Last week in the AFL...
AFL Round 21

The eight is closed for 2001, all the teams outside the top half of the
ladder lost on the weekend while Adelaide and Sydney recorded resounding
wins. Now just the order of the finalists remains to be determined.
Carlton are a big chance to finish fourth and face their bunny Bombers
in the first week of the finals, but if the Tigers beat the Dons next
week then Richmond will claim fourth spot and play the Dons again the
next week. Thus the claims that Essadun might 'tank' against Richmond
next Friday night, to avoid Carlton first-up. Media man Dwayne Russell
suggested that, in order to avoid handing over a psychological edge, the 
Dons could establish a huge lead against the Tigers and then bring an 
extra man onto the field in the final minute.

The AFL club presidents (or board chairmen) met last week and agreed
that the AFL should contain 16 clubs, a contrast to the Commission's
plan of a few years ago involving the merging or abolition of some
Melbourne clubs. Mind you, I suppose they didn't specify the current
sixteen. In order to achieve the aim, the clubs agreed to reserve $15
million over the next 5 years for financial assistance to cash-strapped
clubs. Footscray put their hand out immediately. Then they (the
presidents) had a blue with the AFL Commission over who was going to
contribute the money. The AFL is a little embarrassed after their
membership manager defrauded them of $375,000 to support her gambling
habit...$10,000 a day at Crown, the police reckon. It's very convenient
to Colonial.

Some movement on Fremantle's coaching position, Bomber ex-player and
current assistant coach Mark Harvey spent the week in Perth looking over
the set-up. There were some stories that the Dockers would be interested
in Ken Judge if (or as seems increasingly likely, when) the Eagles give
him the flick, Judgey having strong connections with East Fremantle.
Harvs or Judgey...surely the Dockers in better shape than that? Hawthorn
announced their intention to play two home games per season in Tasmania
for the next four years. And Sydney icon Troy Luff announced his
retirement at the season's end. Luff's marking ability contributed to
his cult status at the SCG ('Luff is in the air'), but his other skills
have never been great and he's spent the last twelve weeks playing for
the Swans' VFL affiliate, Port Melbourne. Luff was recruited from rugby
league heartland in Newcastle and in a nice touch he played on Sunday,
giving him a total of 144 games.

At the MCG:
Richmond         5.4   9.6   12.11   13.14.92
North Melbourne  5.2   9.4   10.8    13.10.88

Richmond tried hard to lose, umpire Bryan Sheehan helped out. But thanks
to Matty Richardson's 17 marks and last-quarter goal the Tigres recorded
another ugly victory to grab fourth spot, for the time being. More
importantly, they can finish no lower than sixth and thus avoid a trip
to Sydney or Adelaide. The Kangaroos played in spurts although they did
dominate the final term. If you listened to Bruce McAvaney, you'd think
Norf led by ten goals all night and it's an incredible mystery and
ultimate travesty that they lost. Thank Richo we've only a month of him
to go. In picking the Tiges welcomed back Duncan Kellaway after ten
weeks out with an achilles tendon injury, forward Ben Haynes was
dropped. The Roos also made just the one change, debuting Northern
Territorian Daniel Motlop (younger brother of Shannon) in place of
dropped Stuart Cochrane. Wayne Carey's manager, Rick Nixon, had
suggested Carey should be 'rested' for the remainder of the season, with
nothing at stake for the Ruse. Pagan treated this idea with due

On a bitterly cold night at the 'G the Tiges flew outta the blocks and
kicked the first five goals. They had one before the opening bounce,
Paul Broderick milking a free from an altercation with Troy Makepeace.
Matt Richardson goaled from a mark, then missed an easy shot dead in
front a moment later. Jason McCartney was on him. With Brad Ottens and
Clint King going well on the ball and Joel Bowden everywhere, the Tiges
poured forward. King and Matthew Knights scored rover's goals and
Broderick poached another, the Tiges led by 33 points - 5.3 to nuthin'.
Norf had fallen down badly across half-forward with Carey starting
across half-back again, but soon he pushed forward and the Kangas scored
some late goals. Five of 'em, in fact. Sav Rocca started it with a
close-range snap. Then Corey McKernan set off on a slow-motion
five-bounce run as the Tigers backed off, he dished a handpass to Carey
who slotted. No doubt McKernan had been reminded several million times
of his stat-less game against Richmond in round 6. Glenn Archer and
Shannon Grant banged good shots home and Rocca bagged a second as the
Ruse narrowed the gap to 2 points by the first change. Archer, with a
sort-of-loose role in defence, was playing well for the Kangas. Debutant
Daniel Motlop's first action was to get reported for striking Jason
Torney. More clumsy than malicious. The second term followed a similar
pattern. Richmun skipped clear early with the first three goals. Brad
Ottens marked strongly and converted from 50m for the first. Without
Micky Martyn, Norf clearly lacked backline height. Richardson had a hand
in the next two, he marked 50m out, the kick dropped short but Joel
Bowden marked in front of the goalsquare pack and converted the easy
shot. A bit later good roving from Clint King got the ball to Richo, he
passed cross-field to find Matthew Rogers who slotted. Tiges out to a
21-point lead but a few errors started to creep in. Their running slowed
and some poor midfield kicking turned over possession. One of them led
to a good long goal for junior Roo Corey Jones. A poor Tiger kick-in
went to Jess Sinclair, he passed to unmarked McKernan for a major.
Richmond's King snapped a nice goal but after Grant and Carey scored
late sausages the Roos had pulled the margin back to its quarter-time
level. The Tiggers had a further worry with ruckman Brendon Gale off for
the remainder of the evening, an arm injury. Carey elbowed Tiger Rory
Hilton in the face at one point and may be done later on video.

