Essendon booked their place in the knockout rounds with a goal after the siren to draw their match against St
Kilda; and the Bombers took the confidence they gained through that match into their Thursday night quarter final
against Melbourne. Playing like men inspired, the Bombers cruised through to take out a 39-point victory to move
into the semi-finals.
The Demons scored three of the first five goals, but were then virtually spectators for the next 15 minutes as the
Bombers put on a display of football far more polished and enterprising than their lacklustre position on last year’
s ladder suggested they should. Confidence grew with each goal, a spectacular soccer-style effort by Alwyn Davey
and a checkside by Patty Ryder being among the highlights. Even with Maric kicking a super-goal in the final
minute of the quarter, the Bombers still led by 17 points at the first change. And there was more good news for the
Bombers in the second term, a 9-pointer by Michael Hurley spearheading the Bombers’ charge. But the Demons
weren’t done yet, and with a rush of late goals cut the margin to 14 points at half time.
The Demons continued their fightback in the third term, getting the margin back to single figures. But the
Bombers weren’t going to surrender the lead if they could avoid it, and they were able to hold the Demons out to
lead by 10 points at the last change. But the three-quarter time break killed the Demon momentum, and the last
quarter was more like the first with the Bombers having numbers around the ground to score six goals to one for
the quarter and run away to a comfortable win.
Essendon 0.7.3 1.8.5 1.11.9 1.17.20 (121)
Melbourne 1.3.1 1.6.3 1.10.5 1.11.7 (82)
Nine-Point Goals : Essendon – Hurley. Melbourne – Maric.
Goals : Essendon - Ryder 3, Davey 2, Monfries 2, Heppell 2, Crameri, Jetta, Howlett, Williams,
Winderlich, Stanton, Bellchambers, Colyer. Melbourne - Jurrah 3, Dunn 2, Maric 2,Trengove,
Watts, Jetta, Sylvia.
Best : Essendon - Heppell, Hooker, Hurley, Stanton, Ryder, Monfries. Melbourne - Grimes, Jurrah,
Moloney, Sylvia, Maric, Trengove.
Injuries : Essendon - Colyer (leg), Dempsey (concussion). Melbourne – Nil.
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Rosebury, Nicholls, Ritchie.
Crowd - 13,863 at Etihad Stadium.
Collingwood took on Sydney at Docklands on Friday night, and the Magpies continued their impressive recent
record over the Swans with a 14-point victory in an entertaining clash.
The Magpies raced out of the blocks, with the first four goals of the game, at one stage in the first term leading by
29 points before a late Sydney goal cut the margin to 22 points at the first change. The Magpies had been
dominant, from Dane Swan and Lindsay Thomas to new recruit Andrew Krakouer; while it took the Swans a long
time to find their feet.
But the Swans fought back in the second term. The Magpies started well, with American recruit Shae McNamara
kicking his first goal in Collingwood colours. But the Swans began to get more drive forward and the scoreboard
began to tick over. Lewis Johnston put the Swans back within striking distance with a super-goal, while Adam
Goodes was looking a dangerous target up forward. By half time the margin was back to 11 points, and the
Swans continued their charge in the third term.
Goals to Ryan O’Keefe and Adam Goodes put the Swans in front; and with the Swans looking to have the
momentum it would need a circuit-breaker to restore Collingwood’s advantage. But Dayne Beams provided the
spark with a 55-metre super-goal. The Swans kept coming, but the Magpies held them out to lead by 2 points at
the last change. But the Swans were weakened in the last term when Adam Goodes departed after repeatedly
cramping. Although Goodes is OK and won’t miss any football, his absence was a blow from which the Swans
were unable to recover as the Magpies scored three goals to one in the final term to complete a 14-point win and
book themselves a berth in the semi finals.
Collingwood 0.5.6 0.7.7 1.9.9 1.12.12 (93)
Sydney 0.2.2 1.4.5 1.9.7 1.10.10 (79)
Nine-Point Goals : Collingwood – Beams. Sydney – Johnston.
Goals : Collingwood - Swan 4, Krakouer, Beams, Cloke, Macaffer, McNamara, Thomas, Sinclair,
Fasolo. Sydney - Goodes 3, O'Keefe 2, McGlynn 2, Jack, Malceski, Moore.
Best : Collingwood - Swan, Beams, Thomas, Krakouer, Ball, Maxwell, Davis. Sydney - Goodes,
Kennedy, Grundy, McGlynn, Rohan, Jack, Mattner, Bird.
