AFL Round 8 Weekly Wrap
Upsets continued as we ticked over a third of the way through the season, as the top two put some separation on the rest of the competition.
Round 8 began with a scrappy affair at the SCG, which was almost a must-win for both teams, especially the Swans who entered the match 18th on the ladder and a long losing streak at their home ground. In dramatic circumstances, the Swans escaped with the four points, winning just their second game of the season and relegating the Bombers to their third straight defeat.
Traditional rivals met at the MCG on Saturday afternoon and for the majority of the game it was the Blues were in control over their much more fancied opponents. Carlton even led Collingwood by 11 points at the 20-minute mark of the final quarter, only to be run over the top of and concede five unanswered goals, slumping to 1-7 and back to 18th on the ladder. Collingwood moved to 6-2 to keep the pressure on Geelong at the top of the table.
Brisbane entered their match against the Western Bulldogs in 4th spot on the ladder and could really solidify not only their final claims but their top four aspirations with a win. They started strongly before the Dogs started to get on top in the second term. From there it was all the home team who broke the game open in the third term before holding on for a 16-point win and squaring the ledger at 4-4. It was an important win for the Bulldogs who backed up their brilliant win against the Tigers and now face a trip down the highway to Geelong, while the Lions return home to host the Crows in a mouth-watering clash.
The twilight fixture on Saturday featured one of the most dramatic finishes in recent AFL history as the Demons some how sntached a one-point win over a brave Suns outfit at Metricon Stadium. The win kept Melbourne’s season alive before heading west to face the Eagles on Friday night, while the Suns slumped to a 4th straight defeat but again proved they’re no easy beats. How important will that poster by Tom McDonald prove?
The Eagles did little to convince the football world they’re back on track in season 2019 but did register a win, moving therm back inside the top eight at 5-3. The reigning premiers showed glimpses of brilliance but were lacklustre at other times, allowing an undermanned Saints team to really push them to the final siren. Friday night’s clash against the Demons in a preliminary final replay certainly shapes as an intriguing contest.
Showdown 46 didn’t disappoint with the two teams again playing out another fascinating game. The Power squandered opportunities early with inaccurate kicking before making a late run at their opponents in the final quarter, a storm the Crows were able to weather as they recorded their 4th straight victory which saw them jump to 3rd on the ladder. A fascinating turn around after so much doom and gloom was written about the 2017 minor premiers after Round 4
Geelong were challenged strongly by North Melbourne on Mother’s Day, but ultimately were too classy for a wasteful Kangaroos team. Brad Scott’s men turned the footy over at will, allowing Geelong to take full advantage and record a comfortable four-goal win and improving their record to 7-1. Gary Ablett booted four goals and was again sighted by the MRO, but this week, escaped suspension all together.
The Giants’ dismal record at the MCG continued as Hawthorn bounced back in resounding fashion, holding GWS to just five goals for the match and tearaway Coleman Medal leader Jeremy Cameron goalless. The Hawks moved to 4-4 and sit just outside the top eight ahead of a date with Richmond on Sunday at the MCG. The Giants remain 4th and have a chance to bounce back next week when they host the Blues at Giants Stadium.
The final match of the round saw an injury ravaged Richmond head west and leave even more wounded, but most importantly with four competition points after a gutsy 25-point win. It was the lesser lights that shined for the Tigers as they recorded a second straight interstate victory, a task they struggled with last season despite their dominance. For Fremantle, it was a golden opportunity wasted to remain in front of the W/L ledger and are now back in the pack at 4-4 with an intriguing match against the Bombers to come.
Round 8 Brownlow Votes Predictions
|Sydney v Essendon|
|Carlton v Collingwood|
|Western Bulldogs v Brisbane|
|Gold Coast v Melbourne|
|St Kilda v West Coast|
|1||L Dunstan||St K|
Port Adelaide v Adelaide
|Geelong v North Melbourne|
|Hawthorn v GWS|
|Fremantle v Richmond|