The third term was tighter with both sides swarming around the ball. The
Tiggers once again scored the first goal, Ottens grabbing the pill from
a ball-up and snapping it through. The Ruse managed to reply before
time-on, Archer with the goal. Archer had two more set-shots in the term
but both hit the post. Poor Arch. Perhaps he’d exhausted his luck in
escaping penalty for head-butting Darren Jarman last Friday. Kanga Joe
McLaren found himself alone in Pagan's Paddock after two Tigers spoiled
each other upfield, but McLaren missed woefully from 25m. The misses
weren't all one-way, Tiger Richardson behinded from two tight-angle
shots. Marking for a third time in the same position, Richardson passed
inboard to Aaron Fiora who goaled. Just prior to that some nice Tigre
running and handball sent Paul Broderick in for a sausage and the Tiges
had carved out a 15-point lead at the final change. The fourth quarter
started at a sluggish pace, McLaren missed again for Norf. The Tiges had
a brief attacking spell during which Darren Gaspar, running off Carey at
every opportunity, and Steven Sziller kicked points. But mostly the
Canberraroos pressed forward, Archer heavily involved. Eventually they
had reward when Tigger Ben Holland spilled a difficult back-pedalling
mark, Shannon Grant swooped and snapped. Then, at a throw-in, good work
from Roos Adam Simpson and Brent Harvey sent the ball-goal-wards. Bowden
was in front but somehow missed the ball, Roo Shane Clayton was there to
soccer the deficit down to 4 points. The Roos cleared the next
centre-bounce and Carey won a free-kick for being held by Gaspar, he
thumped it through with the aid of Rocca's goal-square shepherding and
the Kangas led for the first time in the game, by 2 points. Got home to
see the last quarter on TV and clearly McAvaney was dry-humping his mic
at this point. The Roos locked the ball in their forward-line for the
next few minutes but could only manage a rushed behind. Finally the
Tiges went forward, Richardson did well to manufacture a snap but it
wobbled just wide, taking his tally to 1.6. However a bit later Leon
Cameron punted long and Richo was there to mark strongly, against two
Roos, just 10m out. He thumped it through to restore Richmond's lead,
the Tiges ran the clock down to the end. Poor Daniel Motlop ended his
debut by dropping a mark at half-forward, the Roos' last chance.

Matthew Richardson ran perpetually and dragged down 17 marks against the
hapless McCartney, including 8 contested grabs - one less than the
entire North side for the game. Unfortunately Richo booted 2.6 from his
18 kicks, the second goal was handy though and he was involved in
several others. The Tiges also received good games from ruckman Brad
Ottens with 21 disposals, 8 marks and 2 goals, although he struggled in
hit-outs against the giant Roo Burton, and rover Clinton King (15
touches with 10 handpasses, 2 goals). Other Tigers to make handy
contributions included reborn goal-sneak Paul Broderick (11 kicks, 3
goals), gritty midfielder Steven Sziller (18 possies) and Joel Bowden
who had a big first half with 12 disposals and a goal, he ended with 19
touches. In defence Ben Holland (17 disposals with 11 handballs) did a
good job on Rocca and rebound man Leon Cameron had 21 handlings. For the
Ruse Glenn Archer played his best game for many a week, the bullocking
runs and fully-stretched leaps were much in evidence. Archer had 22
disposals (20 kicks), took 8 marks and kicked 2 goals. From the wing
Shannon Grant was busy again with 26 disposals and 3 snaggled goals, in
the centre Adam Simpson (13 disposals) did a good tagging job on Wayne
Campbell. Jess Sinclair was aggressive, planting 6 tackles to go along
with his 16 possessions. Half-forward Corey Jones had 9 disposals, 5
marks and a goal in the first half, however he didn't touch the ball in
the second half. Brent Harvey sped about for 24 touches. The big
forwards made spasmodic contributions, Wayne Carey was handy in booting
3 goals from 14 kicks and 8 marks, he's injury-free supposedly but lacks
fitness. Sav Rocca kicked 2 goals, McKernan took 4 marks and kicked one
goal. No quote from Denis Pagan, unfortunately. Danny Frawley said
Richardson was "unbelieveable" What, in kicking 2.6? "He presented
himself at every contest," said Danny, "it was only a matter of time
before he found the target" Oh. He continued on the theme of a top-four
spot. "We're in with a chance, we've put pressure on other sides. Next
week's game against Essendon will be a great preview to the finals."

