Time on – round 10Posted: June 1, 2011
WINNERS & LOSERS
Carlton 13.15 (93) def. Melbourne 6.10 (46)
Fremantle 7.14 (56) def. by St Kilda 15.12 (102)
Sydney Swans 10.12 (72) def. North Melbourne 9.17 (71)
Gold Coast Suns 10.13 (73) def. by Geelong 21.13 (139)
Richmond 10.14 (74) def. by Port Adelaide 13.11 (89)
Adelaide 8.13 (61) def. by Brisbane Lions 15.11 (101)
Collingwood 16.9 (105) def. West Coast Eagles 7.11 (53)
Western Bulldogs 9.8 (62) def. by Hawthorn 13.13 (91)
TEAM OF THE ROUND
B: Brent Guerra (Hawthorn) Daniel Merrett (Brisbane Lions) Heath Grundy (Sydney Swans)
HB: Josh Gibson (Hawthorn) Ben Reid (Collingwood) Luke Hodge (Hawthorn)
C: Daniel Wells (North Melbourne) Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) Ryan Griffen (Western Bulldogs)
HF: Adam Schneider (St Kilda) Lance Franklin (Hawthorn) Dale Thomas (Collingwood)
F: Steve Johnson (Geelong) James Podsiadly (Geelong) Ashley McGrath (Brisbane Lions)
FOLL: Dean Cox (West Coast Eagles) Chris Judd (Carlton) Marc Murphy (Carlton)
I/C: Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn), Nathan Foley (Richmond), Brett Peake (St Kilda)
SUB: Lewis Jetta (Sydney Swans)
COACH: Alastair Clarkson (Hawthorn)
HERO – Karmichael Hunt
Loved Karmichael Hunt’s game on the weekend, which included a 55 metre drop punt goal at Metricon Stadium, followed by his Gold Coast teammates to gather to him for congratulations. The former NRL player has come a long way in just 8 games of AFL footy and is going to be a solid player for the Suns.
VILLAIN – Melbourne
The Demons are not going to win a game of footy by talking to the media convincing us they’re on the right track – time to knuckle down, train hard, win the hard ball and show us out on the footy field. The coach is undoubtedly under pressure and needs to turn things around quickly or it’ll get ugly, and he’ll be gone.
1. Dale Thomas
Thomas is in red hot form and hitting elite status. He backed up last week’s ripping torpedo goal against Adelaide with a 30 possession, 2 goal performance against the Eagles on Sunday. One of those goals must be in for goal of the year – a left foot banana 35m out in the pocket on the run at the MCG. The most explosive midfielder in the competition right now, a big statement but he’s leading from the front right now. Pies need to sign him up now.
2. Key defenders back in business
Key defenders in the modern game aren’t given enough credit for the job they do week to week, and plenty were at the top of their game on the weekend. Daniel Merrett, Michael Jamison, Sam Fisher, Josh Gibson, Heath Grundy, Dale Morris and Chris Tarrant were all explicit. Throw in Magpie sensation Ben Reid into the mix as well.
The Hawks have won their past 4 and are on a roll. Their big guns – Franklin, Hodge, Roughead – are firing and they look more than capable of making the top 4 to challenge Collingwood for the flag. Centre-forward they’re right up there with the best of the best, but their defense is undermanned with no Stratton and Gilham for the rest of the season. How deep can they go into September appearing vulnerable down back? Are they good enough to challenge for the flag?
A month ago, against Melbourne, the shock was seeing the once relentless Crows surrender. It never happens was the cry, and it shouldn’t happen again to such a professional, disciplined outfit. It’s now happened three times in the last four weeks, including the last quarter fade out against Collingwood. At the weekend, it was nine goals to three after halftime at home, against the one-win Lions. It was a shock to many. This will prove to be Neil Craig’s toughest challenge in his seven years in charge at West Lakes, and a big decision on his future could be made if they fail to make the eight and struggle as they have been the past month.
2. Richmond and Darwin don’t mix
After the impressive victory over the Bombers last week, the Tigers were disappointing against the lowly Port Adelaide in Darwin. Port Adelaide gelled to the humid and greasy conditions alot better than the Tigers, and who knows, perhaps the result would’ve been different had the Tigers not sold a home game up north and battled the Power at the MCG. Richmond are reportedly stuck on a 3 year deal with selling games up north, a deal they will regret making. Not ideal heading into the bye.
3. The Bulldogs
Rodney Eade’s men were alot better against the Hawks than their 123 point drubbing at the hands of the Eagles the previous week, but there’s plenty of work to do. Brian Lake is in trouble, looks unfit and appears to have no desire for the contest. Where’s he at? No one seems to know. Lindsay Gilbee is another one. Once in their top 5, now bottom of the shelf. Barry Hall, at 34, is struggling but they need him – this year anyway. Get his body right for one final crack and lock him in at full forward. Ben Hudson playing VFL shows his sudden fall from grace also. Expect changes at selection this week for mission impossible against the Cats.