Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs round off a big Saturday filled with victories for Tigers, Swans, Kangaroos and Lions.
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Lions roar in the defeat of the Suns in the Q-Clash
The Brisbane Lions have eliminated Queensland’s Gold Coast rivals to maintain the top four after beating the Suns with 73 points.
In a one-sided match in Carrara, Lviv extended their winning streak to five matches, winning from 19.10 (124) to 7.9 (51).
Big striker Daniel McStay has a career-best record with four away goals, while Charlie Cameron has won three major games.
McStay had a day off as the Suns’ defense went awry, scoring eight points with the forward’s dominant high display.
Lincoln McCarthy, in his 50th game for the Lions, scored two goals and several big points, while Eric Hipwood, Joe Daniher and Zach Bailey also crushed two majors.
While the strikers hit the scoreboard, the Lions had many stars throughout the park: captain Dane Zorko (34 shots, one goal, nine ratings), ex-Sun Jarrid Lions (38 assists, nine clearances, nine tackles) and Hugh McCluggage. (23 eliminations, eight points), midfield manager.
Lyons’ display was enough for him to be awarded the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as Best on Earth.
The game fell apart in the third quarter with no goals scoring eight as the Lions scored 14 unanswered between the Suns’ third and fourth goals of the match, by which time Brisbane had a 91-point lead.
Four late goals added sparkle to the Suns scoreboard, but the truth was they were completely replayed.
The Gold Coast missed out on the hard work of the disqualified Tok Miller, but there was no excuse for the Suns’ lack of rivalry, especially in the bleak third quarter.
The defeat marked the Suns’ fifth defeat to their local opponents, leaving them 13th in the rankings with three wins in nine games.
Brisbane did not leave Carrara unharmed, but with the outstanding player Ryan Lester replaced in the first quarter of his 150th AFL match with a hamstring injury, and Darcy Gardiner’s night ended with a dislocated right shoulder at the end of the third term.
Defender Jack Bowes also suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter for the Suns, who are facing a tough trip to Geelong next Saturday to play the Cats.
Next Friday, Lions will be at home against Prime Minister Richmond.
Kangaroos beat hawks to win their first victory in 2021
North Melbourne won their first win of the AFL season, beating the other residents of the Hawthorne basement in Launceston.
The last-placed Kangaroos dropped 32 points on Saturday afternoon, leading to a losing streak that returned to round nine last season.
Cameron Zurhar was inspired to win from 13.9 (87) to 12.8 (80), scoring four goals, including the most important matches on either side of the three quarters.
Hawthorn’s Luc Breust had a spectacular finish, narrowing the gap to six points, scoring a goal in the last two minutes.
But the Kangaroos held on to give David Noble his first win as an AFL coach on his 54th birthday.
Gee Simpkin led possession with 33, while North Melbourne teammate Ben Cunnington was next best with 29.
After North Melbourne scored the starting point of the match, it took until the start of the fourth quarter to regain the lead.
During the last semester, leadership changed hands twice, and Tasmanian Tarrin Thomas scored a decisive 11-point lead for the Kangaroo seven minutes before the game.
It was a remarkable turnaround after a hot start for Hawthorne, led by Chad Wingard, who hit two Majors from an acute angle and made two assists in the first quarter.
Hawthorn opened a 33-7 point lead in the quarter and overtook 54-32 points on the main break.
The Kangaroo, 32 behind at the start of the second quarter, gained momentum in the third season, scoring four goals to one.
They made it to the final just one point after Zurhaar’s stub just moments before the break.
Taylor Garner has become another shining light for the Kangaroo, scoring three goals.
Swans are too strong for forty in SCG
Sydney Swans overcame a sluggish start to win the AFL’s 30-point win over Collingwood at SCG, where returning young player Isaac Heaney scored three goals.
Both sides struggled to find free space and move the ball freely, with a swirling breeze and strong pressure, which made the fluid-riddled game not particularly spectacular.
Jordan De Gouey helped the Magpies lead 18 points early in the first quarter, but the visitors failed to score a single goal in the second or third period.
The Swans fought their way into a chaotic battle, seizing control in the dominant third quarter and ultimately winning with 10.12 (72) to 5.12 (42).
Lance Franklin scored two goals as magpies Bryden Maynard, Darcy Moore and Chris Maine teamed up to ensure that Coleman’s four-time medalist was rarely the right option.
Heaney and striker Tom Papley together scored five goals in a low-scoring scrum, while Franklin’s understudy Hayden McLean earned five points per game.
Heaney, who missed the club’s tough MCG loss to Melbourne last weekend with an ankle injury, also had 22 possessions and six points in a hitting comeback.
Sydney missile carrier Tom Hickey finished the game with eight big gaps, while Callum Mills, Justin McInerney and Jake Lloyd also made an impact on the home side.
Heaney’s third goal, scored in the 17th minute of the final quarter, proved to be a strong player as Sydney opened the score 6-3 in a season in which they reputedly finished outside the top eight again.
In a limited-fodder match for the end-of-the-round spotlight ad, Papley’s second goal was a worthy reward for spectacular hard work.
The 24-year-old took possession of a dropped ball on the midfielder’s flank, danced past a potential attacker, defended against Steel Sidebottom, and then bounced off with a run down center ground.
Sherrin passed to Sam Weeks and McLean before returning to the stubborn Papley, who nailed his standard shot after holding the mark in the front line.
The Swans will then face off against Fremantle, Carlton, St Kilda and Hawthorne to hit the top four, while Collingwood’s hopes for the finals are quickly dying out as they prepare to host Port Adelaide to MCG.
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