Time on – round 18Posted: July 25, 2011
WINNERS & LOSERS
St Kilda 19.13 (127) def. Adelaide 3.6 (24)
Kangaroos 17.20 (122) def. Brisbane Lions 11.11 (77)
Sydney Swans 16.18 (114) def. Western Bulldogs 11.9 (75)
Collingwood 19.15 (129) def. Gold Coast Suns 11.9 (75)
Carlton 24.9 (153) def. Essendon 12.7 (79)
Geelong 17.11 (113) def. Richmond 7.9 (51)
Hawthorn 20.12 (132) def. Melbourne 12.6 (78)
West Coast Eagles 8.17 (65) def. Fremantle 9.10 (64)
The Blues went into their game against the Bombers on Saturday night knowing that a loss could prove costly in their top four aspirations. But like any serious premiership contender, the Blues responded with an astounding 74 point thumping of their arch-rivals. Probably the best game they’ve played all season, led by some Chris Judd brilliance and topped off with superb performances from the likes of Eddie Betts (8 goals) and Andrew Walker (4 goals and mark of the year)! The Blues, though, must back it up against the Roos on Friday night.
2. Sydney’s win and applaud of Barry Hall
The Swans record at their own SCG this year has been appauling – just 2 wins coming into Saturday’s victory over the Bulldogs. They got the job done comfortably, winning in sublime fashion that we’ve come to know and love about the Swans. The respect and applaud of retiring great Barry Hall was great too, particularly considering his exit from Sydney.
3. Another classic derby
The classic derby’s over in the west continued with another on the weekend – the Eagles by just 1 point in a thriller! The lead changed several times throughout the day, the Eagles got on top in the second half but the Dockers fought back really well, only to fall short by Hayden Ballantyne’s poster after the siren. For the fans, these are the games you love to come and watch and supporters of either club would come away pretty happy I would’ve thought.
1. Crows are crowing
Just when you thought the Crows couldn’t have got any worse, it got worse with Friday night’s humiliating 104 point loss to St Kilda. Nothing is going right at West Lakes and the future of coach Neil Craig seems already decided – he will coach until the end of the year and then a change will be made. Speculation continues to mount on Phil Davis and Taylor Walker, who would be wise to sign with GWS, while many more changes to this Adelaide list need to be made.
2. Trouble at Tigerland
Richmond faced a red-hot Geelong and kicked just 1.4 to half time – dead set dreadful and embarrassing on many accounts. The second half was alot more promising but there’s alot of work to be done yet. Damien Hardwick has cut 22 players from the list in his first two years and there will be more list pruning this season. Just like Adelaide, the casualties are expected to be in big numbers and need to be due to several under-performers.
3. Scully saga
Many of the games most respected voices, noticeably in the media, have said Tom Scully has gone. Former Melbourne champ David Schwarz has said it, so too Herald Sun chief football writer Mike Sheahan. He’s been called a liar, has serious knee problems from his junior days and now he’s not going to be the great player he was touted to be two years ago. Give the kid a break and let him play footy, the rest will sort itself out and we’ll know in a few months where his football career will be so let’s put the bed all the speculation and pressure on the young man.