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Adelaide vs Richmond
A seven goal 3rd quarter was the reason Adelaide came away with the first win of the round on Thursday night. One man, Reilly O’Brien, stole the Supercoach show. 54 hitouts, 7 tackles, 6 clearances, 5 marks, 19 touches (10 contested) and 89% DE meant a massive, massive score of 181 for the rookie sensation. The Crouch brothers had the ball on a string all night, with Brad racking up a massive amount of the ball (43 touches) for his score of 129, while Matt had 35 touches himself but only scored 91. Sloane continued his fantastic season and should be considered All-Aus, after another 2 goal, 28 touch (16 contested) game yielded him 125 Supercoach points, while across the wing Atkins had 29 touches (25 kicks) and 11 marks for his 104. Rory Laird found 32 touches and didn’t turn it over at all (93% DE) for a great score of 125, but fellow backman Smith disappointed with a 74. Up forward Jenkins (104) had 7 shots on goal for his 4.3, while Taylor Walker (84) had an influential game for his 3 goals. Ellis-Yolmen (103) and Keath (109) continued their great seasons, as did Greenwood (90) across the middle of the ground. Sour notes from the night came in the form of injuries to Murphy, Talia and Jenkins, with the last of the trio seemingly having a very serious knee injury. Also, check out Eddie Betts second goal if you have the chance, ridiculous once again.
A valiant effort from the Tigers, who were still alive in this game until very late. Martin continued his hot streak with a 32 touch, 2 goal game to score 108, while the only other Tiger to score in triple figures was Stack (102), who used his 21 touches very well (81% DE, no turnovers). Prestia (95), Ellis (92) and Graham (96) all scored well and had good games, but from there scores drop off for the Tigers. Popular picks in Houli (68), Baker (66) and Balta (53) disappointed, but second gamer Naish (67) played well for the coaches who brought him in. Up froward Lynch and Rioli kicked 2 goals each, while Mabior Chol impressed in his first game of the season, kicking a goal and having a presence around the ground.
Question from the game: I’ve asked this before and I’ll ask it again, will Jacobs come back soon for O’Brien? My opinion, barring injury, Jacobs isn’t playing again this year.
Supercoach query: 32 touches, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals, 71% DE, 5 clangers and 7 contested touches seems like it deserves a little more than 108 for Dusty?
Essendon vs Hawthorn
Finals isn’t out of the question for the Bombers after another good win on Friday night. Merrett starred Supercoach wise with 138 points, courtesy of his 28 touch (13 contested), 1 goal game. Across half-back Hurley (102) and Hooker (64) controlled multiple Hawthorn attacks, while up forward Begley, Stringer, Langford and Fantasia all kicked 2 goals each. Heppell did his usual thing with 28 touches and 9 marks for 95 points, while fellow mid Parish (110) is in fine form. Rounding up the triple figure scores were dashing backman Saad (101) and McKenna (113), while Zaharakis (89) wasn’t too far away. Second gamer Clarke (76) had another very good game with 23 touches (17 handballs), while also applying a good tag to O’Meara and he will be brought into many teams this week. Finishing up, injuries for Essendon came in the form of Stringer/Shiel (knee) and Fantasia (bruises).
Hawthorn was in and out of this game but overall seemed scrappy going forward. Plenty of players scored well but the best came from wingman Henderson once again. 31 touches (22 kicks), 11 marks and a goal all at 87% DE meant he scored 121 points for his owners. From there six players scored in the frustrating 90’s zone, which included Smith (99), Impey (98), Worpel (97), Hardwick (95), Shiels (92) and McEvoy (90), while swingman Sicily (87) wasn’t far off. Scully ran hard all night for his 24 touches and 10 marks, but gun mid O’Meara copped a tag and was largely ineffective for his 43 points.
Question from the game: Peoples thoughts on the pinching from Stratton?
Supercoach query: Worpel owners feeling hard done by? 34 touches at 76% seems like it would register 100+, especially when comparing to Parish’s 21 touch game at 66% DE.
Gold Coast vs St Kilda
Despite being up by 30 points, Gold Coast couldn’t hold on for a breakthrough win. Ex-Tiger Anthony Miles (118) led the Supercoach scoring for his team courtesy of 27 touches, 7 marks, 6 tackles and a goal, while across half-back Weller also had 27 touches for his 100. Not much else Supercoach wise for the Suns, but decent-enough scores went to Day (92), Swallow (90) and Brodie (88). Up forward King, Wright and Holman kicked 2 goals, while Corey Ellis (65) was modest in his Suns debut with 19 touches.
The Saints got their second narrow win against the Suns this year, courtesy of a dominant second half. Jack Billings was absolutely everywhere with 33 touches, 8 marks, 11 tackles and 2 goals giving him a season high 169 points. Fellow forward option Marshall (122) had 18 touches and 40 hitouts, while up forward Tim Membrey (116) kicked 3 goals amongst his 17 touch, 10 mark game. Across the middle Seb Ross had 31 touches with 10 clearances to score 111, while Luke Dunstan’s (102) resurgence continues with a 22 touch, 9 tackle game making him one of his sides best on the day. Apart from those above mentioned scores dip below 80, except for Wilkie (95), Gresham (87) and Sinclair (86). Hind was solid on debut booting a goal and having seven touches for his 43, while niggles throughout the day came in the form of Armitage (calf), Clark (ankle) and White (leg).
