AFL Round 5 Weekly Wrap

Ryan Lepore
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Tue, 23 Apr, 12:00 AM

Round 5 began with a sold out Gabba for the first time in almost a decade as the Pies made a statement, condemning the Lions to their second consecutive hefty defeat. Collingwood showed the rest of the competition that they’re once again top four material as Chris Fagan’s men again conceded a big score and gave his side something to think about before one of the most anticipated Q Clashes ever in Round 6. For the first time, there was a double-header on Good Friday with neither of the matches living up to expectation - for different reasons. Firstly, Essendon were far too good for a disappointing North Melbourne outfit who had no answers for the Bombers when they lifted a gear in the second term. Three wins on the trot and averaging 18 goals per game in that span is proof Bombers can be serious contenders and sets up a mouth-watering Anzac Day clash against the Pies. Port Adelaide stunned the reigning premiers with a wire-to-wire display in which they never trailed. The Power made the wet and slippery conditions look anything but as they dismantled West Coast on their own turf and made a real statement to the rest of the competition after back-to-back losses.

 

The upsets continued into Saturday with the Dockers downing the Giants in Canberra in what has been a fortress for Leon Cameron’s men as they squandered their chance to go top of the ladder. Instead, they’ve fallen back to 3-2, the same record as eight other teams in what is on track to be the closest season on record. That continued to the MCG where after a slow start, the Saints obliterated the hapless Demons, St Kilda piled on eight unanswered goals during the second and third teams to setup the 40-point victory which temporarily put them on top the AFL ladder, which now seems them second behind Geelong on percentage. The Tigers took care of business against the Swans in the day’s final game in a workmanlike performance which leaves the Swans reeling at 1-4.

 

The Blues looked like they had something to prove this week after being belted from pillar to post during the week after their 0-4 start to the season. No longer are they winless and not only did they claim the four premiership points, they broke the magical 100-point barrier for the first time in 59 matches right on the full time siren. The Bulldogs have now lost three on the trot with a trip to Perth to come against the Dockers on Sunday. After one of the worst opening quarters of footy you’re ever likely to see anywhere, the Crows broke out of their rut to run out comfortable victors over the Suns, celebrating Eddie Betts’ 300th game in style. Not only did the little master kick six goals, he may have sewn up his fourth Goal of the Year after his effort in the final quarter. The round concluded with the traditional Easter Monday blockbuster which certainly lived up to the hype, especially early on. Geelong managed to flex their muscles and prove their class edge in the second half, eventually winning by a comfortable 23-points which returned them to the top of the ladder, while the Hawks were left to lament even more injuries.

 

Round 5 Brownlow Votes Predictions

     
Brisbane v Collingwood  
3 A. Treloar Coll
2 B. Mihocek Coll
1 T. Phillips Coll
     
Essendon v North Melbourne  
3 Z. Merrett Ess
2 D. Shiel Ess
1 D. Heppell Ess
     
West Coast v Port Adelaide  
3 T. Boak PA
2 O. Wines PA
1 S. Gray PA
     
GWS v Fremantle  
3 M. Walters Frem
2 M. Taberner Frem
1 E. Langdon Frem
     
Melbourne v St Kilda  
3 J. Billings St K
2 T. Membrey St K
1 D. Kent St K
     

Richmond v Sydney

 
3 S. Edwards Rich
2 D. Martin Rich
1 D. Prestia Rich
     
Western Bulldogs v Carlton  
3 H. McKay Carl
2 P. Cripps Carl
1 S. Petrevski-Seton Carl
     
Adelaide v Gold Coast  
3 B. Smith Adel
2 E. Betts Adel
1 M. Crouch Adel
     
Hawthorn v Geelong  
3 J. Selwood Geel
2 T. Kelly Geel
1 G. Rohan Geel
     

 

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