Time on – round 5


St Kilda 13.11 (89) def. the Brisbane Lions 11.10 (76)

Gold Coast Suns 15.14 (104) def. Port Adelaide 15.11 (101)

Carlton 11.19 (85) def. Adelaide 12.7 (79)

Richmond 17.10 (112) def. North Melbourne 14.19 (103)

Collingwood 16.11 (107) def. Essendon 11.11 (77)

Fremantle 12.13 (85) def. the Western Bulldogs 11.12 (78)

Geelong 17.15 (117) def. Hawthorn 15.8 (80)


B: Leon Davis (Collingwood) Daniel Merrett (Brisbane Lions) Heath Shaw (Collingwood)

HB: Dyson Heppell (Essendon) Matthew Scarlett (Geelong) Matthew Suckling (Hawthorn)

C: Michael Rischitelli (Gold Coast Suns) Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) Dustin Martin (Richmond)

HF: Paul Chapman (Geelong) Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) Andrew Walker (Carlton)

F: Brandon Matera (Gold Coast Suns) Drew Petrie (North Melbourne) Stewart Crameri (Essendon)

FOLL: Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle) Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs) Gary Ablett (Gold Coast Suns)

I/C: Marc Murphy (Carlton), Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne), David Swallow (Gold Coast Suns)

SUB: Justin Sherman (Western Bulldogs)

COACH: Guy McKenna (Gold Coast Suns)

HERO – Gold Coast Suns

The Gold Coast’s first official win as the AFL’s 17th club was impressive. Captain Gary Ablett was outstanding, as was Mr.Consistent Michael Rischitelli. The top two picks from last year’s draft – David Swallow and Harley Bennell – were highly influential, while ruckman Zac Smith and key forward Charlie Dixon were productive. Brandon Matera is the excitement machine. A great result for the Suns, and this will send their confidence sky high.

VILLAIN – Port Adelaide

As the Suns celebrated their first win, Port Adelaide hung their heads in shame. An embarrassing performance in Adelaide after their showdown win the week before and they led all day only to let it go at the end. I’m concerned about Port Adelaide. They lack self-belief, purpose, direction and leadership. Injuries have cruelled key players but every club gets injuries so that’s no excuse. Expect alot of changes at the selection table this week. They need to play the kids and cement a 22 that will be competitive week in, week out.


1. Gary Ablett (Gold Coast Suns)

The skipper has copped unfair criticism ever since he left Geelong for the Gold Coast last year, but responded with a very handy 26 disposal, 1 goal performance. Was instrumental in the Suns’ first ever victory.

2. Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)

The Bulldog captain was outstanding in their disappointing loss to Fremantle on Anzac Day night. 12 clearances, 10 inside 50s and 45 disposals. Get him in your Supercoach team now!

3. Tom Lonergan (Geelong)

Arguably his best game at the Cats, the tall Lonergan took on Hawthorn ace Lance Franklin, who looked dangerous early. Along with 250 gamer Matthew Scarlett and Mr.Reliable Harry Taylor, Lonergan shut down the Hawthorn front half in fine fashion.


1. Subs dilemma

The pressure on coaches with the sub rule is huge, as is the cost of which player wears the sub vest. Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson subbed ruckman Brent Renouf for utility Xavier Ellis to give his team more run, leaving David Hale to ruck against the in-form Brad Ottens. Ottens was highly influential yesterday. Hale was solid without being spectacular, but did feature prominently in the first quarter, kicking two goals. The sub rule makes it very difficult for coaches to use tactically.

2. Long bombs

Essendon favoured playing the three ruckman – Hille, Ryder and Bellchambers – in the same team over pace. Then their teammates thought the best way to expose Collingwood was to bomb it long to their tall targets. The three combined for just three goals. I can see the thinking behind the tactical selection but it didn’t work. Hille was the most dangerous of the three and took a couple gems up front but lowering the eyes when going forward would’ve helped their forwards alot more then what they did.

 3. Leave it be

There’s been constant debate on whether Anzac Day football should be shared around. Essendon and Collingwood have been entertaining us with games of football on Australia’s biggest day for the past 15 years. The two powerhouse clubs have huge upside with their fan base and produce their best football on the grand stage. As for the debate, leave it be.  


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