Injuries : Collingwood – Nil. Sydney - Hannebery (head knock).
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Chamberlain, Donlon, Gleeson.
Crowd - 10,773 at Etihad Stadium.
St Kilda qualified for the semi finals when the Saints completed a 55-point win over Geelong at Docklands
on Saturday night. Disappointingly for the AFL, less than 10,000 people were on hand for the game.
The Saints dominated from the start, holding the Cats to a solitary scoring shot in the first quarter as they
raced to a 29-point lead at quarter time. Sean Dempster led the way with a super-goal, while Nick Riewoldt
was also looking dangerous up forward with two goals in the first term.
The Cats chose to rest many of their big names, electing to give their rookie listed players an opportunity to
press their case for senior selection. But in the absence of the likes of Ling, Chapman, Bartel and Corey,
the Cats struggled to find their regular drive through the midfield; and with their forwards being well held
the Cats were restricted to only three scoring shots in the first half. Even with those three shots all being
goals, the Saints still led by 42 points at the long break.
It had been a difficult week for the Saints. Richard Nixon, former player and manager of many of the Saints
players, left the country to flee the media outcry over an off-season photo scandal. But the Saints players
involved in the scandal, particularly Sam Gilbert and Nick Riewoldt, put their woes behind them to play
some sensational football and leave the under-manned Cats in their wake. By the last change the margin
had blown out to 60 points, and even though Jonathan Simpkin restored some respectability for the Cats
with a super-goal to ensure the cats would at least win the final quarter, it had been a comprehensive
result for the Saints; one that sees them through to the semi finals and a replay of the draw in the opening
round when the Saints will take on Essendon for the second time in the pre-season.
St Kilda 1.4.2 1.8.4 1.12.6 1.15.7 (106)
Geelong 0.1.0 0.3.0 0.4.3 1.6.6 (51)
Nine-Point Goals : St Kilda – Dempster. Geelong – Simpkin.
Goals : St Kilda - St Riewoldt 4, Milne 2, Goddard 2, McQualter 2, Gamble, Ledger, Dal
Santo, Lynch, Ray. Geelong - Byrnes, Simpkin, Hawkins, Duncan, Milburn, Motlop.
Best : St Kilda - McQualter, Riewoldt, Montagna, Fisher, Dal Santo, Archer, Armitage, Gwilt.
Geelong - Duncan, Selwood, Wojcinski, Milburn, Johnson, Lonergan .
Injuries : St Kilda – Jones (cut face). Geelong – Nil.
Umpires - Kennedy, Wenn, Ryan.
Crowd – 9,670 at Etihad Stadium .
West Coast won through to the semi finals in stifling heat at Subiaco Oval on Sunday evening when the
Eagles completed a 37-point win over Gold Coast.
The Eagles took close to their best side into the game, while the Suns had just three players in their team
who had played senior AFL football before. But the Suns received some early good luck when a 50 metre
penalty against Dean Cox put Rory Thompson within range for a super-goal. But the Eagles fought back to
take the lead by quarter time. And although the Suns at times threatened to get back into the contest, some
poor finishing let them down and the Eagles had the replying goals that enabled them to win every quarter.
Former NRL gun Karmichael Hunt struggled early to cope with the pace of his new game, being caught
with the ball and performing some turnovers early; but lifted his game later in the match to become a better
contributor. Hunt and his Suns team-mates showed some ability, but inexperience led to some poor
decision-making, which prevented the Suns from building any form of momentum during the match. But for
the Eagles, a semi-final appearance against Collingwood is a welcome turnaround after last year’s
wooden spoon finish. And importantly for the Eagles, the clash against the Magpies will be at Subiaco.
West Coast 0.3.6 0.6.9 0.8.12 0.12.15 (87)
Gold Coast 1.1.1 1.3.2 1.4.7 1.5.11 (50)
Nine-point Goals : West Coast – Nil. Gold Coast – Thompson.
Goals : West Coast – Cox 2, Kennedy 2, Ebert 2, Hams, Gaff, LeCras, Rosa, Wheedon,
Naitanui. Gold Coast – Bennell 2, Magin 2, Matera.
Best : West Coast – Cox, Rosa, S Selwood, Shuey, Brown, Dalziell. Gold Coast – Tape,
Rischitelli, Harbrow, Matera, Coad, Krakouer.
Injuries : West Coast – Mackenzie (hamstring) replaced in selected side by Jones. Gold
Coast – Nil.
Reports – Nil. Umpires - Margetts, Keating, Dalgleish, Farmer.
