A goal after the siren, a team rallies for a 250th and the top two move ahead of the pack. All that and more in this week’s edition of winners and losers.
Winner: Sam Lloyd
Sam Lloyd is living the dream following his after-the-siren goal on Saturday night against the Swans to clinch victory for the Tigers.
For now, it takes a bit of pressure off Richmond, who travel to Perth to take on Fremantle, beaming with confidence. It’s not all doom and gloom for Damien Hardwick’s men who sit at 2-6. In 2010, Hawthorn rebounded from a 1-6 start to make finals. I’m not saying its likely, I’m just saying its not impossible. However, they really need to kick on from this and get another winning together
As for Lloyd, his not one to shy away from the big stage. In round one he kicked a handful of goals from the boundary line to help the Tigers over the line against Carlton, so it was only fitting that it was he who had the final shot at goal on Saturday night.
Loser: Queensland Footy
AFL in this state is at a crossroads and based on what both Queensland sides dished up in round eight, there are no signs of it getting any better.
The Suns did play the high-flying Giants, but they are always going to be compared against one another and at the moment the Suns are miles behind their fellow expansion team.
As for the Lions, 24,000 turned up to see them play Collingwood despite an NRL game being played at Suncorp that night. After that performance, I highly doubt we’ll see a crowd larger than that for the foreseeable future.