In what many thought of to be a preview of this year’s Grand Closing, the leading two clashed at GMHBA Stadium where Geelong came out on best versus Melbourne.
It undoubtedly lived up to its billing, tricky fought and entire of momentum shifts throughout the contest, with the Cats ending strongly to declare a very well-deserved 28-stage victory.
Patrick Dangerfield (32 disposals, 9 clearances, eight inside of 50s, 702 metres obtained) was best on floor even though Isaac Smith (pictured below), in his 250th, also impressed.
Talking in the presser, coach Chris Scott was a satisfied person he reported “I believe we won’t get carried away with the get. It does not make us the finest group in the comp due to the fact we conquer them at residence. But what it does say to our gamers is the factors we have been doing the job on can stand up towards the pretty ideal teams.”
He additional “It was tense for the total match but as envisioned towards these excellent opposition. They were often heading to have their times and I feel which is 1 of the greatest components about AFL footy in normal at the second.”
Fremantle confirmed that away sort is no longer an concern as they headed east and chalked up their premier profitable margin more than St.Kilda, in Victoria, considering the fact that 1995.
Captain Nat Fyfe, participating in a more ahead role, looks to get having back to his best, next a lengthy damage lay-off, with a few goals. The trio of Andrew Brayshaw, Jordan Clark and Will Brodie also participating in pivotal roles for the victorious Dockers.
Essendon travelled up to Queensland and secured their 1st interstate triumph of the 12 months, producing a little bit of a shock, as they overcame a covid-ravaged Brisbane.
The Lions ended up compelled into 9 adjustments due to a blend of injuries and wellness & protection protocols. Irrespective of offering it a authentic go, they ultimately succumbed to their to start with reduction at the Gabba in 2022 as Matt Guelfi sealed it for the Bombers in the previous moment.
Up in New South Wales, two sides vying to make the all-crucial eight clashed where Sydney boosted its prospects at the cost of the Western Bulldogs.
The hosts flew out the blocks with a 7-intention initially time period that laid the basis for them to lead all night and enroute to thrashing the visitors by a 53-stage scoreline.
In the rooms, chatting to Swans Television, midfielder Chad Warner (pictured above) said “Our crucial functionality indicators which are our pressure, contested footy and our defensive changeover ended up the key matters we worked on in the 7 days and we nailed it now.”
“Their midfielders are real hard personnel, they get in tough backwards and forwards, so a important component for us was just to operate with them and I considered that Luke Parker did truly perfectly on Libba tonight he can be real happy of himself.”
He concluded “It was a substantial match tonight, we seriously stood up perfectly and following 7 days will be really rough versus the Dockers, an wonderful team and top four for a rationale, so we will have to have to do the exact as we did tonight.”
Mitch Lewis (pictured down below) kicked an equal profession-substantial 5 goals, all within just the place of 26 minutes, as Hawthorn put a sad week at the rear of them in defeating Adelaide.
The club in mourning adhering to the passing of premiership player Paul Pricey, who played 123 game titles for the Hawks in the course of a 9-calendar year vocation spanning 1987 to 1996, as very well as Ray Gunston, father of forward Jack, a previous AFL government but who attended all of his son’s matches and was regarded component of the family.
Collingwood built it seven in a row but only following surviving a big scare as they scrapped about the line in opposition to a fired-up and a lot enhanced North Melbourne outfit.
It seemed like one particular of the upsets of the time was on the playing cards but the Kangas, underneath a club review and coming into this on the back again of thirteen losses and a 112-point mauling last week, just finished up slipping limited in a coronary heart-breaking finale.
Noah Anderson was the hero, kicking the winner from 45 metres out just after the siren, as Gold Coast pulled off a sensational comeback in getting up about Richmond.
The Suns looked gone halfway as a result of the 3rd quarter but somehow managed to rouse by themselves in a dominant remaining time period to retain their faint finals hopes alive.
Commenting on his significant second to Suns media, the 21-yr-aged stated “Pretty fantastic. I hit it off the instep a small bit but it was normally coming back. We had fantastic perception and self confidence that we were often going to retain coming. We back in our health and fitness and our operate and it was fairly particular.”
A ideal outcome for mentor Stuart Dew who earlier in the 7 days place pen to paper on a new two-yr contract extension that will retain him at the helm right up until the close of 2024.
One more side with an outside the house prospect of getting there in September have been Port Adelaide that proved considerably far too robust and brushed apart a inadequate Better Western Sydney.
Ahead Conor Rozee was the stand out performer with 4 majors even though, at the other conclude, the Electrical power defence saved the Giants to their most affordable score of the 12 months.
Closing out the spherical noticed Carlton’s lethal strike pressure of Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay incorporate for 10 objectives as they belted lowly West Coast at Optus Stadium.
The Blues blitzed early and strike the scoreboard whilst controlling to hold the Eagles pointless in the opening phrase. Although they were being challenged midway via the contest, Michael Voss’s team hit again to run completely over the major of the hosts.
Round 17 Effects
Geelong 12.19 (81)
Melbourne 9.9 (63)
Sydney 17.18 (120)
Western Bulldogs 9.13 (67)
Collingwood 13.10 (88)
North Melbourne 12.9 (81)
Gold Coastline 14.10 (94)
Richmond 13.14 (92)
St.Kilda 10.10 (70)
Fremantle 17.9 (111)
Port Adelaide 12.12 (84)
GWS 3.11 (29)
Brisbane 13.12 (90)
Essendon 15.10 (100)
Hawthorn 13.8 (86)
Adelaide 8.6 (54)
West Coast 8.5 (53)
Carlton 17.14 (116)
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