Over the weekend, the 2010 AFL Season headed into Round 10 for the year, and saw some fantastic upsets take place on ovals around the nation at both ends of the ladder.
Richmond went out looking to claim their first points of the Season against the Power, and Geelong looked for a win to advance from the rest of the pack at the top of the table.
Both secured wins – which means the Toothless Tiger’s market is done and dusted, as Richmond overcame huge outsider odds to claim their first win away from home, and provided a substantial payout to those who backed them.
Round 11 will bounce off this weekend, as the current season heads to its halfway mark, and starts at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium with Richmond at home to St Kilda.
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Below is a roundup of the weekend’s fixtures.
Essendon 99 V Western Bulldogs 90
Bouncing off the round, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium saw Essendon take on the Western Bulldogs for their Round 9 clash.
The Bombers went into the fixture as underdogs, although managed a nine point victory over their visitors, putting them at eighth spot on the ladder.
It was a somewhat close opening half, with the Dogs unable to make their mark on the score line, and the third term saw the Bombers come out on top and on their way to the 15.9(99) to 14.6(90) victory.
The Dogs came back towards the end of the final quarter, but the home side did enough to keep the crucial lead.
Essendon forward Patrick Ryder was impressive, booting two goals, while Brent Stanton was strong in the midfield.
The Dogs looked strong, but could not capitalize on their opportunities with Adam Cooney’s boot disappointing, and Barry Hall well maintained by Justin Fletcher despite claiming five goals.
The loss for the Dogs sees them out of the top four now, four points behind the forth placed St Kilda side.
Geelong 121 V Melbourne 67
Starting Saturday’s action in the 2010 AFL Season, the Skilled Stadium saw Geelong at home to Melbourne.
The score line may be flattering to the Cats, but the 54-point win was certainly deserved, despite the Dees pulling out a gallant show.
It was a solid performance by the home side, who started scoring early, and never looked threatened in their 18.13(121) to 10.7(67) win.
While Geelong proved why it is they are top of the ladder once again, it was not a stand out performance from the Cats, although the legendary Gary Ablett was superb once again, claiming 32 disposals and two goals.
James Podsiadly, the new crowd favourite at the Skilled Stadium, booted a fantastic five goals and was instrumental on the oval, while Tom Hawkins claimed four goals.
The visitors showcased another up and comer in the ranks through Jordan Gysberts, who claimed 26 disposals – the most for the Dees, while Brad Green claimed three goals for Melbourne.
The win sees Geelong maintain their spot at the head of the table, while Melbourne are fighting at the bottom in 12th spot.
Port Adelaide 30 V Richmond 77
On Saturday afternoon, the AAMI Stadium saw Port Adelaide take on Richmond in what was set to be a one way affair.
And that it was – although the Power were on the wrong side of it.
The weather did not deter the Tigers, who travelled to South Australia looking for their first points of the season, which they finally received after a 47-point win over Port.
It was tough conditions presented to both sides on the oval, but the Tigers held their opponent’s to the lowest score in the Power’s history in the 10.17(77) to 3.12(30) win.
The home side saw their forward line weaken before bounce off, with Dean Brogan out injured and Robbie Gray, Warren Tredrea and Jason Davenport all out.
Brett Ebert was one of the three players to kick a goal for the home side, and was knocked out in the opening quarter, while Cameron Hitchcock – another scorer, dislocated his shoulder in the second.
Shane Tuck was pivotal for the visitors, ending on 31 disposals and 13 tackles, while skipper Chris Newman and Trent Cotchin were great at the stoppages, and Jack Riewoldt booted four goals.
Brisbane Lions 88 V Collingwood 80
On Saturday evening, the Gabba saw the Brisbane Lions take on the in-form Collingwood for their Round 10 fixture.
In yet another upset for the weekend, the Lions stunned the Pies as they travelled to Queensland, claiming a close eight-point win.
In what was a stunning performance by Brendan Fevola, the forward hardly saw the ball in the first half, although claimed four goals in the second in his heroic display on the oval to bring his side back from a 15-point deficit at the main break to claim a 13.10(88) to 11.14 (80) win.
