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ROUND 5, APRIL 15-18, 2021

GIANT-KILLER: Acting captain Toby Greene led from the front with five goals in the gutsy win over the Magpies last week.

FEATURES

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AFLW SHOWDOWN

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Melbourne has jumped out of the blocks in 2021 and at 4-0 has made its best start to a season since 1994. ASHLEY BROWNE reports.

The Crows and the Lions have established the biggest AFLW rivalry and now a flag awaits one of them. NIC NEGREPONTIS reports.

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You can’t be 1-3 and sit on your hands COLLINGWOOD COACH NATHAN BUCKLEY AFTER THE MAGPIES’ 30-POINT LOSS TO THE GIANTS LAST SATURDAY

DEMONS DARE TO DREAM

RED HOT: Christian Petracca has been irrepressible as the Demons have won their first four games for the first time in 27 years.

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elbourne has won its opening four games of the season for the first time since 1994 and, for its long-suffering supporters, maybe, just maybe, it is time to dream. The Demons played some good football in the opening three games of the season, but last Sunday’s 25-point win over Geelong at the MCG was their most impressive performance. Granted, the Cats had a few missing from their best side, but the Demons were relentless in the cold and wet conditions, and it started with a master class from emerging superstar Christian Petracca, who had 36 disposals, nine clearances and two goals. The Demons have had some issues striking a balance through the midfield, but they also got great contributions against the Cats from Clayton Oliver (34 disposals, six tackles) and Jack Viney (24 disposals, eight clearances). One of the issues for Melbourne heading into the season was supposed to be the injuries to both its key forwards, Sam Weideman and boom North Melbourne recruit Ben Brown. Given their absence, coach Simon Goodwin might have happily settled

The Demons were relentless

u It might only be four rounds into the 2021 season but there is a genuine level of excitement about how the game is trending. The ‘stand’ rule has opened up the ground like we haven’t seen for a long time, so a tick to the AFL decision-makers on that score. With the ball seemingly zinging from end to end, the emphasis on running and

for a 3-1 or even a 2-2 start to the season, but his forward line has coped superbly without them. Tom McDonald’s move to the midfield has been delayed, while Bailey Fritsch and Kysaiah Pickett have also played well. Fritsch kicked four goals last weekend and has 10 through four games. Melbourne sets up beautifully from the backline where Steven May

precise delivery has never been greater. The return of 20-minute quarters, coupled with fewer rotations, means sides are not out of it even when scoreboard pressure starts to mount. Witness last Saturday’s comeback by St Kilda over West Coast, which has suddenly restored some belief in the Saints’ camp after a couple of weeks

and Jake Lever have carried on their fine form from last season. May suffered a facial injury against Geelong and will be missing for a few weeks. But it speaks volumes that erstwhile flanker Adam Tomlinson was able to seamlessly step in and keep Geelong’s 2020 Coleman Medal winner Tom Hawkins to just two goals. After more than 50 years of mediocrity with a few doses of

where the wheels were looking decidedly wobbly. The other big tick this season is the level of excitement about the young talent coming through. Last Thursday’s Sydney and Essendon clash at the SCG showcased some of the best youngsters from the 2020 NAB AFL Draft and supporters of both sides must be licking their lips knowing what’s ahead.

Importantly, you have to admire how quickly some of these kids have adapted. Like a lot of his contemporaries, young Bomber Nik Cox hardly played any footy in 2020, but there he was at 90kg shouldering the ruck responsibility when the game was on the line. Once his body fills out, Cox will be the poster boy of the 2021 game – versatile, adaptable and quick. AFL.com.au     AFL RECORD  5

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ONE WEEK at a TIME heartbreak added for good measure, Melbourne supporters know better than to get ahead of themselves. But the Demons should get over lowly Hawthorn at the MCG on Sunday, which would set up a monstrous Anzac Eve clash against Richmond that would also be the 300th game for Nathan Jones. The Western Bulldogs and Sydney round out the unbeaten teams and will enter their respective games this weekend against Gold Coast and GWS as warm favourites to remain so. South Australian fans are enjoying a fine start to the season with Port Adelaide and Adelaide having both dropped just one game. North Melbourne propping up the bottom of the ladder as the only winless team is not all that surprising. The Kangaroos are still bottoming out as they embark on a slow rebuild. But having Collingwood and Brisbane among the one-win teams through four games is surprising.

PIE WOES: Taylor Adams has been ruled out for 10 weeks.

The Lions have been unlucky, with COVID precautions meaning they’ve spent three weeks on the road. They must beat Essendon at the Gabba on Saturday night to stay in touch with the ladder leaders. But Collingwood is struggling. The Pies still defend reasonably well, but the trading out of Adam Treloar, Tom Phillips and Jaidyn Stephenson has robbed them of spark and speed around the contest and now Taylor Adams will be missing for at least the next 10 weeks with a medial ligament injury. Collingwood also struggles to score and that might be the greatest frustration felt by its fans. Coach Nathan Buckley had all summer to fix a problem that stems back to last season, but nothing seems to have changed. The Pies have had some great wins against West Coast at Optus Stadium in recent times, so it would be foolish to entirely discount them from winning again. But another loss would leave them at 1-4 and at long odds to make the finals.

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great game on the outside last Sunday from Adelaide’s Lachie Sholl has earned him a rare football double – a second NAB AFL Rising Star nomination. His 24-possession, two-goal performance in the round 17 game against Carlton last season was acknowledged and selectors went there again this week after a powerful 31-possession, one-goal performance for the Crows in their 41-point win over North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium. The St Bernard’s product was a fourth-round selection by the Crows in 2018, but his superb kicking skills were a highlight from the day he walked into the club and he has been impossible to dislodge from the side. He played eight games last year and remains eligible for the award in 2021. Sholl was the first non-Sydney player to receive a nomination in 2021. Chad Warner, formerly of East Fremantle, made it three-from-three for the Swans after a brilliant display in round three against Richmond in which he gathered 20 disposals, took five marks and kicked two goals. ASHLEY BROWNE

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Who do you barrack for? Port Adelaide Who is your favourite AFL/AFLW player? Charlie Dixon /Erin Phillips What superpower would you like to have? Climb and shoot webs like Spider-Man What is your favourite ice cream flavour? Vanilla What is your favourite TV show? Bluey and watching Minecraft videos on YouTube What is the best thing about NAB AFL Auskick? You get to learn to play footy with your friends and kick goals What would you spend the $5000 prizemoney on if you were named the 2021 NAB AFL Auskicker of the Year? A lot of Lego and a PlayStation 5. I’d buy my sister Lucy a few Barbie dolls, Mum some new plants and perfume, and Dad some new socks (because Dad’s socks are always full of holes) Who do you want to present a premiership medal to at the 2021 Toyota AFL Grand Final? Charlie Dixon

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ROUND 5 MILESTONES 250 CLUB GAMES

Josh Kennedy SYDNEY

200 CLUB Nic Naitanui WEST COAST

187 premiership games, 11 pre-season games, 1 International Rules game

CROWS, LIONS BACK WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Lachie Neale

GOLDEN ERA: The Crows are chasing their third premiership, but will have to do it without captain Chelsea Randall, who was concussed last week.

BRISBANE/FREMANTLE 182 premiership games, 16 pre-season games, 1 State of Origin game

Easton Wood

WESTERN BULLDOGS 175 premiership games, 21 pre-season games, 3 International Rules games

150 GAMES Marcus Bontempelli WESTERN BULLDOGS

Jake Carlisle

ST KILDA/ESSENDON

Nick Haynes

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n a rematch of the inaugural AFLW Grand Final, the Adelaide Crows will take on the Brisbane Lions again on Saturday afternoon at Adelaide Oval. The Crows will be looking to claim their third premiership from four tries, if you discount the cancelled 2020 season, and cement their legacy as the dominant team of the first era of AFLW. A lot has changed since 2017, but Adelaide still has 12 members of the Grand Final side that triumphed over the Lions. Brisbane has only seven players left from that 2017 line-up, with the majority of its side picked off by expansion teams. Ten members of the Lions’ inaugural AFLW side are still in the league and playing elsewhere. Being able to rebuild the list on the fly and make it back to

GWS GIANTS

the Grand Final so quickly is a testament to Brisbane coach Craig Starcevich and his club’s list management. Adelaide made its way through, winning a final of sorts in round nine over Collingwood to earn top spot and control the home field throughout the finals. The Crows took full advantage of that against Melbourne in the preliminary final, winning comfortably and booking their Grand Final spot. The Lions also finished the year with wins over the Magpies and Roos to earn second spot and a much-needed bye in the first week of finals. That home ground advantage proved crucial against Collingwood in their preliminary final, outlasting the Magpies in the blistering Queensland heat.

The biggest storyline heading into this game is Adelaide captain Chelsea Randall, who will miss with concussion. Some have asked whether the AFL’s new 12-day concussion protocols would hold firm if it meant a star player missed a Grand Final – and at the first possible instance of testing them, they have. The Crows have struggled historically without Randall and will need to work things differently minus their courageous barometer. The game will have clean air following the AFL’s decision to move the Western Bulldogs-Gold Coast game to a twilight start to free up the Saturday afternoon slot. The Crows and the Lions have built what is arguably AFLW’s best rivalry and fans can expect a ferocious contest.

Prediction: Adelaide by 11 points

150 GAMES COACHED Brett Ratten

ST KILDA/CARLTON

100 CLUB GAMES Sam Docherty CARLTON

100 GAMES FOR TWO CLUBS Jack Redden (129 for Brisbane)

WEST COAST/BRISBANE

100 CONSECUTIVE GAMES Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti ESSENDON

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MADDIE’S THURSDAYS ON HOLD FOR NOW MATCH

THURS APRIL 15 | 7.20 PM MARVEL STADIUM

TURNING PURPLE FOR MADDIE u Marvel Stadium will again turn purple for Maddie’s Match in round five, with the prime-time clash marking St Kilda’s first Thursday night blockbuster of the year. The sixth annual celebration of Maddie’s Match will help raise much-needed funds for those suffering from Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS) through research, support and prevention in the hope of one day finding a cure.

NIGHT MOVES: Thursday night blockbusters, including the ‘Buddy’ Franklin show last round, have been a hit with fans.

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ne of the great positives to come out of the COVID-ravaged 2020 season was the ability for the AFL to adapt the fixture to suit the rapidly changing times. Fast-forward to 2021 and the new season is taking on a much more normal pattern. One key feature that fans have enjoyed is Thursday night football, with crowds and TV ratings producing some of the strongest figures in the first four rounds. Across four Thursday night blockbusters – two of them at the MCG – crowds have averaged a strong 39,259, u FOOTY FUNNIES – Bob Dikkenberg

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suggesting an appetite for the extra night of footy. There has been some great footy as well, with the round three after-the-siren Brisbane win over Collingwood followed by Sydney’s thrilling three-point victory over the Bombers at the SCG in round four. By adding a fourth day to the round, it also ensures

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fewer matches clash, with only two games on Saturday night directly going up against each other, suiting broadcasters and ensuring more eyeballs are drawn to more matches. There were some raised eyebrows last week when the AFL confirmed its fixture for rounds seven and eight and Thursday was absent, with games in that slot only slated to return in round 13. The AFL later confirmed that concerns over five-day breaks was one of the key considerations behind omitting games from Thursday until later in the season. LAURENCE ROSEN

NICK RIEWOLDT

Since the first Maddie’s Match in 2015, St Kilda has worked alongside Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision to bring BMFS into the spotlight and help children and young adults who are among those most likely to be affected. Pumping up the fundraising tyres this year will be the addition of the first ‘Ride for Maddie’, a fundraising bicycle ride before the game from RSEA Park to Marvel Stadium. “It’s great to be launching Ride for Maddie and opening up new involvement to raise funds for an issue close to my heart,” Maddie’s Vision chairman Nick Riewoldt said. Visit mrv.org.au for more information and shop.saints.com. au/mrv to buy merchandise.

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For some reason, there is always an extra edge when the West Coast Eagles and Collingwood cross paths. They do so again on Friday night in Perth and it should be another thriller. ASHLEY BROWNE

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here is no rhyme or reason why West Coast and Collingwood have developed one of the great rivalries in football. There was no all-in brawl in the final quarter of a Grand Final, the event historians believe is what happened in 1910 to spark the enmity between the Magpies and Carlton, which continues to this day. There is no classist element, which is what drove the Melbourne-Collingwood rivalry for so many years, what with the Demons the team of choice of the private school-educated middle class against the proudly working-class scrubs from the boot factories of Collingwood. And nor was a player defection at the heart of it, as was the case when the Richmond-Collingwood rivalry exploded in 1920 when champion Magpie Dan Minogue returned from war service and

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stunned the club by seeking a clearance to the Tigers. In his first year as coach, he led Richmond to its maiden premiership win – over Collingwood. West Coast and Collingwood do share some history. Mick Malthouse is a premiership coach at both clubs, but moved back to Victoria almost with the blessing of the Eagles after 10 years of distinguished service that included two premierships. They were happy to see the back of each other. So in the absence of any bitterness, we are left with a rivalry that was sparked purely and solely because of events on the field and thanks to a series of great matches stretching as far back as 1990, the first year of the AFL and just the fourth season in West Coast’s history.

