AFL Round 13 Wrap & Brownlow Predictions
The second of the split rounds provided some thrilling matches as five of the six matches were decided by under four goals.
There were only two footy free days before Thursday night footy returned and kicked off Round 13 of the AFL. Adelaide hosted a depleted Richmond outfit at the Adelaide Oval knowing a win would see them break into the competition’s top four for the first time this season before they headed into their bye week.
But as has been the case all year for the Tigers, and especially on the road, they brought a greater hunger and effort than their more fancied opponents, which enabled them to take an 11-point lead into half time. However, the Crows took advantage of the key missing players for the Tigers in the second half, booting 12 goals to four to run away 33-point victors.
The win was soured after a last minute injury to Josh Jenkins, in which the four-goal star was stretchered off after hyperextending his knee. The scans came back positively for Jenkins, but will still spend some time on the sidelines as both teams will now enjoy their bye in Round 14.
Friday night’s match was a crucial clash for both Essendon and Hawthorn who were seeking to square their win/loss ledger at 6-6 with the loser slipping two games outside the top eight. It was goal for goal early with the Dons taking a narrow lead into halftime before they exploded kicking eight of the first 10 goals of the second half to seal the victory and again prove they’re a hard team to match when fully fit and especially under the roof of Marvel Stadium.
It was a case of history repeating on Saturday afternoon in Townsville as the Saints again came from well behind to sink the Suns. Almost a year to the day, St Kilda overturned a 31-point deficit at three-quarter time against the Suns on the Gold Coast, this time they left themselves a little more time, starting their fight back in the third quarter.
Jack Billings was the star for the Saints, racking up a game-high 33 disposals and kicking two pivotal final quarter goals to keep his side knocking on the door of the top eight at 6-6, while the Suns head into their bye with a nine-game losing streak to their name.
Arguably the match of the round was the clash in the west with the Dockers and Power doing battle with 6th place on offer for the winner. After a see-sawing battle, it was the home team who notched their third straight victory to take that spot and sit comfortably in the top eight.
Again Michael Walters proved the hero for the Dockers, booting six goals in an inspired display. Walters was aptly supported by Nat Fyfe who gathered 37-disposals, while Jesse Hogan played his best game in his new colours kicking three goals and taking 11 marks.
A shoot out under the roof on Saturday night full of wild momentum swings and eventually saw the Bulldogs cling on to win by three points. The Blues were again sluggish out of the blocks as they were against the Lions, but as they did in David Teague’s first match in charge last week, they came roaring back to hit the lead.
However, this time, they weren’t able to stay there. After fighting back from 34 points down, the Blues hit the front late in the third term before they again had a large lapse in concentration to allow the Bulldogs to pile on the next six goals and once again set up a 34-point advantage.
The Blues finished like a steam train, kicking the final five goals of the match thanks largely to Charlie Curnow’s career-best seven-goal haul, but were unable to land the finishing blow, falling agonisingly short of consecutive victories and their second of the season against the Bulldogs.
The Kangaroos were shooting for a 4th consecutive win when they hosted the Giants in Hobart and needed to bank the four points if they were to continue their push for September, while the visitors could jump back to 2nd on the ladder with a victory.
The teams were locked together at halftime before the Giants flexed their muscles and turned their midfield dominance into scoreboard pressure. A four-goal to one third-term set up the victory, which again was driven by star midfielders Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio.
Tim Taranto continued his stellar season, while Matt De Boer again did another ripping job in nullifying his direct opponent, this time it was Ben Cunnington in his 200th game. Both teams now head into their bye before respective games against Collingwood and Essendon at Marvel Stadium in Round 15.
Brownlow Votes Predictions
|Adelaide v Richmond||Fremantle v Port Adelaide|
|3||B. Crouch||Adel||3||M. Walters||Frem|
|2||R. Sloane||Adel||2||N. Fyfe||Frem|
|1||J. Jenkins||Adel||1||T. Boak||PA|
|Essendon v Hawthorn||Carlton v Western Bulldogs|
|3||Z. Merrett||Ess||3||J. Dunkley||WB|
|2||C. Hooker||Ess||2||C. Curnow||Carl|
|1||D. Heppell||Ess||1||M. Suckling||WB|
|Gold Coast v St Kilda||North Melbourne v GWS|
|3||J. Billings||StK||3||J. Kelly||GWS|
|2||T. Membrey||StK||2||S. Coniglio||GWS|
|1||D. Swallow||GC||1||T. Greene||GWS|
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