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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Saturday, May 5, 2018
    Mars Stadium
    Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast

    WB G1 B6 12 G2 B10 22 G3 B15 33 G8 B17 65
    GC G3 B5 23 G5 B11 41 G11 B13 79 G16 B18 114

    This was as simple as could be, the Western Bulldogs are last on the ladder whilst Gold Coast are well and truly in the hunt for the top four. The Bulldogs showed promising signs in the early stages with inaccuracy costing them, so even in a competitive first quarter, Gold Coast managed to have a 2 goal lead at quarter time. From there, the margin just got bigger and bigger with Gold Coast taking control. Aaron Hall and David Swallow were both terrific for Gold Coast whilst Lachie Hunter and Jack McRae got heaps of the ball for the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t enough to get them over the line.

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Essendon vs. Hawthorn

    Ess G5 B4 34 G10 B9 69 G16 B11 107 G20 B16 136
    Haw G6 B3 39 G11 B9 75 G16 B11 107 G21 B16 142

    Two teams in different form met in this one with Essendon on the negative side of the win loss record, and Hawthorn being on top of the ladder.. Surprisingly, these two teams put on the game of the season, as it was high scoring; free flowing footy at its absolute best. At three quarter time the scores were level, until Hawthorn was able to take the win by 1 goal in the last quarter. Both teams’ had stand out players with Dyson Heppell for Essendon and Tom Mitchell for Hawthorn.

    Optus Stadium
    West Coast vs. Port Adelaide

    WCE G2 B6 18 G7 B10 52 G13 B15 93 G17 B20 122
    Port G2 B2 14 G3 B5 23 G7 B8 50 G11 B9 75

    There was only one game separating these teams heading into the round, so it was considered a big match. If West Coast wins it consolidates their top four hopes and separates themselves from the rest of the pack, whereas if Port wins, they become a bigger part of that top eight conversation. In the end, with the home ground advantage in full swing, West Coast blew Port off of the park, winning quite easily in the end. Up front for West Coast, Jack Darling was a star, kicking 5 goals, whilst Robbie Gray tried really hard for Port Adelaide.

    Sydney Cricket Ground
    Sydney vs. North Melbourne

    Syd G1 B5 11 G4 B7 31 G10 B8 68 G13 B14 92
    North G5 B6 36 G7 B12 54 G8 B13 61 G11 B18 84

    North Melbourne have been pretty lacklustre as expected so far this season, whilst Sydney continues to do what Sydney does every year. They don’t look overly convincing but they just keep finding a way to get the job done. That is exactly what happened here as North Melbourne jumped out of the blocks, dominating the first half and holding the 23 point lead at half time. Sydney fought their way back into the contest, gaining the lead by three quarter time, and they grinded out the match in ugly fashion in the last to win by 8 points. Sydney have plenty of work to do but as is nearly always the case this year, in a close game they find a way to win. They had a nice even performance whilst Shaun Higgins for North Melbourne was fantastic.

    Adelaide Oval
    Adelaide vs. Carlton

    Adel G5 B4 34 G11 B7 73 G12 B8 80 G18 B10 118
    Carl G3 B2 20 G4 B8 32 G10 B12 72 G16 B16 112

    A lot of people thought playing a team like Carlton, who are expected to finish near the bottom of the ladder, is exactly what Adelaide needed to dominate and find their game style. In the first half, it looked like that was the case as Adelaide looked like the team who made the grand final last year, taking a 39 point lead into half time. Carlton came out after half time refreshed though and took Adelaide to the line, and in the end, Adelaide just held on to win by 1 goal. Rory Sloane was Adelaide’s best player whilst captain and vice captain, Marc Murphy and Patrick Cripps were good for Carlton.
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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Sunday, May 6, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Richmond vs. Fremantle

    Rich G3 B6 24 G8 B8 56 G12 B12 84 G16 B15 111
    Freo G5 B5 35 G10 B7 67 G15 B9 99 G20 B12 132

    After a draw against an impressive Collingwood team, some begun to wonder whether the reigning champion’s Richmond were back. This week they came up against an even more impressive Fremantle and despite a pretty solid showing, Richmond couldn’t keep up with one of the best teams in the competition. Fremantle kept at it all game and ended up winning by 23 points. It was a solid team performance from both teams with no players really standing out.

