Last year Adelaide came 5th but bowed out in the first week of the finals, but there was to be no repeat this
time as the Crows dominated Essendon in a one-sided display to open the finals series with a 96-point
victory at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.
With captain Matthew Lloyd out suspended after last week’s spiteful clash against the Hawks, the
Bombers must have been sorely tempted to try to talk retired forward Scott Lucas into pulling the boots on
for one last game. But the Bombers, even with an under-manned forward line, put up a spirited display
early and trailed by only a kick at the first change.
But the second quarter was one-way traffic, as the Crows ran at will to score 8 goals to 2 for the quarter
and extend their lead to 39 points at half time. And the premiership quarter only extended the Adelaide
advantage, a 6 goals to 3 quarter putting the game beyond the Bombers’ reach. From there it was only a
matter of playing out time, but another 8 goals to 2 quarter put the game to within a kick of the 100-point
Jason Porplyzia kicked 5 goals and Kurt Tippett 4 for the Crows; while Andrew McLeod was prolific around
the ball with 31 possessions. Adam McPhee kicked 4 goals in the Bombers’ makeshift forward line; but
after the first quarter the Bombers never looked a chance to kick a winning score.
The Crows remain alive in the finals series, and will travel to Melbourne next week to take on the loser of
the St Kilda v Collingwood match. Essendon’s season is over, a season in which the Bombers qualified
for the finals for the first time since 2004 and the first time under Matthew Knights’ coaching. But in a
season in which the Bombers lost more games than they won, their role in the finals was nothing more
than to make up the numbers.
Adelaide 4.3 12.4 18.9 26.10 (166)
Essendon 3.3 5.7 8.8 10.10 (70)
Goals : Adelaide – J Porplyzia 5, K Tippett 4, C Knights 3, B Burton 3, R Douglas 2, P
Dangerfield 2, B Vince, T Edwards, T Hentschel, S Thompson, I Maric, D Mackay, J Sellar.
Essendon – A McPhee 4, H Skipworth 2, A Monfries, M Quinn, B Stanton, A Lovett.
Best : Adelaide – A McLeod, B Vince, J Porplyzia, B Reilly, I Maric, B Symes. Essendon – A
Welsh, B Stanton, A McPhee, N Lovett-Murray, J Winderlich, A Monfries.
Injuries : Adelaide – Nil. Essendon – Nil.
Reports: Adelaide – B Vince for wrestling M McVeigh in the fourth quarter
Umpires – S McBurney, M Stevic, S Ryan.
Crowd - 50,393 at AAMI Stadium.
Geelong have booked themselves a preliminary final berth, after the Cats were 14 points too good for the
Western Bulldogs in an absorbing match at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.
The Cats’ form heading into the finals hadn’t been as good as earlier in the season, but they were to
return to their best in a dominant first quarter. Racing out of the blocks, the Cats had six goals on the
board within 20 minutes, and the match looked poised for a blowout. Gary Ablett and Joel Corey were
getting plenty of the footy, and Corey Enright accumulated 18 touches in the first quarter alone; and with
Jimmy Bartel weighing in with three first quarter goals the Cats were looking well set.
But the Bulldogs fought back, and after winning the second quarter found themselves within striking
distance. And when Jason Akermanis scored twice within the first five minutes of the third term, the margin
was back to 9 points. The contest looked alive, but that was as close as the Bulldogs were allowed to go
as the Cats again clicked back into gear with six of the next seven goals.
The Bulldogs refused to surrender, and with 4 goals to 1 in the final quarter reduced the margin to less
than three goals. But time was running out, and the Cats were able to hang on to ensure themselves the
week off. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Brisbane v Carlton match next week.
Geelong 6.5 7.5 13.9 14.12 (96)
Western Bulldogs 2.1 4.3 8.4 12.10 (82)
Goals : Geelong – J Bartel 3, M Stokes 2, C Mooney 2, P Chapman, B Ottens, C Enright, C
Ling, G Ablett, A Mackie, H Taylor. Bulldogs – J Akermanis 3, B Johnson 2, S Higgins 2, R
Griffen, B Hudson, S Welsh, J Hill, L Gilbee.
Best : Geelong – C Enright, M Scarlett, G Ablett, J Corey, A Mackie, D Milburn. Bulldogs - L
Gilbee, J Akermanis, B Lake, C Ward, B Hudson, M Boyd.
Injuries : Geelong - M Rooke (thigh) replaced in selected side by S Hogan. Bulldogs – Nil.
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Vozzo, Meredith, Kennedy.
