Time on – round 20

WINNERS AND LOSERS

St Kilda 16.17 (113) def. Fremantle 10.12 (72)

Geelong 29.14 (188) def. Gold Coast 6.2 (38)

Carlton 21.8 (134) def. Melbourne 7.16 (58)

Collingwood 23.21 (159) def. Port Adelaide 3.3 (21)

Essendon 15.10 (100) def. Sydney 14.15 (99)

Adelaide 16.14 (110) def. Brisbane 16.9 (105)

Hawthorn 15.13 (103 def. North Melbourne 13.8 (86)

West Coast 22.17 (147) def. Richmond 14.6 (90)

3 LIKES

1. Adam Goodes

The Sydney champ almost got them over the line with his wavering kick after the siren but apart from that, he didn’t do much wrong and was simply sublime. Fantastic to see his Sydney teammates rally behind him, even despite the gut-wrenching 1 point loss. He should be cleared of his hit on Essendon’s Angus Monfries, and the Swans will need him to be as they sure up a spot for September.

2. Justin Koschitzke

Finally, Kosi is on the park and fit in the St Kilda 22. He was terrific against the Dockers on Friday night – he covered ground, took marks and kicked goals. He’s a valuable commodity in the St Kilda line up and will be a key player for the Saints leading into September.

3. It’s a Cat experiment

I’ve been super impressed by the coaching of Chris Scott at the Cattery this year and on the weekend he tinkered with his team. Travis Varcoe to a back flank is a winner, although one Cat has to go. Sorry, Josh Hunt. Impressive youngsterAllen Christensen will take the former’s spot at half forward while the other small, Matthew Stokes, stays in the team. I like it. A very similar move that Carlton made with Chris Yarran, which is proving to be a masterstroke.

3 DISLIKES

1. Port Adelaide

Disgraceful and shameful are two words that don’t even begin to describe Port Adelaide’s worst defeat in their history. They couldn’t even at least been competitive and lift for retiring premiership star Chad Cornes. Former player Darryl Wakelin called it the club’s worst in their history while former premiership captain Warren Tredrea was at its lowest since the club had started. This is a club on its knees with alot of issues on and off the field it seems. Expect a mass exodus at seasons end but before then, it could get alot worse, starting with
Hawthorn at the MCG this Saturday.

2. Players deserve their slice of the pie

The pace and intensity of our great game continues to mount and the continual evolving of the game is what makes it so great. Our players put their bodies on the line every week, go recover, train and do it all again the following week. As a result of bodies flying everywhere, this great game of ours has witnessed shocking injuries. Campbell Brown’s broken pelvis and James Strauss’ broken leg are fine examples of how tough our game really is and what players put themselves through.

3. Adam McPhee

What was he thinking? The elbow just missing full facial contact to St Kilda’s Sam Gilbert was ill-timed and just plain stupidity. Why do it when you know you haven’t got a clean record and those incidents are the Match Review Panel’s bread and butter? Sorry Adam, but you won’t escape any penalties here.

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