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Indeed, Malthouse played a large part in the aftermath of the first notable game between the clubs, the 1990 qualifying final that ended in a draw –13.12 (90) apiece – at Waverley. Magpie supporters remember it for the freakish Peter Daicos goal from deep in the forward pocket late in the final quarter, while Eagles fans would lament a set shot from 15m out that Peter Sumich missed after the final siren. In a video published by West Coast in 2013, Sumich said his initial thought was to try a banana kick but said: “If I don’t hit it right, it could go anywhere and I’d miss.” He did the safe thing and kicked a drop punt, that ended up missing by half a metre to the left. Transport that kick through the time machine 30 years later and Sumich would clearly have kicked the ball around his body and in all likelihood scored. The fallout of this game was wide-ranging. Extra time was introduced for all finals (except the Grand Final) the following season and interstate

finals were also instituted for the first time. Malthouse was at his feisty best afterwards, telling team officials to keep the media out. “Be warned! No one is to go near my players. As far as I’m concerned, I’m treating it as half-time in the match,” he said. Ironically, as coach of Collingwood, he used the same strategy after the drawn Grand Final against St Kilda in 2010, helping clear Magpie minds ahead of the rematch the following week that they won comfortably. Fast forward to 1994. A qualifying final for the ages at the WACA Ground (Subiaco was being developed) that went down to the final play. If there was a time when there was any real anger between the clubs, it was after this game. Collingwood came with a charge in the dying moments to trail by just two points after a goal to Jason McCartney. From the bounce and after a relayed free kick, the Pies kicked the ball inside 50 with 10 seconds to go. Looking into the blazing sun, Mick McGuane dropped a chest mark and shortly after the ball spilled to the ground, the siren sounded. In a sour end to a fantastic game, Eagles skipper John Worsfold confronted McGuane and gestured to him about the dropped mark. West Coast had the last laugh, winning the flag again that year, while the Pies entered a period of relative purgatory, not making the finals again until 2002. It was in that year the two clubs played another of their great games. The build-up to the round two clash was enormous, billed as the ‘master versus the pupil’ as Malthouse and Worsfold locked horns as coaches for the first time. It was a terrific game, with the Pies prevailing by one point. But what the 29,348 fans at the MCG likely remember most was the assured 19-possession performance from 18-year-old Eagles midfielder Chris Judd.

EPIC ENCOUNTERS: Mick McGuane (top) and Peter Sumich (left) were involved in defining finals moments, while Mick Malthouse (opposite page) coached both clubs.

They’re nail-biters to play in. They must be thrilling to watch JACK REDDEN ON THE EAGLES-PIES RIVALRY

It was his first game for the club and he looked like a star from his very first possession. Judd was a notable figure during the 2007 semi-final between the clubs at Subiaco, alas as he watched from the stands with an injured groin. The teams were locked at 10.12 (72) apiece after four quarters, but the Pies, who won so many big games on the road in hostile circumstances under Malthouse, kicked away during extra time to win by 19 points. The Channel Seven cameras followed Judd as he crossed the ground with his teammates after the game. Perhaps they knew something. Three days later, he announced his intention to return to Victoria.

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The 2018 finals series elevated the rivalry to a new level. The two clubs have long believed they match up well on each other and the addition of Justin Longmuir to Collingwood’s coaching staff that season after several years with West Coast might have played a part in that. Certainly, West Coast players noted a sense of familiarity when watching the Pies that year. The Eagles had the better of Collingwood twice during that season’s finals series. The Grand Final is rightly remembered for Dom Sheed’s magnificent set-shot from deep in the forward pocket with just seconds to go, which came after a series of contests further up the ground that West Coast won every time. “We were winning those contests and that’s what gave us the opportunity to get back in the game,” Eagles midfielder Jack Redden told the AFL Record. “Every contest in that final minute was one-on-one.” The qualifying final that preceded it was also pretty good. West Coast finished all over Collingwood, kicking 5.3 to 1.1 in the final stanza to get the win. It was a fine effort from the Magpies just to get back to the Grand Final after that. The teams have staged more great games at Optus Stadium since then. In round 17 the following year, Collingwood kept West Coast scoreless for 45 minutes in the second half and then got home on the back of a four-goal haul from Brody Mihocek to win by a point, having trailed by 16 points at the final change. The Eagles got hold of Collingwood by 66 points in round eight last year, so not much hope was held for the Pies when they returned to Perth for an elimination final later in the season. In a year of dislocation and relocation, Collingwood had been variously based in Sydney, Perth and Queensland. Western Australia’s tight border controls meant the Magpies had to keep the travelling party to the bare minimum. Coach Nathan Buckley slept in temporary accommodation. Screaming front-page headlines in the local papers labelled the visitors as “dirty”, which was

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the terminology for interstate visitors living under stringent quarantine conditions. Yet the Pies weren’t bothered by any of that. “It was a different build-up, but also business as usual,” Collingwood half-back Jack Crisp said. “Given what happened last year, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. “We embraced it and even getting away from the other destination was enjoyable.” Mason Cox got Collingwood going with a spectacular opening

MATCH-WINNERS: Dom Sheed’s magnificent goal to seal the 2018 Grand Final sent his teammates into raptures, while Mason Cox’s mesmerising first quarter set up an unlikely Magpies’ win in last season’s finals.

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term. In a mesmerising five-minute burst, he took three contested marks and kicked three goals. But West Coast dominated much of the middle stages of the match, and the Pies had to kick the last three goals to steal the most unlikely and heroic of victories, once again by a solitary point, sealed only when Taylor Adams smothered a Tom Cole kick that would have landed well inside 50 with only a few seconds remaining. It sets the scene for more compulsive viewing on Friday night as both teams come off disappointing losses last weekend. Sadly for the Pies, Adams won’t be playing. Even despite that backdrop, West Coast and Collingwood cannot help but keep us entertained. “It’s definitely a game you mark in your calendar. You just know it’s going to be a good game,” Crisp said. “You never know what’s going to happen.” For several reasons, Redden pulled the right lever when he bolted from Brisbane to join West Coast back in 2016. And he was right about games against Collingwood. “They’re nail-biters to play in,” he said. “They must be thrilling to watch.” @hashbrowne

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DISPOSALS18 TACKLES4 METRES GAINED

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the wake of their round three defeat at the hands of Melbourne. Captain Stephen Coniglio, star defender Phil Davis and tenacious midfielder Matt de Boer had all been ruled out for lengthy spells with varying injuries and the club appeared to be in freefall after a third straight loss. Outsiders were questioning coach Leon Cameron, the playing group was being challenged and things just seemed a little glum in western Sydney. They travelled to the MCG to take on Collingwood last week with many pundits expecting the result to go one way, even if the Magpies hadn’t been performing at their best. Fast forward to late last Saturday night and the Giants were triumphant courtesy of an imperious display from stand-in captain Toby Greene. The club’s most dangerous forward bagged five goals for the second week in a row while picking up 18 disposals in the 30-point victory. His impact was certainly not lost on veteran midfielder Callan Ward, who gathered a game-high 37 touches. “I absolutely love the bloke, as a person and as a footballer even more,” Ward told Fox Footy. “He’s a superstar of the competition. He’s driving the standards all day, every day. “He’s a competitor, he has a crack and I love blokes like that.” Greene also manufactured eight score involvements, provided a goal assist and laid four tackles in his side’s first win of 2021. ANDREW SLEVISON

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THE SHOW STOPPER INJURY CHECK u He’s footy’s greatest

showman and the stage he loves these days is the SCG. The famous ground has been home to some of the biggest names in Australian cricket, but the modern era has also produced footy’s top drawcards and we’re talking the goalkicking variety. First there was Tony Lockett, then along came Barry Hall and now it’s Lance Franklin strutting his stuff for the red and whites of Sydney. Last Thursday he threaded three goals, including the clincher in the final term, in the Swans’ narrow win over Essendon. Three goals are par for the course for ‘Buddy’ these days, but given it was just his second game back since late 2019, it augurs well for the year ahead. A combination of an ongoing knee issue from early 2020 and then a hamstring setback meant the big fellow was sent to the spelling paddock. His games and game-time are being carefully managed, but he looks ready to explode in coming weeks.

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Ask Col via email at col.hutchinson@afl.com.au or write to him at AFL House, PO Box 1449, GPO, Melbourne, VIC 3001

QUESTIONS?

ANSWER MAN

with COL HUTCHINSON u Seven-time Sturt best and fairest Rick Davies was one of South Australia’s finest ruckmen in the 1970s and a tremendous mark. Later in his career, he moved forward and in 1983 kicked 151 goals, a then SANFL record. Nicknamed the ‘Jumbo Prince’, one of his most memorable performances was in round eight that season in the top-two clash with West Adelaide. The Double Blues, who also included Peter Motley and Neil Craig, dominated from the start, kicking nine goals to five in the first term, and by three-quarter time Davies had notched 10 goals. He booted another five in the final quarter for a club-record 15 as Sturt added 10.6 to win by 74 points.

Adelaide’s win was the first time in 50 years that the previous year’s wooden-spoon team had beaten a grand finalist in round one. I was at that 1971 game, which was also the debut match for Keith Greig and Geoff Southby. How many opening round matches have there been between the wooden-spoon team and a grand finalist from the previous year? IRWIN HIRSH, VIA EMAIL CH: The first of 15 such instances occurred in 1912. Ten years later in 1922, Essendon became the first of three wooden-spoon clubs from the previous season to beat a grand finalist, downing Carlton by 18 points. The Dons improved dramatically to finish third that year, then claim premierships in 1923 and 1924. Melbourne just fell short of upsetting Geelong in the opening round of the 1952 season. Three years later, after finishing runner-up to Footscray in 1954, the Demons easily beat the Saints, who had finished last a few months earlier. Denis Cordner, Ian McLean, Noel McMahen and Stuart Spencer played in both

BOTTOMS UP: Wooden spooner Adelaide stunned the Cats in round one; (right) Roos champion Keith Greig.

games. Forty years ago, Fitzroy, which had finished last in 1980, was competitive against Collingwood in a high-scoring contest at the Junction Oval. The Lions won the return match at Victoria Park in round 22. Both

GRAND FINALIST v WOODEN-SPOONER IN ROUND ONE SEASON PREV.

SCORES

SEASON FINISH

1912

Prem

Essendon 17.14 (116) d University 6.6 (42)

Ess prem, Uni last

1922

RU

Carlton 9.8 (62) lost to Essendon 11.14 (80)

Carl 4th, Ess 3rd

1923

RU

Collingwood 16.5 (101) d South Melbourne 12.7 (79)

Coll 5th, SM 3rd

1932

Prem

Geelong 14.21 (105) d North Melbourne 11.12 (78)

Geel 5th, NM 8th

1939

Prem

Carlton 20.22 (142) d South Melbourne 13.10 (88)

Carl 5th, SM last

1940

RU

Collingwood 13.14 (92) d South Melbourne 11.14 (80)

Coll 8th, SM 10th

1945

Prem

Fitzroy 15.16 (106) d Geelong 10.8 (68)

Fitz 6th, Geel 11th

1952

Prem

Geelong 15.13 (103) d Melbourne 14.13 (97)

Geel prem, Melb 6th

1955

RU

Melbourne 17.16 (118) d St Kilda 8.11 (59)

Melb prem, StK last

1958

RU

Essendon 13.17 (95) d Geelong 8.10 (58)

Ess 5th, Geel last

1971

Prem

Carlton 14.14 (98) lost to North Melbourne 18.16 (124)

Carl 5th, NM 9th

1981

RU

Collingwood 22.27 (159) d Fitzroy 20.13 (133)

Coll 2nd, Fitz 4th

1984

RU

Essendon 19.20 (134) d St Kilda 14.13 (97)

Ess prem, StK last

2013

Prem

Sydney 16.10 (106) d GWS Giants 11.10 (76)

Syd 4th, GWS last

2021

RU

Geelong 13.13 (91) lost to Adelaide 15.13 (103)

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clubs qualified for September action and met again in a semi-final. The Pies won a thriller by a point.

