Time on – round 8


Geelong 8.17 (65) def. Collingwood 9.8 (62)

North Melbourne 19.10 (124) def. Melbourne 12.11 (83)

Adelaide 20.10 (130) def. Gold Coast Suns 9.19 (73)

Brisbane Lions 9.12 (66) def. by Essendon 15.12 (102)

Sydney Swans 18.13 (121) def. Port Adelaide 9.5 (59)

Hawthorn 14.15 (99) def. St Kilda 10.9 (69)

Western Bulldogs 23.15 (153) def. Richmond 18.10 (118)

West Coast Eagles 14.12 (96) def. Fremantle 9.9 (63)


B: Heath Shaw (Collingwood) Sam Fisher (St Kilda) Jed Adcock (Brisbane Lions)

HB: David Mundy (Fremantle) Matthew Scarlett (Geelong) Brett Deledio (Richmond)

C: Patrick Dangerfield (Adelaide) Joel Selwood (Geelong) Daniel Wells (North Melbourne)

HF: David Zaharakis (Essendon) Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) Lindsay Gilbee (Western Bulldogs)

F: Steve Johnson (Geelong) Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) Aaron Edwards (North Melbourne)

FOLL: Dean Cox (West Coast Eagles) Gary Ablett (Gold Coast Suns) Jude Bolton (Sydney Swans)

I/C: Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn), Tom Liberatore (Western Bulldogs), Callan Ward (Western Bulldogs)

SUB: Robin Nahas (Richmond)

COACH: Rodney Eade (Western Bulldogs)

HERO – Gary Ablett

Amid all his critics, the 27 year old picked up 41 possessions, 13 clearances and kicked 4 goals. The Suns’ skipper responded on the field denying the belief that he would only be half the player he was at Geelong. Super performance.

VILLAIN – St Kilda

Demoralising watching a once great, proud team playing without soul and trust in each other. They let a 32-point quarter time lead against the Hawks slip to lose by 30 points. Who knows how to fix the Saints. They look worn out and battle-weary. Coach Ross Lyon said the problems were all to do with on-field performance and key personnel. Brisbane Lions coach Leigh Matthews said this about his former club, “We played in the GF in ’04 and by the end of ’05 we were the worst team in AFL”. It just shows you how quickly things can change. Questions are bound to be asked on Ross Lyon’s future in the coming weeks as they now sit 15th on the ladder with a 1-6 win/loss ratio.


1. Patrick Dangerfield

The highly rated Victorian played the best game I’ve ever seen him play in an Adelaide jumper – 23 possessions and 6 goals. Has justified his selection as an early draft pick ahead of local boy and West Coast Eagle Brad Ebert. Can only improve.

2. Pearce Hanley

Brisbane’s “Irish experiment” is working a treat. The hard-working defender reached a career-high 25 possessions against the Bombers on Saturday night, shutting down Stewart Crameri for three quarters before the Essendon forward booted 3 in the last. Hanley also sits top six in the comp for marks. Impressive for only a 19-gamer.

3. Lance Franklin

Couldn’t finish my top 3 without including Lance Franklin’s 5 goal fest at the MCG on Sunday. Two absolute pearlers from the toughest angle at the ‘G 55m out just showed how much talent and freakish ability this match winner possesses. A player you go to the football to watch.


1. Melbourne

We gave up, said James Frawley. We have no excuses, said Colin Sylvia. Embarrassing, said coach Dean Bailey. Inconsistency is robbing them. Injuries have been cruel the past couple weeks – Grimes, Jamar, Spencer, Garland, Scully and Trengove are key players all out. The decision to move Brad Miller on hasn’t worked, just look at his form at Richmond, he booted 3 goals yesterday. The Demons need to stick to a game plan and get a 22 together who can execute it consistently. Huge month ahead.

2. Fremantle

Two losses in a row isn’t a good sign for Mark Harvey and his club, fortunately they take on an unsettled Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium next round. Injuries have hurt them but the significant improvement from the Tigers and their winning opponents yesterday, the Eagles, is alarming as the Dockers appear to have slid down the ice. Pavlich needs to return to the forward line but they need other options. Bradley and ex-Magpie Anthony spring to mind.

3. Another defender gone for Hawks

First Stratton, now Gilham gone for the year. Hale was another to go down with a knee. Inspiring win against the Saints yesterday but injuries will hurt them big time. Ryan Schoenmakers and Max Bailey, come on down. It’s been a long layoff for both but injuries have opened the door for opportunity. Ex-Demon Paul Johnson is ready as backup.



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