The Anzac day long weekend saw Round 5 of the 2010 AFL Season provide a thrilling dose of Aussie rules around Australia, with traditional rivalries coming to the fore once again in a weekend full of upsets.
As the teams emerge from the weekend, the two sides which were undefeated can no longer hold on to that title, with both St Kilda and the Brisbane Lions losing in their respective Round 5 clashes.
Down the other end of the ladder, Adelaide and Richmond are still in search for their first win of the season, sitting at the bottom of the table with no points each.
Round 6 starts this Friday evening, when the Western Bulldogs take on St Kida at the Etihad Stadium.
Below is a roundup of the Round 5 matches for the 2010 AFL Season.
Western Bulldogs 121 V Adelaide 72
Bouncing off proceedings for the Round was the match between the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Friday evening.
Adelaide were heading to Victoria for their first win of the season, but the Dogs had other ideas – looking to return to their strong form, and did just that in their 49-point win for Round 5.
The home side were unstoppable in the second half coming away with a 18.13(121) to 10.12(72) victory, kicking eight goals in the last two terms in comparison to the Crow’s three.
Barry Hall was on top form for the Western Bulldogs, capitalising on the opponents’ mistakes throughout the clash, while midfielder Daniel Giansiracusa was fantastic for the home side claiming 35 disposals.
While the Bulldogs’ fans were pleased to see veteran skipper Brad Johnson back on the oval, impressing in his first game since Round 1, the side saw youngsters Jordan Roughead and Jarrad Grant both claiming their first goals for the team.
The visitors started well, trailing just three goals at the main break, but could not control the Dogs when they ran out for the second half looking sloppy and vulnerable.
It was a matter of too few players attempting too much around the oval, although Scott Thompson was strong in the middle, with Andrew McLeod and Graham Johncock solid in the back.
With no wins from the first five rounds, the Crows are in serious trouble if they want to make the playoffs, having not missed out on them since 2005.
Sydney Swans 115 V West Coast Eagles 63
Saturday’s proceedings for the weekend started at the SCG when Sydney were at home to the West Coast Eagles for their Round 5 clash.
The Swans continued their fantastic start to the season with a convincing 52-point win over the Eagles, claiming their best start for 12 years after their 17.13(115) to 9.9(63) triumph.
The home side were strong from the bounce off, with Daniel Bradshaw a dominant force claiming six goals, which the Eagles’ just could not keep up with after the first quarter.
With other Round 5 results going their way, the Swans are currently topping the ladder on percentage difference, although face the strong Brisbane Lions side next week.
John Worsfold was not impressed with his side’s performance, losing to an arch rival with a floundering show from the Eagles.
Josh Kennedy was the most impressive for the Eagles, securing three goals, although from the first half of the third term the visitors never looked contenders for the match.
Melbourne 103 V Brisbane Lions 53
Melbourne’s MCG saw possibly the biggest upset of the season thus far on Saturday evening when Melbourne were at home to the Brisbane Lions.
Going into the match undefeated, the Lions have been dominating this season and looked set to emerge clear winners after the match, however the Demons had other plans in store.
The Demons claimed a 50-point win over the Lions, emerging as the AFL’s biggest improver for the season never trailing throughout the game in their 15.13(103) to 7.11(53) win.
It was the second term which proved the difference as the Demons added onto their 11 point lead from the first quarter with another 5.4 in the second.
The home side revelled under the home ground victory, with the crowd certainly not keeping quiet, and they looked unnerved by the more experienced, and bigger Lions team.
The Lions looked to come back into the game in the third term; however Michael Voss’s men could not capitalise in the fourth quarter, with the Demons’ skipper James McDonald cementing the win 12 minutes into the last term.
Jonathan Brown was quiet throughout the match, which could be as a result of the injury which saw him a late starter for the Lions, while Brendan Fevola, despite kicking four goals did not stir many ripples.
The win takes Melbourne into the top eight, securing their third consecutive triumph – the first time since 2006, with the up-and-comers proving themselves as Jack Tengrove claimed two goals while Tom Scully was also impressive.
Port Adelaide 54 V St Kilda 44
Saturday night was full of surprises as the AAMI Stadium saw Port Adelaide at home to St Kilda for their Round 5 clash.
It was a close game in South Australia, however the Saints’ unbeaten run came to an end as the Power claimed a deserved 10-point win despite some sloppy kicking.