CAN YOU ASSIST? u The AFL is seeking information regarding the following former players – Frank Booth (Collingwood 1938, Hawthorn 1939), Bill J. Brown (Hawthorn 1926-26), Bill E. Brown (South Melbourne 1925; Hawthorn 1928), Leo Clements (Hawthorn 1933-34), Fred Hansen (Footscray 1928; Hawthorn 1930), Gerry Hickey (Hawthorn 1934-35), Syd V. James (South Melbourne 1923; Hawthorn 1925), Joe Lyons (Hawthorn 1938), Barry Metcalfe (Hawthorn 1957), Dermot O'Brien (Hawthorn 1928) and John O'Halloran (Hawthorn 1929).

If you can assist, contact Col Hutchinson at col.hutchinson@afl.com.au.

In a career spanning 1970-1986, Davies played 317 games for Sturt, 33 for South Adelaide, 20 in his one season for Hawthorn in 1981, and 20 for SA. He kicked 838 goals and in 2013 was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. MARK GENGE

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FANTASY PIG OF THE WEEK HONOURABLE MENTIONS

u Although he wasn’t the top scorer of the round, Reilly O’Brien (135) has finally got his 2021 campaign underway. It all started in the last quarter of his round three match where he scored 57 points, which was more than he was averaging a game at that point. On top of his 31 hit-outs, ‘ROB’ collected 24 disposals and kicked a goal to rack up 135 points last Sunday. He’s dropped $147K from his starting price, so consider him as an under-priced premium if he can keep it up!

u Massive returns from Max Gawn (135) and Tim Taranto (129) place them as the highest scorers of the past two weeks. After a ton in round one, Lachie Sholl (130) didn’t set the world on fire in the next two rounds, but with 25 kicks running along the Marvel Stadium wing last Sunday, he made good on his medium-sized price tag. More midfield time for Adam Treloar (127) helped him boost his numbers with a game-high 10 tackles.

TOP ROUND 4 SCORERS PLAYER

SCORE

Touk Miller GCS

140

Christian Petracca MELB

136

Reilly O’Brien ADEL

135

Max Gawn MELB

132

Lachie Sholl ADEL

130

Tim Taranto GWS

129

Clayton Oliver MELB

128

Adam Treloar WB

127

Luke Parker SYD

126

Brad Crouch STK

125

CASH COWS OF THE WEEK MICHAEL BARLOW MEDAL VOTES

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DANIEL McKENZIE STK, DEF – 96 u The Saints bounced back in a big way with a come-from-behind victory which included McKenzie racking up a career-high Fantasy score thanks to 21 disposals, seven marks, three tackles and a goal. Don’t expect this often, as it’s just his sixth score of 70 or more in his 52 games.

4

CHAD WARNER SYD, FWD – 95 u Just fell short of back-to-back tons in another outstanding outing for the Swans.

3

NIK COX ESS, DEF/FWD – 93 u An epic game from the ‘Unicorn’, playing almost every role possible.

2

TOM POWELL NM, MID – 91 u We can keep fielding Powell and get price rises for quite a few more rounds.

1

LACHIE JONES PA, DEF – 68 u The 19-year-old man-mountain was fantastic on debut with 17 disposals.

LEADERBOARD: 11 – Errol Gulden, Chad Warner; 8 – Matt Flynn; 7 – James Jordon; 5 – Daniel McKenzie; 4 – Braeden Campbell.

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BUY ADAM TRELOAR

HOLD LACHIE HUNTER

WESTERN BULLDOGS

WESTERN BULLDOGS

MID, $720,000

MID, $748,000

„ After dropping $92,000 since moving to the Kennel, the time is right to jump on the ball magnet. In the past two games, his centre bounce attendances have been high and he has scored 106 and 127.

REILLY O’BRIEN

ADELAIDE

RUC, $681,000 „ After an awful two-and-a-half games, kick-started his season after opponent Jarrod Witts went down. He played a season-high 94 per cent game-time for 135 last week, which included eight marks. Has a BE of 86.

CHANGKUOTH JIATH

HAWTHORN

„ After being one of the top-averaging players last year, has taken the biggest role hit since the addition of Adam Treloar and is averaging just 85. On a positive note, he will be a good chance to gain forward status.

JOSH KELLY

GWS GIANTS MID, $724,000 „ Another star midfielder who has had an extreme role change. His CBAs and time on the wing are well down and his scoring reflects that, but if he gains forward status, he will be a highly-sought prospect, so hold fire.

CALEB DANIEL

SELL JORDAN DE GOEY

COLLINGWOOD

FWD, $550,000 „ After an outstanding game in the pre-season playing as a midfielder, De Goey has played predominantly forward and hasn’t kicked enough goals to register a decent score, as we saw last weekend with an absolute shocker of 44. Trade ASAP.

ZAK BUTTERS

PORT ADELAIDE

FWD, $616,000 „ In a cruel blow for his owners, the young star was dominating against the Tigers early before succumbing to an injury on 83. It looks like it will keep him out for the foreseeable future, so he will have to go.

TAYLOR ADAMS

WESTERN BULLDOGS DEF, $645,00

COLLINGWOOD

„ An absolute legend. ‘CJ’ continued his awesome form with seven of his 12 marks coming via intercepts for a score of 102. Has a BE of just 18 and is playing at a level where he could be locked in for the rest of the season.

„ As much as he deserves to be traded after one of the worst performances I have seen by an accomplished player, scoring 20, not to mention his one-week suspension … actually, feel free to trade him and his 141 BE.

„ Unfortunately for his five per cent of owners, the Pie will have to go after injuring his knee. He will be on the sidelines for 10 weeks, with an in-form star such as Tom Mitchell looking like a ripe replacement.

ALSO CONSIDER: Lachie Sholl, Tom Mitchell, Brad Crouch

ALSO CONSIDER: Lachie Neale, Tom Phillips, Marcus Bontempelli

ALSO CONSIDER: Isaac Heeney, Patty Dow, Jordan Clark

Warnie

Roy

Calvin

ROUND 4 – 1854 PTS

ROUND 4 – 1839 PTS

ROUND 4 – 1837 PTS

u After this round, the first batch of dual-position additions will be announced. Expect Dyson Heppell and Jack Ziebell to gain DEF status, while Nat Fyfe and Lachie Hunter could add FWD.

u Taylor Walker has made more money than any of the high-achieving cash cows this season, adding $260K thanks to his season average of 115. Well done to those who jumped on.

u Chasing fallen premiums is a big part of the game. Lachie Neale has dropped $197K this season, making him a potential target when he bottoms out in price shortly.

DEF, $501,000

WARNE DAWGS

DESTROY

MID, $752,000

CALVINATOR

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: The AFL logo is missing from Saint Callum Wilkie’s shorts; his left sock has been altered; the ball has rotated in Bomber Alec Waterman’s hands; the brand logo is missing from his guernsey; the umpire in the background has been removed.

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2021 LEAGUE LEADERS DISPOSALS

KICKS

Disposing of the ball via a handball or kick.

PLAYER

HANDBALLS

Disposing of the ball by foot.

MTS AVE EFF %

PLAYER

Disposing of the ball by hand.

MTS AVE EFF %

PLAYER

STATS PROVIDED BY

MARKS

Catching a kicked ball that has travelled 15m.

MTS AVE EFF %

PLAYER

MTS AVE

1 J.Macrae (WB)

4 35.3 78.7

1 J.Bowes (GCS)

4 25.3 76.2

1 T.Mitchell (Haw)

4 23.8 78.9

1 T.Barrass (WCE)

4 9.8

2 T.Mitchell (Haw)

4 34.5 76.8

2 D.Rich (BL)

4 21.3 77.6

2 S.Walsh (Carl)

4 19.0 88.2

2 J.Rotham (WCE)

4 9.3

3 C.Oliver (Melb)

4 32.3 73.6

3 S.Docherty (Carl)

4 21.0 78.6

3 J.Macrae (WB)

4 19.0 92.1

3 S.Docherty (Carl)

4 8.5

4 S.Walsh (Carl)

4 30.3 81.0

4 J.Ziebell (NM)

4 21.0 84.5

4 C.Oliver (Melb)

4 18.0 83.3

4 J.Bowes (GCS)

4 8.5

5 C.Guthrie (Geel)

4 30.3 75.2

5 J.Ridley (Ess)

4 20.8 84.3

5 J.Dunkley (WB)

4 17.8 85.9

5 D.Howe (Haw)

4 8.5

6 O.Wines (PA)

4 30.3 69.4

6 J.Short (Rich)

4 20.0 77.5

6 O.Wines (PA)

4 17.0 83.8

6 C.Jiath (Haw)

4 8.5

7 Z.Merrett (Ess)

4 30.0 70.0

7 T.Stewart (Geel)

4 19.0 80.3

7 P.Cripps (Carl)

4 15.8 77.8

7 H.Andrews (BL)

4 8.3

8 J.Bowes (GCS)

4 29.8 77.3

8 J.Crisp (Coll)

4 18.5 58.1

8 J.Hopper (GWS)

4 15.8 73.0

8 T.Stewart (Geel)

4 8.3

9 C.Petracca (Melb)

4 29.8 60.5

9 M.Duncan (Geel)

2 18.5 64.9

9 J.O’Meara (Haw)

4 15.5 82.3

9 J.Lukosius (GCS)

4 8.3

10 R.Laird (Adel)

4 29.0 71.6

10 T.Taranto (GWS)

4 18.5 52.7

10 R.Laird (Adel)

4 15.0 81.7

10 T.Membrey (StK)

4 8.3

SCORE INVOLVEMENTS

Scoring chains where the player had a disposal, hit-out to advantage, kick-in or knock-on.

PLAYER

AFL PLAYER RATINGS

As seen on AFL.com.au. The most advanced metric of player performance available using data from 2021.

MTS AVE

PLAYER

MTS AVE

HIT-OUTS TO ADVANTAGE

CENTRE CLEARANCES

STOPPAGE CLEARANCES

A hit-out that reaches an intended teammate.

The first kick or effective handball in a chain that clears the centre bounce area.

The first kick or effective handball in a chain that clears the ball-up or throw-in area.

PLAYER

MTS AVE

PLAYER

MTS AVE

PLAYER

MTS AVE

1 T.Walker (Adel)

4 12.0

1 T.Walker (Adel)

4 22.6

1 B.Grundy (Coll)

4 14.8

1 T.Adams (Coll)

4 4.5

1 N.Anderson (GCS)

2 D.Martin (Rich)

4 9.3

2 D.Martin (Rich)

4 21.5

2 M.Pittonet (Carl)

4 12.8

2 D.Shiel (Ess)

2 4.5

2 Z.Williams (Carl)

2 5.0

3 S.Darcy (Frem)

3 9.0

3 J.Macrae (WB)

4 19.7

3 M.Gawn (Melb)

4 12.0

3 B.Cunnington (NM)

2 4.0

3 R.Laird (Adel)

4 4.8

4 N.Fyfe (Frem)

3 9.0

4 Z.Butters (PA)

4 19.0

4 N.Naitanui (WCE)

4 12.0

4 T.Boak (PA)

4 4.0

4 L.Neale (BL)

4 4.8

5 E.Gulden (Syd)

4 8.8

5 R.Sloane (Adel)

3 18.9

5 J.Witts (GCS)

3 9.0

5 T.Liberatore (WB)

4 4.0

5 J.Viney (Melb)

3 4.7

6 H.McKay (Carl)

4 8.5

6 J.Stringer (Ess)

2 18.8

6 M.Flynn (GWS)

3 8.7

6 H.Greenwood (GCS) 4 3.8

6 C.Oliver (Melb)

4 4.5 4 4.5

4 6.0

7 C.Wingard (Haw)

2 8.5

7 T.Boak (PA)

4 18.5

7 T.Nankervis (Rich)

4 8.5

7 J.O’Meara (Haw)

4 3.8

7 N.Naitanui (WCE)

8 C.Petracca (Melb)

4 8.5

8 N.Naitanui (WCE)

4 18.0

8 S.Lycett (PA)

4 8.3

8 D.Sheed (WCE)

4 3.8

8 T.Liberatore (WB)

4 4.5

9 K.Lambert (Rich)

4 8.5

9 J.Steele (StK)

4 17.8

9 T.Hickey (Syd)

4 7.5

9 J.Kennedy (Syd)

4 3.5

9 J.O’Meara (Haw)

4 4.3

10 J.Macrae (WB)

4 8.5

10 C.Oliver (Melb)

4 17.6

10 O.McInerney (BL)

3 6.7

10 R.Sloane (Adel)

3 3.3

10 C.Guthrie (Geel)

4 4.0

METRES GAINED

Distance gained with the ball by running, kicking or handballing, combining measures towards and away from goal.

