AFL Round 4 Weekly Wrap & Brownlow Votes Predictions
If this weekend is anything to go by, we’re in for one hell of a close season as seven of the nine games were decided by under 15 points.
Desperation is what summarised the game on Thursday night and while goals were free flowing in the first half, that dried up in the second half, especially for the Swans who saw a 22-point lead evaporate and eventually drop their 4th game in a row at the SCG as Melbourne claimed a much needed first win of the season thanks to a dominant performance from Max Gawn in the ruck.
The Dees were just one of two teams to break the 100-point barrier in Round 4, the other was Essendon who destroyed the previously unbeaten Brisbane Lions. Behind Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’s seven-goal haul, the Bombers led all day, eventually running out eight-goal winners and squaring their win loss ledger at 2-2 before blockbuster Good Friday and ANZAC Day clashes to come. It’s a long way from the doom and gloom which surrounded John Worsfold’s men a fortnight ago.
Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs played out an intriguing clash on Friday night, which last year’s Grand Finalists eventually got the better of. The final margin of 14-points was the largest of the game, which seesawed back and forth as both teams implemented strong defensive zones. Both teams now sit at 2-2 and well within touching distance of the leading pack.
The Giants had a statement win over the previously unbeaten Cats, beating Geelong for just the second time in their history and first away from home. The Giants lost co-captain Callan Ward to a season-ending ACL injury early in the first quarter in what was his first game of the season. Jeremy Cameron booted another three goals to make it 17 from his opening four matches as the Giants midfield completely outplayed Geelong’s.
The losers will also be sweating on the availability of Patrick Dangerfield for their Easter Monday clash after the Brownlow Medalist, like Dustin Martin last week was involved in an off the ball incident with tagger Matt de Boer. Geelong led by as much as 22-points in the third quarter and had won 26 of their past 29 at their home ground, giving even more merit to GWS’s victory which leaves them second on the ladder - behind the Cats.
The performance of the week though should be saved for the Richmond Football Club who traveled to Port Adelaide without their four best players and majority of their leadership group, yet still came away with a thrilling seven-point victory. The game ebbed and flowed all day but the Tigers managed to kick the last two goals of the game including a 6th from tom Lynch in the final minute to seal a famous win. The win will do wonders for the confidence of last year’s minor premiers who head back home with a clash against the Swans after back-to-back matches interstate. The result left both Richmond and Port Adelaide at 2-2.
North Melbourne nabbed their first win of the season with a come from behind victory over a disappointing Crows outfit who continue to struggle offensively. It's the first time since 2010 that the Crows have not scored 100 points in any of their opening four matches if a season. North Melbourne really should have won by more as they wasted opportunities in front of goal but eventually did enough to secure a valuable four points before their now traditional Good Friday fixture.
The Western Derby was hardly a pleasurable spectacle but despite threatening to blow the game open, the Eagles ground out a 13-point victory over a plucky Dockers outfit. Without captain and their Brownlow Medalist Nat Fyfe, the task was always going to be a difficult one, but Ross Lyon would have been proud of his side’s effort and could have even pinched it if they were more efficient up forward. It now marks eight straight victories for West Coast over their crosstown rivals.
Two absolute thrillers were played out on Sunday afternoon as the Suns and Saints both won by under a goal to earn their third wins of season 2019. Gold Coast continue to surprise and incredibly sit 6th on the ladder after being widely tipped to potentially go through the season winless. A tag that still sits with Carlton after they fell to 0-4 in heartbreaking circumstances and leaving them with just three wins from their last 37 matches. Sam Walsh continued his brilliant start to the season, becoming just the second player in history to record 24+ disposals in his first four career games. A Rising Star nomination awaits the hot favourite.
The Hawks were crippled with injuries and run out of legs against the Saints, blowing a four-goal lead in the process. In a similar script to their match against the Bulldogs in Round 2, the Hawks made their run in the third term, getting out to a sizeable lead before running out of gas as the Saints pinched a scrappy win. St Kilda next face the Demons fresh off their first win of the season, while the Hawks will play Geelong in a highly anticipated Easter Monday clash.
Round 4 Brownlow Votes Predictions
|Sydney v Melbourne|
|Collingwood v Western Bulldogs|
|Geelong v GWS|
|Essendon v Brisbane|
|Port Adelaide v Richmond|
|North Melbourne v Adelaide|
|West Coast v Fremantle|
|Gold Coast v Carlton|
|St Kilda v Hawthorn|
Oddschecker Predicted Brownlow Ladder
|1||L. Neale (Bris)||7|
|2||P. Dangerfield (Geel)||6|
|S. Ross (Stk)||6|
|D. Sheed (WC)||6|
|6||P. Cripps (Carl)||5|
|M. Bontempelli (WB)||5|
|S. Coniglio (GWS)||5|
|J. Billings (stk)||5|
|L. Whitfield (GWS)||5|
|11||T. Stewart (Geel)||4|
|J. O'Meara (Haw)||4|
|J. Cameron (GWS)||4|
|A. McDonald-Tipungwuti (Ess)||4|