The 2010 AFL Season is getting closer and closer to the finals with every passing week, and with everything now to play for, round 15 provided another bout of thrilling results as the sides took to Australia’s ovals.
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Below is a recap of the fixtures which took place over the course of the weekend.
Port Adelaide V Collingwood
Bouncing off the action over the weekend, Port Adelaide welcomed Collingwood to South Australia and the AAMI Stadium for their round 15 fixture. The Power took to the stadium having to overcome the announcement coach Mark Williams would be leaving that day, and were evidently inspired to send him off well with a great opening term, but could not keep it up losing to the Pies 12.7(79) to 16.9(105). Brett Ebert was instrumental for the Power booting four goals, while the Pies could not have won without the great skill of Dane Swan who finished the match on 39 disposals. The loss sees the run of impressive form come to an end for the Power, while the Pies maintain their third place on the ladder and look to a tough fixture next round against St Kilda.
Geelong V Hawthorn
On Saturday afternoon, the MCG saw Geelong at the top of the ladder host Hawthorn who have proved themselves of late as a side to fear. The Hawks travelled having set a seven-game winning run, but the Cats were keen to put a stop to that, claiming a two point victory in the close 12.13(85) to 11.17(83) win. It was a tough fixture to say the least, proving just how far Hawthorn has come this season as the lead changed no less than eight times throughout the match. Matthew Stokes was pivotal for the Cats claiming four goals while Joel Selwood finished on 19 possessions, and for the Hawks Lance Franklin booted three with Cyril Rioli ending his fixture on 25 disposals. The win sees Geelong head into round 16 at the head of the table while Hawthorn remain in the top eight, with a must win game against the Brisbane Lions next weekend.
West Coast Eagles V Adelaide
Perth’s Subiaco Oval saw the West Coast Eagles welcome Adelaide, hoping to turnaround their dismal season and edge closer to the rest of the pack. However it was not to be as Adelaide claimed their first win away from home in the 17.15(117) to 14.11(95) victory. In a relatively close game, the lead continued to change throughout, however the final quarter saw the Crows prove why they are not at the bottom of the ladder booting seven goals to the Eagles’ four. Mark LeCras claimed four of the Eagles’ goals, while for the Crows Kurt Tippett booted the same number, with Scott Thompson pivotal finishing on 29 disposals while Bernie Vince and Simon Goodwin both claimed 28. The win sees Adelaide just outside the top eight, although has a tough challenge next round up against the Cats, while the Eagles are still on target for the wooden spoon.
Brisbane Lions V St Kilda
The floundering Brisbane Lions continued their lacklustre turn in the season in front of their home crowd, as St Kilda travelled to the Gabba. It was a grand occasion for the Saints as skipper Nick Riewoldt returned to the oval after a tough injury recovery and saw his side claim a 11.13(79) to 10.5(65) win. After reaching a 16-point lead at half time, the Lions lost their way and despite four goals from Brendan Fevola who looked back to fitness, it was the obvious superiority from the Saints all over the area which saw them claim the win with Lenny Hayes and Nick Dal Santo pivotal, finishing on 28 and 26 possessions respectively.
Richmond V Fremantle
On Saturday night Richmond welcomed Fremantle to the Etihad Stadium for what was tipped as an interesting fixture and saw the underdogs come out on top. The Tigers confirmed they have overcome the awful start to the season after claiming four straight wins to see them move up the ladder. It was down to the wire for both sides, but Jack Riewoldt continued his dominative form as he kicked five goals in the 15.10(100) to 11.15(81) win. Daniel Connors upped his game in this crucial fixture finishing on 35 disposals with Shane Tuck on 30, and for Freo both Kepler Bradley and Matthew Pavlich finished on three goals, while David Mundy finished on 29 possessions. The win sees the Tigers level on points with the Lions, Bombers and the Power, while Freo drop their strangle hold on the top sides, although are still in fourth place.
Sydney V North Melbourne
The SCG saw the Sydney Swans welcome Melbourne for their round 15 fixture on Sunday afternoon. The Swans kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four alive as they secured all four points after a 12.13(85) to 7.13(55) win. Adam Goodes was pivotal for the home side kicking three goals and finishing on 33 disposals while Nick Malceski finished on 34, and for the Roos it was a disappointing performance resulting in Brent Harvey and Brady Rawlings’ attempts to shift the momentum go to waste as they finished on 27 possessions each.
Melbourne V Essendon
On Sunday afternoon Melbourne took to the MCG as they welcomed Essendon for their round 15 fixture. It was another disappointing display for the Bombers who continued their losing streak as Melbourne kept their top eight dreams alive after the 19.8(122) to 14.19(103) win. Brad Green was superb for the Dees booting five goals and claiming 27 disposals, while Colin Sylvia was also paramount netting up 29 possessions himself, whereas the Bombers saw Jay Neagle attempt to claw his side back in to the game with three goals while Jobe Watson and Jason Winderlich finished on 32 and 30 respectively. The win sees Melbourne into 11th place although face Freo next round, while the Bombers drop further down the ladder and will hope to overcome the Eagles to get their season back on track next weekend.
Carlton V Western Bulldogs
Rounding off the weekend’s action, Carlton welcomed the Western Bulldogs to the Etihad Stadium for a tough clash at the top of the ladder. For the Bulldogs it was a must win game in order to maintain their pressure on the top four, and that they did with a 20.6(126) to 8.10(58) win. The visitors’ own Barry Hall was the pivotal playmaker booting six goals, while Adam Cooney and Matthew Boyd both finished on 33 disposals, and the Blues saw Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Walker finish on 33 and 32 possessions respectively. The win keeps the Dogs in fifth place on the ladder – a win behind Freo, while the Blues are in dangerous territory and could easily slip out of the top eight if they do not deliver against the Swans next weekend.
AFL Round 15 Results
|09.07.10||Port Adelaide 79: 105 Collingwood||AAMI Stadium||8.10pm|
|10.07.10||Geelong 85: 83 Hawthorn||MCG||2.10pm|
|10.07.10||West Coast Eagles 95: 117 Adelaide||Subiaco Oval||1.10pm|
|10.07.10||Brisbane Lions 65: 79 St Kilda||Gabba||7.10pm|
|10.07.10||Richmond 100: 81 Fremantle||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|11.07.10||Sydney 85: 55 North Melbourne||SCG||1.10pm|
|11.07.10||Melbourne 122: 103 Essendon||MCG||2.10pm|
|11.07.10||Carlton 58 : 126 Western Bulldogs||Etihad Stadium||4.40pm|