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AFL Review Round 11
St. Kilda's winning streak extends to 11 game club record
Michael Clough (clough)     Print Article 
Published 2009-06-08 23:40 (KST)   
It's the halfway mark of the Australian Football League season but already the premiership is a shaping as a race of two with both St. Kilda and Geelong remaining undefeated, the duo currently sitting a remarkable four wins ahead of the third placed Western Bulldogs on the AFL ladder after 11 games.

Western Bulldogs 24.13.157 defeated Richmond Tigers 14.5.89

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The Terry Wallace era at Richmond has ended on a sour note with the Tigers on the receiving end of a 68 point thrashing by the third placed Western Bulldogs in the opening game of the weekend at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

With Wallace having stepped aside as Richmond's coach, the Tigers have named Jade Rawlings as their coach for the remainder of the season.

The Tigers were in the hunt at half time with a slender two point lead but the Bulldogs lifted another gear in the third quarter, kicking seven goals to put the result beyond doubt with a quarter to play.

After a tight first quarter that saw scores level at quarter time the Bulldogs streaked clear early in the second term. Jack Reiwoldt kicked the first goal of the quarter for the Tigers but from there it was a Bulldogs goal blitz who slammed home six of the next seven goals of the contest to move 27 points clear but Richmond would soon turn the tables. The Tigers finished the first half in style and took a surprise lead with five unanswered goals.

The rot though would quickly set in for the Tigers after half time as the Bulldogs pounded their opponents into submission. Richmond could only manage two behinds in the third quarter as the Bulldogs ran rings around their opponents with their seven goals for the term coming from six individual scorers.

The Bulldogs led by 42 points at three quarter time and from there Richmond put up the white flag with the Bulldogs adding another six goals to their tally while the Tigers could only add two.

St. Kilda Saints 15.13.103 defeated North Melbourne Kangaroos 9.3.57

St. Kilda's winning streak now sits at a club record 11 game after the Saints recorded a comfortable but hard fought 46 point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

North Melbourne was always facing an uphill battle against a red hot Saints but their task was made close to impossible with a mounting injury toll with injuries to Ben Warren (broken cheekbone), Adam Simpson (calf), Daniel Pratt (calf), Sam Wright (knee), Daniel Wells (hip) and Sam Power (concussion). Power's concussion came as a result of a bruising behind the play hit with St. Kilda ruckman Steven King facing a four week suspension if he takes an early plea following the decision of the Matching Review Committee.

North Melbourne made a great start to the game and had the Saints on the ropes early with the first five goals of the game. Nick Dal Santo pegged one back for the Saints shortly before quarter time with the margin standing at 22 points at the first change.

St. Kilda cut the gap back down to 13 points at half and started to flex their muscles in the third term. Goals to Nick Reiwoldt and Justin Koschitzke drew the scores level. The Saints were starting to take control late in the third quarter and they led by seven points at the last change.

Undermanned, the Kangaroos couldn't keep up with the Saints in the final quarter with St. Kilda kicking seven goals to one in the final quarter with Koschitzke kicking three goals for the term, taking his total for the game to six.

Carlton Blues 16.16.112 defeated Brisbane Lions 16.10.106

Carlton sit in fourth place on the AFL ladder after holding off a fast finishing Brisbane in a six point win at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Eight goals from Brendan Fevola was the difference between the two sides as the Blues posted their sixth win for the season and their first outside of Victoria for the year in their fourth attempt.

After taking a ten point lead into the second quarter Carlton started to get a hold on the contest in the second quarter. Goals to Setanta O'hAilpin and Brad Fisher saw the Blues move 23 points clear but they shake off a persistent Lions. Jared Brennan, who was Brisbane's only effective forward in the first half kept his side in touch with two goals in a space of a minute to cut the deficit to 11 points before a late Fevola goal saw the Blues 17 points up at half time.

After a low scoring first half the game started to free up in the third term. Carlton got the early jump with back-to-back goals to Fevola. Brisbane though responded with two of their own to Jonathon Brown and Daniel Bradshaw but by this stage the Blues were getting on top in general play and were making it count on the scoreboard, the visitors adding another four goals to two to three quarter time.

Carlton looked home with a 30 point lead with a quarter to play but Brisbane thought otherwise and stormed back into contention by scoring the first four goals of the quarter to narrow the gap to only six points. Carlton steadied with goals to Andrew Carazzo and Fevola's eighth but the Lions kept coming. Goals to Daniel Rich and Bradshaw again reduced the gap to single figures but Carlton captain Chris Judd kicked the winning goal in the 27th minute.

Carlton then survived a few jitters and a late Brown goal, his fourth to hold on for the win.

Port Adelaide Power 14.10.94 defeated Fremantle Dockers 11.4.70

Port Adelaide are back on the winners list after coming from behind to record a hard fought 24 point victory at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

A young and inexperienced Dockers line-up caught the Power napping in the first quarter with the visitors getting the jump on their opponents with four of the first five goals of the game to race to a 20 point lead. Port Adelaide slowing started to find their feet hit back with two goals of their own to narrow the gap to five points at quarter time.

Again Fremantle started well in the second term by kicking the first two goals of the quarter but momentum would swing the Power's way as they grabbed the lead on the back of a run of three unanswered goals. Michael Walters put the Dockers back in front with his first goal in the 26th minute, only for Port's Troy Chaplin to reply shortly after.

Fremantle would find themselves two points in front at half time thanks to a late goal to Clancee Pearce.

Port Adelaide would get the jump as the rain came after half time with the home side scoring four of the first five goals after half time. Port Adelaide were looking more threatening in attack but the Dockers clawed on back through Matthew Pavlich but that was only a momentary halt to Port's change with the Power adding a further two goals to Kane Cornes and David Rodan which gave the home side a 20 point lead at three quarter time.

