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DUCKING the head and sliding again heads the round six agenda…

Eagles’ ducking

For the second week in a row the West Coast Eagles have been accused of ducking the head for free kicks, this time by North Melbourne after Hawthorn previously.

According to the stats as it stands, the Eagles lead the competition in high tackles (58) followed by cross-town rivals Fremantle (43).

It clearly needs to be monitored but this becoming a major issue doesn’t sit well at all.

It may be as simple as the opposition better employing their tackling techniques, meaning that they get down lower to tackle, therefore eliminating the amount of head high tackles.

As with many things in this game, time will tell.

Sliding

Sliding again was on the agenda, this time with Fremantle’s Greg Broughton who was charged by the Match Review Panel for that exact action.

The Dockers took the charge up to the AFL Tribunal and won, which allows Broughton to play this weekend.

Broughton becomes the second player to get off a sliding charge, after North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas.

Everyone is confused with the AFL’s stance on sliding – what can you do and what can’t you do – with the general consensus that players aren’t going to draw back from winning the football.

It’s a contact sport and the AFL must take all factors under consideration before coming out to clear up the confusion.

Your club’s verdict:

Adelaide: Very impressive in best win of the season against the undefeated Swans in Sydney. Midfield stood up and forwards were potent.

Brisbane Lions: Big step backwards in embarrassing loss to the Bombers, were never in it with little effort and poor decision making. Alot of question marks with a coach under pressure.

Carlton: Put the foot down in the second half after an ordinary first. Got the four points with the form of Hampson and Robinson big plusses in Judd’s absence.

Collingwood: Got the result, but Pies well down by their standards. Encouraging signs from lesser lights Sinclair and Keeffe.

Essendon: A big win against a poor Brisbane outfit but looked as polished as they’ve been for a long time. Great rebound and midfield rose to new heights.

Fremantle: Far from convincing against the Suns but a win is a win and they’ll take it. Injuries to Sandilands, Fyfe testing depth but still good enough to go deep in September. Better efforts are needed to challenge the top teams though.

Geelong: Cats are getting the job done nicely, not as ruthless in previous years but interstate trip to Adelaide will test this week. Youngsters Smedts, Motlop, Gillies and co have been able to step into retirement vacancies well which will please the Cats.

Gold Coast: Plenty to admire and lots to like about the Suns. A giant step forward in an honourable loss without stars and the experience of Bock.

GWS: Staying competitive for longer and talent is exceptional. Fantastic first half in first trip to Melbourne and will only get better.

Hawthorn: Hawks got harder edge back. Strong finish was impressive, along with the brilliance of Rioli and Franklin the difference in the end.

Melbourne: Third respectable loss doesn’t change 0-6 scoreline but much better effort.  Starting both Grimes and Trengove on the bench was not a good look.

North Melbourne: Gallant in defeat and became the second club to point out Eagles’ high tackle free kick count. Not the result they were after.

Port Adelaide: Power served up their first genuine shocker of the season. Never in the contest and flat after just a six-goal loss. Calls for Primus’ head already, surely too premature.

Richmond: Got the win after a few near-misses. Ruckman Maric a standout, Nahas a livewire and Deledio all class.

St Kilda: Gave it crack for three quarters, but class of Hawthorn too much to match in the end, and injuries to Fisher and McEvoy will greatly test their depth. Koschitzke’s 5 goals a big plus.

Sydney Swans: No reason to panic as the result could’ve gone either way. The loss of Goodes is a big blow but Swans just pipped by an Adelaide outfit that had more desire and want.

West Coast: Did well despite mounting injuries and a determined North Melbourne side. Will take the win with a bigger test coming up against Essendon.

Western Bulldogs: Super effort against the Pies under lights, where result could’ve gone either way. Griffen, Lake and Boyd stood up but crucial skill errors cost them in the end.

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