AFL Top 100: Round 17: Round Up

As predicted, Thursday night’s clash between the two heavyweights, Melbourne and Geelong, was a thriller.

The Cats had a slight lead that grew quarter after quarter and when the expected attack in the last quarter came from Melbourne, Geelong was able to rise to the challenge and take a 28 point win at Fortress Kardinia Park.

In a match where the two big forwards from both teams scored just 3 goals in total, Christian Petracca was the leading goalscorer with 3 goals, enough to level him with former goal runner Jeff Garlett. Mitch Duncan continued to cement his status with the Cats with his two goals taking him past Steven Motlop and Mark Bairstow and level with David Mensch.

On Friday, the Bulldogs’ hopes and their finals were blown away early on by a much more dedicated squad from Sydney. If they miss the final, it will be the fourth time (out of 4) the Bulldogs have missed the final after playing in a grand final.

Isaac Heeney helped himself to 4 goals for Sydney, passing William Williams on the Swans goal kick list. Williams played from 1945 to 1951 and was a brilliant robber who won the Best & Fairest three times. For the Bulldogs, Jason Johannisen’s single goal lifted him up the goalscorer list and further from the top spot.

Saturday’s games helped form the last eight. A fast finishing Collingwood just managed to take the points against the spirited North Melbourne who – on that performance – does have a future. Todd Goldstein – who should be part of it for at least one more season – scored two goals to raise the 150-goal milestone, passing Ian Fairley and leveling with Daniel Wells, Mark Roberts and Kerry Good. Collingwood’s spread of goal kickers saw Steele Sidebottom equal current teammate Scott Pendlebury, Jamie Elliott equal former teammate Dane Swan and Brodie Mihocek equal former champion and captain Bill Twomey.

Gold Coast Sun’s win over Richmond was also a belated thriller by a two-point margin after the Siren’s win. The result makes the Tiger’s job of making the finals a little harder, and Gold Coast’s odds still not impossible.

Richmond’s medi-sub Noah Cumberland applied for a full-time position on the team with his first two goals in AFL.
Port Adelaide showed they are still on the hunt with a percentage win over the Giants. Rozee’s four goals took him past Josh Francou and for the Giant’s Jesse Hogan’s two took him past now Collingwood player Will Hoskin-Elliott.

Freo looked good against St Kilda, and they are now level with Melbourne and Geelong on points and are sure to play in September. Just a small consolation for the Saints: Membrey passed Koschitzke on the goal kick, King became a centurion and Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera scored his first.

Another disruption by the Bombers has made it likely Brisbane will have to battle Carlton for a top 4 finish. For Brisbane, Carter Michael, 1st match, first goal and Mitch Robinson passed Martin Pike.

The Mitch Lewis show in the first half (5 goals) ended the Hawks/Adelaide match as a match and saw Luke Breust score 2 goals, one more than Jack Darling in the later match, so both are now tied in the Top 70 with Terry Daniher.
Carlton’s Twin Towers (McKay and Curnow) both scored 5 goals to lift the Blues goal in a regulation win, and Josh Kennedy scored his 700th goal for the Eagles.