Some of the closest and not-so-closest games of the year if not all time made round nine a great demonstration of how teams are doing in 2019
West Coast (85) vs Melbourne (69):
Melbourne finally started to show signs of being a great team but still just can’t take home the win. It was a rollercoaster of a game with highs andf lows for both sides but the Eagles have found some strong form recently and blew the Dees out of the water in the last quarter. Max Gawn had another reat erformance and just keeps getting better and better, he had a ridiculous 56 hitouts and has just continued his ridiculous; possibly the only positive for Melbourne. The Eagle were just an opposite side of the coi, Elliot Yeo had 16 tackles… 16, as well as 26 disposals, he looks as if he’s gotten over all his injury issues from last year and is just tearing it up this year. Shannon Hurn was also a key to the Eagle’s game 13 marks, 9 of which were contested and if they weren’t taken could’ve proved the difference between a win or a loss. What’s happened to Melbourne, the 6-6-6 rule has just ruined them and their great form last year seems to have gone to nothig; their best players just aren’t having an impact and I don’t think it’s their fault, I think it’s Simon Goodwin’s. For Melbourne to start playing like a decent side again there are going to need to be serious changes coaching wise.
Collingwood (112) vs St Kilda (71):
St Kilda stuck in there till the very end… of three quarter time.
Brisbane (93) vs Crows (92):
Arguably the game of the year and some of the most tense final minutes for fans of both sides.
Geelong (133) vs Western Bulldogs (89):
Geelong will be Geelong, the top of the table showed why they’re there.
Essendon (60) vs Fremantle (53):
Hard to watch at times, Essendon finally managed to break their losing streak but Freo just added to theirs. The tight finish was probably the most exciting part of the whole match but it sure as hell was tense. Dylan Shiel kicked his first goal in the red and black to seal the deal, and what a first goal it was. Running in from outside 50 and kicking it on the full. As for the rest of the game, it wasn’t pretty. Not nearly enough uncontested possesions as their should’ve been and the new 6-6-6 rule definetly isn’t helping the run of the game. Zach Merret shone out once again with 35 disposals and is definelty looking like a brownlow contender. Fremantle played a quiet game but definetly got their hands on the ball a lot, David Mundy 34 disposals and 6 tackles and Rory Lobb out-rucked Tom Bellchambers which is a good sign since losing Sandilands. Nat Fyfe was really quiet and just couldn’t get near the footy, 24 disposals is nothing to be snuffed at but it’s not what you’d expect from a player of his calibre. A struggle for the four points is not really what sides need at this stage in the comp but it was what they got.
North Melbourne (72) vs Sydney (77):
Injuries hurt the Swans early but they stepped it up in the second half and even survived a last minute surge by the Roos. With both sides only having two wins beforehand the game wasn’t promising anything special but infact it was the polar opposite. Sydney lost Josh Kennedy before the game forcing them to field the second-youngest side in the AFL, only after Goals Coast and injuries to Zak Jones and Isaac Heeney din’t help much. After a strong first quarter from the Roos, Sydney pulled away for the rest of the game except for a last minute push by North. With less than a minute to go and 5 points the difference, both sides were giving everything for the four points. Jack Ziebel was definetly the difference for North in the second half and was also probably best on ground, 35 disposals and 8 tackles really solidified his move to the midfield as a good decision. There are definetly improvements to be made for North, especially for Ben Brown who only had five disposals for the game. Altough neither side looks like a chance for finals, there are definetly great signs for next year.
Port Adelaide (89) vs Goals Coast (51):
A close first half meant nothing for the Suns with Port taking control in the second half with a 6 goal win. After trailing by four points at half time Power were just too strong for the Suns, kicking 7 goals to 1 and lkanding a comfortable lead. Travis Boak and Tom Rockliff are having great seasons, being two of the top five players in disposals for the year. They both had a serious impact on the run of the ball with 10 tackles and 66 diposals between them. Port’s rookies also shone once again with Connor Rozee 18 disposals, 8 tackles and 2 goals and Xavier Duursma racking up 19 disposals and 6 marks. Brayden Fiorini somehow managed a ridiculous 38 disposals and 5 tackles dispite the score and could possibly take home the three points as well. The game just highlighted the Sun’s need for some better defence, conceding 7 goals to 1 in a highly contested half of footy just isn’t good enough for a side that has had the amount of high picks and salary cap as the Sun’s. They’re going to have to make some serious improvements if they want to be competetive in the next few years.
Richmond (95) vs Hawthorn (59):
Richmond have finally gotten over their run of injuries and are looking like Premiership contenders. Dustin Martin was the highlight of the night and is finally starting to look like his old ‘brownlow’ self. Dusty racked up 37 disposals and two goals which is finally what richmond need from him after a lacklustre start to the season. Noah Balta was also pivitol in the absence of some bug names up front with 6 tackles, 18 disposals, a goal and some hitouts as well. With Nankervis out Ivan Soldo also held his ground in the ruck department but only a week after he was in the team, he’s back out after elbowing James Worpel in the head with a lot of controversey about the fact that you can elbow people in the head as long as you’ve won a brownlow. Hawthorn definitely had some good signs but just didn’t have the same impact as round 8. Jaeger O’Meara and James Worpel had seven tackles and a combined 58 disposals. The Hawks just couldn’t impact the scoreboard, with five scoring shots to one in the first quarter the hawks barely had the lead after they kicked 1.4, it basically summed up the rest of the game. Both sided definetly have potential for finals and are starting to overcome their poor start to the season.
GWS (138) vs Carlton (45):
Carlton need help. Serious help. After numerous high draft picks Carlton still just can’t make an impact on the scoreboard. With arguably their only good player, Patrick Cripps getting tagged by DeBoer and held to 12 disposals, there was little to no hope from the very begining. Marc Murphy was missing from the end of the first quarter but considering he only had four disposals it probably didn’t mean much, Levi Casboult also only had eight disposals for the game. There honestly weren’t any positives for Carlton, not a single person got past 30 disposals or 4 tackles and there were only 5 goal kickers for the match. As for GWS it was a completey different story, Lachie Whitfield had his own football with 40 disposals 16 marks and 3 goals and this was after a two week break with a corked thigh. His success in the midfield allowed five players to kick three or more goals including Jeremy Finlayson who kicked 5. The game is another loss to add to the pile for Carlton with 27 wins from 119 games since 2014, but this should be putting a smile on Crows fans’ faces with the number one draft pick looking more and more likely after last years trade.