For anyone getting confused with what happened to Round 10, let’s clarify. There were 7 matches starting from Monday 3rd August until Friday 7th August inclusive. There were only 14 teams playing.
The four teams that were not playing were West Coast Eagles, Carlton Blues, Hawthorn Hawks and Fremantle Dockers.
Port Power managed to hold their spot on the top of the ladder with a 13 point victory over the Western Bulldogs. It was a very flat start for the Power with the Bulldogs leading at both quarter time and half time. It took half the game for the Power to get their act together which is not totally surprising after only having a 4 day rest between games. The Port Adelaide supporters were there in their usual uncouth noisy manner booing and applauding and showing great disapproval with Score Review Decisions. The Bulldogs put in a huge effort in the last quarter when they realised they had lost the lead. There is nothing worse than a dog off the lead. This was a very good match to watch with an animated crowd, proving that we really do need spectators at the match. Scores 8-7 to 5.12
On Tuesday we saw a surprising Feline Fight between Lions and Tigers. The Richmond boys were back to their old form with a 41 point winning margin. They doubled the score of the Brisbane Lions. Brisbane kicked an enormous amount of points which could have be goals but Richmond were never going to let them win no matter what they did. The Tiger’s Dusty Martin did some freakish marking and goal kicking. This ‘boy’ seems unstoppable. The final score of 12-10 to 4-17 really says it all. True reigning Premiers had no injuries and led all the way.
No one would have been surprised that Geelong beat North Melbourne but not sure we expected it to be by 33 points. It did not help the ‘Roos to lose Ben Brown to a knee injury in the first quarter. North Melbourne also had two ankle injuries whilst Geelong sailed on through injury free. It is difficult to stand out against the dominance of such stars as Patrick Dangerfield and Tom Hawkins but perhaps that explains why flying Gryan Miers has his mop flopping hair do. This star kicked 4 goals and is not going to be unnoticed in the Brownlow medal count. Final Scores were 13-12 to 9-3
Adelaide Crows…… What can I say? They were chased by Demons. Based on the laws of averages and probability the Crows will have a win one day. Let’s hope it is this season. Remember, expect the unexpected in 2020. The crushing 51 point margin was not their worst for this season. The Melbourne Demons did play very well and deserved their win. The less said about my team, the better! 🙁
Collingwood and Sydney was a thrilling game to watch even though it was very low scoring. Sydney started out kicking one goal in the first term whilst Collingwood only managed 6 points. This of course meant it was equal at quarter time. This inaccurate kicking by the Pies continued throughout the whole game so Sydney was still leading at half time. Collingwood improved their aim in the 3rd quarter and led at the next changeover. It was not without considerable pain and suffering that Collingwood came out victorious by 9 points. One player was stretchered off the ground with a lower right leg injury. There were two other Collingwood players injured with a right knee and a hamstring problem to add to their long list of wounded magpies. It will be interesting to see the line up of clipped wings in the Magpies/Crows confrontation next Round.
Gold Coast v St Kilda match was a real nail biter with a winning margin of 4 points in favour of the Saints. Gold Coast were ahead at half time but the Saints fought back. With one and a half minutes to go in the final quarter, the Sherrin went from one end to the other like a tennis ball at Wimbledon but no-one scored. Try as they might, the Suns could not get ahead and so the 4 point margin remained. In a very fumbly finish the Final Score was 11.8 to 12.6. This match was relatively injury free.
Finally the Essendon v GWS match on Friday had a totally dismal start with both teams only scoring 2 points each by quarter time. By the last quarter however, we were all clutching at our pearls and willing the Bombers to reclaim the game that they had let the Giants creep in to. But it was not to be. The Giants ran away with the win, coming from 29 points behind to win by 4 points. Final scores 8-7 to 8-11
So at the end of Round 10 the top eight teams are: Port/Saints/Lions/Tigers/Cats/Eagles/Giants/Pies.
Expect the unexpected!
DTBC Football Tipping Team Scribe (and very sad Crows supporter)