Ladder leaders Geelong recorded a 50-point win over Essendon, but this was a game where the final margin was
not a reflection of the full game. With Adam Ramanauskas returning to the side after cancer surgery and James
Hird marking his 250th game, the Bombers played inspired football for three thrilling quarters. The lead changed
hands 12 times in the first three quarters; but a rising injury count for the Bombers was taking its toll. Hird’s
milestone game was cut short with a leg injury, while Davey and Ryder were also sidelined; and in their absence
the Cats pulled away in the last.
Geelong 4.3 7.9 12.14 19.19 (133)
Essendon 3.4 6.9 11.10 12.11 (83)
Goals: Geelong – C Ling 3 P Chapman 3 C Mooney 3 B Ottens 2 C Enright 2 M Stokes 2 S Johnson D Milburn G
Ablett T Hawkins. Essendon – S Lucas 3 A Welsh 2 J Watson 2 T Hislop P Ryder A Ramanauskas H Slattery A
Best: Geelong – G Ablett P Chapman J Selwood C Ling J Corey C Enright D Milburn B Ottens. Essendon – J
Watson J Johnson D Peverill M McVeigh D Fletcher A Welsh M McPhee.
Injuries: Geelong – S Johnson (ankle). Essendon – A Davey (broken arm) J Hird (calf) P Ryder (Achilles).
Reports: D Fletcher (Ess) reported by field umpire S McInerney for striking K Tenace (Geel) in the second quarter,
M McVeigh (Ess) reported by field umpire S McBurney for striking G Ablett (Geel) in the third quarter.
Umpires - S McBurney S McInerney M Vozzo.
Crowd - 51,156 at Telstra Dome.
Collingwood bounced back into the winning list in style, condemning the undermanned St Kilda side to another
defeat to keep them even further away from finals contention. But it wasn’t looking that way at the last change; after
a stirring third quarter effort from the Saints turned a 14-point half-time deficit into a 15-point lead. But from the
opening round onwards, the Magpies have shown themselves a side capable of coming back when all looked
lost; and so it was to prove again during a last-quarter comeback. Dale Thomas, in his second season of senior
football, continues to show himself to be a top prospect with an extremely promising future in front of him. The
Magpies now find themselves 4th on the ladder, only percentage keeping them off 2nd place.
Collingwood 4.5 8.9 8.11 12.17 (89)
St Kilda 3.3 6.7 11.8 12.8 (80)
Goals: Collingwood – D Thomas 2 J Fraser 2 T Cloke 2 L Davis A Didak S O'Bree P Licuria B Johnson D Swan. St
Kilda – F Gehrig 4 S Milne 2 X Clarke L Hayes R Clarke A Fiora S Gilbert J Koschitzke.
Best: Collingwood – D Swan D Thomas S O'Bree J Fraser P Licuria H Shaw. St Kilda – N Dal Santo J Gram S
Fisher X Clarke L Hayes R Harvey.
Injuries – Nil.
Reports – Nil. Umpires – C Donlon S McLaren R Chamberlain.
Crowd – 57,247 at the MCG.
In an entertaining and high-scoring contest at Telstra Dome on Saturday afternoon, Western Bulldogs
strengthened their finals credentials with a 20-point victory over Port Adelaide. The Power made the early front-
running, and held an 8-point half-time lead; but the premiership quarter enabled the Bulldogs to hit the front. But
Port weren’t done yet, and ticking into time-on the margin had been cut to just 3 points. But when the game was
up for grabs, it was Brownlow medallist Jason Akermanis who stood up and delivered two telling goals that
knocked out the Power hopes. The percentage gap between the Bulldogs, Essendon and Port is extremely
narrow; but the Bulldogs have done enough to be currently in the top 8.
