Geelong will play Melbourne for top spot on the ladder in the final round after overcoming a shaky start to end St Kilda’s finals hopes at GMHBA Stadium with a 14-point win. Click here to read the full report.
The Swans are off to a hot start at Marvel Stadium with three of the first four goals to lead by 13 points after 11 minutes, 3.1.19 to 1.0.6.
Wicks, Heeney and Campbell are their goalkickers while Zurhaar has the Kangaroos’ only major so far – a spectacular effort too
The Lions are off to an absolute flyer at the Gabba, kicking three goals in a row after the Magpies kicked the opener via Thomas inside the first 20 seconds.
Charlie Cameron already has a pair of majors for the Lions while Daniher has the other one.
The hosts lead by 12 points after seven minutes, 3.0.18 to 1.0.6.
Brisbane have had only 12 disposals for the game, but are going at 100 per cent, and have kicked three goals. Blistering start!
Sydney’s upset win over the previously unbeaten North Melbourne was soured by a head knock to Tom McCartin which forced the young forward out of the game.
The Swans gave their fans more reasons to be optimistic about the future as their new breed carried on a winning tradition against North which started when some of them were still learning to read.
In a battle between the master and apprentice, it was John Longmire who prevailed over Rhyce Shaw as the Swans claimed their 15th win from the past 18 games against North – 10.11 (71) to 8.12 (60). Not since round six, 2007, have the Swans lost to the Kangaroos in Melbourne.
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North Melbourne have won the final quarter in just six games this season – the equal-fewest in the competition. Sydney have won the final term in 12 games – ranked third in the league behind Brisbane and Geelong. Lance Franklin has kicked 13 of his 42 goals in the final term.
Zac Bailey should have had the chance to kick the winning goal for his side last week. He would have wondered if he’d ever get the opportunity to do so again. He only had to wait six days to find out, and the answer was resoundingly in the affirmative.
Forced into exile, the Brisbane Lions twice worked their way back into the game against Collingwood at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night. Ultimately it fell to Bailey, denied the chance to win the game against Geelong after an incorrect holding-the-ball non-decision, to step up from 45 metres and revive his team’s flagging season.
He was up to the task, and pandemonium ensued after as gutsy a one-point win as most will see.
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The Lions out-tackled the Dockers by 36 last round – their best differential in any match this season and the third-best by any side in 2021. Collingwood lost the uncontested possession count by 66 last week against the Hawks – their third-worst differential this season.
What a pathetic effort from the Blues.
After leading by 23 points early in the second quarter, they conceded the last 19 goals of the game to lose by 95 points – their second-biggest win against Carlton, and also their biggest victory since Round 23, 2017 (115 points v Gold Coast).
Not the greatest way to send out a club champion like Marc Murphy in his 300th game.
In the end, Port Adelaide thumped Carlton in disposals 421-329, contested possessions 158-120, inside 50s 62-42, free kicks 20-8 and scoring shots 35-20 while they also won the clearances 39-32, marks 93-88 and hitouts 42-28.
Pt.Adel 2.2, 8.6, 12.11, 21.14 (140)
Carlton 2.6, 5.9, 5.12, 5.15 (45)
Pt.Adel: Dixon 4, Fantasia 3, Marshall 2, Georgiades 2, Gray 2, Bergman 2, Boak, Lycett, Wingard, Mayes, Ladhams, Houston
Carlton: Honey 2, McGovern, Kennedy, Casboult
Pt.Adel: Boak 31, Amon 30, Wines 30, Byrne-Jones 27, Butters 25
Carlton: Walsh 30, Kennedy 28
Pt.Adel: Aliir 14, Byrne-Jones 8, Clurey 7
Carlton: Saad 9, Stocker 9, Kennedy 8