This weekend saw just six teams in the AFL hit the ovals, as the rest of the league took their mid season break, and let these six provide all the excitement.
Geelong headed into the weekend looking to extend their lead at the top of the ladder, but were silenced by a gallant St Kilda performance.
While at the other end of the ladder, Adelaide were hoping to move further from wooden spoon contention and did just that.
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Below is a roundup of the weekend’s fixtures.
St Kilda 70 V Geelong 46
Bouncing off the weekend’s action was the 2009 Grand Final rematch, as St Kilda saw Geelong travel to the MCG on Friday night – and the top two battled it out.
In what was a hugely unexpected turn of events, St Kilda dominated the second half of action as they came away with a 24 point win.
While the Cats have been unstoppable recently, the 10.10(70) to 6.10(46) win sees the Saints level on points with Geelong as leaders of the ladder with just percentage separating them.
It was the third term which appeared to make the difference with the Saints booting five goals unanswered by the Cats, three of which were by up and comer Jack Steven.
Also notable for the Saints was Brendon Goddard and Sam Fisher who finished on 27 and 25 disposals respectively, while Adam Schneider booted four goals in the win.
For the Cats, it is the first time since 2005 that they have finished a quarter without scoring a single goal – and they managed two on Friday night.
Gary Ablett was on form as usual, booting two – the most scored by an individual on Geelong’s side, while he ended on 32 possessions, with Joel Selwood and Corey Enright on 34 and 31 respectively.
With the two having relatively easy ties this weekend, it is interesting to see if the Saints have dealt Geelong a wakeup call, and how they will respond.
Sydney 71 V Collingwood 96
On Saturday evening, the Sydney Swans welcomed Collingwood to the ANZ Stadium for their round 13 clash on the oval.
Unable to handle the pressure applied from the Pies, the home side lost by 25 points, and saw their drought against Collingwood continue into a sixth season.
It was a substantially one way game, where the Magpies came away 13.18(96) to 10.11(71) winners, and sees them remain comfortably in the top four.
For the Swans, Ryan O’Keefe was impressive – booting three goals while Ben McGlynn claimed two, Josh Kennedy, Martin Mattner and Nick Malceski were all influential finishing on 26 possessions each.
On the other hand, Chris Dawes booted three for the Pies, with Leigh Brown, Steele Sidebottom and Travis Cloke all claiming three.
Dane Swan continued his strong form with 31 possessions, while Dale Thomas and Darren Jolly both managed nine marks.
The result sees Collingwood on track for a top four finish, while the Swans drop down to seventh place, lagging behind Carlton on percentage.
Adelaide 117 V Melbourne 73
Rounding off the weekend’s action, the AAMI Stadium saw Adelaide at home to Melbourne for their Round 14 battle on the oval.
Melbourne needed a win to be in with a realistic chance of finishing in the top eight, but Adelaide dashed their hopes with a 44-point win.
The Crows were desperate to edge further from the bottom of the ladder, and took advantage of a lacklustre Demons side to win 16.21(117) to 11.7(73).
Adelaide started well as Melbourne failed to get going, and went into the break 41 points clear and managed to overcome the Dees’ comeback in the third term – with Taylor Walker confirming the win with two goals in the last quarter.
Kurt Tippett kicked four for Adelaide, while Matthew Jaensch managed three and Taylor Walker two.
Simon Goodwin was instrumental for the Crows and finished in 36 disposals, with Graham Johncock and Bernie Vince both impressive on 32 and 30 respectively.
For the visitors, Matthew Bate was impressive with four goals, but it was not enough with Brad Green, Cameron Bruce and Lynden Dunn all booting two.
The result sees Melbourne slip to 13th spot on the ladder, with Adelaide a place below them – ahead of the Eagles and Richmond on the bottom of the ladder.