North Melbourne 14.9 (93) defeated Essendon 12.9 (81)
The Kangaroos stormed home in the second half of the Elimination final to run over the top of Essendon and setup a clash with Geelong next week, in a pulsating contest played in front of almost 80,000 fans at the MCG on Saturday night.
Sydney 9.11 (65) defeated by Richmond 10.8 (68)
It seems sometimes fairytales do come true, even for the formerly finals cursed Richmond Footy Club. The Tigers, incredibly, won their 9th game in a row by defeating minor premier Sydney in Sydney on Saturday evening, and after starting the season with 3 wins from their first 13 games are officially finals bound. It got off on the right foot for the Tigers before the game even began, the Swans doing exactly what they said they wouldn’t in pulling out another of their stars in Buddy Franklin to rest him before the finals next week. Already without Josh Kennedy, Ben McGlynn and ruckman Mike Pike it made the Swans seem considerably less scary and no doubt put the scent of blood into the Tigers nostrils who would have sensed their opponent were much more worried about next week than the contest in front of them, and predictably that’s exactly how it began.
Hawthorn 14.10 (94) defeated Geelong 11.5 (71)
It was a tale of two halves in a battle between two premiership fancies at the MCG last night, the Cats got out to the hot start and led by 31 points at halftime before being completely overwhelmed by the Hawks in the second half. The Hawks would eventually run out 23 point winners after at one stage kicking 10 goals in a row in a stunning turnaround, Geelong seemingly had no answers once the Hawks got going in a result that will provide some concerns for Geelong coach Chris Scott as the two sides are likely to meet again in the first week of the finals.
North Melbourne 10.19 (79) defeated by Geelong 16.15 (111)
Geelong has moved ahead of Fremantle and at least temporarily Hawthorn into second place on the AFL ladder following a convincing 32 point victory over the Kangaroos in front of 32,564 fans at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. After a tight opening the Cats blew the contest open with a 6 goal to 1 second quarter, and although the Roos would challenge in the 3rd quarter the gap proved to be too great.
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Essendon 15.11 (101) defeated Western Bulldogs 14.10 (94)
Sunday evening saw the Western Bulldogs fall agonizingly short in a game against Essendon that they probably should have won. A touch of extra class from the Bombers and a stunning performance from key forward Jake Carlisle would be the difference in the end, but not before the Dogs gave the Bombers an almighty scare for the second time this season.
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Sydney 18.14 (122) defeated Carlton 7.9 (51)
10 goals 4 to 1 single behind. That was the score in the third quarter in Sydney’s favor of what had been a tight and tough contest until half time, and is just about all you need to know about this game.
North Melbourne 16.12 (108) defeated Hawthorn 13.10 (88)
We should have known.
Defeated by cellar dweller Brisbane last week, it was just like North Melbourne to come up and beat the top placed Hawks on Friday Night Footy. And beat them they did, on the back of 5 goals from Drew Petrie and a dominant aerial performance from Lachie Hansen the Kangaroos ran out 20 point winners over the reigning premiers. Both Kangaroo key forwards found some form, with Aaron Black kicking 3 goals in a display that must have pleased coach Brad Scott.
Hawthorn 17 14 (116) defeated Gold Coast Suns 10 3 (63)
On a wet and miserable Tasmanian afternoon at Aurora Stadium the Hawks flexed their muscles on an up and coming Gold Coast team to earn a 53 point win, the only downside for the Hawks was what looked to be yet another hamstring injury to Cyril Rioli.
Gold Coast’s nickname may be the ‘Suns’, but they saw very little of it literally or figuratively on an afternoon of driving rain.
It started out so differently. The Suns were very competitive early, going goal for goal with the reigning premiers and perhaps beginning to dream of an upset as halftime approached. In a slog of a first half scores were level at 30 points a piece with just over five minutes of playing time remaining in the first half.
Saturday, June 21 at Etihad Stadium
Essendon 15.11 (101) Defeated Adelaide 14.8 (92)
A withering 7 goal first quarter burst was enough to help Essendon overcome a dogged Adelaide outfit in front of just under 31,000 people at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. The exceptional start – the Bombers had kicked 7 goals straight to the Crows 2.6 by quarter time – meant the Bombers would lead from start to finish, though they wouldn’t have it all their own way with the Crows pegging that early advantage back to just 9 points by the final siren.