This would prove to be enough for Port Adelaide with both side only managing one goal each in the final quarter.

Adelaide Crows 21.4.130 defeated Essendon Bombers 18.6.114

Adelaide have won their third game on the trot with the Crows making a successful trip to Melbourne, claiming a 16 point win in a high scoring affair at Etihad Stadium on Sunday Afternoon.

Crows veteran Tyson Edwards celebrated his 300th AFL game in style and was one of the Crows best collecting 41 possessions and laying ten tackles for the afternoon. Young forward Kurt Tippett also played one of his best games for the victors, kicking seven goals.

Essendon had Adelaide on the ropes early as the home quickly raced to a 26 point lead with five of the first six goals of the game. The Bombers were on fire early but the Crows managed to halt the Essendon blitz with two late goals before quarter time to Patrick Dangerfield and Tippett to narrow the gap to 15 points at the first change.

It took 96 seconds for Scott Lucas to kick Essendon's first of the second quarter but despites this Adelaide were starting to win in the stoppages as the Crows kicked four of the next five goals, including three to Tippett to reduce the deficit to four points.

Former Crow Hayden Skipworth steadied the Bombers with a goal after 19-minutes and that would be the margin at half time as both sides exchanged goals.

Chris Knights kicked the first goal of the third term after 4-minutes only to then have the Bombers kick the next two goals. In a match of momentum shifts the Crows kept themselves in the contest with four of the next five goals to edge within three points of the Bombers but again Essendon steadied as they led by eight points at the final change.

A last quarter though would belong to Adelaide who grabbed control of the game in the opening minutes of the final quarter, kicking the first four goals to race to a matchwinning 15 point lead.

Hawthorn Hawks 12.14.86 defeated Sydney Swans 11.9.75

Hawthorn have won their sixth game for the season after prevailing in a hard fought battle to claim a 13 point victory over Sydney at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday afternoon.

The game was gritty affair and little separated the two sides but the big talking point to come from the game was another on-field meltdown from volatile Swans forward Barry Hall. With only four points separating the two sides and momentum Sydney's way, Hall in what would prove to be a match changing moment gave away three consecutive 50-metre penalties which turned a Swans forward thrust to Jarryd Roughead goal at the other end of the ground.

From there the Swans could not claw their way back into contention.

Hawthorn had led for most of the afternoon while at the same time never being far enough in front to have too much breathing room over the Swans. Hawthorn led by 12 points at quarter time and moved to their biggest lead of the game, 24 points, midway through the second quarter after a run of three unanswered goals. A goal to Hall helped Sydney reduce the Hawks lead to 16 points at half time.

Sydney were within five points early in the third quarter thanks to goals to Brett Kirk and Adam Goodes but Hawthorn replied with two of their own to Lance Franklin and Xavier Ellis to push the lead back out to 22 points. A persistent Sydney kept coming at the Hawks and late goals to Kirk and Hall left the Swans only 10 points behind at three quarter time.

Sydney grabbed the lead early in the final quarter thanks to majors to Darren Jolly and Goodes but Mark Williams gave Hawthorn back the lead with his third after ten minutes followed by goals to Roughead thanks to the Hall meltdown and Ellis put the game out of Sydney's reach.

Geelong Cats 15.9.99 defeated West Coast Eagles 11.11.77

Geelong remain unbeaten and West Coast are still in the lower rungs of the AFL ladder after the Cats proved too good for a brave Eagles with Geelong recording a 22 point win at Subiaco on Sunday.

Geelong went into the game as raging favourites and the game took a predictable turn early with the Cats racing to an early lead. Geelong had five goals on the board in the first fourteen minutes of play without West Coast troubling the scorers.

The Eagles took 24 minutes to score their first goal, through Dean Cox and at quarter time Geelong were already cruising with a 22 point lead.

While the game threatened to be a blowout in the first quarter, West Coast stuck to their guns in the second and took the fight right up to the Cats. The two sides exchanged goals in the first ten minutes of the second quarter and with two goals to Mitchell Brown in the middle to latter stages of the term had managed to cut the deficit to 11 points at half time.

West Coast had caught the Cats napping early in the third term and after Quinten Lynch kicked the opening goal of the second half the Eagles had cut Geelong's lead to three points. This provided the Cats with a wake up call with the visitors regaining control of the game with five of the next six goals of the game with Geelong moving 28 points clear.

A late Scott Selwood goal cut the deficit to 22 points but this would prove to be too great for the Eagles as both sides kicked three goals each in the final term.

Collingwood Magpies 19.12.126 defeated Melbourne Demons 8.12.60

Collingwood are back in form and now sit in fifth place on the AFL after making short work of bottom placed Melbourne in their traditional Queen's Birthday national holiday fixture at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday afternoon.

The Magpies had winners all over the ground with Scott Pendlebury collecting 39 possessions, Alan Didak collecting a career high 32 possessions and Brad Dick the surprise star in the forward line with five goals.

The game as a contest was already over by quarter time with a slick Collingwood in a particularly punishing mood early. The Magpies piled on seven goals to nil in the first quarter and the longer the first quarter went the more hapless the Demons looked.

Collingwood added an eighth on the trot shortly after quarter time from Tarkyn Lockyer and at that stage the Magpies lead was 51 points. Melbourne finally started to hit hit their straps and kicked the next three goals and at half time managed to limit the damage somewhat with the deficit only 31 points.

There would be no fightback though as heavy rain started to fall, Collingwood adapting to the condition better and adding another six goals to one in the third quarter to extend their lead to 62 points at the final change before the sting went out of the game in the final quarter.
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