Round Five provided plenty of talking points. Here are our top three.
1. The Suns have finally delivered. Gold Coast beat Brisbane by 64 points in the ninth edition of the Q-Clash. It was the first sign of life we’ve from the Suns all seasons. Charlie Dixon kicked six goals and Tom Lynch kicked three, while Bennell and Prestia were also very impressive with 31 and 28 disposals respectively.
Gold Coast’s Adam Saad’s was also brilliant, collecting 26 disposals and providing great run off half back. The 20 year was plucked from Coburg in the VFL and has slotted easily into the Suns’ side, playing all five game. He looks to be one to watch out for in the future. Rodney Eade will be relieved with the win, however will also know that there is a lot of work still to do.
2. Carlton was absolutely pummelled by Collingwood on Friday night. Collingwood must be given credit for performing better than expected so far this season, however it is worth noting that Carlton only managed 36 inside 50s for the game, had only six marks inside 50, only 68% disposal efficiency and had almost 100 disposals less than their opponents. These are not statistics that are going to get a side close to winning a game of footy. The Blues are so far off the pace it’s embarrassing.
3. Port Adelaide has beaten Adelaide for the fourth time in five meetings to take a 21-17 lead in the Showdown head to head. Jay Schulz booted five goals for the Power, while Robbie Gray won the Showdown Medal for the best afield with 32 disposals. Port continued their good form from last week’s win over Hawthorn to again come out strongly with an eight goal to four first half.
The Crows were improved from last week, however, wasted their chances, winning the inside 50 count 71 – 42, yet only managing to kick 13 goals for the day. Port also managed to finish off strongly in the last quarter to record a fairly comfortable victory. They continue to go from strength to strength after a shaky start. They will once again be there come the pointy end of the season.