Sydney put the rest of the competition on high alert as they produced a scintillating display in reigning Prime Ministers Richmond’s 45-point beating at the MCG.
That’s three of three for John Longmire’s side – the first time since their 2016 Grand Final campaign – who established a slight lead in the first quarter, then simply blasted the Tigers in the second and third, en route towards a very impressive victory.
Speaking after the game on SwansTV, three-goal Sam Wicks said: “An incredible win, absolutely thrilled. They’ve been the best team over the last few years so them on the CWM was a real benchmark. It’s a great feeling to come out and win. “
Josh Bruce started ten majors as the Western Bulldogs take first place on the scale in percentage. They hammered a dismal 128-point North Melbourne into the Good Friday Call meet, which helps raise funds for children in Australia.
Understandably, the 28-year-old was elated when he spoke to Bulldogs TV; he said, “I think it was the biggest win in our history. Our mediums were amazing and it was my day today. The fans were amazing, so awesome to put on a performance for all of them.
Zac Bailey was the hero, kicking winner after mermaid, for Brisbane as they overcame Collingwood, by the smallest of margins, in an absolute cracker at Marvel.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored 45 yards and then held his cool, despite all the pressure on him, to get the ball through and spark some wild celebrations.
It was the perfect end to what had been a difficult week for the Lions upstream. They couldn’t get home, after their match in Geelong last week, due to the latest COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Queensland government.
At WA, West Coast once again demonstrated their superb form at home as they led all night by knocking down Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium.
Sadly their triumph was soured with Captain Luke Shuey’s latest injury – another hamstring problem. He had only just come back to the side, so a real blow to medalist Norm Smith as he will be out for at least a few weeks again.
A dominant four quarterback display by Essendon gave Ben Rutten his first success as a senior coach with the Bombers beating a very poor St. Kilda outfit by 75 points.
It was a truly miserable day for the Saints with their coach Brett Ratton calling the performance “embarrassing”. He then confirmed, the worst fears, that they will likely be without key player Jade Gresham for the remainder of the season. The 23-year-old midfielder injured his Achilles tendon and left the stadium on crutches.
In Canberra, Melbourne came from behind with a strong second-half performance, keeping their start to the season 100%, to eliminate the winless GWS Giants.
It was a great team performance overall, with Kysaiah Pickett scoring four goals, although coach Simon Goodwin was keen to stress “We have to keep improving”.
Tex Walker continued his sensational opening in the 2021 campaign, catching six other majors as Adelaide beat Gold Coast in a tight competition at the Oval.
This puts the former Crows skipper at the top of the Coleman medal chart with 17 in just 3 games – there were also notable performances from captain Rory Sloane (35 touches, 11 clearances), Rory Laird (28 possessions) and Brodie. Smith (26 assignments). .
Carlton collected his first points of the year, with young forward Harry McKay scoring a career-high seven goals as they swept an injured Fremantle.
Eddie Betts scored in his 200th appearance in a Blues jersey while captain Patrick Cripps (33 eliminations, 11 clearances and two goals) showed his talent in the victory.
The end of the round was the traditional Easter Monday clash in which Geelong managed to defeat rivals Hawthorn in front of more than 50,000 spectators at the ‘G’.
However, they were certainly scared off by a Hawks team that fought back hard in the fourth quarter to get a goal and set up an exciting and very tense final.
Results of the 3rd round
Collingwood 11.6 (72)
Brisbane 11.7 (73)
Melbourne North 5.9 (39)
Western Bulldogs 25.17 (167)
Adelaide 14.11 (95)
Gold Coast 12.13 (85)
Richmond 10.12 (72)
Sydney 17.15 (117)
Essendon 22.11 (143)
Saint Kilda 9.14 (68)
West Coast 16.12 (108)
Port Adelaide 11.5 (71)
Carlton 16.13 (109)
Fremantle 9.10 (64)
GWS 11.2 (68)
Melbourne 12.15 (102)
Geelong 10.9 (69)
Hawthorn 9.10 (64)