The weekend saw the 2010 AFL Season head into the second half of the season as Round 11 hit the ovals around the nation, and once again saw some great upsets as sides upped their game with the finals now in view.
Geelong went into the round looking to increase their lead at the top of the ladder – and that they certainly did, while down the bottom of the table, Adelaide maintained their more impressive form of late.
Richmond were hoping to start a winning streak following on from their Round 10 win – but could not muster enough points as they faced St Kilda.
Round 12 of the 2010 AFL Season bounces off this Friday night at the Etihad Stadium as North Melbourne take on Carlton, as teams eye off a spot in the final and are desperate for as many points as possible.
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Below is a roundup of the weekend’s fixtures.
Richmond 59 V St Kilda 97
Bouncing off the weekend’s action, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium saw Richmond at home to St Kilda for their middle of the season clash.
The home side were looking for their second win of the season to see them move their way up the bottom of the ladder, however could not manage it as they lost 8.11(59) to 14.13(97).
Jack Riewoldt continued his fantastic play for the Tigers, claiming six goals and 11 disposals, and was pivotal once again for the home side, while Andrew Collins booted two.
Dustin Martin is setting up a fantastic career ahead of himself after the youngster secured 24 disposals, eight clearances and four tackles – and although the home side put up a good fight, they could not do enough to secure the win.
The Saints were not fantastic against the bottom of the table Tigers, but with the help of Stephen Milne who kicked five goals – managed the scrappy 38-point victory.
It was the second term which secured it for the Saints as they booted six goals to three which set them up and saw them never look back.
No matter how unconvincing the win was – the victory sees the Saints into the top four, a win behind the ladder leaders and will now look to make the final catch up, while the Tigers are still at the bottom of the table with the rest of the field getting further away.
Carlton 101 V Melbourne 60
On Saturday afternoon, the MCG saw Carlton claim a 41-point win over Melbourne as they battled it out in their Round 11 fixture.
The Blues needed a convincing win to edge them closer to the top four, and with the 15.11(101) to 9.6(60) victory, have done so as they sit comfortably in fifth spot.
The opening term set up how the match would go for the home side as they claimed seven goals to two – the first five going their way, in what was their best quarter thus far this season.
Ryan Houlihan was crucial for the Blues booting four goals and claimed 18 disposals, with Jarrad Waite contributing three goals and a behind but was also reported for rough conduct.
However Melbourne did give the home side a scare in the third term, closing in the difference to just 19 points between the two – but it was just not enough.
Brad Green was strong for the Demons, booting three goals, while Brent Moloney and Jordan Gysberts claimed 27 disposals each.
The visitors now sit in 13th position and face Collingwood this weekend in what is another tough draw for the Dees.
Adelaide 105 V Fremantle 82
In South Australia on Saturday afternoon, the AAMI Stadium saw Adelaide at home to Fremantle for their Round 11 clash.
In what was the upset of the Round, the home side managed a 23-point win over the top four side, as they secured their second win of the season.
Taylor Walker was pivotal for the Crows in the 16.9(105) to 12.10(82) win, booting four goals and a behind himself.
It was as was expected by the home side in what was Tyson Edwards’ final run out for the side, and saw them lead in every change and overcome a gallant display by the Dockers in the final term.
Edwards finished on 32 disposals and two goals in his final match – almost claiming him best on ground, and leaves the AFL with his head held high.
For the visitors, skipper Matthew Pavlich led by example as he booted three goals, with Michael Barlow pivotal as he claimed three goals and a huge 32 disposals.
The home side are now catching up with the rest of the field on the ladder – equal in points with the Eagles, although still have a huge mountain to climb, while the Dockers are still in the top four.
North Melbourne 90 V Brisbane Lions 89
On Saturday evening, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium saw North Melbourne at home to the Brisbane Lions in another Round 11 upset as the Roos claimed a single point win.
The Roos went into the match as clear outsiders as many believed the Lions were back to their winning ways, however that was not the case as the home side bolted to a 40-point lead in the opening term and overcome a Brisbane comeback to win 12.18(91) to 13.11(89).
Brent Harvey was strong for the Roos, finishing with 30 possessions and a goal, while Nathan Grima was superb in his covering of Jonathan Brown and Brendon Fevola.
The Lions were lacking passion throughout the first three quarters of the match, and only turned around in the third term as they overcame a 44-point deficit to lead for the first time with two minutes to go – but they just could not hold on.
Fevola was strong was again for the Lions, booting five goals in the first three terms despite a lacklustre performance from his teammates.
Travis Johnstone claimed an impressive 37 disposals, while Tom Rockliff ended on 29 for the visitors.
The result sees the Lions that bit further away from the top eight as they sit tenth on the ladder, while North are now level on points with the Brisbane side, although are in 12th spot.
