a perfect start, the Geelong mids and backs started to clamp down on the opposition to outscore the Bulldogs in each of the remaining three quarters. Both teams have a bye next round, as they prepare for a charge towards the up-coming finals.

Saturday, August 29
Port Adelaide 11.7.73 defeated Sydney 7.5.47

Charlie Dixon has bounced back from his quiet game last round, to record another four goals and lead the Power past a young Sydney team on Saturday afternoon. Dixon is now sitting in third place of the Coleman Medal tally. While Sydney won the hit-outs, it was the Power who took the ball out of the middle, with a big 46 to 26 win on the clearances front. As others come up against the Power, they will need to be ready to face a team whose "engine room" is running smoothly, and whose forwards can apply a lot of pressure to keep the ball up their end of the field.

Fremantle 8.5.53 defeated by Greater Western Sydney 14.7.91

Having recorded two losses from their last two matches, saw the GWS Giants come out looking to stamp their authority over the Dockers at Optus Oval, and that is pretty much how they came to start. By the end of their match on Saturday, the Giants found their 38-point win over the Dockers had pushed them back inside the Top 8, as they battle it out to have a chance in this year's finals. While every team overlooked second-gamer Jake Riccardi in previous drafts, the strong-marking and straight-kicking forward will be making many Giant's fans smile that a chance was taken on him.

Melbourne 8.4.52 defeated St Kilda 7.7.49

A match that went right down to the wire at TIO Traeger Park has seen the Demons do well to hold off a surging Saints on Saturday night; according to the AFL's website, the Saints had the ball twice as much as the Dees across the last ten minutes of the match. The Demon's Christian Petracca was great up forward, in almost a lone hand, in kicking half of his team's goals, as has been their style this season; the Saints spread the goal-scoring around, with no player kicking more than a single. Melbourne goes on to play Sydney next round, while St Kilda has a bye.

Sunday, August 30   
Carlton 7.6.48 defeated by Collingwood 10.12.72

With their spot in the Top 8 on the line, the Magpies have risen to the challenge of playing traditional rival Carlton, and gotten a solid 24-point win over the Blues on Sunday evening. While Carlton held the lead at half-time, the Magpies held their opponents goalless for the entirety of the second half to run out 24-point victors. There would be no doubt that the Blue's coaching staff would be super disappointed at the team's inability to grab the chance they had in the match. For the Pies... To the victors go the spoils!

Gold Coast 12.19.91 defeated North Melbourne 4.4.28
Having built up a 25-point lead to half-time, the Gold Coast Suns had the measure of a depleted North Melbourne side at Metricon Stadium on Sunday night. In a match between two teams who won't be challenging for a finals berth in 2020, the Suns were clearly the better team on the night, as the Kangaroos would have had to dig into the second's team to field a side for the match. The Suns should have put this game away early in the night, but inaccuracy stopped that from happening. 31-shots to 8, in favour of the Suns is a fair stomping!

Byes: Adelaide, Brisbane


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