PLAYER

CONTESTED MARKS A mark under physical pressure of an opponent or in a pack.

MTS AVE

PLAYER

MTS AVE

INSIDE 50s

Moving the ball from the midfield into the forward zone. Excludes multiple entries within the same chain of possession.

PLAYER

MTS AVE

PRESSURE POINTS

Weighted sum of pressure acts – 3.75 for physical pressure, 2.25 for closing, 1.5 for chasing and 1.2 for corralling.

PLAYER

MTS AVE

TACKLES

Using physical contact to prevent an opponent in possession of the ball from getting an effective disposal.

PLAYER

MTS AVE

1 J.Short (Rich)

4 613

1 T.English (WB)

4 3.3

1 B.Keays (Adel)

4 7.5

1 H.Greenwood (GCS) 4 67.1

1 H.Greenwood (GCS) 4 9.5

2 J.Crisp (Coll)

4 613

2 D.Moore (Coll)

4 3.0

2 D.Zorko (BL)

4 7.5

2 S.Berry (Adel)

4 64.8

2 J.Anderson (NM)

3 B.Smith (Adel)

4 606

3 M.Lewis (Haw)

2 3.0

3 Z.Merrett (Ess)

4 7.0

3 J.Viney (Melb)

3 62.7

3 B.Crouch (StK)

2 8.5

4 D.Rich (BL)

4 605

4 S.Reid (Syd)

4 2.8

4 C.Petracca (Melb)

4 7.0

4 L.Davies-Uniacke (NM) 4 62.6

4 J.Viney (Melb)

3 8.3

5 J.Ridley (Ess)

4 603

5 T.Walker (Adel)

4 2.5

5 D.Martin (Rich)

4 6.5

5 T.Liberatore (WB)

4 62.5

5 T.Miller (GCS)

4 8.0

6 J.Bowes (GCS)

4 579

6 H.McKay (Carl)

4 2.5

6 J.Gresham (StK)

3 6.3

6 Z.Merrett (Ess)

4 61.7

6 S.Berry (Adel)

4 7.0

7 P.Seedsman (Adel)

4 578

7 M.Taberner (Frem)

4 2.5

7 C.Wingard (Haw)

2 6.0

7 T.Kelly (WCE)

4 61.4

7 W.Snelling (Ess)

4 6.8

8 J.Dawson (Syd)

4 565

8 O.Allen (WCE)

4 2.5

8 M.Bontempelli (WB) 4 6.0

8 J.Anderson (NM)

2 60.9

8 J.Caldwell (Ess)

2 6.0

9 M.Duncan (Geel)

2 561

9 T.Barrass (WCE)

4 2.5

9 T.Liberatore (WB)

4 6.0

9 B.Crouch (StK)

2 60.3

9 J.Selwood (Geel)

4 6.0

10 S.Docherty (Carl)

4 558

10 E.Hipwood (BL)

4 2.3

10 P.Seedsman (Adel)

4 5.8

10 A.McGrath (Ess)

4 60.0

10 J.Bytel (StK)

3 6.0

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PREMIERSHIP SEASON LADDER AFTER ROUND 4, 2021 P

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D

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For Beh

Pts

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Mtch Home Away Form Scores pts W L D W L D W/L High Low

%

Av margin W < 7 L < 7 Pls Rnd 4 1st Yr Qtrs 4th W L pts pts used 2020 Players Won Qtrs W

1 Western Bulldogs

4

4

0

0

59

55

409

34

35

239

171.13

16

2 0 0 2 0 0

4W

167

69

42

-

0

0

26

13

2

11

2

2 Melbourne

4

4

0

0

50

58

358

39

25

259

138.22

16

2 0 0 2 0 0

4W

102

80

24

-

0

0

26

15

1

12

4

3 Sydney Swans

4

4

0

0

65

56

446

47

52

334

133.53

16

2 0 0 2 0 0

4W

125

83

28

-

1

0

27

11

3

10

1

1 0

1W

119

71

36

37

1

0

28

1

2

9

1

2W

109

88

21

33

0

0

27

18

3

7

3

4 Port Adelaide

4

3

1

0

57

44

386

45

45

315

122.54

12

2 0 0 1

5 Adelaide Crows

4

3

1

0

56

59

395

53

47

365

108.22

12

2 0 0 1 1 0

6 West Coast Eagles

4

2

2

0

55

36

366

48

43

331

110.57

8

2 0 0 0 2 0

1L

108

82

31

13

0

0

28

16

1

7

1

7 Carlton

4

2

2

0

49

50

344

48

46

334

102.99

8

1 1 0 1 1 0

2W

109

70

28

23

0

0

29

12

1

8

1

8 Richmond

4

2

2

0

47

50

332

46

49

325

102.15

8

1 1 0 1 1 0

2L

105

72

27

23

0

1

28

14

2

9

4

9 Fremantle

4

2

2

0

41

59

305

46

50

326

93.56

8

2 0 0 0 2 0

1W

96

58

23

33

0

0

30

17

3

8

1

10 Geelong Cats

4

2

2

0

44

37

301

47

50

332

90.66

8

2 0 0 0 2 0

1L

91

60

3

18

2

0

30

7

2

9

1

11 St Kilda

4

2

2

0

48

41

329

58

46

394

83.50

8

1 1 0 1 1 0

1W

102

68

14

46

0

0

28

8

2

4

2

12 Essendon

4

1

3

0

56

43

379

52

50

362

104.70

4

1 1 0 0 2 0

1L

143

65

75

19

0

2

30

5

4

8

2

13 Gold Coast Suns

4

1

3

0

42

48

300

40

47

287

104.53

4

1 1 0 0 2 0

2L

98

58

59

15

0

0

28

2

0

7

1

14 Collingwood

4

1

3

0

43

33

291

48

29

317

91.80

4

0 3 0 1 0 0

2L

106

53

21

15

0

1

27

6

2

6

2

15 GWS Giants

4

1

3

0

43

34

292

48

47

335

87.16

4

0 2 0 1 1 0

1W

90

56

30

24

0

0

31

10

3

8

2

16 Brisbane Lions

4

1

3

0

44

37

301

52

39

351

85.75

4

0 1 0 1 2 0

1L

94

54

1

17

1

1

29

3

2

7

4

17 Hawthorn

4

1

3

0

42

34

286

47

52

334

85.63

4

0 1 0 1 2 0

3L

92

49

1

16

1

1

27

4

3

6

3

18 North Melbourne

4

0

4

0

29

37

211

72

59

491

42.97

0

0 3 0 0 1 0

4L

68

39

-

70

0

0

30

9

3

5

1

5

Leigh Haussen

AFL UMPIRES 2021 1

Chris Donlon

Games 332  Finals 15

6

Dean Margetts

Games 362  Finals 12

11

Curtis Deboy

Games 113  Finals 4

16

Brendan Hosking

Games 173  Finals 2

21

Simon Meredith

Games 392  Finals 36

27

Andre Gianfagna

Games 54  Finals 1

32

Jacob Mollison

Games 261  Finals 4

umpire.afl

2

Nick Foot

Games 158  Finals 2

7

Jeff Dalgleish

Games 218  Finals 6

12

Andrew Stephens

Games 132  Finals 3

17

John Howorth

Games 24  Finals 0

22

Nathan Williamson

Games 90  Finals 2

28

Cameron Dore

Games 25  Finals 0

33

Brent Wallace

Games 81  Finals 0

3

Leigh Fisher

Games 156  Finals 1

8

Brett Rosebury

Games 437  Finals 44

13

Nick Brown

Games 67  Finals 0

18

Ray Chamberlain

Games 335  Finals 29

23

Robert Findlay

Games 258  Finals 8

29

Andrew Heffernan

Games 11  Finals 0

34

4

Justin Power

Games 32  Finals 0

9

Matt Stevic

Games 405  Finals 45

14

Hayden Gavine

Games 74  Finals 1

19

Alex Whetton

Games 40  Finals 0

24

David Harris

Games 150  Finals 1

30

Dan Johanson

Games 9  Finals 0

Games 68  Finals 0

10

Robert O’Gorman

Games 130  Finals 1

15

Mathew Nicholls

Games 364  Finals 27

20

Jamie Broadbent

Games 11  Finals 0

26

Craig Fleer

Games 144  Finals 5

31

Paul Rebeschini

Games 11  Finals 0

Eleni Glouftsis

Games 44  Finals 0

ROOKIES: Andrew Adair, Matthew Baigent, Peter Bailes, Tom Bryce, Jordan Fry, Dean Garroway, Courtney Gibson, Louis Jago, Nicholas Jankovskis, Giles Lewis, Nicholas McGinness, Chris Melin, Michael Pell, Luke Porter, Martin Rodger, Leighton Rowe, Gabby Simmonds, James Strybos, Nathan Toner. BOUNDARY: Jordan Andrews, Michael Baker, Michael Barlow, Adam Bastick, Peter Bock, Chris Bull, Ian Burrows, Sean Burton, Adam Coote, Patrick Cran, Damien Cusack, Brett Dalgleish, Chris Delany, Patrick Dineen, Nathan Doig, Chris Esler, Daniel Field-Read, Joshua Furman, Josh Garrett, Christopher Gordon, Patrick Jackson, Matthew Jenkinson, Matthew Konetschka, Drew Kowalski, Mitchell Le Fevre, Tim Lougoon, Ben MacDonald, Damien Main, Michael Marantelli, Josh Mather, Jason Moore, Sean Moylan, Lachlan Rayner, Adam Reardon, Michael Saunders, James Scully, Sam Stagg, Nick Swanson, Shane Thiele, Mark Thomson, Matthew Tomkins, David Wood. GOAL: Steven Axon, Jesse Baird, Dylan Benwell, Sally Boud, Matthew Bridges, Peter Challen, Alex Chisholm, Michael Craig, Matthew Dervan, Luke Edwards, Daniel Hoskin, Sam Hunter, Brodie Kenny-Bell, Matt Maclure, Angus McKenzie-Wills, Alistair Meldrum, Steven Piperno, Simon Plumridge, David Rodan, Chelsea Roffey, Brett Rogers, Sam Walsh, Stephen Williams, Daniel Wilson, Adam Wojcik, Jason Yazdani (rookie).

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2021 TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON ROUND 1

Thursday, March 18 Rich 15.15 (105) v Carl 11.14 (80) (MCG) (N) Friday, March 19 Coll 7.11 (53) v WB 10.9 (69) (MCG) (N) Saturday, March 20 Melb 11.14 (80) v Frem 8.10 (58) (MCG) Adel 15.13 (103) v Geel 13.13 (91) (AO) (T) Ess 13.13 (91) v Haw 14.8 (92) (MRVL) (N) BL 14.10 (94) v Syd 19.11 (125) (G) (N) Sunday, March 21 NM 9.11 (65) v PA 17.15 (117) (MRVL) GWS 11.12 (78) v StK 13.8 (86) (GS) WCE 12.11 (83) v GCS 8.10 (58) (OS) (T)

ROUND 2

Thursday, March 25 Carl 13.7 (85) v Coll 16.10 (106) (MCG) (N) Friday, March 26 Geel 12.9 (81) v BL 11.14 (80) (GMHBA) (N) Saturday, March 27 Syd 18.13 (121) v Adel 11.22 (88) (SCG) PA 18.11 (119) v Ess 9.11 (65) (AO) (T) St K 11.7 (73) v Melb 12.19 (91) (MRVL) (N) GCS 14.14 (98) v NM 5.9 (39) (MS) (N) Sunday, March 28 Haw 7.7 (49) v Rich 11.12 (78) (MCG) WB 14.16 (100) v WCE 14.9 (93) (MRVL) Frem 11.21 (87) v GWS 7.14 (56) (OS) (T)

ROUND 3

Thursday, April 1 Coll 11.6 (72) v BL 11.7 (73) (MRVL) (N) Friday, April 2 NM 5.9 (39) v WB 25.17 (167) (MRVL) (T) Adel 14.11 (95) v GCS 12.13 (85) (AO) (N) Saturday, April 3 Rich 10.12 (72) v Syd 17.15 (117) (MCG) Ess 22.11 (143) v StK 9.14 (68) (MRVL) (T) WCE 16.12 (108) v PA 11.5 (71) (OS) (N) Sunday, April 4 Carl 16.13 (109) v Frem 9.10 (64) (MRVL) GWS 11.2 (68) v Melb 15.12 (102) (MO) (N) Monday, April 5 Geel 10.9 (69) v Haw 9.10 (64) (MCG)