Western Bulldogs 4.4 6.9 12.11 20.13 (133)
Port Adelaide 5.3 8.5 11.7 17.11 (113)
Goals: Western Bulldogs – B Johnson 5 J Akermanis 3 M Robbins 3 M Boyd 2 R Murphy C Grant M Hahn P Street
D Giansiracusa A Cooney J Harbrow. Port Adelaide – W Tredrea 4 D Motlop 2 S Burgoyne 2 D Rodan 2 D Cassisi
2 B Ebert 2 B Lade P Burgoyne J Westhoff.
Best: Western Bulldogs – C Grant M Boyd J Akermanis B Johnson B Harris A Cooney L Darcy. Port Adelaide – D
Cassisi S Burgoyne B Lade C Cornes.
Injuries: Western Bulldogs – S West (hip/groin) C Grant (hamstring) D Addison (illness) replaced in selected
side by M Robbins. Port Adelaide – M Wilson (shoulder) B Ebert (ankle).
Reports – Nil. Umpires – H Kennedy D Woodcock T Pannell.
Crowd – 22,691 at Telstra Dome.
The visit of Hawthorn to AAMI Stadium on Saturday was a match that was keenly anticipated but in the end
failed to live up to expectations. The Hawks have only beaten the Crows at AAMI once, and from the outset it
was clear there would be no second instance here. The Crows are yet to produce their best form this
season, but reminded the rest of the competition how dangerous they have the ability to be. It was their big
name players, Ricciuto, McLeod, Goodwin and Edwards, who after struggling for much of this season
rediscovered their touch to be among the Crows’ best. For the Hawks, so impressive for most of this
season, it was a night to forget; and made even worse by the injury to Chance Bateman.
Adelaide 4.2 8.6 11.10 15.12 (102)
Hawthorn 1.1 3.3 4.4 4.7 (31)
Goals: Adelaide – M Ricciuto 4 K McGregor 2 S Welsh 2 N Bock 2 I Maric 2 S Goodwin T Edwards C
Knights. Hawthorn – B McGlynn L Franklin J Roughead T Croad.
Best: Adelaide – A McLeod M Ricciuto T Edwards S Thompson G Johncock C Knights S Goodwin.
Hawthorn – R Ladson S Crawford B McGlynn G Birchall J Lewis.
Injuries: Adelaide – J Porplyzia (hamstring). Hawthorn – C Bateman (leg) D Jacobs (heavy knock).
Reports: Nil. Umpires: D Margetts S Ryan K Nicholls.
Crowd: 34,733 at AAMI Stadium.
In the upset of the season to date, Brisbane travelled to Subiaco and returned home with the points after a
sensational 27-point win over West Coast on Saturday night. It wasn’t looking that way early, with Le Cras
scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes; and the lead could so easily have been greater had Rowan Jones
not twice hit the post. But after the half-time break the Lions lifted their game, with Nigel Lappin picking up
plenty of possession in the midfield and the twin targets of Brown and Brennan giving the Lions something
to aim at up forward. After working hard on the training track, there were rumours during the week that Ben
Cousins may return in this game, but unlikely as that would have been it was ruled out after the Brownlow
medallist injured his leg at training.
Brisbane 2.1 5.7 10.9 13.13 (91)
West Coast 3.5 6.8 8.10 9.10 (64)
Goals: Brisbane – J Brown 4 J Brennan 4 R Copeland 3 S Black T Notting. West Coast – M Le Cras 4 D
Kerr A Embley D Cox S Hurn M Seaby.
Best: Brisbane – N Lappin J Drummond J Brennan R Copeland T Notting. West Coast – C Judd D Kerr D
Cox M LeCras D Glass.
Reports: Nil. Umpires: L Farmer B Allen S Meredith.
Crowd: 40,763 at Subiaco Oval.
Sydney and Fremantle both went into this match desperately needing a win to remain in realistic finals
contention; and it was the Swans who prevailed to remain in the race after a 28-point win on Sunday. In wet
conditions it wasn’t a game that reached any great heights, with the Swans dominating possession but
wasting it with excessive short play and errant kicking for goals that saw them end up with 11.23. The
match will best be remembered for its effect on the record books, with Michael O’Loughlin playing his
261st game for the Swans and overtaking John Rantall’s record for the most games for the club. With O’
Loughlin’s team-mate Adam Goodes also recording his 200th, and Peter Everitt qualifying for AFL Life
Membership; it was a game that entered some great players in the record books, and will be remembered
for that rather than any football that was played on the day.
