Round 16 AFL Review

Saturday, September 5 
North Melbourne 6.6.42 defeated by Port Adelaide 11.12.78
At Metricon Stadium on Saturday night the Power cruised past North Melbourne to keep hold of the top spot on the ladder at Round 16. While some people think the win wasn't by that much, the Power had twenty-three scoring shots to the Roo's 12, and while a lot of goals were left on the table, it is a pretty convincing win for the Power. Unfortunately, for Port Adelaide, young-gun Butters foolishly lifted his elbow up and made contact with the head of a North Melbourne player. All things being equal, we should see Butters get suspended for some period of time going into the finals.

Sunday, September 6 
St Kilda 11.14.80 defeated Hawthorn 9.12.66

Having been about even with their opponents at Metricon Stadium when going into the half-time break, Hawthorn was unable to stop St Kilda from adding to their win tally on Sunday afternoon. With Paddy Ryder now in the ruck for his new team, the Saints have been able to utilise Rowan Marshall as a forward more often. On Sunday this move worked to great effect, as Marshall finished the match with 14 disposals, 8 marks and 2 goals. The Saints are now sitting in the sixth spot on the ladder and should be in the finals this year.

Geelong 16.6.102 defeated Essendon 3.11.29

On Sunday afternoon, Geelong did what every premiership contender should be doing to lesser teams at this stay of the season, and they gave Essendon a belting! While the Bombers did themselves no favours with their inaccurate kicking for goal, there was no doubting the Cat's domination of this match. For the Cats, Sam Menegola and Cam Guthrie continued their quality form, while Tom Hawkins got his kicking-boots back, to lead all scorers with four goals. Essendon has another tough ask as they come up against Port Adelaide next, while Geelong will face-off against the Tigers.

Western Bulldogs 6.13.49 defeated West Coast 7.5.47
At quarter time the Eagles lead the goalless Bulldogs by nearly four goals. At half-time, the Bulldogs had made up three goals to have drawn level. Then at three-quarter time, the Bulldogs had a single point lead over the Eagles; as they had six more scoring shots than West coast, it really should have been more. With just a couple of minutes left in the match, and his team trailing by four points, the Bulldogs captain launched a goal in from 55 metres out. Not long after, Eagle's forward, Josh Kennedy, had a chance to snatch back the win but wasn't able to convert. The Bulldogs win!

Monday, September 7  
Melbourne 4.9.33 defeated by Fremantle 6.11.47 

In a match that started off reaching an Auskick level score for half-time, where the Dockers lead the Demons one goal nine points to one goal three points, a large portion of those in attendance had been lulled into a restful sleep... In the "nappers" defence, the rain would have made falling asleep an easy thing to do. In very trying conditions the skills of the Fremantle players shone brighter than the hardness of Melbourne's, with Michael Walters being a definite stand-out. He finished with 11 disposals and 4 tackles to go with his game-high three goals.

Tuesday, September 8   
Adelaide 8.11.59 defeated Greater Western Sydney 7.5.47

Once again, when the going got tuff, the Giants went missing. This time it was the Adelaide Crows who turned the screws on the Giants and managed to walk away with a twelve-point win over the Top 8 aspirants. While the Giants risk slipping out of the Top 8, and watching the finals from a couch, the Adelaide Crows have now won two games in a row and are close to pecking their way off the bottom of the ladder.

Carlton 8.9.57 defeated Sydney 8.4.52

In a game that ebbed and flowed throughout the match, the Carlton Blues have managed to scrape a five-point win over Sydney at Metricon Stadium on Tuesday night. After having kicked the first seven goals of the game, the Swans couldn't keep the momentum going, as they watched the Blues slowly peg back that lead until Matt Cottrell kicked the goal that got the Blues in front. Once again it was Patrick Cripps who put his team on his shoulders, and didn't stop working to get them back in the match, and over the line.

Wednesday, September 9 
Brisbane 13.10.88 defeated Gold Coast 6.7.43

After getting off to a fast start at the Gabba on Wednesday night, the Brisbane Lions never looked back, going on to beat their cross-river rivals by 45 points in their latest "Battle of the Qs". While they got an easy win, the Suns did manage to slow down the Lion's scoring of the first quarter. Unfortunately, for the Gold Coast team, they weren't able to get many easy entries into their 50, and scoring was hard. On the back of the win, the Lions have jumped above Geelong to take second place on the ladder.

Collingwood, Richmond


  1. While the Bombers did themselves no favours with their inaccurate kicking for goal, there was no doubting the Cat's domination of this match.
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