ROUND 4

Thursday, April 8 Syd 11.17 (83) v Ess 12.8 (80) (SCG) (N) Friday, April 9 PA 11.13 (79) v Rich 11.11 (77) (AO) (N) Saturday, April 10 WB 10.13 (73) v BL 8.6 (54) (MARS) StK 15.12 (102) v WCE 13.4 (82)(MRVL) (T) GCS 8.11 (59) v Carl 9.16 (70) (MS) (N) Coll 9.6 (60) v GWS 14.6 (90) (MCG) (N) Sunday, April 11 NM 10.8 (68) v Adel 16.13 (109) (MRVL) Melb 12.13 (85) v Geel 9.6 (60) (MCG) Frem 13.18 (96) v Haw 12.9 (81) (OS) (T)

ROUND 5

Thursday, April 15 St Kilda v Richmond (MRVL) (N) Friday, April 16 West Coast Eagles v Collingwood (OS) (N) Saturday, April 17 Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast Suns (MRVL) Sydney Swans v GWS Giants (SCG) Carlton v Port Adelaide (MCG) (N) Brisbane Lions v Essendon (G) (N) Sunday, April 18 Adelaide Crows v Fremantle (AO) Hawthorn v Melbourne (MCG) Geelong Cats v North Melbourne (GMHBA) (T)

ROUND 6

Friday, April 23 GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs (MO) (N) Saturday, April 24 Geelong Cats v West Coast Eagles (GMHBA) Gold Coast Suns v Sydney Swans (MS) Carlton v Brisbane Lions (MRVL) (T) Melbourne v Richmond (MCG) (N) Fremantle v North Melbourne (OS) (N)

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Sunday, April 25 Hawthorn v Adelaide Crows (UTAS) Collingwood v Essendon (MCG) Port Adelaide v St Kilda (AO) (N)

ROUND 7

Friday, April 30 Richmond v Western Bulldogs (MCG) (N) Saturday, May 1 Collingwood v Gold Coast Suns (MCG) Adelaide Crows v GWS Giants (AO) St Kilda v Hawthorn (MRVL) (T) Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats (SCG) (N) Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide (G) (N) Sunday, May 2 North Melbourne v Melbourne (BA) Essendon v Carlton (MCG) West Coast Eagles v Fremantle (OS)

ROUND 8

Friday, May 7 Richmond v Geelong Cats (MCG) (N) Saturday, May 8 GWS Giants v Essendon (GS) Gold Coast Suns v St Kilda (MS) North Melbourne v Collingwood (MRVL) (T) Melbourne v Sydney Swans (MCG) (N) Port Adelaide v Adelaide Crows (AO) (N) Sunday, May 9 Hawthorn v West Coast Eagles (MCG) Western Bulldogs v Carlton (MRVL) Fremantle v Brisbane Lions (OS)

ROUND 9

Round begins Friday, May 14* Essendon v Fremantle (MRVL) Gold Coast Suns v Brisbane Lions (MS) Hawthorn v North Melbourne (UTAS) Melbourne v Carlton (MCG Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs (AO) Richmond v GWS Giants (MRVL) St Kilda v Geelong Cats (MRVL) Sydney Swans v Collingwood (SCG) West Coast Eagles v Adelaide Crows (OS)

ROUND 10

Round begins Friday, May 21* Adelaide Crows v Melbourne (AO) Brisbane Lions v Richmond (G) Carlton v Hawthorn (MCG) Collingwood v Port Adelaide (MCG) Essendon v North Melbourne (MRVL) Fremantle v Sydney Swans (OS) Geelong Cats v Gold Coast Suns (GMHBA) GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles (GS) Western Bulldogs v St Kilda (MRVL)

ROUND 11

Round begins Friday, May 28* Brisbane Lions v GWS Giants (G) Collingwood v Geelong Cats (MCG) Gold Coast Suns v Hawthorn (TIO) Port Adelaide v Fremantle (AO) Richmond v Adelaide Crows (MCG) St Kilda v North Melbourne (MRVL) Sydney Swans v Carlton (SCG) West Coast Eagles v Essendon (OS) Western Bulldogs v Melbourne (MRVL)

ROUND 12

Round begins Friday, June 4* Adelaide Crows v Collingwood (AO) Carlton v West Coast Eagles (MCG) Essendon v Richmond (MCG) Fremantle v Western Bulldogs (OS) Melbourne v Brisbane Lions (TP) St Kilda v Sydney Swans (MRVL) Byes: Geelong Cats, Gold Coast Suns, GWS Giants, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide

ROUND 13

Round begins Thursday, June 10* Fremantle v Gold Coast Suns (OS) Melbourne v Collingwood (MCG) North Melbourne v GWS Giants (BA) Port Adelaide v Geelong Cats (AO) St Kilda v Adelaide Crows (CS) Sydney Swans v Hawthorn (SCG) Byes: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Essendon, Richmond, West Coast Eagles, Western Bulldogs

ROUND 14

Round begins Thursday, June 17* Geelong Cats v Western Bulldogs (GMHBA) Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide (MS) GWS Giants v Carlton (GS) Hawthorn v Essendon (MCG) North Melbourne v Brisbane Lions (MRVL) West Coast Eagles v Richmond (OS) Byes: Adelaide Crows, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney Swans

ROUND 15

Round begins Thursday, June 24* Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats (G) Carlton v Adelaide Crows (MRVL) Collingwood v Fremantle (MRVL) Essendon v Melbourne (MCG) GWS Giants v Hawthorn (GS) North Melbourne v Gold Coast Suns (BA) Port Adelaide v Sydney Swans (AO) Richmond v St Kilda (MCG) West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs (OS)

ROUND 16

Round begins Thursday, July 1* Adelaide Crows v Brisbane Lions (AO) Collingwood v St Kilda (MCG) Fremantle v Carlton (OS) Geelong Cats v Essendon (GMHBA) Gold Coast Suns v Richmond (MS) Hawthorn v Port Adelaide (MRVL) Melbourne v GWS Giants (MCG) Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles (SCG) Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne (MRVL)

ROUND 17

Round begins Friday, July 9* Brisbane Lions v St Kilda (G) Carlton v Geelong Cats (MCG) Essendon v Adelaide Crows (MRVL) GWS Giants v Gold Coast Suns (GS) Hawthorn v Fremantle (UTAS) Port Adelaide v Melbourne (AO) Richmond v Collingwood (MCG) West Coast Eagles v North Melbourne (OS) Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans (MRVL)

ROUND 18

Round begins Friday, July 16* Adelaide Crows v West Coast Eagles (AO) Collingwood v Carlton (MCG) Fremantle v Geelong Cats (OS) Gold Coast Suns v Western Bulldogs (MS) GWS Giants v Sydney Swans (GS) Melbourne v Hawthorn (MCG) North Melbourne v Essendon (MRVL) Richmond v Brisbane Lions (MCG) St Kilda v Port Adelaide (MRVL)

ROUND 19

Round begins Friday, July 23* Carlton v North Melbourne (MRVL) Essendon v GWS Giants (MRVL) Geelong Cats v Richmond (MCG) Gold Coast Suns v Melbourne (MS) Hawthorn v Brisbane Lions (MCG) Port Adelaide v Collingwood (AO) Sydney Swans v Fremantle (SCG) West Coast Eagles v St Kilda (OS) Western Bulldogs v Adelaide Crows (MARS)

ROUND 20

Round begins Friday, July 30* Adelaide Crows v Hawthorn (AO) Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns (G) Collingwood v West Coast Eagles (MCG) Essendon v Sydney Swans (MRVL) Fremantle v Richmond (OS) GWS Giants v Port Adelaide (MO) Melbourne v Western Bulldogs (MCG) North Melbourne v Geelong Cats (BA) St Kilda v Carlton (MRVL)

ROUND 21

Round begins Friday, August 6* Adelaide Crows v Port Adelaide (AO) Brisbane Lions v Fremantle (G) Carlton v Gold Coast Suns (MRVL) Geelong Cats v GWS Giants (GMHBA) Hawthorn v Collingwood (MCG) Richmond v North Melbourne (MCG) Sydney Swans v St Kilda (SCG) West Coast Eagles v Melbourne (OS) Western Bulldogs v Essendon (MRVL)

ROUND 22

Round begins Friday, August 13* Brisbane Lions v Collingwood (G) Fremantle v West Coast Eagles (OS) Geelong Cats v St Kilda (GMHBA) Gold Coast Suns v Essendon (MS) GWS Giants v Richmond (GS) Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs (UTAS) Melbourne v Adelaide Crows (MCG) North Melbourne v Sydney Swans (MRVL) Port Adelaide v Carlton (AO)

ROUND 23

Round begins Friday, August 20* Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne (AO) Brisbane Lions v West Coast Eagles (G) Carlton v GWS Giants (MRVL) Essendon v Collingwood (MCG) Geelong Cats v Melbourne (GMHBA) Richmond v Hawthorn (MCG) St Kilda v Fremantle (MRVL) Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns (SCG) Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide (MRVL)

2021 TOYOTA AFL FINALS SERIES

Date TBC Week One – Qualifying & Elimination Finals (4) Date TBC Week Two – Semi-Finals (2) Date TBC Week Three – Preliminary Finals (2) Date TBC Week Four – Toyota AFL Grand Final *All matches in rounds 9-23 are listed alphabetically with timeslots to be determined at a later date. Note: fixture is subject to change.

(T) Twilight match; (N) Night match; (AO) Adelaide Oval; (BA) Blundstone Arena, Hobart; (CS) Cazalys Stadium; (G) Gabba, Brisbane; (GMHBA) GMHBA Stadium, Geelong; (GS) Giants Stadium, Sydney; (MO) Manuka Oval, Canberra; (MARS) Mars Stadium, Ballarat; (MRVL) Marvel Stadium, Melbourne; (MCG) Melbourne Cricket Ground; (MS) Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast; (OS) Optus Stadium, Perth; (SCG) Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; (TIO) TIO Stadium, Darwin; (TP) TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs; (UTAS) University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston.

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SCOREBOARD – ROUND 4 Sydney Swans 2.5 7.9 9.11 11.17 (83) Essendon 4.1 7.4 10.6 12.8 (80) BEST: Sydney Swans – Parker, Warner, Lloyd, Mills, Gulden, Kennedy. Essendon – Merrett, Ridley, Stringer, Parish, Cox. GOALS: Sydney Swans – Franklin 3, Reid 2, McInerney 2, Parker, Florent, Mills, Papley. Essendon – Stringer 3, Hooker 3, Waterman 2, Cox, Smith, Parish, Jones. Substitutes: Sydney Swans – Bell (replaced Heeney). Essendon – Zaharakis (unused). AFL Coaches Votes: 10 Parker (Syd), 8 Reid (Syd), 4 Merrett (Ess), 3 Hickey (Syd), 2 Mills (Syd), 2 Kennedy (Syd), 1 Ridley (Ess). Umpires: C. Fleer, N. Foot, J. Mollison. Crowd: 28,039 at the SCG.

St Kilda 4.2 5.5 10.11 15.12 (102) West Coast Eagles 6.2 10.3 13.3 13.4 (82) BEST: St Kilda – King, Steele, Hill, Crouch, Butler. West Coast Eagles – Darling, Petruccelle, Sheed, Naitanui, McGovern. GOALS: St Kilda – King 5, Butler 3, Membrey 2, Billings 2, McKenzie, Steele, Higgins. West Coast Eagles – Petruccelle 4, Darling 2, Allen 2, Kennedy 2, Ryan, Cripps, Winder. Substitutes: St Kilda – Long (unused). West Coast Eagles – Winder (replaced Hurn). AFL Coaches Votes: 10 Steele (StK), 5 Petruccelle (WCE), 5 Billings (StK), 4 Crouch (StK), 4 King (StK), 2 Marshall (StK). Crowd: 16,710 at Marvel Stadium. Umpires: D. Harris, A. Stephens, B. Wallace.

Port Adelaide 3.3 6.10 9.12 11.13 (79) Richmond 4.2 6.3 8.7 11.11 (77) BEST: Port Adelaide – Boak, Wines, Butters, Aliir, Lycett, Motlop. Richmond – Cotchin, Martin, Short, Houli, Broad, Bolton. GOALS: Port Adelaide – Motlop 2, Rozee 2, Butters, Duursma, Fantasia, Houston, Hartlett, Georgiades, Gray. Richmond – Riewoldt 3, Lambert 2, Bolton, Short, Castagna, Lynch, Martin, Aarts. Substitutes: Port Adelaide – Mayes (replaced Butters). Richmond – Caddy (unused). AFL Coaches Votes: 7 Boak (PA), 7 Lambert (Rich), 5 Wines (PA), 5 Gray (PA), 2 Aliir (PA), 2 Amon (PA), 1 Bolton (Rich), 1 Nankervis (Rich). Umpires: C. Deboy, B. Hosking, B. Rosebury. Crowd: 33,742 at Adelaide Oval.

