Another round done and only one more left for season 2017 and the regular season. So here is a little guide to what you may have missed out on in round 22.
We begin with Friday night footy between 2 teams vying for final’s standings with the Adelaide Crows going for top spot and looking to secure it, while the Sydney Swans are trying to gather top 4.
It was a massive clash that definitely lived up to all of the pre match hype that surrounded it with the Swans proving too strong for the Crows winning by 3 points and Lance Franklin kicking 2 goals and 8 behinds.
As per usual Saturday had 5 games, with the morning kicking off with the first game in history for premiership point’s played on Mars and in Ballarat.
Mars stadium in Ballarat hosted a massive crunch game between the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide Power. In a close and tight tussle, the Dogs got out to an early lead before the Power took over the match and eventually won by 17 points.
The next match on Saturday was the Collingwood Magpies taking on the Geelong Cats from the MCG and the Pies gave the Cats a real scare but eventually went down by 11 points.
The Saturday Twilight match was a huge match between the GWS Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium. The Eagles were gallant and looked the goods for most of the contest but unfortunately went down by 21 points after the Giants kicked the last 4 goals of the game, with Josh Kennedy booting another 4 goals.
The Saturday night game between the Gold Coast Suns and the Essendon Bombers was good…. up until the last quarter.
The Bombers blew them away in the last quarter as they beat them by 33 points and slightly improving their finals credentials.
And the other night game was Hawthorn taking on Carlton from Etihad Stadium. The Hawks never looked in the game for the whole night as they lost to a rapidly improving Blues outfit by 7 points and for the first time in a long time the Hawks are out of contention. I know a few people that will be celebrating.
On Sunday, the day started off with the Demons and Lions playing off at the MCG and let’s just say that the boys from Brisbane are improving a lot quicker than most people think they are. Never looking out of the match and never giving up as they lost by 13 points and they will be playing in the match to determine the Wooden Spoon against the Roos next week.
St. Kilda and North Melbourne never got to any great heights as the Roos jumped out early but were never in control as the Saints won by 59 points.
The last match of the round really was…. one of the most embarrassing performances of the year. Freo faced Richmond at Domain Stadium, in Freo’s last match there and the second last match in AFL history.
Freo actually got out to a head start and led by 4 points at quarter time but that is where it ended, Richmond banged on the next 9 goals eventually winning by 104 points.
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