West Coast Eagles 98 V Geelong 122
Late Saturday afternoon saw the Subiaco Oval come to life as the West Coast Eagles played host to the unstoppable Geelong side for their Round 11 clash.
The Cats were fantastic as they showed the AFL how to maintain composure and execute on all cylinders in the 24-point win which sees them single leaders at the top of the ladder.
While it was not the most convincing of performances for the visitors, with the help of Shannon Byrnes who booted four goals, the Cats walked away 18.14(122) to 14.14(98) winners.
Paul Chapman was strong for the Cats and was named best on ground in his 36 possessions, five clearances and three score assists, while Joel Selwood was impressive through the middle.
The Eagles were threatening all night as they got within three points of the table toppers in the final quarter and could have created the upset of the season had they managed to maintain in the last quarter, however the Cats proved why they are defending champions.
Matthew Priddis was fantastic through the middle for the Eagles as he hit the oval in place for some of the home sides’ big names and claimed 30 disposals, while Beau Waters put in another gallant display on home turf.
The Eagles will be pleased with the results, proving to themselves and the rest of the ladder they have what it takes to compete with the big sides and with Josh Kennedy constantly proving his worth gives them the confidence they can turnaround a match when needed.
The win sees Geelong sole leaders of the ladder as they begin to extend their lead and have proved themselves the side to beat this year, while the Eagles will be disappointed to see themselves back in 14th spot.
Sydney 89 V Essendon 80
On Sunday afternoon, the SCG saw the Sydney Swans at home to Essendon for their Round 11 fixture which saw the Swans claim a nine-point win.
It was an intense affair on the wet Sydney oval with both teams determined not to give way to the other, as the winning side would make it into the top eight, and the home sides 12.17(89) to 12.8(80) victory, saw them do just that.
The win sees the Swans end their four-game losing streak, as they overcame 15 lead changes to end the game on top thanks to three goals each from Gary Rohan and Jesse White.
Jude Bolton was also pivotal for the home side claiming a Sydney best of 36 disposals, while Jarrad McVeigh was also important at 31.
The Bombers will come away disappointed after losing seeing as the win was within their grasp on several occasions throughout the match.
Leroy Jetta scored three for the visitors – and saw them within a point with just three minutes to go, while Jobe Watson and Brent Prismall were instrumental with their 25 possessions.
The Swans are now sitting in seventh spot and will hope their fixture against Port Adelaide in Round 12 will continue a new winning streak, while the Bombers are in ninth spot and will be determined as they face Geelong this round.
Hawthorn 74 V Port Adelaide 63
On Sunday afternoon, the MCG saw Hawthorn claim an 11-point win over Port Adelaide for their Round 11 fixture.
After an inconsistent start to the season, the Hawks claimed a fourth consecutive win against the Power, however the final term re-established their less than convincing way as they claimed a 10.14(74) to 8.15(63) win.
The Hawks now head into the top eight on the ladder after a scrappy performance which saw Brad Sewell claim 29 disposals – the highest for the home side after overcoming some impressive tagging work by Port’s David Rogan.
Luke Hodge was also strong and could arguably be the winners’ best player as he spent most of the match up front and covered by Matt Thomas.
The Power’s kicking was terrible, but warmed up throughout the match, and were convincing in the third term as they turned it around and kicked seven from eight.
Travis Boak was superb for the visitors as he claimed 29 disposals and six clearances, while Danyle Pearce was also pivotal as he overcame tagging from Rick Ladson to collect 29 touches.
The Hawks are now sitting in eighth spot, although are teetering on the edge and need a win against the now in form to secure their top eight spot, while Port are slowly slipping as they sit in 11th place.
Collingwood 113 V Western Bulldogs 103
Rounding off the weekend’s action, Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium saw Collingwood at home to the Western Bulldogs in what was a fantastic clash seeing the home side claim a 10-point win.
The Dogs managed to display a gallant comeback, however the Pies were determined not to let them back into the fixture and so came away 17.11(113) to 16.7(103) winners.
Alan Didak and Leon Davis were both superb for the Pies booting three goals apiece, while Dane Swan was pivotal for the home side again finishing on 35 disposals.
Scott Pendlebury was impressive as he helped lead the way for his teammates laying eight tackles, claiming 33 possessions and booting a goal in the win.
The Dogs saw Matthew Boyd perform well once again, and came away with 36 touches and a goal, while Barry Hall was slightly more disappointing as he did not live up to expectations for the visitors with jut 14 possessions, although did boot four goals.
The win sees the Pies a win adrift of the Cats at the top of the table, while the loss means the Western Bulldogs fall further away from the top four, and need a win this weekend against the also desperate Brisbane Lions.