It is now the end of Round 21, and there is only 2 left as the Final’s race is starting to heat up, and first down to twelfth still being undecided. One of the closest AFL seasons to date could definitely be headed to the last round of 2017.
Let’s start with the opening game of the round 21, on Friday night between the Western Bulldogs and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium. This was definitely a topsy turvy game that had the Giants get off to an early lead before the Dogs came back with inaccuracy costing them as they went down by 48 points.
Super Saturday had some massive games and we start off with the early morning game and it is a game that we won’t speak about to much in depth as the Sydney Swans thrashed Freo by 104 points at the SCG, in one of the worst efforts of the season from the Dockers. They were deplorable and absolutely embarrassed.
The midday game on Saturday was a battle of top 4/top 8 hopefuls the Geelong Cats and Richmond Tigers at Simmonds Stadium in Geelong. The Tigers got off to a huge start going into the first change as the Tigers led by 4 points before eventually going down by 14 points.
The twilight game was a battle of 2 teams whose season’s might not have lived up to expectation but the start sure impressed, as it was the Brisbane Lions going up against the Gold Coast Suns from the GABBA in the Q-Clash. The Suns had a demoralising week on and off the field with the sacking of head coach Rodney Eade. It was interim coach Dean Solomon’s first game in charge as the Suns got off to an early lead before going down by 58 points with the Lions continuing to be big improvers since the mid-season AFL bye.
The night double header saw 2 big games with potential final implications with Essendon facing the ladder leading Adelaide and the West Coast Eagles going up against the Carlton Blues at the Domain Stadium.
Essendon and Adelaide took on each other with the Crows needing to win to certify their minor premiership credential’s and the Bombers hoping to better the chances of qualifying for the final’s. Let’s just say that Adelaide got out of the blocks and never looked back eventually winning by 43 points.
Meanwhile the other game on Saturday night was the West Coast Eagles going up against the Carlton Blues at Domain Stadium. It was a must win for the Eagles to better improve their final’s credentials as well. The Eagles fought off a very gallant Blues outfit eventually winning by 17 points and improving their final’s chances before they play off against the top 2 sides to end the regular season against the GWS Giant’s and Adelaide Crows.
We now move onto Sunday, and as per usual there were 3 games on Sunday. It started off with a must win game between the Melbourne Demons and St.Kilda Saints with the finals race heating up as the Demons eventually came out on top by 24 points.
The Hawks also were far too strong for the Roos in Launceston by 27 points, meanwhile the final game of the round saw the Power defeat the Magpies by 27 points. There you have it, another round done with only 2 to go, things are certainly starting to really heat up.