Round 9 AFL Wrap- All The Action

Recapping the weekend's action.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Geelong handled the Western Bulldogs on Friday night with two of the older heads getting the job done. Stevie J was fantastic up the ground collecting a career-high 36 possies and Paul Chapman was also very solid. The Cats weathered a late Bulldogs comeback when they came within three points, before dominating the final stretch of the fourth to run away 20 point winners. Tom Hawkins and Jimmy Bartel were pretty tame for much of the night, but their fourth quarters were pivotal.

Richmond are without a doubt a team on the rise and they showed why it won’t be long before they are staples in the top-eight. They stung the Hawks 137-75 as Tuck, Martin and Cotchin each racked up over 30 possessions. Do you think Jack Riewoldt’s rise back to form has something to do with the Tigers gradual move up the ladder? I do. He bagged six on Saturday and looked back to his best up forward.

I’ve got nothing good to say about the Hawks at this stage. An underwhelming performance.

Two weeks ago Port coach Primus was really under the pump, but two successive wins (albeit not against the best of opponents) has lessened the heat ever so slightly. Danyle Pearce is on fire for Port but does anyone think there’s something wrong with Suns star Gary Ablett? First lackluster game for rookie Kyal Horsley and Zac Smith continued his run of one of the worst cases of second season blues I can remember.

The Swans must miss Goodes and Mumford because there’s no other explanation. Their ladder position is falling faster than my share stocks. If St Kilda are happy being inconsistent I say let them. Nice job by Dal Santo to finally break a tag and return to star form. Kudos to Lenny Hayes for reaching his 250th. What a champ.

Luke Darcy is getting a bit ahead of himself insinuating that Essendon are premiership material. Mate, they haven’t won a final yet. To top it off they beat GWS which is like wrestling with an eight year old.

Adelaide and Collingwood were playing as if it was a prelim final for the first half despite the awful conditions. When the weather eased slightly in the third, the skills dropped off significantly. Go figure. Very average second half by the Crows’ midfield who I have been touting as “elite” in recent weeks. The Pies showed that they are still contenders with an elite midfield performance of their own despite missing Dane Swan. Steele Sidebottom is the goods.

Brisbane was just what the doctor ordered for North Melbourne, who managed a two goal win. Similar story for the Blues who shellacked Melbourne.

West Coast are, in my opinion, the league’s best team thus far. A dog of a game up to half-time, the Eagles came out in the second part of the game to absolutely dominant their cross-town rival and win by 48 points. Imagine when they get a few stars back from injury. Unfortunately, Luke Shuey is out for the Lions class next weekend after he received a one game suspension for that cheeky hit on Paul Duffield off the ball.

The Dockers are a complete loss. What an uninspiring team. They have big names, espcially in the middle, but they're not doing much and it's killing them. So is their ridiculous plan of bombing it long and high off half back. Ridiculous and inefficient footy means they should be relegated down to the WAFL.