Question from the game: Did anybody else scratch their head as to where Riverway stadium is?
Supercoach query: Is Hind going to be our next downgrade target?
Fremantle vs Port Adelaide
Fremantle kept their finals hopes well and truly alive with a great win on Saturday. No doubt who was best on ground, with Michael Walters having an outstanding game and being the difference in the end. The damaging forward had 25 touches, 4 tackles and 6 goals to score a massive 158 Supercoach points, while fellow superstar Fyfe had 37 touches (22 contested) and 10 clearances for his 129. Returning defender Griffin Logue had 24 touches and 8 marks on the day for 93 points, while across half-back Luke Ryan didn’t waste any of his 16 touches for 88 points. Up forward Hogan (84) and Matera (63) both kicked 3 goals for the day, while Langdon (86) also kicked 1 goal amongst his 27 touches. Brad Hill (77) had 30 touches once again, while his brother Stephens return yielded 12 touches in limited game time. Andrew Brayshaw scored 90, while other notable scores went to returning big man Darcy (70) and third-gamer Bewley (57).
The loss pushes Port out of the top 8 and every match from now on is important for them to reach the finals. Travis Boak was once again a star on the day with 36 touches (15 contested) and a goal to lead the scoring for Port with 121 Supercoach points. Big-man Lycett had 17 touches and 21 hitouts for his 111, while another recruit in Burton (105) had his best game for the club with 25 touches (17 kicks). Jonas (102) was as solid as ever down back, while up the ground Robbie Gray had plenty of it but was a tad handball happy (17 of 26) for his 99. Tall guys Westhoff (90) and Ryder (86) scored well, while returning backman Hartlett had 23 touches for his 71. Not much else to mention except for Kane Farrell kicking 4 goals up forward to be their spark in the game.
Question from the game: Which of these two teams are more likely to finish in the top 8?
Supercoach query: Would Hamish Hartlett tempt anyone if he pumped out 100 next week?
Carlton vs Western Bulldogs
The Doggies won a seesawing clash on Saturday night, holding off a fast finishing opponent in Carlton. Josh Dunkley kept the big scores of the round rolling in with a 41 disposal, 10 tackle game that ended up equalling 173 points, while the next best was Macrae on a huge score himself of 150. That’s not at all where the good scores finished for the Dogs, with youngsters Lipinski and English also reaching 120+. The former of the two had himself 29 touches at 86% DE with 2 goals for 129, while the latter had 2 goals himself as well as 15 touches and 29 hitouts for 121. Still another four Dogs had triple figures, which included popular picks of Bontempelli (112) and Daniel (114), and unique picks Hunter (101) and Suckling (105). Scores drop from there with the only other notable one being Johanissen on 89, but up forward Sam Lloyd (70) kicked 3 goals and deserves a mention. Bad news for the Dogs with midfielder Liberatore coming out of the game with a knee concern.
Despite a late run and an earlier lead Carlton couldn’t make it two from two, even despite the efforts of Charlie Curnow. The big forward had a career night with 7 goals from 17 touches for another huge score from the round of 154. Matthew Kreuzer was next best for the Blues, with 12 touches and 46 hitouts equating to 119 Supercoach points for his minimal owners. Levi Casboult did a little bit of everything all night to register 102, while Sam Petrevski Seton also played well for 111. Returning veteran Marc Murphy had 21 touches and a goal for 99, while fellow old-timer and 250th gamer Dale Thomas kicked a ripping goal to celebrate his milestone. Cripps (78) and Walsh (50) underperformed for their owners, while injury concerns from the game came in the form of Weitering and Curnow, of the Ed variety.
Question from the game: How will Liberatore’s potential absence affect the Doggies midfield?
Supercoach query: When was the last time 3 blokes scored 150+ in a game?
GWS vs North Melbourne
GWS finished the round with a win that came from a dominant second half, where they kicked 7 unanswered goals to put the result beyond doubt. Dashing backman Zac Williams topped scored for them on the day with 143, courtesy of his 28 disposal (21 kicks), 1 goal game going at 78% DE. Midfielders in Kelly (128), Taranto (105), Coniglio (130) and Hopper (114) were incredible all day, while veteran Brett Deledio (104) is putting together a fine campaign and ones hopes his soft tissue injuries are a thing of the past. Toby Greene kicked 3 goals and had 20 touches to finish on 104, while big man Mumford bullied around people all day for his 117. Harry Himmelberg and Phil Davis were both on the 90’s, but premium forward Cameron (54) was held well by Tarrant. First-gamer Stein didn’t do anything wrong all day, finishing with 9 touches, 8 tackles and 74 Supercoach points. Lastly, bad news for the Giants with star tagger De Boer having a potential injury after being taken to the ground in the last quarter.
North just couldn’t keep up in the end, falling by 23 points in the final game of the round. No player scored in triple figures, with only Goldstien (97) and Anderson (90) returning desirable scores for their owners. Many players fell between the 70-90 range, including semi-popular picks Thomas and Ziebell, while Ben Cunnington was held extremely well all day by De Boer for only 16 touches and 59 points,
Question from the game: How will De Boer’s injury affect GWS’s onball brigade?
Supercoach query: Will the Giants midfield eventually have the Collingwood issue of too many stars and inconsistent scoring?
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