AFL Round 10 Weekly Wrap & Brownlow Votes Predictions
Round 10 concluded with five clear premiership contenders standing head and shoulders above the rest, while there was more misery for some big clubs at the other end of the ladder.
Sir Doug Nicholls Round began at the SCG on Friday night and has been the case in their three most recent encounters, Sydney and Collingwood played out a thriller. The Swans were in control early, kicking the opening three goals of the game, only for the Pies to hit back with the next four and look like they may run away with it. Sam Reid’s career-best six goals kept the Swans in touch despite Lance Franklin struggling and being held to his lowest possession game since 2009. The Pies though, thanks to Brodie Grundy’s dominance in the ruck snuck home and kept touch with the top of the table Cats, as they won their 7th straight game.
The Hawks kept the Power scoreless in the opening quarter and ran away with a comfortable victory, leapfrogging Port Adelaide on the ladder in the process. The win was Hawthorn’s 26th from their last 29 appearances at their home away from home, keeping Launceston as a fortress thanks to a best on ground and six-goal performance by Jack Gunston.
Saturday afternoon’s match between the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne had an eerie feeling about it with Brad Scott coaching in what would be his final game as Kangaroos coach. Reports emerged Friday afternoon that he and the club had mutually decided to part ways, this was after the players had left the club for the day and weren’t even told by the man himself until a few hours before the bounce of the ball.
The Kangaroos though responded emphatically to the news and won for Brad Scott one final time. North controlled the first three quarters but an incredible fightback from the Dogs saw them hit the lead in the final quarter before the Roos hit back with the final five goals of the match to run out 25-point victors. The result also gave Brad Scott a winning record from his 211 matches (106-105) in charge at Arden Street.
The only match of the round that involved two top eight teams was the twilight fixture on Saturday, which saw West Coast travel to Adelaide seeking their 4th straight victory and move back inside the top four. The Crows turned it on in the second term and opened up a 33-point lead early in the 3rd quarter before the Eagles piled on 10 of the next 12 goals in a stunning second-half fightback, heaping more pressure on Don Pyke’s men.
Talks of West Coast’s demise have been greatly exaggerated as the reigning premiers keep finding ways to win and respond when challenged. They are now perfectly placed for another top-four assault in the second half of the season at 7-3, with a home match against the Bulldogs coming up.
A rain-soaked MCG was the backdrop to the annual Dreamtime match and it was Richmond who won for the 5th consecutive time against Essendon on a special night. Both teams were missing key players, Richmond even more so, but it was was the Tigers who led from start to finish and continued their brilliant form to keep their top four position.
Essendon lost stars Jake Stringer and Dylan Shiel to hamstring injuries, which further soured the loss. Bachar Houli was outstanding collecting 37 disposals and was the only man who could deny Dustin Martin a third Yiooken Award and is getting back to his scintillating 2017 form.
Another game, another fighting effort from the Gold Coast Suns who again just ran out of legs in the final quarter against the class of the competition. Geelong went into the final break with just a two-point buffer over the home side but was able to come away with a 27-point win thanks to the Suns, for a second week in a row, unable to kick a goal in the final quarter. Tim Kelly further enhanced his Brownlow Medal credentials with arguably another best on ground performance.
Sunday’s fixture began with a question mark around GWS’ ability to play at the MCG, which they emphatically answered in a dominant first-half display. Melbourne was deplorable and allowed the classy Giants to do what they pleased on the vast expanses of the MCG, a ground which should inevitably suit their style of play.
The final margin of 26-points flattered the Demons who were able to pile on seven final quarter goals when Giants had well and truly put the cue in the rack. Again they found another avenue to goal with Harry Himmelberg bobbing up with five goals, while Jeremy Cameron bounced back from two goalless weeks with three.
At Marvel Stadium, the Blues fell to their 9th loss of the season as they were beaten by the Saints by 13-points. The win meant St Kilda is just percentage outside the top eight at 5-5, while the Blues continue to see their season slip away. Brendan Bolton is a coach under immense pressure but does get the opportunity this week against the injury-ravaged Bombers to record a much-needed win, while the Saints are off to Shanghai to face the Power.
Round 10 concluded in a similar way as it began with a thrilling match, which was ultimately decided after the final siren. Only one goal was kicked for the entire quarter and it was the Dockers who finished stronger than Brisbane, kicking the final 12 points (one goal, six behinds) of the match to snatch a one-point win and move back inside the top eight. Fremantle wasted a mountain of inside 50s to hit the lead earlier but eventually timed it perfectly with Michael Walters, who earlier kicked the only goal of the quarter, marked inside 50 before sending his set shot into the goal post after the siren, handing the Dockers the win.
Round 9 Brownlow Votes Predictions
|Sydney v Collingwood||
Richmond v Essendon
|3||B. Grundy||Coll||3||B. Houli||Rich|
|2||S. Reid||Syd||2||D. Martin||Rich|
|1||S. Pendlebury||Coll||1||S. Edwards||Rich|
|Hawthorn v Port Adelaide||Melbourne v GWS|
|3||J. Gunston||Haw||3||J. Kelly||GWS|
|2||R. Henderson||Haw||2||H. Himmelberg||GWS|
|1||L. Shiels||Haw||1||M. Gawn||Melb|
|Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne||St Kilda v Carlton|
|3||T. Goldstein||NM||3||J. Gresham||St K|
|2||S.Higgins||NM||2||J. Steele||St K|
|1||B. Cunnington||NM||1||L. Dunstan||St K|
|Adelaide v West Coast||Fremantle v Brisbane|
|3||E. Yeo||WC||3||B. Hill||Frem|
|2||L. Shuey||WC||2||M. Walters||Frem|
|1||A. Gaff||WC||1||H. Andrews||Bris|
|Gold Coast v Geelong|