With 18 clubs (including GWS, who will take part in this year’s NAB Cup but will enter the AFL in 2012) now in
the AFL, a restructure to the NAB Cup saw the first round to be played as three-cornered contests. Three
games of 20-minute halves, with the top team in each three-cornered contest and the two best second-
placed teams progressing through to the knockout rounds.
The first three-cornered match-up was at AAMI Stadium on Friday night, with the two South Australian teams
and Melbourne in action. First up was Adelaide v Melbourne, and it was an encouraging start for the
Demons. With Maric getting on the board in the opening minute, and Liam Jurrah captivating the crows with a
nice mark, the Demons led by 19 points at half time. And although the Crows got the bulk of possession in
the second half, they were unable to score more than two goals for the half as the Demons held on for a 10-
Second up, Port Adelaide joined the action to take on Melbourne. The Power took the fight up early, and Brett
Ebert gave the Power a good start with the only nine point super-goal of the night. The Demons rallied with
three goals, but the Power held a 2-point lead at half time. But the Power were unable to manage a goal in
the second half, as the Demons’ defence tightened and they scored the only two goals of the half to book
themselves a spot in the knockout stages.
The final game of the evening was an all South Australian affair, and although Melbourne had already
ensured top spot the combatants were in the running for a lucky loser spot in the next round as well as local
bragging rights. And it was one-way traffic, as Port were held to a solitary goal as the Crows romped to a 32-
point victory. It was a disappointing performance by the Power, held goal-less in the second half of both their
matches; but the size of the Crows’ win gives them a strong percentage and an excellent chance of
progressing through to the next round.
Melbourne 0.4.3 0.5.4 (34)
Adelaide 0.1.3 0.3.6 (24)
Nine point goals : Melbourne - Nil. Adelaide - Nil.
Goals : Melbourne - A Maric 2 B Green J Watts L Jurrah. Adelaide - S McKernan 2 R Douglas.
Best : Melbourne - Garland, Green, Davey, Jamar, Jurrah. Adelaide - McKernan, Dangerfield,
Umpires - M Vozzo, M Nicholls, J Armstrong.
Melbourne 0.3.1 0.5.6 (36)
Port Adelaide 1.2.2 1.2.6 (27)
Nine point goals : Melbourne - Nil. Port Adelaide - B Ebert.
Goals : Melbourne - J Trengove J Watts L Dunn L Jurrah M Bate. Port Adelaide - M Banner M
Best : Melbourne - C Sylvia J Watts N Jetta. Port Adelaide - M Thomas D Cassisi D Motlop.
Umpires - M Vozzo, S Jeffery, S Stewart, M Nicholls, B Rosebury, J Armstrong.
Adelaide 0.2.3 0.6.4 (40)
Port Adelaide 0.1.1 0.1.2 (8)
Nine-Point Goals : Adelaide – Nil. Port Adelaide – Nil.
Goals : Adelaide - Symes, Callinan, Porplyzia, Smith, Dangerfield, van Berlo. Port Adelaide -
Best – Adelaide - Thompson, Symes, Davis, Doughty, van Berlo, Moran. Port Adelaide -
Pearce, D Motlop, Hitchcock, Pittard.
Umpires – S Jeffery, S Stewart, B Rosebury.
Crowd – 18,202 at AAMI Stadium.
Saturday evening action saw traditional rivals Carlton, Richmond and Collingwood pitted against each
other, and a blockbuster crowd of 40,300 came to Docklands for their footy fix.
First up was Carlton v Richmond, and the Tigers got off to a flying start. With Mitch Morton getting on the
board twice in the first 10 minutes, the Tigers had the better of proceedings in the opening term to lead by
15 points at half time. The Blues had managed only a single goal in the first half, but the tide turned after
half time as the Blues took control. Marc Murphy exterted considerable influence over the midfield as the
Blues ran through five unanswered goals in the first term to take the lead and go on to take out an 18-point
Defending champions Collingwood then took to the arena to take on the Tigers. There was no sign of a
premiership hangover as Chris Dawes goaled for Collingwood in the opening minute, the first of three for
the game. The Tigers were outclassed and able to manage only a solitary point in the opening half, by
which time the Magpies were 21 points clear. And the one-way traffic continued in the second term, as the
young Tiger side were out of their depth against the classy Magpies who made a statement that they
meant business in their premiership defence with a 43-point victory.
The final game of the evening saw the Blues and Magpies in action. Both had already had a win, and were
playing off for qualification into the knockout stages, and an early Carlton goal gave the Blues an
opportunity. But bad kicking would let them down, with the Blues unable to manage another goal for the
half despite having four more scoring shots. The half time margin was 10 points, and although the Blues
continued to work hard it was Collingwood’s night, their 7-point win enough to book them a passage into
the second round.
Carlton 0.1.1 0.6.5 (41)
Richmond 0.3.4 0.3.5 (23)
Nine-point Goals : Carlton - Nil. Richmond - Nil.
Goals : Carlton - Robinson 2, Kerr 2, Ellard, Simpson. Richmond - Morton 2, Connors.