Carlton 2.4 6.6 8.9 9.16 (70) Gold Coast Suns 1.2 4.4 8.8 8.11 (59) BEST: Carlton – E. Curnow, Jones, Walsh, Docherty, Petrevski-Seton, Weitering. Gold Coast Suns – Greenwood, Miller, Bowes, Anderson, Swallow, Ellis. GOALS: Carlton – McKay 2, Murphy 2, Betts, Casboult, Cottrell, Cripps, E. Curnow. Gold Coast Suns – Sexton 2, Ainsworth, Burgess, Ellis, Greenwood, King, Weller. Substitutes: Gold Coast Suns – Flanders (replaced Lemmens). Carlton – Kennedy (replaced Plowman). AFL Coaches Votes: 6 Docherty (Carl), 5 Weitering (Carl), 5 E. Curnow (Carl), 4 Jones (Carl), 4 Greenwood (GCS), 3 Bowes (GCS), 2 Miller (GCS), 1 Walsh (Carl). Crowd: 11,618 at Metricon Stadium. Umpires: L. Haussen, J. Howorth, M. Nicholls.

Western Bulldogs 3.3 7.6 9.10 10.13 (73) Brisbane Lions 2.1 3.4 6.6 8.6 (54) BEST: Western Bulldogs – English, Treloar, Macrae, Dunkley, Naughton, Dale. Brisbane Lions – McCluggage, Lyons, Andrews, Rich, Neale. GOALS: Western Bulldogs – English 3, Naughton 2, Hunter, Bruce, Macrae, Smith, Liberatore. Brisbane Lions – Hipwood 2, Andrews, Fullarton, Lyons, Bailey, McCluggage, Daniher. Substitutes: Western Bulldogs – Lipinski (unused). Brisbane Lions – Ah Chee (unused). AFL Coaches Votes: 9 Macrae (WB), 9 English (WB), 3 Treloar (WB), 3 Naughton (WB), 3 Hipwood (BL), 2 Dale (WB), 1 Rich (BL). Crowd: 7387 at Mars Stadium. Umpires: N. Brown, L. Fisher, H. Gavine.

AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Votes

GWS Giants 2.2 6.3 10.3 14.6 (90) Collingwood 1.2 4.5 7.6 9.6 (60) BEST: GWS Giants – Greene, Ward, Finlayson, Taranto, Ash, Hopper. Collingwood – Sidebottom, Crisp, Madgen, Howe, Daicos. GOALS: GWS Giants – Greene 5, Finlayson 4, Kelly 2, Hill, Himmelberg, Riccardi. Collingwood – De Goey 2, Hoskin-Elliott 2, Daicos, Madgen, McCreery, Mihocek, Thomas. Substitutes: Collingwood – Greenwood (replaced Sier). GWS Giants – Shipley (unused). AFL Coaches Votes: 9 Greene (GWS), 9 Ward (GWS), 3 Ash (GWS), 3 Hopper (GWS), 3 Taranto (GWS), 3 Keeffe (GWS). Crowd: 29,866 at the MCG. Umpires: C. Donlon, E. Glouftsis, M. Stevic.

Player

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Taylor Walker

Adelaide Crows

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Max Gawn

Melbourne

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Jack Macrae

Western Bulldogs

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Clayton Oliver

Melbourne

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Dustin Martin

Richmond

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David Mundy

Fremantle

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Travis Boak

Port Adelaide

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Toby Greene

GWS Giants

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Tom Mitchell

Hawthorn

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Rory Laird

Adelaide Crows

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Zach Merrett

Essendon

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Darcy Moore

Collingwood MAN OF STEEL: Jack Steele was awarded 10 votes in the win over the Eagles.

Adelaide Crows 5.2 8.6 8.9 16.13 (109) North Melbourne 2.2 6.3 9.7 10.8 (68) BEST: Adelaide Crows – Laird, Doedee, Sholl, O’Brien, Seedsman, Smith. North Melbourne – Hall, Simpkin, Stephenson, Powell, Ziebell, Thomas. GOALS: Adelaide Crows – Walker 3, Fogarty 3, McAdam 3, Schoenberg 2, Murphy, O’Brien, Seedsman, Rowe, Sholl. North Melbourne – Larkey 3, Stephenson 2, Thomas 2, Goldstein 2, Phillips. Substitutes: North Melbourne – Young (replaced McDonald). Adelaide Crows – Mackay (unused). AFL Coaches Votes: 9 Laird (Adel), 9 Sholl (Adel), 5 O'Brien (Adel), 4 Hall (NM), 2 Doedee (Adel), 1 Ziebell (NM). Crowd: 13,479 at Marvel Stadium. Umpires: R. Chamberlain, C. Dore, S. Meredith. Melbourne 2.4 6.8 9.9 12.13 (85) Geelong Cats 1.1 3.3 8.3 9.6 (60) BEST: Melbourne – Petracca, Viney, Oliver, Gawn, Fritsch, Langdon. Geelong Cats – Selwood, Stewart, Kolodjashnij, Atkins, C. Guthrie. GOALS: Melbourne – Fritsch 4, Petracca 2, Jones, Pickett, Neal-Bullen, Gawn, Langdon, Melksham. Geelong Cats – Henry 2, Smith 2, Hawkins 2, Miers, Clark, Stanley. Substitutes: Melbourne – Sparrow (replaced May). Geelong Cats – Holmes (unused). AFL Coaches Votes: 10 Petracca (Melb), 7 Gawn (Melb), 4 Oliver (Melb), 3 Langdon (Melb), 2 Lever (Melb), 2 Salem (Melb), 1 McDonald (Melb), 1 Pickett (Melb). Crowd: 33,728 at the MCG. Umpires: J. Dalgleish, D. Johanson, J. Power.

SHOW OF POWER: Travis Boak was outstanding in Port Adelaide's thrilling win over reigning premier Richmond.

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Fremantle 5.6 6.11 10.12 13.18 (96) Hawthorn 0.2 5.4 8.8 12.9 (81) BEST: Fremantle – Fyfe, Mundy, Darcy, Conca, Cerra, Serong, Chapman. Hawthorn – T. Mitchell, Jiath, Worpel, O'Meara, Wingard, Moore. GOALS: Fremantle – Darcy 3, Taberner 2, Colyer 2, Mundy, Chapman, Acres, Walters, Frederick, Sturt. Hawthorn – Moore 3, Wingard, Hartley, Morrison, Phillips, Howe, Lewis, Brockman, O’Brien, T. Mitchell. Substitutes: Fremantle – Giro (unused). Hawthorn – Burgoyne (unused). AFL Coaches Votes: 9 Mundy (Frem), 7 Mitchell (Haw), 6 Darcy (Frem), 6 Fyfe (Frem), 1 Cerra (Frem), 1 Jiath (Haw). Crowd: 29,490 at Optus Stadium. Umpires: R. Findlay, R. O’Gorman, N. Williamson.

LEADING GOALKICKERS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Player Taylor Walker Harry McKay Josh Bruce Toby Greene Cale Hooker Josh Kennedy Jack Riewoldt Ben King Bayley Fritsch Shane McAdam Jack Darling Tom Hawkins Aaron Naughton Orazio Fantasia Matt Taberner

Club Goals Behinds % (Adel) 20 10 66.7 (Carl) 15 10 60.0 (WB) 15 2 88.2 (GWS) 13 9 59.1 (Ess) 12 5 70.6 (WCE) 12 4 75.0 (Rich) 12 4 75.0 (GCS) 11 3 78.6 (Melb) 10 6 62.5 (Adel) 10 2 83.3 (WCE) 10 1 90.9 (Geel) 9 12 42.9 (WB) 9 9 50.0 (PA) 9 7 56.3 (Frem) 9 7 56.3

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AFLW PRELIMINARY FINALS PRELIMINARY FINAL 1 Adelaide Crows 1.0 2.1 4.2 5.3 (33) Melbourne 0.2 0.3 0.5 1.9 (15) BEST: Adelaide Crows – Hatchard, Marinoff, Phillips, Martin, Thompson. Melbourne – Paxman, Hanks, Hore, Gay, Scott. GOALS: Adelaide Crows – Phillips 2, Scheer, Hatchard, Jones. Melbourne – Hore. Umpires: J. Broadbent, A. Mitchell, N. Toner. Crowd: 6382 at Adelaide Oval. PRELIMINARY FINAL 2 Brisbane Lions 1.1 5.1 5.2 7.3 (45) Collingwood 2.3 3.3 5.4 6.5 (41) BEST: Brisbane Lions – Davidson, Lutkins, Anderson, Hickie, Bodey, Dawes. Collingwood – Davey, Brazill, Schleicher, Porter, Bonnici, Lambert. GOALS: Brisbane Lions – Davidson 3, Bodey 2, O’Dwyer, Wuetschner. Collingwood – Alexander, Brown, Brazill, Lambert, Norder, Schleicher. Umpires: P. Bailes, N. McGinness, M. Pell. Crowd: 4435 at the Gabba.

WAFL ROUND 2 Subiaco 2.1 6.2 7.6 12.14 (86) East Fremantle 3.2 3.4 7.4 8.5 (53) BEST: Subiaco – Kitchin, Marsh, Clark, Borchet, Delahunty, Kennedy, Powell. East Fremantle – Strnadica, Schoenfeld, Murdock, Jansen, Eardley, Bennett. GOALS: Subiaco – Borchet 3, Marsh 2, Faraone 2, Litherland, Clark, Delahunty, Sokol, Menegola. East Fremantle – O’Reilly 2, Kommer, Murphy, Marsh, Strnadica, English, Monaghan. Peel Thunder 5.2 9.5 17.8 24.10 (154) East Perth 2.1 4.2 6.6 7.7 (49) BEST: Peel Thunder – Schofield, Thorne, Duman, Hancock, Randall, Western, Blakely, Merrett. East Perth – Scott, Young, Ramsay, Willcocks, Kerr, Lynch. GOALS: Peel Thunder – Thorne 3, Hancock 3, Lawler 2, Bel 2, Randall 2, Western 2, Middleton 2, Cullen 2, Henry 2, Schofield, Howlett, Banfield, Crowden. East Perth – Young 2, Dobson 2, Magro, Ajang, Kerr. Claremont 2.2 6.2 13.3 17.6 (108) South Fremantle 2.5 6.11 9.13 13.14 (92) BEST: Claremont – Buller, Treacy, Mitchell, Hardisty, Mountford. South Fremantle – Shaw, Schloithe, Ninyette, Donaldson. GOALS: Claremont – Mitchell 3, Manuel 3, Rogers 2, England 2, Treacy 2, Bolton, Patmore, Hamp, Barton, McCracken. South Fremantle – Shaw 5, Ninyette 4, Schloithe, Donaldson, Abbott, Parker. West Perth 4.1 9.2 13.4 19.6 (120) West Coast Eagles 1.1 3.2 5.4 6.6 (42) BEST: West Perth – Black, Manzone, Antonio, Keitel, West, Nelson, Peirce, Potente, Wilhelm. West Coast Eagles – Ainsworth, Marlin, Witherden, Sinclair, Edwards. GOALS: West Perth – Keitel 6, Antonio 4, Knott 3, Moulton 2, Riddoch 2, Rotham, Lynch. West Coast Eagles – Ainsworth, Marlin, Witherden, Sinclair, L. Edwards. Swan Districts 3.4 6.7 11.12 14.15 (99) Perth 2.4 2.5 3.7 6.13 (49) BEST: Swan Districts – Fisher, Anderson, Clarke, Riggio, Gault, Waite, Turner, Cipro. Perth – Grey, Taylor, Edmonds, Masten, Nicholas, Davis. GOALS: Swan Districts – Palmer 4, Riggio 4, Clarke, Fisher, Reidy, Edwards, Noble, Jones. Perth – Reid 2, Langlands, Richardson, Edmonds, Hunter.

MATCH-WINNER: Dakota Davidson kicked three goals to propel the Lions into the AFLW Grand Final.