    Etihad Stadium
    StKilda vs. Melbourne

    STK G1 B4 10 G5 B9 39 G10 B10 70 G15 B11 101
    Melb G3 B2 20 G8 B6 54 G9 B12 66 G10 B17 77

    Both teams were on level pegging heading into the round and it looked to be a tight game in the first half, with Melbourne just having the edge. Things changed in the second half with Melbourne crumbling under StKilda’s tackling pressure and fast paced footy, and this lead to StKilda winning by 4 goals. Seb Ross was StKilda’s best player for the day whilst Jesse Hogan was Melbourne’s best player with 3 goals.

    The Gabba
    Brisbane vs. Collingwood

    Bris G1 B3 9 G4 B8 32 G5 B14 44 G8 B19 67
    Coll G2 B5 17 G8 B10 58 G10 B14 74 G16 B15 111

    Another match between two teams that were in a similar position heading into the round, with last week’s draw with Richmond keeping Collingwood above Brisbane on the ladder. Even their for and against was almost identical but that changed after this week, as Collingwood lead from start to finish, to eventually roll out 44 point winners. Steele Sidebottom for Collingwood was best on ground whilst Dayne Beams tried hard for Brisbane.








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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Ladder After Round 7
    Team Wins Losses Draw For/Against
    Hawthorn 6 1 188
    Sydney 6 1 47
    Fremantle 5 2 127
    Gold Coast 5 2 118
    West Coast 5 2 116
    Collingwood 4 2 1 104
    StKilda 4 3 43
    Geelong 4 3 -8
    Brisbane 3 4 18
    Port Adelaide 3 4 -30
    Melbourne 3 4 -114
    Adelaide 3 4 -147
    Richmond 2 4 1 -19
    Carlton 2 5 -43
    Essendon 2 5 -54
    Greater Western Sydney 2 5 -76
    North Melbourne 2 5 -93
    Western Bulldogs 1 6 -185








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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Round Eight

    Friday, May 11th, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Hawthorn vs. Sydney

    Saturday, May 12th, 2018
    Spotless Stadium
    Greater Western Sydney vs. West Coast

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Carlton vs. Essendon

    The Gabba
    Gold Coast vs. Melbourne

    Adelaide Oval
    Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide

    Etihad Stadium
    Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane

    Optus Stadium
    Fremantle vs. StKilda

    Sunday, May 13, 2018
    Etihad Stadium
    North Melbourne vs. Richmond

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Collingwood vs. Geelong








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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Friday, May 11th, 2018
    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Hawthorn vs. Sydney

    Haw G3 B3 21 G4 B4 28 G7 B8 50 G12 B9 81
    Syd G4 B3 27 G6 B8 44 G8 B12 60 G10 B16 76

    This one was hyped up to be the game of the year, first vs. second, the only two teams to be sitting with 6 wins and 1 loss, and it more than lived up to the hype. In a sea sawing affair which saw the lead change numerous times, Hawthorn ended up being in front at the right time to pick up a 5 point victory, and become clear ladder leaders. It almost seems to be a fair result for them to considering how much easier they have been beating teams then Sydney has. Jaeger O’Meara was sensational for Hawthorn, whilst Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker were just as good for Sydney.








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    Re: Australian Football League - 2018 Premiership Season

    Saturday, May 12th, 2018
    Spotless Stadium
    Greater Western Sydney vs. West Coast

    GWS G5 B3 33 G11 B8 74 G13 B13 91 G14 B17 101
    WCE G6 B3 39 G11 B6 72 G17 B10 112 G21 B12 138

    Heading into this game, these two teams had opposite records with West Coast sitting with 5 wins and 2 losses, whilst GWS had 2 wins and 5 losses. Despite the ladder positions, spurred on by their home crowd, the Giants made a real fist of things in the first half, leading by 2 points at half time. Unfortunately for them, eventually the class of West Coast shone through, dominating the Premiership quarter (third quarter) to set themselves up for a, in the end, comfortable victory.

