Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. That's an average of almost seven interchanges per game! Their second leg there was bad due to injuries sustained during their compressed fixture period. The next 24/48 hours promise to be interesting with the make-up of the top-four still to be settled, as well as that decisive Freo-Bulldogs contest. One of the powerful Port midfielders starred with a team-high 24 disposals and four clearances, but only three of these came in the frantic last term as pure weight of numbers and the experience of Prestia and Cotchin came to the fore. AFL season 2020, round 18: Geelong claw past Sydney - as it happened Sydney 9.9 (63) lost to Geelong 10.9 (69) Geelong scrape into the top-four after trailing for most of the contest

Prediction: Gold Coast Suns by eight points. He’s fortunate on this occasion that Spargo is awarded a free for being tackled without the ball, but yet again Melbourne don’t take advantage, with the long range effort floating through for a behind. The short answer to that rhetorical question about Melbourne’s slow play is yes, yes they can. We all speak about metres gained ad nauseam but they're not very useful if the ball is turned over. ... AFL CAIRNS FINALS. I was a vegetarian for many years, and then started eating fish again, which I've never regretted.

There were actually four games where Boak was interchanged a staggering eight times. The All-Australian found himself with the hardest job in footy, matched up against Richmond powerhouse Dustin Martin for large stretches.

The ball is locked in Essendon’s defensive half but Melbourne can’t pick a pass and the Bombers seem able to only hug the boundary in response. Let's go boys.

In footy culture, 2 plus 2 rarely equals 4. Why the Blues must go all-in on blue-chip stocks. Q4: 2 mins remaining: Essendon 7.6 (48) v 9.8 (62) Melbourne - Fritsch kicks the steadier.

Seven out of eight games at Optus Stadium were wins. Hawthorn vs Gold Coast Suns

featured alongside some of Australia’s most prominent sports journalists. The Lions used that loss, after they had led by as much as 37 points in the second quarter, to spark them into a ten-match winning run that would take them to second place on the ladder, but ultimately a straight-sets exit from September. They’re the age old questions when one player has a blinder. This Sunday, they’ll fancy their chances of a sixth win when they face the Hawks, who they’ve beaten only twice – both times in 2017. Clickbait and hot takes: How do fans navigate today's footy media? Two more players from their triple-premiership winning classes of 2013-15 – captain Ben Stratton and Paul Puopolo – will play their final games this weekend, with the latter to fall short of the double-ton by only a couple of games. Both he and Marshall needed to affect more contests to bring the smaller forwards into the game, something Riewoldt and Lynch were far more effective at throughout the course.

Q4: 3 mins remaining: Essendon 7.6 (48) v 8.7 (55) Melbourne - It’s just wave after wave of Essendon attack.

The Tiger wingman has enjoyed a career renaissance in 2020 after missing out on the premiership in 2019 and was again valuable roaming up and down the wing, taking an important mark with the flight in the last term before driving it forward while more than 50% of his touches won in a contested situation.

All rights reserved. 'Slay that dragon': An oral history of Essendon's 2000 season, How traditional AFL clubs can learn from the 'cocky kids'. Perhaps the biggest thing in Melbourne’s favour is their opposition.

IT’S THE FINAL(S) COUNTDOWN! Only 12 disposals was the result and despite three I50s was only able to affect two score involvements.

Q2: 7 mins remaining: Essendon 2.1 (13) v 4.5 (29) Melbourne - The Demons are absolutely annihilating the Bombers at the centre bounce. Monstered at stoppages they lacked discipline in defence and penetration with the ball. Down at the wrong end of the ladder, North Melbourne can all but avoid the wooden spoon if they can cause an upset against the West Coast Eagles, but a loss, coupled with an Adelaide win over Richmond, will see the Shinboners finish last for the first time since 1972. Rarely can a side have ever stockpiled so much talent for so little reward - and the coach is escaping near enough without a scratch.

Has an enormous role to play next week against one of two clubs with outstanding depth in the wing position.