Best : Carlton - Murphy, Kerr, Laidler, Scotland, Ellard. Richmond - Astbury, Connors, King,
Umpires - Chris Donlon, Troy Pannell, Matthew Leppard.
Collingwood 0.3.4 0.7.8 (50)
Richmond 0.0.1 0.1.1 (7)
Nine-Point Goals : Collingwood – Nil. Richmond – Nil.
Goals : Collingwood - Dawes 3, Brown, Fasolo, Beams, Bolton. Richmond – Miller.
Best : Collingwood - Beams, Pendlebury, Dawes, Wood, Blair, Thomas. Richmond -
Connors, Astbury, Derickx, White, Morton, Contin.
Injuries : Collingwood – Nil. Richmond – Nil.
Reports - Nil.
Umpires : 1st Half - Donlon, Pannell, Leppard. 2nd Half - Stevic, Schmitt, Gleeson.
Collingwood 0.3.2 0.5.3 (33)
Carlton 0.1.4 0.3.8 (26)
Nine-Point Goals : Collingwood – Nil. Carlton – Nil.
Goals : Collingwood - Dawes, Sidebottom, Ugle, Blair, Krakouer. Carlton - Walker 2, Betts.
Best : Collingwood - Sidebottom, Dawes, Pendlebury, Reid, Shaw, Wellingham. Carlton -
Walker, Ellard, Lucas, Jamison, Armifield.
Injuries : Collingwood – Nil. Carlton – Nil.
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Stevic, Schmitt, Gleeson.
Crowd - 40,300 at Etihad Stadium.
Sunday evening at Subiaco saw 2010 finallists Hawthorn and Fremantle up against wooden spooner
West Coast in front of a crowd of 25,776. But in a reversal of 2010 fortunes, it was the Eagles who would
win both their games to progress to the next round.
The Hawks suffered a body blow when Tom Murphy went down with an ankle injury in the opening minute;
and his evening was over. The Eagles got the early jump, kicking the only three goals of the first half and
with the first in the second half they were looking well set. The Hawks finally got their first goal at the 8
minute mark of the second term, but just a minute later Geerick Weedon replied for the Eagles to put them
22 points clear.
But the Hawks weren’t done yet, and came storming home at the end. Three quick-fire goals to the Hawks
saw the margin cut to just 3 points at the 18 minute mark. But the Eagles hung on through the tense final
minutes to take the game.
The Hawks backed up to take on Fremantle, and bounced back to take a 14-point victory. Continuing the
momentum they had built in the closing stages of their game against the Eagles, the Hawks scored three
early goals before a nine-pointer by Isaac Smith gave them a 25-point lead at half time over the Dockers,
who failed to score a goal in the first half. The Dockers finally swung into action after the break, and won
the second half, but the Hawks had enough of a buffer to record a win and keep their chances of
The final game of the evening was a mini WA derby. The Eagles were playing to wrap up a round 2 berth
while the Dockers were aiming to turn the group into a battle for percentage. But, as was the case with the
first game of the evening, it was the Eagles who would get the early jump. Three goals in the first 7
minutes ensured the Eagles would lead throughout, with the Dockers managing only two scoring shots in
the first half and the Eagles leading by 15 points at half time. The Dockers tried to get back in the contest
in the second half, but the Eagles had the answers and held strong to record a 12-point victory; putting the
pain of their dismal 2010 season behind them and looking forward positively to 2011.
West Coast 0.3.1 0.5.1 (31)
Hawthorn 0.0.2 0.4.5 (29)
Nine-Point Goals : West Coast - Nil. Hawthorn - Nil.
Goals : West Coast - B Ebert, G Weedon, M Nicoski, M Priddis, S Selwood. Hawthorn - J
Lisle 2, S Menagola, T Schneider.
Best: West Coast - Selwood, Sheppard, Cox. Hawthorn - Burgoyne, Rioli, Lisle.
Injuries : Hawthorn - Murphy (ankle).
Umpires - T Keating, D Margetts, G Fila.
Hawthorn 1.3.2 1.4.4 (37)
Fremantle 0.0.4 0.3.5 (23)
Nine-Point Goals : Hawthorn - I Smith. Fremantle - Nil.
Goals : Hawthorn - J Williams 2, L Breust, S Savage. Fremantle - R Crowley 2, J Anthony.
Best : Fremantle - Mzungu, Clarke, Broughton. Hawthorn - Suckling, Burgoyne, Schneider.
Umpires - T Keating, D Margetts, G Fila.
West Coast 0.4.3 0.5.7 (37)
Fremantle 0.2.0 0.4.1 (25)
Nine-Point Goals : West Coast - Nil. Fremantle - Nil.
Goals : West Coast - C Wilson, M Nicoski, M Priddis, Q Lynch, R Neates. Fremantle - J
Anthony, J Griffin, J Mellington, K Bradley.
Best : West Coast - Masten, Lynch, Dalziell. Fremantle - McPharlin, Johnson, Mzungu.
Umpires - S Hay, L Farmer, B Ritchie.
Crowd – 25,776 at Patersons Stadium.