    Melbourne Cricket Ground
    Carlton vs. Essendon

    CARL G5 B4 34 G11 B7 73 G13 B8 86 G16 B12 108
    ESS G1 B5 11 G2 B11 23 G4 B14 38 G6 B18 54

    Two old rivals clashed on this Saturday afternoon and despite both teams being off to a bad start to the season, the fans arrived in big numbers. Potentially it was due to the fact that with the other team doing badly, both groups of supporters thought they might get a win. Of course though, only one team could and it wasn’t even close. Carlton were in control from the start and completely outplayed Essendon, with the defence of the Blues being especially impressive. Even in the third quarter when Essendon attempted to mount some sort of fight back, they were just unable to put the score on the board. A big win for Carlton where they end up doubling their score. The big win also did a huge amount for their for/against which could be important if they somehow scrape together enough wins to be in finals contention at the end of the year.

    The Gabba
    Gold Coast vs. Melbourne

    GC G5 B5 35 G6 B7 43 G7 B11 53 G12 B17 89
    Melb G4 B5 29 G9 B11 65 G13 B14 92 G19 B20 134

    Melbourne continued to be at their inconsistent best here, improving their record to an even 4-4, despite coming up against one of the more impressive teams in the competition. Gold Coast have had a fine start to the year but were shockingly off here, losing to the harder, stronger team on the way. Gold Coast are yet to make the finals in their young history, and will need to wipe this performance from their minds and get back to their previous form if they want to change that this year.

    Adelaide Oval
    Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide

    Port G6 B4 40 G8 B8 56 G12 B12 84 G18 B16 124
    Adel G5 B2 32 G6 B4 40 G7 B7 49 G10 B10 70

    On the same day as two old rivals clashed at the MCG, the two Adelaide teams went at it in their biggest game of the year outside of finals, the local derby. Both teams had the same win/loss record going in, with the only difference being that Port had suffered some close losses, whilst when Adelaide lose, they tend to lose big. That’s the trend that this match followed also. The first half was interesting with a high scoring first quarter, followed by a low scoring second quarter, as both coaches tried to sure up their defence. In the second half however, Port were able to get the balance right and Adelaide weren’t, allowing Port to run away big winners by 9 goals. A slightly disappointing derby it has to be said.

    Etihad Stadium
    Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane

    WB G2 B5 17 G3 B7 25 G9 B12 66 G13 B16 94
    Bris G4 B5 29 G7 B8 50 G10 B12 72 G12 B18 90

    When last on the ladder is hosting a team one spot out of the top eight, you think it’s pretty obvious which way this would go. In the first half of the contest it looked exactly that way, as Brisbane lead by 25 points at half time over the Doggies. It was a rather uneventful affair, with Brisbane not necessarily playing well, but doing enough to be ahead. That all changed in the second half when the Bulldogs staged a stunning comeback, somehow managing to snatch a four point win. It won’t be enough to get them off the bottom of the ladder, but at least it’s something for their fan base to be happy about. Meanwhile, Brisbane will be left to ponder an opportunity they let slip in a terrible performance.

    Optus Stadium
    Fremantle vs. StKilda

    Freo G3 B5 23 G7 B10 52 G10 B16 76 G12 B22 94
    STK G2 B4 16 G4 B10 34 G9 B14 68 G15 B15 105

    Two teams in the finals clashed, with Fremantle sitting in fourth and StKilda in eighth position. The whole game was pretty tough and close, with Fremantle holding a slender 3 goal lead heading into half time, but the Saints sticking around. The difference in the end here, much to Freo’s dismay, ended up being accurate kicking at goal. Whilst Fremantle had one more scoring shot in the last quarter and four for the entire game, they still managed to lose by eleven points. Well done for StKilda winning a close one, whilst Freo only have themselves to blame for losing.








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