STATE LEAGUE

TSL ROUND 2

Clarence 3.0 7.3 8.4 13.9 (87) Glenorchy 2.1 3.3 8.4 8.7 (55) BEST: Clarence – Norton, Webberley, Preshaw, Harper, Bealey, Barwick. Glenorchy – Kamaric, Nicholson, Rundle, Howard, Wyatt, Roberts. GOALS: Clarence – Green 3, Preshaw 3, Barwick 2, Steele, Howlett, Hanslow, Paprotny, Swinton. Glenorchy – Kamaric 5, Goodsell, Roberts, Daly. Tigers 5.0 11.0 13.3 15.6 (96) Lauderdale 3.1 6.3 6.6 10.7 (67) BEST: Tigers – Clifford, Reardon, Graham, Campbell, Reynolds, Duigan. Lauderdale – McGuinness, Poland, Smith, Rolfe, Franklin, Richmond. GOALS: Tigers – Carter 3, Collidge 2, Reardon 2, Gardner 2, Duigan 2, Clifford, Graham, Wright, Adams. Lauderdale – McGuinness 4, Richmond 2, Salmon, Hevey, Christensen, Walsh. North Launceston 2.2 6.7 12.14 17.22 (124) North Hobart 0.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 (11) BEST: North Launceston – Withers, Bennett, Cox-Goodyer, Lee, Simpson, Whitney. North Hobart – Kilpatrick, Jackson, Liefhebber, Banks-Smith, Millhouse, Sandric GOALS: North Launceston – Bennett 4, Cox-Goodyer 3, Withers 2, Rushton 2, Foon, Bayles, Van Buuren, Whitney, Burt, Avent. North Hobart – McCulloch. Bye: Launceston

SANFL ROUND 2 Port Adelaide 0.5 2.8 4.10 8.16 (64) Central District 4.3 7.4 7.5 7.5 (47) BEST: Port Adelaide – Garner, McKenzie, Hayes, Woodcock, Mead, Lienert. Central District – Presbury, Fort, Schiller, Weaver, East. GOALS: Port Adelaide – Surman 3, Burgoyne, Wildman, Bergman, Lord, Woodcock. Central District – East 3, Graham 2, Grace 2. South Adelaide 1.6 3.6 10.8 11.11 (77) North Adelaide 1.3 5.6 6.9 9.12 (66) BEST: South Adelaide – Cailotto, Broadbent, Haren, Summerton, Gibbs, Wilkinson. North Adelaide – Allmond, Spina, Ramsey, Wilsdon, Chalmers. GOALS: South Adelaide – Fitt 2, Wilkinson 2, Freitag 2, Nobes, Milsom, Horne, Schwarz, Cailotto. North Adelaide – Combe 2, Harvey, Allmond, Spina, Hender, LeBois, Young, Hilder. Norwood 5.2 6.3 9.4 10.6 (66) Sturt 2.3 5.5 5.6 6.9 (45) BEST: Norwood – Knoll, McKenzie, Rokahr, Wagner, Ball, Hamilton. Sturt – Battersby, Johnson, Lewis, Carey, Edmonds, Houlahan. GOALS: Norwood – Barry 2, Wagner 2, Hamilton, Puopolo, Nunn, Gerloff, Callow, Grigg. Sturt – Johnson 2, Evans, Shute, Lewis, Battersby. Glenelg 1.6 2.9 8.11 13.13 (91) Eagles 1.1 3.4 6.5 9.8 (62) BEST: Glenelg – Partington, Turner, Snook, Hosie, Proud. Eagles – Hayes, Sinor, Jungfer, Thompson. GOALS: Glenelg – Reynolds 3, Hosie 3, Motlop 2, Bailey, McBean, Bradley, Horsnell, Snook. Eagles – D. Menzel 3, Hayes 2, Cameron 2, Sinor, Williams. Adelaide 3.2 7.6 10.7 12.10 (82) West Adelaide 4.3 8.4 10.7 11.10 (76) BEST: Adelaide – Wright, Murray, Strachan, Hately, Himmelberg, Pedlar. West Adelaide – Lovell, Hill, Boyle, Stevens, Waite, Haysman. GOALS: Adelaide – Pedlar 3, Cook 2, Davis 2, Matthews 2, Himmelberg, Newchurch, Thilthorpe. West Adelaide – Koster 2, Beech 2, Gore 2, Ellem, Keough, Waite, McKenzie, Rana.

NAB LEAGUE ROUND 3

AFL SYDNEY ROUND 1

Sandringham Dragons 1.3 1.6 3.9 6.10 (46) Northern Knights 1.1 3.4 3.7 5.11 (41) BEST: Sandringham Dragons – Lewis, Cleary, McKay, Benton, Hipwell, Riley. Northern Knights – Macpherson, Ward, Long, Watson, Fitzgerald, Trudgeon. GOALS: Sandringham Dragons – Soylemez 2, Howes, Edwards, Chesser, McKay. Northern Knights – Hogg, Akuei, Long, House, Trudgeon.

UTS 6.3 12.4 16.5 22.10 (142) Camden Cats 2.0 2.3 2.7 3.7 (25) BEST: UTS – Williams, Lee, Rogers, Hart, Garvey, Borrillo. Camden Cats – Not available. GOALS: UTS – Williams 10, Seddon 3, Darcy 2, Garvey 2, Dyson 2, Karatzas, Rogers, Borrillo. Camden Cats – Not available.

Calder Cannons 2.4 2.6 5.9 5.11 (41) Tasmania Devils 2.3 4.3 4.4 5.10 (40) BEST: Calder Cannons – Podhajski, Lakey, Andronaco, Dimasi, Cardillo, Mason. Tasmania Devils – Davis, Splann, Menzie, White, Sanders, Banks. GOALS: Calder Cannons – Cardillo 2, Goater, Bozinovski, Podhajski. Tasmania Devils – Sanders, Menzie, Holmes, Tilley, Pullen.

UNSW-ES 0.1 2.4 7.5 13.9 (87) Pennant Hills 0.1 2.3 3.3 5.3 (33) BEST: UNSW-ES – Jack, Conn, Banuelos, Foote, Baxter, Richardson. Pennant Hills – Allison, Maguire, Mudge, Lee, Potter, Skrivanic. GOALS: UNSW-ES – Burgess-Hoar 3, Towers 2, Baxter, Banuelos, Bartholomaeus, Eddy, Foote, Middleton, Emery, Watling. Pennant Hills – Potter, Vidler, Matthews, Maguire, Franks.

Oakleigh Chargers 2.5 5.6 9.6 13.9 (87) Eastern Ranges 1.2 4.3 4.6 6.9 (45) BEST: Oakleigh Chargers – Thomas, Daicos, Worner, Moyle, Darcy, Thompson. Eastern Ranges – Weatherill, Massarotti, Begg, Keeling, Sonsie, Taylor. GOALS: Oakleigh Chargers – Thomas 4, Daicos 3, Voss, Rankin, Brown, Jenkins, Kelvie, Gangi. Eastern Ranges – Taylor 3, Massarotti 2, Preston.

North Shore 4.1 8.4 9.4 13.8 (86) Sydney University 0.0 1.2 4.4 5.5 (35) BEST: North Shore – J. Campbell, Loone, N. Campbell, Walker, Veale, Hill. Sydney University – Lees, Wilson, Whitaker, Davis, S. Krochmal, M. Krochmal. GOALS: North Shore – Hill 3, N. Campbell 2, Barritt 2, Thomas 2, Rayner, Smith, Walker, Rogers. Sydney University – Abdurahman 2, Hiscox, Searle, Picken. St George 1.4 2.7 5.10 10.17 (77) East Coast Eagles 0.1 2.3 4.3 6.6 (42) BEST: St George – Kenny, Hodgson, Pfrengle, Soffe, Dol, Coenen. East Coast Eagles – Browning, Clark, Drinkwater, Adams, Johns, Stewart. GOALS: St George – Maher 2, Casalini 2, Dol 2, Maze, Kenny, Soffe, Coenen. East Coast Eagles – Merson 2, Stewart, Jones, Coxall, Adams. Inner West Magpies 2.4 4.5 7.8 8.11 (59) Manly Warringah 3.0 6.2 7.3 8.6 (54) BEST: Inner West Magpies – Robinson, Lagana, Bremner, Klemke, Lam, Pleming. Manly Waringah – Fraser, Marsh, Rogers, Field, Wearne, Stubbs. GOALS: Inner West Magpies – Bux 2, Robinson, Bauer, Zoppo, Lagana, Jamieson, McCormack. Manly Waringah – Robertson 2, Field, Marsh, LeJeune, Butler, Fraser, Hawkins.

Bendigo Pioneers 2.3 5.7 5.7 12.12 (84) Gippsland Power 1.3 1.5 1.5 3.6 (24) BEST: Bendigo Pioneers – H. Hamilton, Guiney, O’Keefe, Maxted, Hickman, C. Hamilton. Gippsland Power – Moschetti, D’Angelo, Walton, Serong, McGrath, Turton. GOALS: Bendigo Pioneers – H. Hamilton 2, Stevens 2, Hickman, Gallagher, O’Keefe, C. Hamilton, Humphreys, Ernst, Conforti, Mitchell. Gippsland Power – Noblett, Papley, McRae. GWV Rebels 2.2 5.4 7.7 8.9 (57) Dandenong Stingrays 2.2 3.5 4.6 7.6 (48) BEST: GWV Rebels – Hodgson, Molan, Herbert, Lovison, Bambury, Breuer. Dandenong Stingrays – Bergman, Cahill, Davies, Didomenicantonio, Macdonald, Andrew. GOALS: GWV Rebels – Simpson 3, Lohmann, Lockett, Petersen, Butler, Scott. Dandenong Stingrays – Bergman 3, Cahill, Gay, Robinson, Clarke. Murray Bushrangers 12.11 (83) Geelong Falcons 2.14 (26) BEST: Murray Bushrangers – Norton, Turner, Rachele, Parnell, Panuccio, Brown. Geelong Falcons – Conway, Gribble, Sorgiovanni, Kilpatrick, Bove. GOALS: Murray Bushrangers – Rachele 4, Murray 2, McLeod 2, Cooper, Bowden, Panuccio, Hart. Geelong Falcons – Young, Lord. Bye: Western Jets

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IN SYNC: Former teammates Dan Butler and Bachar Houli have eyes only for the ball in last season’s second semi-final.

Played 188: St Kilda 72, Richmond 113, draws 3. Since 2016: St Kilda 3, Richmond 5. Most recent game: second semi-final, 2020, St Kilda lost to Richmond by 31 points at Metricon Stadium. Highest attendance: 102,494, preliminary final, 1971, at the MCG.

ST KILDA

Match Preview

u St Kilda’s pressure meter was off the charts through the last 45 minutes against West Coast last weekend as it reeled off the last eight goals of the game to turn a 33-point deficit into a 20-point win. Saints fans were entitled to ask where such effort had been the previous fortnight. Still, the win kept St Kilda in touch with the pacesetters and what was also pleasing was the return to form of high-priced midfielder Bradley Hill. Former Crow Brad Crouch is also looking like a shrewd pick-up. Richmond heads into Maddie’s Match off two straight defeats, but the Tigers didn’t do much wrong in their pulsating, narrow loss to Port Adelaide, although they were well beaten

Highest score: 27.12 (174), round 17, 2006, at the MCG. Lowest score: 1.10 (16), round 15, 1910, at Punt Rd Oval. Home record: 47-44-1. Away record: 25-69-2. Greatest winning margin: 103 points, round 17, 2006, at the MCG. Longest winning sequence: 13, round 19, 2003, to round 21, 2010. Most goals in a game: 10, Fraser Gehrig, round 17, 2006, at the MCG.

in clearances, despite a herculean performance from skipper Trent Cotchin. Richmond’s backline still appears to miss linchpin Nick Vlastuin and will be challenged by Max King, who is coming off a career-high five-goal haul, Tim Membrey and former Tiger Dan Butler, who returned to form with three goals. St Kilda’s ball movement worried the Tigers during the regular season game last year at Marvel Stadium, but come their finals clash, Richmond was far too accomplished. The last (sadly) Thursday match for some time should be entertaining, but it is hard to see the Tigers dropping three successive games. ASHLEY BROWNE

RICHMOND

Highest score: 34.18 (222), round 16, 1980, at the SCG. Lowest score: 0.8 (8), round 16, 1961, at Junction Oval. Away record: 44-47-1. Home record: 69-25-2. Greatest winning margin: 152 points, round 16, 1980, at the SCG. Longest winning sequence: 15, round 6, 1940, to round 4, 1949. Most goals in a game: 10, Michael Roach, round 18, 1979, at Waverley Park; round 16, 1980, at the SCG.