Sydney 1.6 4.11 8.17 11.23 (89)
Fremantle 1.3 5.3 6.6 9.7 (61)
Goals: Sydney – B Hall 3 M O'Loughlin 2 R O'Keefe 2 A Schneider B Kirk T Schmidt J Bolton. Fremantle – S
McManus 2 M Pavlich 2 J Farmer 2 S Thornton D Headland C Tarrant.
Best: Sydney – A Goodes B Kirk J Bolton A Schneider N Fosdike C Bolton B Hall B Mathews. Fremantle –
D Headland D Solomon H Black.
Reports: Nil. Umpires: B Rosebury S Wenn S Jeffery.
Crowd: 25,943 at the SCG.
Changing coaches mid-season can often have a lifting effect on a team, guiding them to a first-up win for
the new coach. And again that happened on Sunday when Melbourne recorded a 23-point victory over
Carlton. New coach Mark Riley inherited a team without Neitz, Johnstone, Green or Bruce; but after an even
first half the Demons got on top in the third quarter, while Carlton’s inaccurate return of 2.7 for the quarter
contributed to them falling behind the pace. James McDonald was best on ground for the Demons, while
Russell Robertson was in fine for with 5 goals.
Melbourne 4.1 9.4 14.6 19.10 (124)
Carlton 3.4 8.7 10.14 14.17 (101)
Goals: Melbourne – R Robertson 5 M Newton 3 M Bate 3 P Wheatley 2 P Johnson A Davey L Dunn D Ward
S Godfrey C Sylvia. Carlton – M Murphy 2 S O'hAilpin 2 B Fisher 2 K Simpson 2 J Kennedy 2 E Betts J Waite
A Koutoufides B Gibbs.
Best: Melbourne – J McDonald J White N Brown N Jones P Wheatley M Bate C Sylvia R Robertson. Carlton
– K Simpson S O'hAilpin A Carrazzo A Walker A Koutoufides M Murphy R Houlihan.
Injuries: Melbourne – C Bruce (hamstring) replaced in the selected side by L Dunn, R Petterd (collapsed
lung), N Carroll (concussion). Carlton – M Lappin (concussion) B Gibbs (ankle).
Reports: Nil. Umpires: G Fila D Goldspink C Hendrie.
Crowd: 33,085 at the MCG.
The Kangaroos consolidated their position in the top 8 with a 25-point win over a gutsy Richmond side in
the twilight match at Telstra Dome. A strong second quarter to the Tigers saw the margin reduced to just 7
points at the long break, but the Tigers were unable to go on with it in the second half and were further
devastated by the loss of Brett Deledio who injured his hand when attempting to smother a soccer kick
from Shannon Grant. Drew Petrie continued his purple patch up forward with a bag of 6, while Brent Harvey
and Shannon Grant were also prominent for the Kangaroos.
Kangaroos 4.4 6.6 11.12 14.20 (104)
Richmond 1.1 5.5 8.9 11.13 (79)
Goals: Kangaroos – D Petrie 6 C Jones 3 S McMahon 2 D Wells J Sinclair L Brown. Richmond – M
Richardson 4 K Pettifer 3 A Pattison R Tambling G Tivendale C Howat.
Best: Kangaroos – B Harvey D Petrie S Grant H McIntosh D Pratt J Smith C Jones B Rawlings. Richmond –
M Richardson C Howat S Edwards D Jackson.
Injuries: Kangaroos – M Campbell (ankle). Richmond – B Deledio (broken hand).
Reports: Nil. Umpires: M Stevic D Sully M Ellis.
Crowd: 33,583 at Telstra Dome.