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AFL Review Round 10
Terry Wallace quits as Tigers notch second win for the season
Michael Clough (clough)     Print Article 
Published 2009-06-02 07:32 (KST)   
While the remarkable starts by St. Kilda and Geelong continued in Round 10 of the Australian Football League, the big story of the weekend came off the pitch with the season's first official casualty in the coaching ranks being announced on Monday.

After weeks of speculation Richmond has announced that they will be parting ways with coach Terry Wallace with Wallace to step down from his post after the Tigers' upcoming clash with the Western Bulldogs on June 5.

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Hailed as the man to revive the Tigers fortunes when appointed on a five year deal in 2005 but those high hopes were never realized with Richmond not making the finals under Wallace's tenure, with the coach's fate sealed after the Tigers disastrous start to their 2009 campaign.

Carlton Blues 16.15.111 defeated West Coast Eagles 10.10.70

Carlton have moved back into the top 8 of the AFL ladder after putting last week's disappointing showing against Adelaide behind them with a convincing 41 point win in Friday night's clash at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

The Blues led from start to finish to record their fifth win for the season and in a positive sign for Carlton Brendan Fevola made a welcome return to form with six goals after a scratching start for the game. Carlton's midfielders also won plenty of the ball with Marc Murphy collecting 32 possessions, Chris Judd 29 possessions and Nick Stevens 25 possessions.

Mark LeCras was the Eagles standout with six goals.

Carlton laid the foundations for it win in the first half, getting the jump on the Eagles with the opening three goals of the game in the first seven minutes of a feisty opening quarter. The Blues led by 11 points at quarter time and went on to dominate their opponents in the second half.

The home side kept West Coast goalless in the second term while adding four goals of their own to lead by 41 points at half time.

Fevola pushed the Blues lead out to 47 points with the first goal of the third but Carlton couldn't put West Coast away. This was due almost wholly to LeCras who rattled the Carlton defence kicking all four of the Eagles goals for the quarter.

Despite LeCras best efforts the 29 point deficit was too much for the Eagles with Carlton running over the top in the final quarter, the home side kicking five goals to three.

Brisbane Lions 15.9.99 defeated North Melbourne Kangaroos 12.9.81

Brisbane sit on fourth spot on the ladder after proving too good for North Melbourne, the Lions claiming a 18 point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

For Brisbane, exciting rookie Daniel Rich stood out with 25 possessions and young ruckman Mitch Clark was outstanding with 21 possessions and 29 hit-outs in an intriguing one-on-one battle with North's Hamish McIntosh.

Ben Warren was North Melbourne's leading scorer with four goals and former captain was the Kangaroos leading possession winner with 37.

After a tight first half with saw Brisbane lead by 13 points, the Lions started to edge their noses in front in the third quarter. Bracket of four goals to one in the middle part of the term gave the visitors a matchwinning advantage with the visitors holding a 25 point lead before the home side claw one back before three quarter time to trail by 19 points.

North Melbourne needed early goals if they were going to win but this would not be the case Brisbane kicking the opening two goals of the quarter to Rhan Hooper and Simon Black to put victory in their grasp.

Western Bulldogs 18.9.117 defeated Sydney Swans 12.5.77

Western Bulldogs have made their most emphatic statement yet that they are a genuine premiership contender after blowing away Sydney in the first half to record a 40 point win in Saturday afternoon's match at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital Canberra.

Scott Welsh was the Bulldogs leading scorer with four goals but the Bulldogs shared the goals around with Daniel Giansiracusa, Mitch Hahn and Callum Ward each kicking three goals. Barry Hall was a rare shining light in a dark day for the Swans with a game high six goals while Adam Goodes was also excellent in a losing cause with 30 possessions.

Sydney started the game confidently with Hall kicking the first two goals of the game but once the Bulldogs settled they put in one of the best opening halves seen in the competition this year. The Bulldogs kicked 13 straight goals to half time, a stunning display against a side famed for its ability to shut down the opposition.

Giansiracusa got the Bulldogs rolling with their first two goals with Bulldogs adding another three goals before quarter time to lead by 18 points.

The Bulldogs further pressed home their advantage in the second quarter who kicked seven goals for the term while keeping the hapless Swans to a solitary behind. Hahn had all of his three goals for the game in the second quarter as the Bulldogs had the game all wrapped up by half time with a 69 point lead.

Sydney lifted in the second half to avoid the result blowing out to epic proportions buy outscoring the Bulldogs in the third and fourth quarters. The Swans steadied with four goals in the third quarter and added five goals to two in the final term.

Richmond Tigers 17.13.115 defeated Fremantle Dockers 17.10.112

Richmond have registered only their second win for the season after holding off a fast finishing Fremantle in a three point thriller at Subiaco on Saturday.

Despite recording a much needed win in his 500th AFL match as a player and coach it has not been enough to keep Tigers mentor Terry Wallace in his job with Wallace announcing Monday he would standing down as Tigers coach.

Two of Richmond's more maligned players Brett Deledio and Richard Tambling were among the Tigers best with Deledio picking up 27 possessions and Tambling 28. Paul Haselby and Paul Duffield were the Dockers leading possession winner with 27 possessions each with Garrick Ibbotson was also solid with 24 possessions.

The Dockers led by 14 points at half time but the opening 20 minutes of the third quarter belonged to the Tigers who strung together their best period of football this year. Richmond slammed together eight goals on the trot to convert their 14 point deficit to a 33 point lead. With the game starting to slip out of the Dockers reach, the home side kicking three goals in as many minute at the end of the third quarter to narrow the gap to 15 points at the final change.