Prediction: Richmond by 11 points

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SYDNEY SWANS

GWS GIANTS

Coach John Longmire Co-captains Josh Kennedy /Luke Parker /Dane Rampe

Coach Leon Cameron Captain Stephen Coniglio

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CARLTON

PORT ADELAIDE

Coach David Teague Co-captains Patrick Cripps /Sam Docherty

Coach Ken Hinkley Captain Tom Jonas

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Jack SILVAGNI Paddy DOW Marc MURPHY Lochie O’BRIEN Sam PETREVSKI-SETON Zac WILLIAMS Matthew KENNEDY Lachie FOGARTY Patrick CRIPPS Harry McKAY Mitch McGOVERN Tom DE KONING Liam STOCKER Liam JONES Sam DOCHERTY Jack CARROLL Brodie KEMP Sam WALSH Eddie BETTS Lachie PLOWMAN Jack MARTIN Caleb MARCHBANK Jacob WEITERING Nic NEWMAN Zac FISHER Luke PARKS Marc PITTONET David CUNINGHAM Corey DURDIN Charlie CURNOW Tom WILLIAMSON Jack NEWNES Sam RAMSAY Sam PHILP Ed CURNOW Josh HONEY Ocsar McDONALD Michael GIBBONS Levi CASBOULT Adam SAAD Will SETTERFIELD Matthew OWIES Matthew COTTRELL

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Brock SMITH Deven ROBERTSON Joe DANIHER Callum AH CHEE Mitch ROBINSON Hugh McCLUGGAGE Jarrod BERRY Ely SMITH Lachie NEALE Daniel RICH Lincoln McCARTHY Nakia COCKATOO Thomas BERRY Grant BIRCHALL Dayne ZORKO Cam RAYNER Jarryd LYONS Keidean COLEMAN Henry SMITH Jaxon PRIOR Tom FULLARTON Harry SHARP Charlie CAMERON Marcus ADAMS Daniel McSTAY Connor McFADYEN Darcy GARDINER Cameron ELLIS-YOLMEN Eric HIPWOOD Harris ANDREWS Tom JOYCE Zac BAILEY Blake COLEMAN Ryan LESTER Rhys MATHIESON Brandon STARCEVICH Connor BALLENDEN Carter MICHAEL Jack PAYNE Deividas UOSIS James MADDEN Noah ANSWERTH Archie SMITH Oscar McINERNEY

Andrew McGRATH Sam DRAPER Darcy PARISH Kyle LANGFORD Devon SMITH Jye CALDWELL Zach MERRETT Martin GLEESON Dylan SHIEL Aaron FRANCIS David ZAHARAKIS Tom CUTLER Nik COX Jordan RIDLEY Jayden LAVERDE Archie PERKINS James STEWART Michael HURLEY Nick HIND Peter WRIGHT Dyson HEPPELL Irving MOSQUITO Harrison JONES Nick BRYAN Jake STRINGER Cale HOOKER Mason REDMAN Ned CAHILL Patrick AMBROSE Brandon ZERK-THATCHER Zach REID Josh EYRE Brayden HAM Andrew PHILLIPS Matt GUELFI Lachie JOHNSON Dylan CLARKE Cody BRAND Kaine BALDWIN Will SNELLING Cian McBRIDE Anthony McDONALD-TIPUNGWUTI Alec WATERMAN Tom HIRD

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Crows v Dockers

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A STEP AHEAD: Veteran David Mundy gets his kick away despite close attention from Matt Crouch in the Docker’s victory last season.

Played 40: Adelaide Crows 23, Fremantle Dockers 17. Since 2016: Adelaide Crows 4, Fremantle Dockers 2. Most recent game: round 5, 2020, Adelaide Crows lost to Fremantle Dockers by 20 points at Metricon Stadium. Highest attendance: 46,431, round 6, 2016, at Adelaide Oval.

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Match Preview

u Adelaide and Fremantle are young sides on the rise. The Crows and Dockers both recorded wins in round four and go into Sunday’s match at Adelaide Oval full of confidence. Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks could not be happier with how his side has started the season, improving to 3-1 with a 41-point win over North Melbourne. The Crows have already equalled the number of victories they recorded in the entire 2020 season and are the third-highest scoring team in the competition. It’s amazing to think last year’s wooden-spooners are nestled in the top eight and will see this as another winnable match, particularly at home. The Dockers squared their season at 2-2, beating

Hawthorn, with inaccurate goalkicking limiting the final margin to 15 points. Coach Justin Longmuir accused his players of hanging teammates out to dry in the loss to Carlton, but the return of captain Nat Fyfe gave the Dockers more experience and physicality through the midfield. Fyfe, who missed the Blues match with concussion, amassed a team-high 31 disposals, six clearances and 11 score involvements, but contributed to Fremantle’s wayward kicking for goal, finishing with six behinds. The dual Brownlow medallist will be key if Fremantle is to notch its first win outside of Western Australia this season. But on form, it’s hard to go past the resurgent Crows. ALEX ZAIA

Highest score: 25.17 (167), round 2, 1998, at Football Park. Lowest score: 4.10 (34), round 5, 2020, at Metricon Stadium. Home record: 17-7. Away record: 6-10. Greatest winning margin: 117 points, round 15, 2009, at AAMI Stadium. Longest winning sequence: 4, round 12, 1995, to round 2, 1998. Most goals in a game: 8, Darren Jarman, round 17, 1998, at Subiaco Oval.

FREMANTLE

Highest score: 20.6 (126), round 16, 2007, at AAMI Stadium. Lowest score: 1.7 (13), round 15, 2009, at AAMI Stadium. Away record: 7-17. Home record: 10-6. Greatest winning margin: 56 points, round 1, 2010, at Subiaco Oval. Longest winning sequence: 4, round 10, 2013, to round 9, 2015. Most goals in a game: 8, Matthew Pavlich, round 14, 2005, at Football Park.

Prediction: Adelaide by 24 points

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ADELAIDE CROWS

FREMANTLE

Coach Matthew Nicks Captain Rory Sloane

Coach Justin Longmuir Captain Nat Fyfe GOALS

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Chayce JONES Ben KEAYS Fischer McASEY Lachlan MURPHY Matt CROUCH Jackson HATELY Riley THILTHORPE Jake KELLY Rory SLOANE Luke PEDLAR Paul SEEDSMAN Daniel TALIA Taylor WALKER David MACKAY Brayden COOK Luke BROWN Will HAMILL Mitchell HINGE Sam BERRY Billy FRAMPTON Shane McADAM Josh WORRELL Ned McHENRY Harry SCHOENBERG Tom LYNCH Nick MURRAY Rory LAIRD Wayne MILERA James ROWE Darcy FOGARTY Brodie SMITH Elliott HIMMELBERG James BORLASE Andrew McPHERSON Ronin O’CONNOR Lachlan SHOLL Tom DOEDEE Ben DAVIS Jordon BUTTS Tariek NEWCHURCH Reilly O’BRIEN Lachlan GOLLANT Kieran STRACHAN

Sam STURT Griffin LOGUE Caleb SERONG Sean DARCY Adam CERRA Reece CONCA Nat FYFE Andrew BRAYSHAW Blake ACRES Michael WALTERS James AISH Mitch CROWDEN Luke RYAN Nathan WILSON Ethan HUGHES David MUNDY Brett BEWLEY Darcy TUCKER Connor BLAKELY Matt TABERNER Joel HAMLING Lloyd MEEK Liam HENRY Leno THOMAS Alex PEARCE Hayden YOUNG Heath CHAPMAN Lachie SCHULTZ Luke VALENTE Nathan O’DRISCOLL Brandon WALKER Stephen HILL Travis COLYER Joel WESTERN Josh TREACY Brennan COX Rory LOBB Tobe WATSON Sam SWITKOWSKI Bailey BANFIELD Stefan GIRO Michael FREDERICK Taylin DUMAN

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HAWTHORN

MELBOURNE

Coach Alastair Clarkson Captain Ben McEvoy

Coach Simon Goodwin Captain Max Gawn GOALS

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GOALS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 41 44 46 50

Harry MORRISON Mitch LEWIS Tom MITCHELL Jarman IMPEY James WORPEL James SICILY Ben McEVOY Sam FROST Shaun BURGOYNE Jaeger O’MEARA Conor NASH Will DAY Oliver HANRAHAN Jack SCRIMSHAW Blake HARDWICK Lachlan BRAMBLE Daniel HOWE Jonathon CEGLAR Jack GUNSTON Chad WINGARD Tom PHILLIPS Luke BREUST Tim O’BRIEN James COUSINS Jonathon PATTON Liam SHIELS Michael HARTLEY Kyle HARTIGAN Changkuoth JIATH Damon GREAVES Keegan BROOKSBY Finn MAGINNESS Harry PEPPER Jacob KOSCHITZKE Josh MORRIS Dylan MOORE Ned REEVES Denver GRAINGER-BARRAS Emerson JEKA Seamus MITCHELL Connor DOWNIE Tyler BROCKMAN Jack SAUNDERS

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GEELONG CATS

NORTH MELBOURNE

Coach Chris Scott Captain Joel Selwood

Coach David Noble Captain Jack Ziebell GOALS

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GOALS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 33 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44

Rhys STANLEY Zach TUOHY Brandan PARFITT Shaun HIGGINS Jeremy CAMERON Jordan CLARK Isaac SMITH Jake KOLODJASHNIJ Max HOLMES Ben JARVIS Josh JENKINS Cooper STEPHENS Joel SELWOOD Nathan KREUGER Sam DE KONING Esava RATUGOLEA Charlie CONSTABLE Quinton NARKLE Oscar BROWNLESS Nick STEVENS Mitch DUNCAN Gary ROHAN Jed BEWS Lachie HENDERSON Tom HAWKINS Sam MENEGOLA Darcy FORT Cameron GUTHRIE Tom ATKINS Francis EVANS Gryan MIERS Shannon NEALE Patrick DANGERFIELD Paul TSAPATOLIS Sam SIMPSON Jack HENRY Zach GUTHRIE Luke DAHLHAUS Cameron TAHENY Mark O’CONNOR Stefan OKUNBOR Tom STEWART Brad CLOSE Mark BLICAVS

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What I’m thinking

CROW SHOW: Midfielder Anne Hatchard was Adelaide’s best in the preliminary final as it stormed into its third AFLW Grand Final.

with Ashley Browne

Time to come to the AFLW party There is a strong case to say the women’s competition should not be running into the AFL season.

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hew. For a moment there, it appeared as though the AFL had forgotten about the “flexible and agile” mantra that enabled it to so artfully and successfully manage its way through 2020, the most difficult season on record. Yes, the League rammed through an injury substitute – effectively a 23rd man – in a matter of days on the eve of the season. But it also consigned to the ‘too hard basket’ what seemed a logical and doable fixture switch of the Essendon-Hawthorn season-opener from Marvel Stadium to the MCG. And it has steadfastly refused to change the roof rules at Marvel. As Victorians flocked to beaches and outdoor entertainment areas across the state to take advantage of gorgeous balmy late afternoons and evenings, the roof at Marvel Stadium remained firmly shut. Then came the scheduling of this weekend’s AFLW Grand Final and, for a time there, the League was again looking inflexible. The fixture for both the men’s and women’s competitions were released late last year, with the AFLW Grand Final firmly penciled in for this weekend. Yet when the men’s fixture dropped, there was no gap in the schedule for the women’s flag decider, which most deservedly warrants free air of its own.

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The women’s flag decider deservedly warrants free air of its own

Until last week, there were genuine fears the AFLW Grand Final would go head-to-head with a men’s game. But, thankfully, the League delayed the Western Bulldogs-Gold Coast game by a few hours, meaning that all eyes come 2pm Saturday will be on the Adelaide Crows and Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval, and rightfully so. Once we get past Saturday, the AFL has some more big decisions to make with respect to the women’s competition. The first is the timing. The clean air that AFLW gets through February and the first half of March is fantastic and fans love that the quality of play has improved markedly each year. But come the middle of March, the men’s competition kicks off and AFLW becomes a sideshow for many. In that respect, AFLW is facing the same headache as the A-League and the NBL, to name just a couple of leagues that face the perennial struggle of maneuvering their seasons to avoid clashing where possible with the might of the AFL. If flexibility and agility are to remain buzzwords at the AFL, then it is time to re-examine the best time to stage the AFLW season to give it the profile and exposure it deserves. Should it be run and done before the men’s season, with the Grand

Final permanently scheduled for the bye weekend before the men’s season starts? How about a September start for the AFLW season – there’s not that much actual men’s footy played during that month – with the Grand Final a week or two before Christmas? The AFL also needs to fast-track the admission of the four remaining clubs – Sydney, Port Adelaide, Essendon and Hawthorn – to the competition. It likely won’t happen next year, but the start of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2023 is the perfect time for that last expansion phase. The naysayers will argue there isn’t enough depth of talent for 18 teams and will point to the struggles this year of winless Gold Coast and Geelong, which won just one game. But the counterpoint is the longer those four clubs are excluded, the more the AFL is actively discriminating against them because they can’t compete equally in the commercial and sponsorship marketplaces with the 14 clubs with men’s and women’s operations, not to mention hundreds of thousands of supporters of those clubs, who regard AFLW as a party to which they have still yet to be invited.

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