The Labour Day long weekend saw Round 6 of the 2010 AFL Season provide yet another fantastic bout of footy around the nation, in a weekend which saw some thrilling derby fixtures bringing raw passion to the fore.
Richmond and Adelaide were both looking for their first wins of the season over the weekend, however emerged from their fixtures defeated once again, not able to get off the zero-point mark.
With some high scoring matches, some thrilling rivalries, and packed out stadiums, Round 6 certainly exceeded expectations and saw new faces dominate the ball.
Round 7 will bounce off this Friday evening, when Melbourne take on the Western Bulldogs at the MCG.
Below is a roundup of the Round 6 matches for the 2010 AFL Season.
Western Bulldogs 46 V St Kilda 49
Bouncing off proceedings for the Round was the match between the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
After a shocking loss in Round 5, the Saints were travelling to the Dogs as outsiders, but despite the odds managed to emerge three-point victors in what was a fight to the last minute.
The home side were 17 points clear in the final break, however the Saints came out for the last term and booted three goals to come away with a 7.7(49) to 6.10(46) win.
In what was a recap of the 2009 preliminary final fixture, the two sides come away from the Round in incredibly different positions; the Saints in the top four, while the Dogs are just in the top eight.
The opening quarter set the level of passion and sheer determination for the match, with both sides clear about how much they wanted the win.
However in the final term, it was Stephen Milne, David Armitage and Sam Fisher who clinched the vital win for the Saints, giving them the three-point advantage just three minutes from time.
The Dogs relied heavily on Jarrod Harbrow with his best performance yet in the red, white and blue shirt, accumulating an impressive 36 possessions, the same as teammate Adam Cooney in midfield.
The home side are now at 3-3 for the season, and need to get their winning tally up to live up to their pre-season expectations.
North Melbourne 104 V Melbourne 78
Starting Saturday’s action for Round 6, the Etihad Stadium saw North Melbourne at home to Melbourne in what was a passionate fixture.
Going into the clash on a three game consecutive winning streak, the Demon’s were certainly the favourites, however if anyone were set to stop them, it would be arch rivals the Roo’s.
North Melbourne put on a gallant show as they hosted the Demons in what culminated in a 26-point win, and managed to hold off a late comeback by the visitors, coming away 15.14(104) to 12.6(78) victors.
The Roo’s led in the third term by eight goals, although with a massive surge from the Dees had just a 14-point lead in the final break.
The home side managed to battle through and record their first consectuvie win this season, and certainly praised the performances by Leigh Adams and Liam Anthony in midfield who were outstanding.
Also impressive for North Melbourne were David Hale and Sam Wright who claimed three goals each.
Despite coming into the weekend having defeated the Brisbane Lions in Round 5, Melbourne looked slow from the get-go, without the fierce passion expected in the clash, however Brad Green certainly led the comeback by example kicking three goals in the third quarter but to no avail.
Adelaide 74 V Port Adelaide 97
Adelaide’s AAMI Stadium saw a huge clash between two fierce rivals on Saturday afternoon, when Adelaide were at home to Port Adelaide, for their Round 6 fixture.
The home side were coming into the game looking for their first win of the season, and after their 23-point defeat are still on that search, losing to the Power 14.13(97) to 10.14(74).
The loss is that much more painful for the Crows having been up by seven points in the final break, but saw the Power come out and boot five goals which went unanswered, and emerged victors sitting in the top half of the ladder.
Robbie Gray was unstoppable for the Power, kicking 5.4 to push the Crows season into disrepute, and with Kane Cornes and Danyle Pearce also impressive for the visitors; ensured their arch rivals would not secure their first win against them.
Tyson Edwards and Jason Porplyzia were strong for the Crows, while Graham Johncock secured 22 possessions for the home side, which looked the most impressive they have for the season in the first half – although could not maintain the form for the second.
Essendon 106 V Hawthorn 63
On Saturday evening at the MCG, Essendon were at home to Hawthorn, for their Round 6 clash on the oval.
Despite going into the game as underdogs, the home side emerged as 43-point victors over the Hawks in their 15.16(106) to 9.9(63) rivalry.
It was a crucial win for the Bombers who were ahead throughout the match, leaving the Hawks flapping at 1-5 for the season.
The match was certainly one full of action, with at least two reports, and the home side securing 4.7 in the final quarter, compared to the Hawks who booted nothing.