It was the fourth term which sealed the home sides 7.12(54) to 6.8(44) win, with David Rodan a dominant force for the Power with 27 possessions and seven clearances on top of his goal and claiming the best on ground title.
The home teams skipper Dom Cassisi was integral in the win with 28 disposals while Brett Ebert and Jay Schulz were also impressive.
Adam Schneider was strong for the Saints with three goals, trying to lead by example, with Leigh Montagna and Sam Gilbert securing 36 and 24 disposals respectively for the visitors.
St Kilda was sitting at the top of the table before the weekend, however have now been pushed into second with the Swans’ percentage pushing them into the leading spot.
Collingwood 120 V Essendon 55
The MCG came to life on Sunday afternoon as the traditional Anzac Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon saw over 90,000 people pack into the stands for the arch rivals’ clash.
The Pies walked away with the victory, absolutely dominating the Bombers in their 65-point win with the opening and third quarters the deciding factors.
Collingwood kicked seven goals compared to three behinds from the Dons in the 18.12(120) to 8.7(55) score, three of which were secured by Travis Cloke giving the Magpies a 44-point lead into the first break.
Scott Pendlebury received the Anzac Day Medal, while Dayne Beams and Ben Johnson were also impressive on the oval, although Harry O’Brien was reported after striking Henry Slattery in the final quarter putting a slight downer on the Pies’ win.
Going into the main break, the Dons were down by just two points, however Collingwood came out and kicked six goals in the third, securing the win as the Dons did not look set to come back.
Dustin Fletcher was impressive for Essendon, and as the oldest player in the competition was still influential with a match-best 12 rebounds in his 14th Anzac Day fixture.
Hawthorn 70 V North Melbourne 82
On Sunday evening at the Aurora Stadium, Hawthorn was at home to North Melbourne for the sides’ Round 5 battle on the oval.
It was a clash between two sides at the bottom of the table, and surprisingly the Roo’s came out on top with a 12-point win after a stunning performance from Brady Rawlings.
Rawlings was certainly a dominant force throughout the 12.10(82) to 10.10(70) victory, with his mark and goal a turning point in the game with the win secured by Aaron Edwards moments later.
The Roo’s led for all but a small period in the final term, with the Hawks looking for a late comeback through Jarrod Kayler-Thomson in his second game for the home side who went into the match as favourites.
However the Hawks were disappointing in front of goal, unable to execute their kicks especially in the third term, and suffered with the loss of ruckman Brent Renouf due to a virus.
The result sees the Hawks stuck at the bottom end of the ladder, while the Roo’s are slowly working their way up the table at 2-3 wins.
Fremantle 112 V Richmond 73
On Sunday evening Perth’s Subiaco Oval saw Fremantle at home to Richmond for their Round 5 clash.
It was certainly not an astounding display of Aussie rules footy, however the Tigers did challenge Freo in their 39-point win at home.
Richmond looked stronger early on, desperate to claim their first win of the season, although Freo clung on with a scrappy performance to move into the top four with their 15.22(112) to 11.7(73) victory.
The home side were clear favourites to emerge from the match as winners, and while they did just that it was a far from convincing show with some shoddy kicking in front of goal.
Aaron Sandilands was impressive for the home side with 42 possessions and two goals, while Michael Barlow was a dominant force in midfield with 32 possessions.
The Tigers looked better than they have so far this season, specifically in the opening quarter, with Robin Nahas and Brett Deledio both looking strong.
Carlton 104 V Geelong 68
Rounding out the weekend’s proceedings was the Monday afternoon game between Carlton and Geelong at the MCG.
In what resulted as yet another upset for the Round, the Blues claimed a 36-point win over the defending champions in what was the Cats’ 11th defeat since early 2007.
The second quarter was the most telling part of the game, when Carlton booted six goal’s to their opponents’ two in the 15.14(104) to 9.14(68) win.
The Blues’ forwards were on fire, with Eddie Betts, Chris Yarran and Jeff Garlett securing seven goals between them, proving they do not need the lost Brendan Fevola.
Chris Judd was fantastic for the home side ending with 27 possessions despite having to deal with Cameron Ling for the match.
Gary Ablett was once again a strong force for the Cats on a day where Geelong did not look impressive, especially without Jimmy Bartel and Joel Selwood making much of an impact.