Gold Coast 77 def Richmond 67

The Gold Coast Suns upset the Tigers in a big way. Big forward Ben King lead the way for the Suns. His 4th goal was the game winner, as he put his side up by 10 with less than 2 minutes left of play.

Touk Miller was best afield for the Suns, as he continues his terrific form. For the Tigers Bachar Houli played well all night, while Tom Lynch was a dominant force up forward. Gold Coast is now 8-1 when Tom Lynch kicks 5 or more goals, though this is the first time he has done so AGAINST the Suns.

Ed Carmine: 5. T Miller, 4. B Ellis, 3. J Lukosius, 2. T J. Lynch, 1. B Houli
Mitch Keating: 5. T Miller, 4. J Lukosius, 3. T J. Lynch, 2. B Ainsworth, 1. B Ellis
Ed Lemmo: 5. T Miller, 4. B Ellis, 3. J Lukosius, 2. B Houli, 1. D Swallow
Nick Splitter: 5. T Miller, 4. B King, 3. B Ellis, 2. B Ainsworth, 1. T J. Lynch

Geelong 98 def Essendon 57

Essendon jumped out to a 25 point lead late in the first quarter, but couldn't hold on as the Cats outplayed their opponents from that point on. It was a bittersweet victory for Geelong, as they will be without Jeremy Cameron for some weeks after he injured his hamstring for the third time this season.

Darcy Parish was awarded the best of field medal after his scintillating performance but didn't manage to snag a perfect round in the MVP votes. Patrick Dangerfield spoiled the party, with an equally impressive display and one of his best games of the season.

Tom Hawkins was huge in the absence of Cameron for the Cats, while Jake Stringer continues to increase his value with another strong performance.

Ed Carmine: 5. D Parish, 4. P Dangerfield, 3. T Hawkins, 2. J Stringer, 1. I Smith
Mitch Keating: 5. D Parish, 4. P Dangerfield, 3. T Hawkins, 2. Z Tuohy, 1. J Stringer,
Ed Lemmo: 5. D Parish, 4. P Dangerfield, 3. Z Merrett, 2. I Smith, 1. T Hawkins
Nick Splitter: 5. P Dangerfield, 4. D Parish, 3. T Hawkins, 2. J Stringer, 1. Z Tuohy

Melbourne 55 def by Greater Western Sydney 64

GWS has leaped into the top 8, after defeating the ladder leaders in a hard-fought match. In a gutsy win for the Giants, they keep their finals hopes well and truly alive as they get half a game clear from the Tigers.

Josh Kelly was best-on-ground for the Giants, getting plenty of the ball and making his impact felt against a strong Melbourne midfield. Tim Taranto was fantastic in the middle while rising star nominee Tom Green put together another impressive performance. For the Demons, Christian Petracca and Christian Salem were exceptional as usual.

Ed Carmine: 5. J Kelly, 4. T Taranto, 3. C Petracca, 2. T Green, 1. C Salem
Mitch Keating: 5. J Kelly, 4. C Ward, 3. C Petracca, 2. T Taranto, 1. S May
Ed Lemmo: 5. J Kelly, 4. C Salem, 3. T Taranto, 2. C Petracca, 1. T Green
Nick Splitter: 5. J Kelly, 4. T Taranto, 3. C Petracca, 2. C Ward, 1. C Salem

Adelaide 59 def by Brisbane 111

The Lions have consolidated their position in the top four with a decisive 52 point victory over the Crows. Adelaide was able to keep the game close for the first two and a half quarters but was overpowered by Brisbane who booted eight of the last nine majors.

Zac Bailey continues on with his career-best season, nearly having a perfect scored round for his ability to impact the scoreboard and gather plenty of the ball. Jarryd Lyons and Lincoln McCarthy were also prolific in Lion's victory. Rory Laird was again one of Adelaide's best, with Ben Keays also helping keep the game close in the first half.

Ed Carmine: 5. Z Bailey, 4. R Laird, 3. J Lyons, 2. M Adams, 1. B Keays
Mitch Keating: 5. Z Bailey, 4. J Lyons, 3. L McCarthy, 2. M Adams, 1. R Laird
Ed Lemmo: 5. J Lyons, 4. R Laird, 3. Z Bailey, 2. L McCarthy, 1. B Keays
Nick Splitter: 5. Z Bailey, 4. R Laird, 3. L McCarthy, 2. J Lyons, 1. M Adams

Hawthorn 53 def by Port Adelaide 87

In Shaun Burgoyne's 400th game, his old side Port Adelaide ruined the milestone by defeating the Hawks by 34 points. Kicking an impressive nine consecutive majors, the Power were on the cusp of blowing out the game early in the third but Hawthorn edged their way back into the match.

Ollie Wines got another 3 votes, as he becomes a close 2nd favourite for the Brownlow. Darcy Byrne-Jones and Karl Amon were also in the best for the Power. The reliable Tom Mitchell continued his excellent play in a comeback season being Hawthorn's best.

