FINALLY SOME DEE-LIGHT
Melbourne ended the longest winning streak in the competition with a win over North Melbourne in their first victory against the Roos since 2006.
The Kangaroos looked like inflicting another loss on the Demons when they put through the first four goals of the game but the home side steadied with ruckman Max Gawn again leading the way.
Gawn gave Todd Goldstein a nightmare with the bearded Demon amassing 50 hitouts to just 15 to reclaim his position as the best big man in the game at the moment.
Melbourne, who a lot of people tipped pre season to make the finals, is now entrenched in the top eight with two wins from three matches.
Up next: Melbourne ($1.77) will look to continue their winning form against Hawthorn ($2.12) while North Melbourne ($1.68) will start favourite against Carlton ($2.40) in Hobart.
Brisbane came agonisingly close to recording the biggest upset of the season against Port Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions, who was as much as $9 with the bookies to win the match, lost by five points after having a certain goal marked on the goal line in the final minute.
It was a brutal way to lose for the young Lions who outplayed their highly fancied opponents for the majority of the match.
Brisbane was superbly led by Stefan Martin, who produced one of the all time great games from a ruckman, notching 49 hitouts and 30 disposals, to become just the fourth player, with Polly Farmer, Gary Dempsey and Dean Cox, to amass 30 disposals and 30 hitouts in the same match on multiple occasions.
Up next: Brisbane ($6.70) will have a tough match against the reigning premiers while Port Adelaide ($1.93) will meet Essendon ($2) in a big clash at Etihad Stadium.
NO PREMIERSHIP HANGOVER
Richmond was too good for a fast finishing Hawthorn outfit at the home of football on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers were able to get the job done without Dustin Martin having a huge influence on the match with Trent Cotchin stepping up instead, while Alex Rance was a wall in defence that the Hawks couldn’t get past.
Tom Mitchell was again prolific for the Hawks with 42 disposals and is likely to shorten again for the Brownlow Medal this week, along with Nat Fyfe who would have polled a certain three votes on Saturday afternoon against Gold Coast.
Up next: Richmond ($1.12) will be raging favourites against last year’s wooden spooners Brisbane ($6.70) while the Hawks ($2.12) will be back at the MCG against the Demons ($1.77)
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE
Sydney took the bragging rights against cross-town rivals GWS after a tough 16-point victory on Saturday night.
The Swans controlled the majority of the match, despite GWS dominating the clearances 47-33, having four more inside 50s and 25 more tackles.
In the end it was Sydney’s small forwards that were able to maximise the Swans’ opportunities as Gary Rohan, Tom Papley and Will Hayward combined for six goals.
The loss of Tom Scully last week to an ankle injury may be a significant moment in the Giants premiership hopes this season.
Up next: Sydney ($1.35) will be expected to defeat the Western Bulldogs ($3.50) while the Giants ($1.17) will face Fremantle ($6.05).