1. Making the most of your inside 50’s is crucial in modern day footy
For the second consecutive week, the West Coast Eagles had more inside 50’s than their opponents yet failed to win the game.
Last week the Eagles had 63 inside 50’s whilst the Swans had 52, however the Eagles lost the game by 15 points. On Thursday night against the Bombers, West Coast had 59 inside 50’s to Essendon’s 45 but once again they lost the contest, this time by 28 points.
2. Max Gawn could well be the All-Australian ruckman this year
Gawn finished on top of Paddy Ryder, in a great battle with last year’s All Australian ruckman to prove that he is one of the best big men in the competition at the moment.
Gawn had 16 disposals, 53 hit outs and four marks and although Melbourne lost the game to the Power, he helped the Dees win the contested possessions battle and edge the clearances.
3. The Bombers can compete with the best teams
We have seen the best and worst of the Bombers this year, although their 28-point win over West Coast on Friday night was no doubt one of their best wins of the year. It was a must-win game for Essendon’s finals chances this year and beating the Eagles at Optus Stadium was terrific.
One of the best signs in the win was the form of all three new recruits, Devon Smith, Jake Stringer and Adam Saad, as they all had a big influence on the contest. Stringer and Smith both kicked three goals each and Saad had 26 disposals.
4. Sam Powell-Pepper is a tackling machine
Powell-Pepper broke a club record with 17 bruising tackles to help Port beat the Demons by 10 points in Friday night’s epic clash at the Adelaide Oval. The second year midfielder from Western Australia has had an indifferent season after a club and AFL suspension for misconduct, however he hasn’t missed a beat since coming back into the side.
5. Jeremy Cameron can expect a long holiday
Cameron said in a post match interview that his focus was on the ball, however it wasn’t a good look and Andrews was taken to hospital on Saturday evening and is in serious doubt for next week’s game against the Dockers in Perth.