Ed Carmine: 5. O Wines, 4. D Byrne-Jones, 3. T Mitchell, 2. C Dixon, 1. K Amon
Mitch Keating: 5. O Wines, 4. K Amon, 3. T Jonas, 2. T Mitchell, 1. D Byrne-Jones
Ed Lemmo: 5. O Wines, 4. T Boak, 3. D Byrne-Jones, 2. T Mitchell, 1. C Dixon
Nick Splitter: 5. O Wines, 4. K Amon, 3. D Byrne-Jones, 2. T Mitchell, 1. T Boak

Fremantle 64 def by Carlton 80

Carlton's season isn't over yet after the Blues held on in a close match against the Dockers. In a season where Carlton's defense and effort in the final term has been questioned, they managed to keep the Dockers to a single point in the final quarter, as their defense held up and won them the match.

Sam Walsh was exceptional as always getting the best-on-ground honors. After being heavily criticised for the past few seasons, Paddy Dow played his best game for the Blues and could be important if they hope to make a late run to the finals. Sean Darcy was Fremantle's best, dominating the ruck leading to 19 more clearances for his side.

Ed Carmine: 5. S Walsh, 4. P Dow, 3. S Darcy, 2. A Brayshaw, 1. A Saad
Mitch Keating: 5. S Walsh, 4. S Darcy, 3. P Dow, 2. A Saad, 1. A Brayshaw
Ed Lemmo: 5. S Walsh, 4. A Saad, 3. P Dow, 2. A Brayshaw, 1. N Newman
Nick Splitter: 5. S Walsh, 4. S Darcy, 3. A Saad, 2. A Brayshaw, 1. P Dow

Sydney 118 def West Coast 26 

In a dominant display from the Swans, they embarrassed the Eagles by the margin of 92 points. Sydney made their intentions know early jumping to an early lead, and never looked back. West Coast found themselves down by 61 points at halftime and only managed to score 26 points, their lowest total since 1992.

Callum Mills was the unanimous best player for the Swans as the midfielder was in total control against the Eagles. Luke Parker and Jordan Dawson were also in the Swan's best. It was a rough game for the Eagles, but Dom Sheed tried hard all match.

Ed Carmine: 5. C Mills, 4. L Parker, 3. J Dawson, 2. L Franklin, 1. T Hickey
Mitch Keating: 5. C Mills, 4. T Hickey, 3. L Parker, 2. J Dawson, 1. L Franklin
Ed Lemmo: 5. C Mills, 4. J Dawson, 3. L Parker, 2. I Heeney, 1. D Sheed
Nick Splitter: 5. C Mills, 4. T Hickey, 3. L Franklin, 2. L Parker, 1. J Dawson

Collingwood 61 def by St Kilda 70 

The Saints are marching their way towards the top eight with a narrow 9 point victory over the Pies. They now find themselves half a game away from the top 8. St Kilda dominated the first 3 quarters, but the Magpies flipped the game in the final term nearly managing a miraculous comeback.

Jack Steele was elite, with one of the best performances of the entire round. His teammates Brad Hill and Luke Dunstan were also important in the Saint's victory. For the Magpies, Taylor Adams and Jordan De Goey were the standout players.

Ed Carmine: 5. J Steele, 4. B Hill, 3. T Membrey, 2. P Ryder, 1. J De Goey
Mitch Keating: 5. J Steele, 4. B Hill, 3. T Adams, 2. L Dunstan, 1. P Ryder
Ed Lemmo: 5. J Steele, 4. B Hill, 3. L Dunstan, 2. T Adams, 1. T Membrey
Nick Splitter: 5. J Steele, 4. B Hill, 3. P Ryder, 2. T Adams, 1. J Webster

Western Bulldogs 108 def North Melbourne 79

The Western Bulldogs moved to the top of the ladder, as the Dogs beat an improved Kangaroo's team. While not the percentage booster of their previous matchup, once the Dogs hit the lead they never let the Kangaroo's get back in the match.

Cody Weightman and Jack Macrae shared the honors for the best of ground with the two playing vital roles in their sides' win. The Kangaroos were led by veterans Ben Cunnington and Todd Goldstein who were their team's best.

Ed Carmine: 5. C Weightman, 4. T Liberatore, 3. B Cunnington, 2. J Macrae, 1. M Bontempelli
Mitch Keating: 5. C Weightman, 4. J Macrae, 3. T Liberatore, 2. T Goldstein, 1. B Dale
Ed Lemmo: 5. J Macrae, 4. T Liberatore, 3. M Bontempelli, 2. B Cunnington, 1. C Weightman
Nick Splitter: 5. J Macrae, 4. C Weightman, 3. T Liberatore, 2. T Goldstein, 1. M Bontempelli

 

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