Time on – round 7Posted: May 10, 2011
WINNERS & LOSERS
Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) def. by Hawthorn 15.14 (104)
Western Bulldogs 10.5 (65) def. by Sydney Swans 10.13 (73)
Geelong 19.13 (127) def. North Melbourne 9.7 (61)
Richmond 23.10 (148) def. Fremantle 14.15 (99)
Gold Coast Suns 18.16 (124) def. Brisbane Lions 17.14 (116)
Essendon 16.10 (106) def. West Coast Eagles 12.18 (90)
Melbourne 22.17 (149) def. Adelaide 8.5 (53)
St Kilda 12.9 (81) def. by Carlton 11.18 (84)
TEAM OF THE ROUND
B: Nick Duigan (Carlton) Michael Jamison (Carlton) Ashley McGrath (Brisbane Lions)
HB: Chris Yarran (Carlton) James Frawley (Melbourne) Nathan Krakouer (Gold Coast Suns)
C: James Kelly (Geelong) Michael Rischitelli (Gold Coast Suns) Jared Brennan (Gold Coast Suns)
HF: Ryan O’Keefe (Sydney Swans) James Podsiadly (Geelong) Robin Nahas (Richmond)
F: Stephen Milne (St Kilda) Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) Stewart Crameri (Essendon)
FOLL: Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle) Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle) Brent Moloney (Melbourne)
I/C: Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn), Trent Cotchin (Richmond), Jake Batchelor (Richmond)
SUB: Isaac Smith (Hawthorn)
COACH: Dean Bailey (Melbourne)
HERO – Gold Coast Suns
I really liked what I saw from the Suns in the Q-clash with the Lions. They had the Lions measure all night and took home the four points. One of the most pleasing things was that they beat Brisbane without a notable dominance from Gary Ablett. In the absence of Charlie Dixon, Guy McKenna unearthed two key forwards – Sam Day and Tom Lynch – who look like stars in the making. The response from Nathan Krakouer (5 goals) was excellent, while former Lions Michael Rischitelli (29 disposals) and Jared Brennan (30 disposals, 1 goal) were exquisite. The new boys on the Gold Coast are developing well and arguably, further then expected.
VILLAIN – Match Review Panel
A month ago, Gold Coast defender Campbell Brown was given only 2 weeks for an elbow into the face of Bulldog Callan Ward. Melbourne midfielder Jack Trengove will tonight challenge a 3-week suspension for the crunching tackle of Adelaide’s Patrick Dangerfield. Makes no sense. Brown should’ve got 4 weeks for that one incident, while I see no reportable offence in what Trengove did. I’ve lost complete faith in the match review panel.
The Demons responded after a shocker last week, defeating the Crows by the tune of 96 points. The best win I’ve seen from them in recent times. Two key stats here: won contested ball 164-140 and won tackles 83-61. A significant increase within a week. Pity it took a week of intense media spotlight to bring out the Dees’ best.
2. Brent Moloney
Was stripped of the vice-captaincy after a late night out intoxicated but his output on the footy field since then has been enormous. 31 disposals, 21 contested and 19 clearances. Just an outstanding performance, and the 19 clearances is a new record. Full credit to him.
Loving the way the Tigers are playing their footy at the moment. 3 wins in a row could become four this weekend against the struggling Bulldogs. They’re playing with plenty of spirit and drive. Nahas has stepped up, Cotchin has arrived, Riewoldt is in form, while draftees Batchelor and Conca are rising stars. Plenty of optimism. Early days but finals aren’t out of the equation.
1. Western Bulldogs
There’s issues at the kennel. They sit a vulnerable 2-4, Hall and rising star Higgins are both injured, Lake is languishing at VFL level, they lack potency up forward and they have too many leaving too much to too few. I call it lazy. They do have inexperienced players in the side. Is the premiership window closing? Are they rebuilding? Yes, and yes. Massive clash against the Tigers this weekend.
2. Brisbane Lions
The loss to the Suns was nothing short of embarrassing. The build-up during the week was massive and the Suns came to play with weaponry and attitude. Disappointing first quarter, inspiring comeback, but the Suns had more firepower. That’s 0-6 for the Lions and while they’ve been competitive, the win-loss record is what they’ll be judged on.
3. Where does that leave Michael Voss?
A majority of the Lions’ faithful want Voss sacked, that’s unfair. Drummond finally returned against the Suns, but will take a couple weeks to find his feet again after that ACL knee injury. Staker is still 8 weeks away, while Charman won’t be ready until after the mid-season break. Get over the Fevola trade. It happened and didn’t work, the consequences are evident but it’s time to move on. Is Voss the man to rebuild this club? In short, yes. 3 years isn’t long enough for Voss to rebuild this club that has lost plenty. Sign him for another 3 years and get a much stronger football department set in stone to support him.