The last round of the regular AFL season for 2017 has been completed and we now know the eight teams that will be competing for the flag.
But first we have to say, how did these teams get there??
On Friday night, we saw Hawthorn go up against the Western Bulldogs in a night where 4 AFL legend’s said farewell in an emotional contest.
On a night where we saw the final games of Luke Hodge and Josh Gibson from the Hawks and Robert Murphy and Matthew Boyd from the Dogs, it was the Hawks who came out on top ultimately ending the final’s chances of the Dogs at Etihad Stadium.
The last super Saturday came around and the day start off with Melbourne hoping to officially book their appearance in September for the first time since 2006 at the expense of Collingwood.
Melbourne never got going as Collingwood made an early break getting out to a match high lead of 41 points before the Demons came back and eventually went down by 16 points and the Magpies ended their season on a high.
We now are going to the other midday match between the Brisbane Lions and the North Melbourne Kangaroos in the battle for the wooden spoon.
Wow this game…. What more can you say?? The 2 teams trying to avoid finishing last and it ended up being the Lions who have won the 2017 wooden spoon, as the Roos were far too good winning by 51 points at the GABBA.
The twilight game was simply about Sydney getting more confidence before the final’s as they thrashed Carlton at the SCG by 81 points as Lance “Buddy” Franklin had a day out finishing with 10 goals to place him 5 in front of Josh Kennedy in the Coleman Medal race with JK still to play.
The usual 2 night games failed to live up to any real expectation that we may have had for the games. Geelong Cats battled the GWS Giants in the battle for top 2 and top 4 game.
All of us thought that it was going to be close and tight but it ended up being an easy win for Cats as they belted the Giants by 44 points at Simmonds Stadium.
The other Saturday night game was even worse, and I mean to the point where one team did not score for almost 2 quarters. I speak of the Port Adelaide Power taking on the Gold Coast Suns.
It was tight for the first couple of minutes but that is where it ended, as the Suns never arrived in Adelaide as the Power won by 115 points and remain winless against teams when they are in the top 8.
The final 3 games of the regular season and the top 8 is still not set, we were in for a suspenseful day.
The day started off with the Essendon Bombers and Fremantle Dockers facing off at Etihad Stadium. This was one of the weirdest feeling’s in a game as the Eagles were supporting their cross-town rivals.
The Bombers ended up being too strong for Freo and winning by 15 points but the Dockers were gallant in defeat as they came storming home from a 40-point deficit in the third quarter.
The midday game was between the Richmond Tigers and St. Kilda Saints at the MCG. This was another emotional encounter for both teams as ex – captain Nick Riewoldt was playing his last game.
The Tigers were playing for a spot in the top 4 and the Saints still had dreams of playing in the finals but that is where it ended as the Tigers came out on top after a fast start winning by 41 points and ending the Saints finals dreams.
And in the final game of the home and away season, the West Coast Eagles took on the ladder leading Adelaide Crows for a spot in the Finals, as they have to win by 20 points or more to qualify.
This was the final ever AFL match to be played at Domain Stadium or Subiaco as it was originally called. With the Eagles getting over the Crows by 29 points and making the finals by 0.5 percent and finishing eighth.
And with that the 2017 AFL Home and Away season is completed but make sure you check out the starting of the finals in just over one week’s time, with the Adelaide Crows facing the GWS Giants, Geelong Cats against Richmond Tigers, Sydney Swans going toe to toe with the Essendon Bombers and of course the Port Adelaide Power in a huge match against the West Coast Eagles.
Make sure you keep up to date with all finals games as they happen and for more updated, listen in to The Warm Up with Bryzer and Ben, every Friday afternoon from 1PM – 4PM, only on BOOM Radio, “Not Just Noise.