AFL Round 9 Wrap & Brownlow Votes Predictions
It was a weekend of tight matches except for the top three who all recorded resounding wins and continued their dominance in 2019.
After back-to-back wins - albeit by narrow margins, Melbourne headed west to take on the reigning premiers at the scene of their preliminary final disaster, but unlike that day, the visitors jumped the Eagles and led at the first break, although it could have been a far greater margin thanks to their dominance. By failing to capitalise on their control, it came back to bite them as the Eagles lifted a gear in the last quarter, a level a brave and understrength Melbourne team couldn’t match. In the end, West Coast came away with their third straight victory and has them well poised at 6-3 despite being a fair way off their best.
The Dees, on the other hand, have an uphill battle to make finals at 3-6 and with matches against GWS Adelaide and Collingwood to come before their bye, it certainly doesn’t get any easier.
For a second straight week, Collingwood was truly tested on the MCG by a team outside the top eight. That team this week was St Kilda, who like Carlton, controlled the match for the majority but were unable to get any real separation from their more fancied opponent on the scoreboard. Collingwood though didn’t wait until the 20-minute mark of the final term this time to start the deluge of goals and put the game to bed, instead, they kicked the first six goals of the final term to blow the margin past 40 points and surge to a 6th consecutive victory.
Brisbane and Adelaide played out a thriller at the Gabba as the Lions continued a season of drought-breaking wins, defeating the Crows by one-point in what was their first victory over the Crows since 2012 and solidifying their position in the top four. At 6-3, the Lions are perfectly placed to break their decade long finals drought and be a real smokey come September. The Crows would have lost no admirers battling back from a 26-point deficit in the final term to get so close and now head back to face the Eagles in a mouth-watering clash on Saturday afternoon.
Geelong was challenged by the Bulldogs but managed to come away with yet another comfortable victory - their 5th in a row. Geelong led from start to finish but Luke Beveridge's men gave the home crowd a scare when they closed the gap to nine-points after kicking the first goal of the last term, but it was their only major of the quarter as the Cats piled on the next six to seal the win and improve to 8-1.
Saturday night produced two tight finishes but certainly not games that will live long in the memory for fans as Essendon and Sydney squeaked out scrappy victories after both surviving late challenges from their opponents. Essendon held off the fast-finishing Fremantle to snap a three-game losing streak and keep in touch with the top eight before a huge Dreamtime at the ‘G on Saturday night. The Swans won just their third game for the season over the Kangaroos in what was a season-defining clash for both clubs and left Brad Scott’s men in 17th on the ladder at 2-6. The Swans who lost co-captain Josh Kennedy before the bounce conceded the last four goals of the match, but just had enough in the tank to win by five-points and incredibly a 77-72 for the second straight week.
On Sunday, Port Adelaide entered a danger game against the Suns needing to bounce back from consecutive losses. It was a tense arm wrestle until two late goals in the third quarter helped the Power skip away before holding their opponents goalless in the final term and run out 38-point winners, which elevated them back inside the top eight. The Suns have now lost five straight and run into Geelong in Round 10.
A vintage performance from Dustin Martin helped Richmond find some breathing room in the top eight and improve to 6-3 despite their extensive injury list. Richmond was too classy for the Hawks who again suffered injuries to key personnel during the match as Ben McEvoy missed the entire second half while youngster Mitchell Lewis was also ruled out with concussion. James Frawley was a late withdrawal after his excellent performance on Jeremy Cameron a week earlier.
The final match of the weekend saw the Blues travel north to take on the Giants who were coming off a bad loss in Round 8 and were primed to bounce back with some big name inclusions. The visitors started brightly kicking the first goal through Harry McKay, who continues to shine, but that’s as good as it got for Carlton who conceded the next seven goals to trail by 38-points at quarter time and ended up losing just seven points shy of triple-figures. Another disaster for Brendan Bolton and his troops as the pressure continues to mount.
Round 9 Brownlow Votes Predictions
|West Coast v Melbourne||
Essendon v Fremantle
|3||E. Yeo||WC||3||D. Shiel||Ess|
|2||M. Gawn||Melb||2||D. Heppell||Ess|
|1||S. Hurn||WC||1||A. McDonald-Tipungwuti||Ess|
|Collingwood v St Kilda||Port Adelaide v Gold Coast|
|3||B. Grundy||Coll||3||T. Boak||PA|
|2||S. Sidebottom||Coll||2||T. Rockcliff||PA|
|1||B. Reid||Coll||1||S. Gray||PA|
|Brisbane v Adelaide||Richmond v Hawthorn|
|3||L. Neale||Bris||3||D. Martin||Rich|
|2||D. Rich||Bris||2||B. Houli||Rich|
|1||B. Crouch||Adel||1||B. Ellis||Rich|
|Geelong v Western Bulldogs||GWS v Carlton|
|3||M. Duncan||Geel||3||L. Whitfield||GWS|
|2||P. Dangerfield||Geel||2||T. Taranto||GWS|
|1||T. Hawkins||Geel||1||J. Finlayson||GWS|
|North Melbourne v Sydney|