After five games on the Saturday of Round 21 we have learned some new things and had other truths confirmed.
Geelong are premiership contenders, Brisbane are as well.
The Bulldogs and Port Adelaide are the most deserving sides to make the finals but that doesn’t mean they will get there.
At the least they stamped their claim a slice of seventh or eighth place while Essendon showed they could fall short of the post season unless something changes this week.
Gold Coast were second best but thumped by a classy Lions side who are challenging a lot of pre-conceptions people have on how you fix a struggling football club. Hopefully the Suns have people watching and learning from what the Lions are doing.
Charlie Cameron was brilliant for the Lions with a career-best six goals.
Sydney have a long way to go but have some talent to work with. The Power were too good today and there is no shame in saying that as it’s just the truth right now.
Collingwood and Melbourne’s game deserves to be forgotten. The Magpies did show they are still capable of anything in 2019 despite their injuries and struggles. If they could make the grand final last year, they could do it again and this year feel so uncertain and inconsistent that maybe someone like a Pies or Dogs could find form late and surge through September. Or maybe not.
North Melbourne kicked their lowest ever score but, at least in my view, they were more competitive than Gold Coast and Essendon but faced a Geelong defence that made scoring much, much tougher for a struggling team.
What’s clear is that no one knows how this could end, just that no one has truly put their stamp on premiership favouritism and that could stay the same once the home and away season ends.
Before I finish it all off here is some news:
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Western Bulldogs have claimed a 21.11 (137) to 4.9 (33) win over Essendon in a win that has given their percentage a massive boost and could have condemned the Bombers season if they can’t get a win in their two games.
Josh Dunkley had 39 disposals for the Dogs, Jackson McRae 38 touches….
Zach Merrett had 33 possessions.
The Bulldogs kicked 21 consecutive goals between the first and last term before a late three goals for the Dons.
Geelong has another win and will retain a share of top spot with a 9.15 (69) to 1.8 (14) win over the Kangaroos.
Very low score from North but they were very competitive in much of this one, Cats were too polished in the second half.
Dangerfield had 33 touches and Miers kicked three goals.
Ben Cunnington had 30 possessions for the Roos.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has snapped truly to stop the run of Bulldogs goals at 21.
The Dons followed up with another quick one, this time from Mark Baguley.
Geelong’s record is safe. Essendon’s season is still in great peril.
The Bulldogs now have 21 consecutive goals. Two away from equaling the league record….
The Cats set a new AFL record with 23 consecutive goals in a thumping win over Fremantle last year.
They are up to 19 now with 10 minutes to play. Look out Cats!
Fox Footy just said the last time the Dons kicked one goal in a game was 1929!
Not as many goals over in Geelong but the Cats defence is holding strong and their lead is now 36 points with 10 minutes to play.
This win could certainly be classed as R 18+ and Sam Lloyd has just made it 18 in a row…
North Melbourne’s Scott Thompson has a horrible looking “egg” on the side of his head after a bad collision earlier.
He says he is right to play on but Cameron Ling on Seven reports club doctors are holding him out for now to see if he is concussed or not.