Crowd – 12,625 at Patersons Stadium.
Richmond 1.1 7.4 10.6 14.8 (92)
Port Adelaide 3.3 7.6 11.9 13.11 (89)
Goals : Richmond - Vickery 5, Miller, Nahas 2, Batchelor, King, Houli, Martin, Graham. Port
Adelaide - Westhoff 4, D Motlop 3, Pearce 2, Schulz, Butcher, Gray, M Motlop.
Best : Richmond - Vickery, Nahas, Cotchin, Martin, Houli. Port Adelaide - Westhoff, K
Cornes, Cassisi, D Stewart, D Motlop, Chaplin.
Injuries : Richmond – Nil. Port Adelaide – Nil.
At Traegar Park.
Hawthorn 5.2 9.4 12.7 15.9 (99)
North Melbourne 2.3 4.4 8.7 10.10 (70)
Goals : Hawthorn - Franklin 5, Roughead 4, Hale 2, Lewis, Osborne, Rioli, Schneider. North
Melbourne - Thomas 3, Warren 2, Wright, Wells, Petrie, Adams, Mullett.
Best : Hawthorn - Franklin, Roughead, Mitchell, Bruce, Burgoyne, Gibson, Whitecross.
North Melbourne - Swallow, Adams, Wells, Richardson, Thomas.
Injuries : Hawthorn – Nil. North Melbourne - Delaney (calf).
At Skilled Stadium.
Western Bulldogs 4.3 10.5 16.7 20.8 (128)
Brisbane 2.2 4.5 5.7 8.10 (58)
Bulldogs - Hall 3, Higgins 2, Giansiracusa 2, Ward 2, Jones 2, Veszpremi 2, Moles 2,
Griffen, Liberatore, Minson, Howard, Djerrkura. Brisbane - McGrath 2, Clark 2, Banfield,
Lester, Retzlaff, Rockliff.
Best : Bulldogs - Williams, Cross, Liberatore, Markovic, Higgins, Giansiracusa. Brisbane -
Rich, Banfield, Lester, McGrath, Retzlaff.
Injuries : Bulldogs – Nil. Brisbane – Nil.
Reports – Nil.
At Visy Park.
Adelaide 8.1 12.4 19.5 22.9 (141)
Fremantle 2.1 6.3 8.5 10.6 (66)
Goals : Adelaide - Walker 5, Tippett, Sloane, Henderson 3, Cook 2, Dangerfield, L
Thompson, Porplyzia, Gunston, Callinan, McKernan. Fremantle - Crowley, Mayne 3,
Mellington 2, Michie, Johnson.
Best : Adelaide - Sloane, Tippett, Henderson, Walker, Doughty, Porplyzia, Cook, Smith.
Fremantle - Mayne, Crowley, Johnson, Mzungu.
Injuries : Adelaide – Nil. Fremantle – Nil.
Crowd – 4,721 at Thebarton Oval.
Carlton 5.3 16.6 26.7 29.9 (183)
Greater Western Sydney 1.0 3.1 4.1 4.2 (26)
Goals : GWS - Crook, Cameron, Stevens, Tunbridge. Carlton - Betts 6, Thornton 5,
Warnock 4, Yarran 2, Judd 2, Kerr 2, Scotland, Murphy, Casboult, Carter, Laidler, Gibbs,
Best : GWS - Shiel, Hampton, Clifton, Giles, Crook. Carlton - Murphy, Yarran, Betts,
Scotland, Collins, Warnock, Laidler, Thornton, Tuohy.
Injuries : GWS – Nil. Carlton – Nil.
Crowd – 5,991 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.
|NEXT WEEK'S FIXTURES
NAB Cup - Semi Finals
Friday 4th March
Essendon v St Kilda (7:40pm, Etihad Stadium)
Saturday 5th March
West Coast v Collingwood (8:40pm, Patersons Stadium)
Friday 4th March
Carlton v Adelaide (4:00pm, Visy Park)
Richmond v Hawthorn (7:00pm, Deakin Reserve, Shepparton
Port Adelaide v Geelong (7:30pm, AAMI Stadium)
Saturday 5th March
Melbourne v Brisbane (12:00pm, Visy Park)
Gold Coast v Sydney (4:00pm, Fankhauser Reserve, Southport)
Fremantle v Western Bulldogs (6:30pm, Hands Reserve, Bunbury)
Greater Western Sydney v North Melbourne (7:00pm, Lavington Sports Ground, Albury)