Crowd - 74,007 at MCG.
|FINALS WEEK 2 FIXTURES
Michael Shillito's tips in bold (130/180)
Friday 11th September
Western Bulldogs v Brisbane (7:40pm, MCG)
Saturday 12th September
Collingwood v Adelaide (7:10pm, MCG)
Brisbane remained alive in the 2009 season and ended the Blues’ campaign when the Lions came from
five goals behind to defeat Carlton by 7 points at the Gabba on Saturday night.
The first half was an evenly-contested affair, with the lead changing hands several times as the two sides
battled for supremacy. The Blues led by a goal at the first change, and at the long break the Lions led by a
The third quarter, often the defining quarter in a game, saw the Blues take the ascendancy. With Chris
Judd in control in the midfield; ably assisted by plenty of possessions by Ryan Houlihan and Bryce Gibbs,
the Blues scored 6 goals to 2 for the quarter to lead by 24 points at three-quarter time. And when Brendan
Fevola marked and goaled in the opening minute of the final quarter, it was looking good for the Blues.
But somehow their momentum ground to a halt and they were unable to manage another goal for the day.
At 8 minutes, Jonathan Brown marked uncontested and had little difficulty in kicking the goal that would
kick-start the Lions’ fightback. Three more goals came in the next 5 mnutes and suddenly there was only
a kick in it. And a double to Daniel Bradshaw, bringing his tally to 5 for the game, was enough to get the
home side over the line to keep their season alive.
Brisbane Lions 4.4 8.7 10.10 16.15 (111)
Carlton 5.4 8.6 14.10 15.14 (104)
Goals : Brisbane – D Bradshaw 5, J Brown 4, J Sherman 2, T Johnstone 2, D Rich, M
Redden, R Hooper. Carlton – B Fevola 3, C Cloke 2, N Stevens 2, E Betts, A Carrazzo, J
Garlett, R Houlihan, C Judd, M Kreuzer, M Murphy, J Russell.
Best : Brisbane – S Black, D Bradshaw, M Rischitelli, J Sherman, D Merrett, L Power.
Carlton – C Judd, J Russell, B Fevola, B Thornton, K Simpson, B Gibbs.
Injuries : Brisbane - J Drummond (quad) and J Macdonald (soreness) replaced in selected
side by R Hooper and J Hawksley. Carlton – A Joseph (ankle).
Reports – Nil. Umpires - McLaren, Wenn, Jeffery.
Crowd - 32,702 at Gabba.
St Kilda progressed through to the preliminary final when the Saints completed a 28-point win over
Collingwood at the MCG on Sunday.
After sweeping all before them for much of the home and away season, the Saints stumbled with the
finals in sight with losses in round 20 and 21. And again the Saints didn’t look convincing early, with the
Magpies out-pressuring the minor premiers in the first quarter to lead by 8 points at the first change. But
the Saints began to hit their straps in the second, a run of 5 goals to 2 putting the Saints 10 points clear at
Collingwood suffered a severe setback early in the third term, when midfielder Scott Pendlebury departed
with a suspected broken leg. With long-kicking forward Anthony Rocca already sidelined with an ankle
injury, the Magpies’ bench had been cut in half; and the midfield would miss the drive of Pendlebury as the
St Kilda centre line began to assert themselves.
Three goals to 2 extended the lead to 17 points at the last change. The game wasn’t secure yet, but when
Nick Riewoldt kicked his 5th goal the game looked headed the Saints’ way. The Magpies tried hard to get
back into the game, but the St Kilda defence held firm and the Magpies were held to a solitary goal in the
The Saints go straight through to a preliminary final at the MCG, while Collingwood will be back in action at
the MCG on Saturday night to take on Adelaide.
St Kilda 1.2 6.4 9.7 12.8 (80)
Collingwood 2.4 4.6 6.8 7.10 (52)
Goals : St Kilda – N Riewoldt 5, J Koschitzke 2, A McQualter 2, B Goddard, A Schneider, S
Milne. Collingwood – A Rocca 2, D Thomas 2, L Anthony, P Medhurst, L Davis.
Best : St Kilda – S Fisher, N Riewoldt, C Jones, L Montagna, L Hayes, N Dal Santo.
Collingwood – T Cloke, L Thomas, H Shaw, N Maxwell, H O’Brien, D Swan.
Injuries : St Kilda – Nil. Collingwood – S Pendlebury (leg), A Rocca (ankle).
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Rosebury, Chamberlain, McInerney.
Crowd - 84,213 at the MCG.