Time on – round 11

WINNERS & LOSERS

Essendon 10.8 (68) def. by Melbourne 15.11 (101)

West Coast Eagles 13.7 (85) def. Gold Coast Suns 10.7 (67)

Geelong 23.10 (148) def. Western Bulldogs 13.9 (87)

Collingwood 16.12 (108) def. St Kilda 7.9 (51)

Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) def. by Sydney Swans 17.14 (116)

Hawthorn 17.9 (111) def. Fremantle 13.11 (89)

Kangaroos 18.7 (115) def. Adelaide 10.8 (68)

Port Adelaide 7.7 (49) def. by Carlton 16.15 (111)

TEAM OF THE ROUND

B: Heath Shaw (Collingwood) Matthew Scarlett (Geelong) Brendon Goddard (St Kilda)

HB: Shannon Hurn (West Coast Eagles) Heath Grundy (Sydney Swans) Luke Hodge (Hawthorn)

C: Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood) Gary Ablett (Gold Coast Suns) Dale Thomas (Collingwood)

HF: Andrew Krakouer (Collingwood) Adam Goodes (Sydney Swans) Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)

F: Steve Johnson (Geelong) Brad Ottens (Geelong) Andrew Walker (Carlton)

FOLL: Dean Cox (West Coast Eagles) Jude Bolton (Sydney Swans) Andrew Swallow (Kangaroos)

I/C: Jarryd Roughead (Hawthorn), Marc Murphy (Carlton), Brent Moloney (Melbourne)

SUB: Lewis Jetta (Sydney Swans)

COACH: John Longmire (Sydney Swans)  

HERO – Eddie McGuire

It was fantastic to see the Collingwood president give a spray to a fan racially abusing a player on the ground during the Collingwood v St Kilda match at the MCG on Saturday night. Racial abuse and foul language has no place in our game, let’s set an example for the kids and families who come along to enjoy the footy and not to listen to that rubbish.

VILLAIN – Another racial abusive fan

North Melbourne rookie and Sudanese-born Majak Daw, playing for the Werribee Tigers in the VFL, was racially abused by a footy fan at Port Melbourne on Saturday. The fan was escorted from the ground at quarter time. There’s no excuse for this behaviour, everyone knows that it’s wrong so for out of respect for our great game, please don’t do it.   

3 LIKES

1. Melbourne

Respect is won and lost in football, and Dean Bailey and his football club need all that they can get. They defeated a worrying Essendon outfit on Friday night, in one of their best performances of the year. They played with attitude and dare for the contest, now they just need to replicate that on a consistent basis every week. McKenzie, Gysberts, Scully and Martin were all important but I particularly liked the game of Trengove. The skipper, Brad Green, was just as fetching as well. A huge Queens Birthday clash awaits. No Jolly, Swan and a likely suspended Thomas gives Dees a chance.

2. Andrew Swallow

Extraordinary performance on Brent Harvey’s club record 311 game feat, which speaks volumes of his respect for the skipper. His numbers were outstanding, 17 clearances and 27 contested possessions from 39 all up. The older brother of the Gold Coast’s David is staking his claim to take over from Harvey as North skipper very soon.

3. Andrew Walker

Carlton’s no.2 pick in the 2003 draft was placed on the trade table at the end of 2010 after too long being an unfulfilled talent who hadn’t reached his potential. No trade was done and his move to the forward line has proved a masterstroke by coach Brett Ratten. He’s a genuine goalkicker, a reliable marking target, is just as good at ground level, which makes him the ideal third-tall forward. He’s playing career-best footy, finishing with 6 goals against Port Adelaide yesterday and has 25 for the season. His form, among others, is a big reason why the Blues are sitting in the top four.   

3 DISLIKES

1. Brisbane and Adelaide

Twenty one inside 50’s to two in the first quarter have alarm bells ringing at the Gabba, presenting big concerns for Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss. The Crows, meanwhile, were blown away again. Both Voss and Neil Craig need to roll the dice, because what they’re doing is not working. The next month will be telling.

2. Essendon

No Watson, no Hurley, no Hocking, no leaders, no spirit, no excitement. There are plenty of pressing issues at Windy Hill at the moment. Hird needs to bite the bullet on the three ruckman – selecting Hille, Ryder and Bellchambers in the 22 had merit but they can no longer play all three. Crameri is copping more attention, McVeigh is struggling, Lovett-Murray has been average by his standards, not enough run in the side, the much anticipated press is failing, the opposition is taking it out of their front half too easily and too predictable going forward with a forward line that is struggling to kick a winning score… I could go on but that’s plenty to work with already. Huge game against the Dockers this week.

3. Brian Lake

What do the Bulldogs do with this guy? He has been their best defender the last couple years, he’s a dual All-Australian but is lacking match fitness and just purely struggling. He can’t play down back the way he is at the moment. He got switched forward against the Cats and kicked three goals in a short space of time on the weekend and I think that’s where he’s got to stay. If he’s forward he can at least get on his bike, take a few marks out on the lead, get his confidence back up.  

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