Richmond took only 25 seconds to post the first goal of the final term through Tambling but the Dockers were coming home strongly and kicked the next three goals to narrow the gap to a point. Richmond steadied with goals to Deledio and Troy Simmonds but Fremantle still kept coming at the Tigers and with another three goals grabbed the lead. The match though would have one final twist with Mitch Morton kicking the winning goal for the Tigers in the 30th minute, Morton playing on quickly for a mark to give his side a rare win away from home.

St. Kilda Saints 11.17.83 defeated Melbourne Demons 6.10.46

St. Kilda has equalled their best ever start to a season with a comfortable 37 point victory over the bottom of the table Melbourne at Carrara on Queensland's Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Lenny Hayes was outstanding for the Saints with 35 possessions, Brendan Goddard collected 31 possessions as did it Leigh Montagna.

Mark Jamar was one of Melbourne best with 29 hit-outs with Brock McLean also solid with 23 possessions.

The Saints were playing well within themselves for most of this match and for the most part that was all they needed to do given the gulf in class between the two sides. The Demons battled hard and stuck with the Saints in the first half. Melbourne trailed by only eight points at half time but could not sustain that effort in the second half. The Demons were held scoreless in the third quarter and Melbourne plight improved little in the final term where they were held goalless once more, only adding four behinds.

In the same period of a low scoring game the Saints added three goals in the third quarter and could only add the one goal themselves in the final quarter through Andrew McQualter.

Adelaide Crows 16.10.106 defeated Hawthorn Hawks 12.7.79

Adelaide have won their second successive game at home with after defeating reigning premier Hawthorn by 27 points in Sunday afternoon's clash at AAMI Stadium.

Taylor Walker was the big talking point for the Crows with the young promising forward producing the best performance of his fledgling career with five goals, Scott Thompson was outstanding with 28 possessions and Nathan Bock was also a key contributor with 22 possessions.

Cyril Rioli was Hawthorn's standout player in the forward line with four goals while Chance Bateman also battled hard on his way to a 25 possession game.

Like they had done to Carlton a week before, Adelaide did all the damage in the first half. Patrick Dangerfield got the Crows off to the perfect start with the first goal of the game but the Hawks quickly replied through Lance Franklin. From there though it was all one way traffic as the home side booted five straight goals to move 30 points clear, a margin they held at quarter time.

While Rioli kicked the opening goal of the second term for the Hawks, the Crows continued their domination in the second quarter, Adelaide kicking another five goals to Hawthorn's two to hold a 48 point lead at the main change.

Third quarters have been the Crows achilles heel this season and again this was the case as Adelaide failed to add to their goal tally in the third term, while the Hawks started to fight their way back into the contest. The visitors kicked four goals for the quarter and were in with a slight chance with a quarter to play with the margin at 23 points.

Adelaide though steadied in the final term with Chris Knights kicking the first goal of the quarter to give the home side a more comfortable buffer and from their Adelaide were never threatened as both sides kicked four goals each for the quarter.

Geelong Cats 20.14.134 defeated Essendon Bombers 11.4.70

Geelong have maintained their perfect record for 2009 alive as the Cats dished out a football to Essendon on Sunday afternoon with a comprehensive 74 point win at Etihad Stadium.

Victory may have come at some cost for the Cats with captain Tom Hurley facing a stint on the sidelines with a hamstring injury while key playmaker Joel Corey was a late withdrawal with a foot injury. Essendon also have their own injury concerns with young ruckman Tom Bellchambers likely to be out of action for about six weeks with a knee injury.

Steve Johnson as at his freakish best for the Cats with the electrifying forward kicking six goals for the victors with Joel Selwood winning plenty of the ball with 37 possessions and two goals of his own. Brent Stanton was one of the Bombers best with 21 possessions and Bacher Houli was their leading ball winner with 31 possessions.

Geelong seemed intent on beating Essendon into submission from the outset and it so in brutal fashion. Jay Neagle kicked the opening goal for the Bombers but from their the opening term belonged to the Cats who kicked the next six goals before quarter time to lead by 33 points at quarter time.

The situation improved little for the Bombers in the next two quarters as the brilliant Cats toyed with their opponents. Essendon could only manage four goals in the middle two quarters while Geelong had piled on 11 in the same period.

By three quarter time the game was already well outside Essendon's reach with the Cats lead standing at 82 points but the Bombers to their credit managed to limit the damage in the final quarter, kicking six goals to three.

Collingwood Magpies 17.12.114 defeated Port Adelaide Power 11.10.76

Collingwood have won their second game on the trot after downing a disappointing Port Adelaide by 38 points in Sunday's twilight game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to round out the weekend.

Dane Swans was a ball magnet for the Magpies with the midfielder collecting a simply incredible 48 possessions for the game in one of the most prolific hauls recorded in AFL history. Swan already had 28 possessions by half time but was more productive in the second half with most of his touches finding their targets. Leigh Brown also played one of his best games for Collingwood since crossing over from North Melbourne in the off-season.

Port Adelaide captain Dominic Cassisi led his side from the front to be their best player with 30 possessions for the game.

The Power looked good in the opening term, with the visitors moving the ball with more conviction. The distraction of having two of the MCG's light towers switch off midway through the opening term did little to halt the Power as they went to the first change 13 points ahead.

Port Adelaide led by 19 points late in the second quarter but the Power lead was cut to goal at half time thanks to two late majors to John Anthony.

The third quarter belonged to Collingwood as the Magpies lifted their output while Port Adelaide fell away dramatically. The Magpies kicked the first seven goals of the third term to move to an unassailable 37 point lead and from their the game was dead as contest with both sides managing only two goals each in the final term.
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