Round Seven saw exciting finishes and big bags of goals for key forwards. Charlie Curnow had the chance to kick 10 goals against the Eagles, kicking 9.3, whilst Tom Hawkins wound back the clock with eight goals against Essendon.
Collingwood continued their run of come-from-behind wins, this time beating Adelaide by a point off a five-day break in the dying moments, leading for just 20 seconds of the match to claim first spot on the ladder.
Meanwhile, in the 'Battle of the Bridge,' the Swans faltered in the dying moments for the second time this season, allowing Toby Greene to kick a ridiculous goal to get the Giants over the line by one point.
This weekend, the fourth-quarter specialists in the Pies will come up against the Swans, who'll need to put together a fourth-quarter performance if they are to prove any chance of winning. Meanwhile, Richmond will be hoping they can turn their season around against the Eagles, whilst the Giants and Bulldogs match looms as an interesting encounter given their previous history.
Here are the five players to watch across this weekend's games.
Greene won the game off his own boot for GWS last week in true captain's fashion to overcome the Swans by one point. The Swans were up by 23 points when Greene's third goal started an inspired comeback for the Giants.
Greene finished with four goals, 22 disposals, and a Brett Kirk Medal.
This week, Greene and his Giants will come up against the Bulldogs, a team that Greene has plenty of interesting history against. Greene was fined for eye gouging Marcus Bontempelli, escaped a suspension for lifting his boot into Luke Dahlhaus' face, and even had one Bulldogs fan tip beer on him.
It's often an entertaining game when these two sides meet, ever since the Bulldogs' 2016 Preliminary Final win. Greene will be looking to back up his strong season with another winning performance this weekend.
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Whilst it's been a pretty average season from Freo so far, currently sitting at 2-5 and 14th on the ladder, O'Meara has produced some strong individual performances.
Last week in the Dockers' 48-point loss to Brisbane, O'Meara had 18 disposals, eight tackles and two goals to be named Freo's best player.
In what looms as a strong opportunity for a win at home this weekend against the 17th-placed Hawks, O'Meara will be looking to replicate those efforts to get his new team over the line, with the added touch of gaining bragging rights over his old teammates.
Broad produced a career-best season last year, polling his first-ever Brownlow vote and becoming more of an attacking defender, and his side has missed that over the last four weeks.
The Tigers have a prime opportunity to hit form this weekend against a heavily depleted West Coast side at the MCG, with some added intrigue given West Coast is reportedly planning to lure Broad back home to WA at season's end.
With the Pies deemed the comeback kings and asserting their fourth-quarter dominance week after week, the Swans will be hoping they stop fading towards the end of the game this weekend. If they are to do this, Ryan Clarke will be looking to stop Brownlow favourite, Nick Daicos, from having too much say in the game.
Clarke was the man sent to Daicos in Round 22 and the preliminary final last year, successfully tagging him on both occasions and contributing to Swans' victories. Craig McRae tried to move Daicos around the ground in the earlier meeting, yet was unable to break the tag.
After suffering a hamstring strain at the end of pre-season to miss the first five rounds of the season, Clarke returned against the Cats in Round 6 and is slowly easing his way back into the game. He will be hoping to stand out this weekend.
Hunter Clark looks to be thriving under new coach Ross Lyon and playing consistent football. A broken jaw, an AC joint, a broken nose, and being stretchered off after a head clash all occurred across eight games in 2021, with Clark considering himself incredibly unlucky.
This weekend when the Saints and Roos play this weekend, Clark will no doubt be thinking about the potential trade floated last year that nearly saw him end up at Arden St.
Playing in the midfield so far this season after a strong pre-season training block, Clark is averaging 23 disposals and 12 kicks a game, with strong individual performances against Gold Coast, Fremantle and the Bulldogs.
Clark will equal the number of games he played in 2022 on Sunday afternoon after Lyon's renewed confidence in him so far this season.