Round 14 of the 2010 AFL Season was all about the home ground advantage, with no visiting team claiming four points this weekend, and saw a couple of shock results go ahead around the nation.
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Below is an overview of this weekend’s action down on the ovals.
Carlton V Brisbane Lions
Opening up the proceedings was Carlton and the Brisbane Lions, with a win for the Blues ensuring they maintain their chances of finishing in the top four. It was a convincing win for Carlton, dominating the Lions with an 18.12(120) to 9.11(65) victory, as the Lions looked lost without Jonathan Brown and Brendan Fevola up front. Eddie Betts continued his great form for the Blues kicking five goals, with Chris Judd finishing on 29 disposals.
Hawthorn V Western Bulldogs
On Friday night Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs fought an exciting top of the table battle with the Hawks claiming a close 12.7(79) to 11.10(76) win. Beating the Dogs plants Hawthorn as a definite contender for the finals, coming off better in the close fixture which saw the result come about in the final second. The Hawks are now safely in the top eight, while the Dogs have edged slightly further from the top four.
Fremantle V Port Adelaide
On Saturday afternoon, Fremantle were at home to Port Adelaide and claimed a convincing 17.13(115) to 8.10(58) win, which sees the Power slip further down the ladder. Freo on the other hand see their top four place secured, although lost Michael Barlow who broke his leg in the last term. Ryan Crowley was instrumental for the home team booting five goals, while a solid performance from Rhys Palmer saw him finish on 31 disposals.
Collingwood V West Coast Eagles
Saturday evening saw the top four continue to dominate as Collingwood welcomed the Eagles to the Etihad Stadium. It was the thrashing of the weekend which saw the Pies come away with a 20.15(135) to 7.10(52) point victory, keeping them safely in the top four and improving their percentage margin. Chris Dawes booted four for the home side, and while Mark LeCras continued his booting performances with three goals to his name, it was not enough for the Eagles who now sit on the bottom of the ladder in line for the wooden spoon.
Adelaide V Essendon
South Australia saw Adelaide at home to Essendon on Saturday night, with the Crows hoping to move up the ladder to stay within contention of finishing the season in the top eight. It was their first consecutive win of the season with the 19.10(124) to 5.10(40) victory over the Bombers, and so sees Adelaide two spots and two wins away from the top eight, while Essendon drop to 12th spot on the ladder. Kurt Tippett was inspirational for the Crows kicking six goals himself, while Patrick Dangerfield booted four to a disappointing display of footy by Essendon.
Geelong V North Melbourne
On Sunday afternoon the AFL was keen to see how Geelong would respond to its Round 13 shock defeat, and they came out seemingly unfazed by the ordeal as they claimed a 14.14(98) to 9.9(63) point win over North Melbourne. Leading the entire match, the Cats maintain their spot at the top of the ladder, while the Roo’s are still sitting on the line separating the top half from the bottom. James Podsiadly who was surprisingly quiet last round came back to form booting five goals, while Gary Ablett, James Kelly and Joel Selwood were crucial in the win finishing on 33, 32 and 32 disposals respectively.
Richmond V Sydney
Richmond and Sydney took to the MCG on Sunday afternoon, and against the odds saw the Tigers continue the theme of the weekend and claim the home ground win. The 14.5(89) to 12.13(85) point win sees Richmond off the bottom of the ladder for the first time this season, securing four wins from their last five games and they came back from a 33-point half time deficit to claim the win. The Swans are just in the top eight after the loss, with the percentage difference all that is keeping them above the line, after Jack Riewoldt continued his season altering performances for the Tigers as he booted five goals.
St Kilda V Melbourne
Rounding off the weekend, St Kilda and Melbourne took to the Etihad Stadium for their round 14 fixture. The Saints needed a win to stay within touching distance of the top spot, and that they did as they claimed a 15.10(100) to 9.11(65) win. The result sees the Demons into 14th place, two wins ahead of the bottom of the ladder, and while it was a scrappy game to culminate the round, it was a deserved win for the Saints who saw Leigh Montagna inspirational for the Saints finishing on 35 possessions, while Brendan Goddard and Clinton Jones were dangerous with 31.
The results this weekend see Geelong at $2.75 to win the flag at Ladbrokes.com.au, with the Saints close behind at $3.85, while Fremantle could be a worthy bet as the current third placed side are at $14 for the flag.
AFL Round 14 Results
|01.07.10||Carlton 120 : 65 Brisbane Lions||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|02.07.10||Hawthorn 79 : 76 Western Bulldogs||MCG||7.40pm|
|03.07.10||Fremantle 115 : 58 Port Adelaide||Subiaco Oval||1.10pm|
|03.07.10||Collingwood 135 : 52 West Coast Eagles||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|03.07.10||Adelaide 124 : 40 Essendon||AAMI Stadium||7.10pm|
|04.07.10||Geelong 98 : 63 North Melbourne||Skilled Stadium||1.10pm|
|04.07.10||Richmond 89 : 85 Sydney||MCG||2.10pm|
|04.07.10||St Kilda 100 : 65 Melbourne||Etihad Stadium||4.40pm|