SWANS ON SONG
Sydney continues to be Geelong’s nemesis, storming home to claim victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Swans started well, taking a 15-point lead in quarter time, but the game looked finish at the last break when the home side led by 22 points.
Sydney, led by Josh Kennedy, rallied in the last quarter and kicked seven goals to one to record a 17-point victory.
It was the first time in over a decade that Geelong had lost a home game after leading at three quarter time.
As has been the case in the last two clashes at Geelong between these two sides, it was Sydney’s small forward line that did the damage, with Will Hayward kicking three goals and Robbie Fox, Oli Florent and first gamer Ben Ronke all snagging two.
Up next: Sydney ($1.18) will be expected to defeat North Melbourne ($5.75) at home while Geelong ($1.65) faces GWS ($2.40) on Friday night.
KANGAROOS WITHOUT THE POWER
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS
North Melbourne returned to the form that many expected at the start of the season, losing to Port Adelaide by 33 points on Saturday afternoon.
The Kangaroos never looked like winning, with Port Adelaide winning the first three quarters to set up a 37-point lead at the last change.
With Robbie Gray and Ollie Wines not dominating, it was the Power’s low profile players like Jared Polec (34 disposals), Sam Gray (four goals) and Justin Westhoff (25 touches) who stepped up in a pleasing display of Port Adelaide’s depth.
For the home side, Ben Brown kicked another four goals to extend his lead in the race for the Coleman Medal.
Up next: Sydney ($1.18) will play host to North Melbourne ($5.75) while Port Adelaide ($2.05) plays West Coast ($1.82) in one of the matches of the round
WESTERN DERBY DELIVERS
WEST COAST EAGLES
In one of the biggest matches ever played in Western Australia, West Coast claimed bragging rights in the first derby played at Optus Stadium.
It was a thriller with the Eagles winning by eight points after the Dockers led by three goals at quarter time.
West Coast were superbly led by their skipper Shannon Hurn who had 31 disposals and they also enjoyed a welcome return to form from Jack Redden who played his best game for the club with 34 possessions.
Lachie Neale was at his prolific best for the Dockers, accumulating 35 touches.
The win takes West Coast to 5-1 to sit in the top two alongside Richmond, while Fremantle are now in 11th position with three wins and three losses.
Up next: West Coast ($1.82) hosts Port Adelaide ($2.05) on Saturday afternoon while Fremantle ($5.80) travels to the MCG to play the reigning premiers Richmond ($1.18).