The Pies seemed to have the win, with a lead at each break – but the home side came out with an air of defiance about them in the last quarter, and saw Luke Power claiming 35 disposals in his 250th game which was capped off with a goal in the final quarter.
The visitors saw strong displays from Dale Thomas with 34 possessions, and Dane Swan was also impressive once again with Simon Prestigiacomo in control of Fevola in the first half.
However skipper Nick Maxwell was responsible for the Brisbane heavyweight in the second half, and was not as well prepared for the task.
The loss for the Pies means they are not equal with the Cats at the top of the table, although maintain their top four spot at third, while the Lions are sitting just below the top eight.
St Kilda 123 V Adelaide 76
Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium saw St Kilda at home to Adelaide on Saturday night, for their Round 10 fixture.
The Saints put on a fantastic show in the last quarter, having not been able to make their decisive mark over the Crows, and deserved the 47-point win.
Kicking the opening five goals in the final term, the Saints walked away with a 19.9(123) to 12.4(76) triumph.
The Saints saw Leigh Montagna impress with five goals, and Nick Dal Santo claimed 31 disposals, with Lenny Hayes 27.
The Crows saw Nathan Bock strong in the centre – and was a devastating loss for the visitors when he came off in the third term, while Kurt Tippett and Patrick Dangerfield booted three goals each.
The win sees the Saints back in the top four, while Adelaide are still second from bottom, and need to keep an eye out for Richmond who may have started their campaign this week.
Hawthorn 79 V Sydney 77
On Sunday afternoon, the MCG saw Hawthorn at home to Sydney, for their Round 10 clash.
There was just two points between the sides, with Hawthorn the more determined as they claimed a 10.19(79) to 11.11(77) victory.
The Hawks have now started to change around their disappointing start to the season, and so will be devastated with the news Campbell Brown suffered a knee injury form the match.
Rhan Hooper was impressive in the midfield for the home side, while Ben Stratton took over from Luke Hodge when it came to controlling Adam Goodes.
Goodes was strong up front for the Swans, while youngster Dan Hannebery claimed three goals and 25 disposals in yet another impressive show for the visitors.
The win sees the Hawks continue to climb the ladder and sit in 11th place, while the Swans are still in the top eight although need to find their winning streak once again.
Carlton 105 V West Coast Eagles 76
Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium saw Carlton at home to the West Coast Eagles on Sunday afternoon, as they took to the oval for their Round 10 clash.
The Blues came away with a 29-point win, with Bryce Gibbs inspirational for the home side as he claimed a career topping 45 possessions in the 15.15(105) to 11.10(76) win.
Jeff Garlett was another fantastic player for the home side with two goals and nine tackles, while Andrew Carrazzo kept the Eagles’ Shannon Hurn quiet throughout the game.
For the guests, Mark LeCras was impressive as he claimed five goals, while Josh Kennedy claimed four against his former side.
The results is the sixth win of the season for the Blues who now sit in sixth position, while the Eagles have now been defeated seven times and are 14th on the ladder.
Fremantle 139 V North Melbourne 78
Rounding off the weekend’s proceedings, the Subiaco Oval saw Fremantle at home to North Melbourne on Sunday afternoon.
It was never in doubt for Freo as the home side surged forward in their best start to a season to date, claiming a 61-point win over the Roos.
Tthe third term was where Freo really showed their dominance, kicking ten goals in the 21.13(139) to 11.12(78) win.
It was the biggest win of the season, and saw Freo take a 23 point lead in the final break to 61, with 11 different scorers.
Nat Fyfe was on top form for the home side, after claiming three goals and 27 possessions with David Mundy instrumental in the middle.
The visitors had little in the way of silver lining, although did see Lindsay Thomas boot five goals and Nathan Grima starting strong, while skipper Brent Harvey was less than impressive.
The win sees Freo sitting at second spot on the ladder, equal in points to Geelong in prime position, while North Melbourne are struggling in 13th place.