Round 17 AFL Review

Thursday, September 10
St Kilda 6.14.50 defeated by West Coast 9.11.65
In this match-up, we were once again shown the great importance of kicking the ball through the two big sticks! While St Kilda and West Coast had the same number of scoring shots on Thursday night, it was the Eagles who made more of their opportunities as they went on to beat the Saints by 15 points at the Gabba. After all the speculation about Tim Kelly leaving Geelong for West Coast, the native West Australian is proving his worth at his new club, and this game further showed his value. Kelly finished the match with 30 Disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and a big 9 clearances.

Friday, September 11
Geelong 4.7.31 defeated by Richmond 7.15.57 

In what was probably their best defensive effort all season, the Tigers have comfortably beaten a Selwood-less Geelong at Metricon Stadium. To add to the praise for Richmond's back six, Geelong's Tom Hawkins was held goalless until the final quarter, by the emerging Noah Balta and his band of merry backmen. In the lead-up to the last round, the Tigers suffered two big injuries during this game. First, it was their No1 ruckman Ivan Soldo, going down with what looked to be an ACL (ouch), and later in the game, Tom Lynch left the field holding his hammy. Both of these could have huge impacts on the Tigers chances of another premiership!

Saturday, September 12
North Melbourne 5.5.35 defeated by Fremantle 15.9.99

After the North Melbourne vs Fremantle match on Saturday afternoon, there is no doubt that the North Melbourne coach was at a loss as to what went so wrong in their ten-goal loss to the Dockers at Metricon Stadium. In their biggest scoring match for 2020, the Dockers dismantled the Kangaroos right from the first quarter; they would go on to win every quarter of the match. Fremantle fans would have been rapt with Hogan's boost for the team who, after having missed a considerable amount of football over the past years, kicked four goals for the match. The Dockers smashed North around the ground, with Acres and Mundy running riot, while Fyfe was also busy.

Port Adelaide 11.13.79 defeated Essendon 4.5.29
Besides their loss to the Cats a few rounds back, the Port Adelaide footy club hasn't done much wrong in Season 2020, and that includes their demolition of Essendon on Saturday evening. After the Bomber's Clarke kicked a major in the first quarter it was all one-way traffic, with the Power kicking seven of the next eight goals of the match and putting the result beyond doubt. While the Bombers will be looking towards 2021, the Power have every reason to be excited about their chances at a premiership this year and will be working hard to get to the Grand Final and securing their first trophy since 2004.

Greater Western Sydney 11.8.74 defeated by Melbourne 12.7.79
After working hard to build a 17-point lead over the Giants at the Gabba on Saturday night, the Melbourne Demons have worked hard to hang on for a 5-point win at the Gabba. While it will still be hard for the Demons to crack a spot in the Top 8, they certainly won the game they had to win if they were to have even a slight glimmer of a chance! While the Giants gave Melbourne a fair belting in a couple of important stats; in Contested Ball the Giants were up 146 to 123 and with Inside 50's, the Giants won this statistic 52 to 39. With the Demons easily on top in Hit-out, and Marks, they managed to move the ball quicker to get ahead of their opponents.

Sunday, September 13
Carlton 8.8.56 defeated by Adelaide 10.12.72

After an absolutely torrid start to the 2020 season, the Adelaide Crows are finishing the year off strongly, as they have now won their last three matches and if they win their next one, against the Tigers, we just may see them get off the bottom of the ladder! For the Blues, this loss has seen their slight chance of a finals appearance get snuffed out. After the Crows came steaming out of the gates to keep their opponents goalless in the first quarter while kicking five goals themselves, and that was game! While the Blues outscored Adelaide across the remaining three quarters, they weren't able to do enough to make up the difference.

Hawthorn 6.4.40 defeated by Western Bulldogs 11.10.76
At Adelaide Oval on Sunday, the Hawthorn players should be feeling very relieved that their Bulldog opponents didn't kick straighter, as this match could have ended up as a fair belting if they had! With the Doggies holding their Hawthorn opponents to a single goal across the first half of the match, things were looking grim for the Hawks. Even though they managed to outscore the Bulldogs across the second half, the Hawks never looked like being able to break the game open to pull out a surprise win! With the Bulldogs having the Top 5 ball-winners for the match, they can be forgiven for not pushing too hard at this important stage of the season.

Sydney 6.5.41 defeated by Brisbane 11.7.73

It took until the last quarter for the Lions to be able to stamp some authority on their match against the Swans, having been a tight tussle across the first three quarters, where the young Swans did well to keep up with the second-placed Lions. After the Swans put some interest in the game with the first two goals of the last quarter, Brisbane clicked in the last and kicked six goals to Sydney's three, to end up comfortable 32-point winners. The Lions will now finish in one of the top two spots on the ladder, for another tilt at a premiership.

Monday, September 14
Collingwood 10.8.68 defeated Gold Coast 6.10.46
After their early match scare, where Gold Coast's Alex Sexton kicked three first-quarter goals, the Magpies have gone on to record a comfortable 22-point win over the Suns on Monday night. In so doing, Collingwood has guaranteed a place in the finals, even if they lose their match next round. In his first game back from a hand injury, Collingwood's Jordan DeGoey was the difference-maker for his team, finishing the match with four goals in what was probably a best-on-field performance for the Pies. If the Magpies lose next week, they could finish as low as eighth, something that won't make their finals run any easier.

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