David Hill kicked the final goal eight minutes from time after a fantastic display on the oval for the Bombers, although got booked for a late bump.
Skipper Jobe Watson led by example for the home side claiming 28 disposals, while up and comer, Michael Hurley booted four goals in a return to form.
Lance Franklin played well for the Hawks, booting five goals, which just was not enough, while Luke Hodge was impressive in his duel with Andrew Welsh.
Both sides are in the main pack with the Bombers and the Hawks sitting at 12 and 13 respectively.
Sydney Swans 107 V Brisbane Lions 87
Also on Saturday evening, the SCG saw a battle on the oval between two top four sides when the Swans were at home to the Brisbane Lions.
Eyes were on Sydney’s Daniel Bradshaw who was facing his former Brisbane side for the first time, and led his new side to a 20-point win.
Emerging from the weekend atop the ladder, Bradshaw kicked six goals ensuring the home sides 16.11(107) to 13.9(87) triumph, despite the Brendan Fevola and Jonathan Brown duo sharing eight majors.
Adam Goodes secured another three goals for the Swans, while youngster Todd Banfield was impressive once again, also claiming three goals.
It was certainly a passionate affair, with the first minutes setting the tone of the game with Jude Bolton knocked out, and Mark Seaby out with an ankle injury.
The Swans have certainly emerged as the season has progressed as one of the stronger sides on the ladder, and will hope Bradshaw can keep up this fantastic form.
Geelong 161 V Richmond 53
Bouncing off the action on Sunday afternoon, the Skilled Stadium saw Geelong at home to Richmond in the sides’ Round 6 fixture.
It was an important fixture for both sides, with the Cats looking to get their season back on track, while the Tigers were looking for their first win.
However the match can only be described as a one sided affair as the home side emerged 108-point winners, thanks to James Podiadly, Cameron Mooney and Steve Johnson coming together to boot 15 goals – five each.
The 24.17(161) to 7.11(53) point win takes Geelong to fifth spot, while the Tigers are still sitting on the bottom of the table in search for their first points of the season.
Joel Selwood was impressive for the Cats, claiming 25 disposals in just the first half, totalling 36 overall, while Paul Chapman claimed 33 possessions, two goals and five scoring assists.
The loss was the worst for Richmond under Damien Hardwick, and had just three goalkickers in Jack Riewoldt (three), Ben Nason (two) and Kelvin Moore (one).
Carlton 102 V Collingwood 155
On Sunday afternoon at the MCG, Carlton were at home to Collingwood for their fiercely passionate battle in Round 6.
In what was certainly a high scoring affair, the visitors emerged 53-point winners, and did not look threatened by the home side as they went into the main break 28 points clear.
The Blues tried to make a comeback and kicked the first four goals of the third term, but it was not enough, with the Pies winning 24.11(155) to 16.6(102).
It was Luke Ball who relaxed a suddenly vulnerable Collingwood side, counter attacking against the Blues and kicking his third goal for the day.
Skipper Chris Judd was once again impressive for the home side accumulating a total of 37 possessions and was all over the oval, while Setanta O’Hailpin was also crucial for the Blues with five goals and threatened the Pies.
Dane Swan was strong for Collingwood as was expected with 31 possessions, while Scott Penlebury was also impressive – influential in the midfield.
The win secures Collinwood’s status as a top four side, sitting second, while Carlton are at ninth spot.
West Coast Eagles 73 V Fremantle 111
Rounding off the weekend’s proceedings, the Subiaco Oval saw the West Coast Eagles at home to Fremantle in what was the most anticipated derby of the Round.
The visitors came away with its sixth consecutive derby win with a 38-point victory, and emerged from the weekend very much in the top four.
Freo came back from 23 points down in the second quarter to boot 11 goals to the home sides two, and came away with their 17.9(111) to 10.13(73) Round 6 win.
In just his sixth game in his first AFL season, Michael Barlow was outstanding for Freo in midfield, and emerged the Ross Glendinning Medal winner with a goal, 25 possessions and five clearances.
Skipper Matthew Pavlich scored five goals for the visitors despite being held well by Will Schofield for periods, while Paul Duffield and David Mundy were also influential for Freo.
Brad Ebert was impressive for the Eagles, claiming 28 possessions, with Adam Selwood and Chris Masten also putting in strong performances.
The win for Freo keeps the side in the top four, with all four of the teams sitting on 20 points from six games, while the Eagles are struggling down at 14th, with just a single win to their name.