Reigning Premiers Richmond made a statement, coming from behind, as they ended the unbeaten streak of the Western Bulldogs, considered by many to be the team that could take their crown, with a dominant performance ahead of a crowd of 52,402 people at the CWM.
Tigers captain Trent Cotchin paid tribute to his side, in an on-field interview with Channel 7; He said: “The Doggies are obviously in amazing shape and started the game really well. However, we managed to hang on, give ourselves plenty of opportunities and run away with victory. I was really proud of the boys.
Of forward Tom Lynch’s performance, he continued, “He’s amazing the big guy. Every week he works very hard and normally faces two or three defenders. I thought his work pace really stood out for me and his activity inside 50.
This result put Melbourne on top of the top of the ladder by pulling off seven zips with a relentless 30-point success over North Melbourne in Hobart.
Coming into the game, all eyes were on forward Ben Brown as he made his long-awaited debut and lined up against his former club. However, it was his striking partner Bayley Fritsch who made the headlines with a career-high six goals.
The only big disappointment of the afternoon, however, was defenseman Adam Tomlinson’s injury in the first quarter. The 27-year-old had to be helped take off by training staff with a suspected ACL rupture that will probably put him out for the season.
Tom Papley was the hero, scoring the winner with just 91 seconds left, as Sydney managed to overcome an inaccurate Geelong at SCG.
There was still time for a controversial end to the game when the Cats’ Jeremy Cameron appeared to have scored, in the goal box, only to avoid being paid by the referee who ruled he hadn’t walked the required 15 meters. . Certainly, a decision that caused much discussion among the media and experts after the siren.
Subsequently, the AFL chief refereeing Dan Richardson said, upon examination, the ball had in fact traveled the distance and should have received a “mark”.
Collingwood-under-fire coach Nathan Buckley admitted ‘we’ve lost our DNA’ and also claimed his players were ‘overwhelmed by a team who seemed to care more’ after to have seen his team fall to a loss of 24 points at the hands of Gold Coast.
Don’t take anything away from the Suns, however, as they only earned their fourth site victory with a very strong performance. Josh Corbett (four goals), Touk Miller (34 assignments) and Hugh Greenwood (26 assignments, 10 tackles) all play key roles.
Jesse Hogan had an immediate impact on his debut, kicking four majors, for a GWS side that had way too many and beat a below-average Adelaide side by 67 points.
Speaking, after the game on Giants TV, the 26-year-old forward said: “It was a bit nervous, but as soon as you come in and the adrenaline rushes you just feel a part of it. . It was great and it was a very good team performance.
“We racked up 100 points on the board and our mediums were dominant for four quarters. They gave us a lot of opportunities and finishing some was a bonus.
West Coast emerged victorious from the 52nd Western Derby and claimed eleven consecutive victories over Fremantle at an empty Optus stadium. Key forward Josh Kennedy, returning from an ankle injury, Jack Darling and Jake Waterman were among the goals.
A fluid and hotly contested first half saw both teams register the highest combined halftime score since their rivalry began in 1995. However, the second was a stark contrast as the Eagles took the lead. control and fled with him.
Midfielder Tim Kelly won the Glendinning-Allan medal with a man of the match display that included a career-high 42 disposals (23 contested) and 14 clearances.
At Gabba, a dominant Brisbane led the entire evening as they tidied up a disappointing Port Adelaide in style; Charlie Cameron has grabbed four snags.
Make his senior debut for the Lions and a true story of perseverance was Irishman James Madden. The 21-year-old defender, who is part of the GAA club Ballyboden St Enda 2017 Leinster miner, has finally been recalled by NEAFL.
He first caught the attention of club scouts when he broke the all-time sprint record in the AFL Draft Combine 20m (2.69 seconds) as well as at the AFL Academy.
Carlton earned his second victory of the campaign by beating rival Essendon in true shootout style and a thrilling encounter to cross the line.
Blues coach David Teague is thrilled to see his players get the job done. He said, “I watch that as much as the way we played today. The result is great, we want it and the victory is really good. For our fans, that’s what they want and we have to keep trying to win. We think our best is good enough to beat anyone.
“There has been real growth in our boys. We hit the scoreboard well when we had the ball forward and inside the 50s; it was good to have a range of different kickers.
Jack Higgins pitched four majors as St. Kilda took top honors and lifted the Blue ribbon cutting, categorically, by surrounding a poor Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium.
One of the AFL’s oldest traditions, it was established in 2000 as a tribute to two members of the Victoria Police Force who were killed in the line of duty in 1998.
All players, coaches and field staff on both sides wore blue and white checkered armbands as a sign of respect and to remember the sacrifice.
Round 7 results
Richmond 11.11 (77)
Western Bulldogs 7.13 (55)
Collingwood 7.13 (55)
Côte d’Or 12.7 (79)
Adelaide 4.15 (39)
GWS 15.16 (106)
Saint Kilda 19.14 (128)
Hawthorn 9.5 (59)
Brisbane 13.15 (93)
Port Adelaide 5.14 (44)
Sydney 14.6 (90)
Geelong 12.16 (88)
North Melbourne 11.7 (73)
Melbourne 16.7 (103)
Essendon 16.11 (107)
Carlton 19.9 (123)
West Coast 20.12 (132)
Fremantle 11.7 (73)
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