In the end I think Port will take the points, and henceforth the minor premiership. Essendon head into the break with some momentum. They’ll need to strike soon though - their veterans aren’t getting any younger. The Dons have just one win in nine outings and they’ve been soundly belted in their last couple, with negative stories dominating the media about their list management and coaching succession plan. A bit Rich.

The 36-year-old delivered what he could for his beloved club and will leave as one of the most respected and admired players in the game, even if he never featured in the game’s biggest stage – the grand final. Fourteen disposals, a game-high three tackles I50 and two goals, including a spectacular snap in the second from deep in the pocket after he’d earlier toe poked the ball to his advantage before gaining possession for his team and then running forward onto a Butters handball to finish. They brought most of their stars back in time for their final against Collingwood, but it seemed too little, too late. A game high seven disposals and four clearances showed his immense value when the game was on the line. It might surprise many that a real Brownlow Medal fancy is the most interchanged player of the 2020 season. Join The Mongrel to get it! With the Lions starting favourites to defeat the Blues on Saturday night, it will be left to Ken Hinkley’s side to ensure that they beat the Pies to finish the season having spent each round at the top of the ladder.

The maligned Tiger wingman seems to be expected to live up to the one in a million debut on Grand Final day last year. Meanwhile, for the Dees, it’s win by enough and then hope that the Bulldogs are beaten heavily by Fremantle on Sunday – irrespective of the result between St Kilda and GWS the previous day. The Lions have had 19 posters so far this year, more than one per game. Q1: 5 mins remaining: Essendon 1.0 (6) v 1.3 (9) Melbourne: Melbourne are trying to finesse the Sherrin around Metricon Stadium at a sedate pace - but do they have the skills to own the footy and create space? Despair quickly turned to jubilation with a memorable last-gasp win over the Saints, four points that preceded a pair of dismal performances against outsiders Sydney and Fremantle. MLC Life Insurance on Friday recognised Smith had suffered “total and permanent disablement” due to the head knocks he sustained during his 11-year career. Discuss. • Get AFL news and more in your inbox Dylan Roberton (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Photos/Getty Images).

He might need to sharpen up his presentation skills if he’s to get the time he requires. You must provide an email address to create a Roar account, When using Facebook to create or log in to an account, you need to grant The Roar permission to see your email address, By joining The Roar you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions. Not only that but Chris Fagan's team leads the league in out-on-the-fulls.

In a game littered with errors Petracca is a joy to watch. But none of them can claim the title of the best one-on-one defender. B: J.Ridley, B.Zerk-Thatcher, M.GleesonHB: D.Smith, M.Hurley, A.SaadC: T.Cutler, Z.Merrett, B.HamHF: W.Snelling, J.Stewart, M.GuelfiF: J.Stringer, J.Daniher, A.McDonald-TipungwutiFOLL: S.Draper, D.Shiel, D.ParishI/C: J.Laverde, M.Redman, D.Clarke, K.Langford, IN: M.Hurley, J.Laverde, M.RedmanOUT: M.Hibberd, A.Phillips, J.Townsend (all omitted). Available for everyone, funded by readers. Is finishing in the top four now actually a disadvantage? Nine intercepts made up his 23 possessions which gained a game-high 688m, more than double his season average.

Their finish to the season was very strong and they entered the finals with plenty of momentum. The only clutch of players doing anything like their job to a high standard is the Demon defensive line. Patrick Dangerfield?

Successive frustrating losses to the Adelaide Crows and Melbourne have seen the Giants, beaten grand finalists last year, sit in tenth place. Should Simon Goodwin’s side win, then it all comes down to the Dogs v the Dockers tomorrow night. Set up Duursma’s first term goal with a peerless left foot pass after spinning out of trouble.

A very well taken goal from 45m in the first term after a marking infringement free kick the highlight of his six-possession game, but numerous tap ons and blocks were not recorded. 19d Justin Robertson. The return of established stars Dion Prestia and Shane Edwards in recent weeks has forced Bolton out of the starting midfield rotation, but rather than dwell on the demotion has become a dangerous forward and valuable link player.

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