At the MCG:
Carlton      4.3   8.3   12.6   20.10.130
Collingwood  2.2   6.4    7.6     9.8.62

Carlton are in with a chance of a double-chance after they ran away from
the poor Magpies in the second half. The Maggies were playing for their
finals life but appeared out of steam. The Blues went in without Scott
Camporeale, suspended one week for tripping Saint Blake last weekend.
Also missing were ruckman Matthew Allan (groin strain) and axed backman
Dean Rice. Recalled Blues were Mick Mansfield, Trent Hotton and Adam
Pickering. The Pies made just one forced change, concussed Tarkyn
Lockyer replaced by Mark Richardson. Terrific half-back Andrew McKay
played his 200th game for Carlton.

Pie coach Mick Malthouse pulled a strange move by starting ruckman Josh
Fraser on the bench and Anthony Rocca in the ruck. Unopposed Blue
defender Stephen Silvagni collected a welter of touches (he picked up
Jarrod Molloy later). Blue forward Ryan Houlihan tidied a scrappy
passage to snap the opening goal, Pie Chris Tarrant postered before
first-quarter specialist Brodie Holland kicked their first major. Thus
the Poise led for the first and only time. The Bloos were slicker and
quicker midfield and had better forwards. They scored the next three
goals, Lance Whitnall somehow chest-marked in a pack from Adrian
Hickmott's very high kick and booted the first of those. Matty Lappin
punted truly from Hickmott's pass, the Bluies attacked from the restart
and Whitnall fired a handpass for Houlihan to snap another. Koutoufides
had a windyflopper, in golfing parlance, and a long Craig Bradley shot
stopped on the line as Carrrton controlled play. Scotty Burns provided
some late relief for the Pies with a driven 60m punt-on-the-run for a
goal. Goals alternated through the second stanza, Collingwood defended a
little better and managed to manufacture majors. Whitnall scored the
first sausage from a lead honoured by Anthony Franchina, the Blues by 19
points. The game was bottled up for a while before Poi defender Shane
Wakelin ran downfield and booted long, where Tarrant cleverly outmarked
Simon Beaumont and converted. Brett Ratten answered for the Bloos with a
good snap following a throw-in, then Maggies Paul Licuria and Nathan
Buckley combined to create a goal for Ben Kinnear. Bucks was carding his
usual stats but wasn't allowed the space to run and kick long. Blue
forward Lance Whitnall, playing well, marked Hickmott's pass on the 50m
line and smacked it through to restore Carlton's 3-goal lead. Soon
enough the Poise reduced it again, James Clement converting a free-kick
when Hickmott was adjudged to have thrown a short handpass. The Blues
weren't happy about that and let the umpire know. In the same incident
Blue rover Darren Hulme was whacked in the head and forced off. The game
mightn't have been pretty but it was physical. At the following
centre-bounce Carlton ruckman Mark Porter tapped to Ratten, a handpass
to Bradley and his long kick was marked by Koutoufides, he goaled. But
another (justified) free kick allowed the Magpies to close the gap again
before half-time, Nick Davis crudely tackled by Mansfield and passing
for Tyson Lane to kick the sausage.

No contest in the second half, Whitnall and Matthew Lappin inspiring the
Bluebaggers to kick clear. The early stages of the third korter were
scrambly before Bradley's huge kick-in from a Pie point led to goal for
Lappin, Jim Plunkett an intermediary. The Bloos attacked from the
restart, Lappin dived for a mark and had Glenn Freeborn pile in on top
of him. The ump awarded a 50m-penalty and easy goal for Lapp. Freeborn's
direct opponent was his Blue brother, Scott, who dealt the older Glenn a
hefty bump at one point. Collingwood managed a reply when Buckley's
lovely handpass allowed Nick Davis to score, they trailed by 17 points.
Carlton majored again, Porter's tap at a throw-in saw Plunkett run away
to steer it between the sticks. A bit of a lull followed as Lappin,
Rocca and Whitnall all missed gettable shots. Ryan Houlihan received a
solid hip-and-shoulder from Glenn Freeborn which winded 'Hooligan' so
badly he had to be stretchered off - he's some shoulder damage too. Late
in the term Bradley roved a throw-in and spotted Silvagni, History’s
Greatest Full Back goaled and put the Blues 30 points up at the ultimate
break. Not only were the Pies not up to the challenge, they actually
capitulated rather pathetically. Rocca and Shane O'Bree were on the
bench as the final term commenced, within a few minutes Whitnall had
kicked a goal and a behind and delivered a pass to Brendan Fevola for a
goal. When Whitnall gathered Mark Porter's misdirected pass, swung about
and drilled it from 45m the Bluebaggers led by 50 points and could think
about next week and the double chance. There were several more goals
kicked of course, Bradley booted two for Carlton, Plunkett completed a
snappy string of handpasses from close range, Hickmott and Kouta kicked
the others. Collingwood's final-term goals both came from Leon Davis.

Lance Whitnall booted 5 goals from his 13 marks and 25 disposals against
Shane Wakelin. Not a bad effort. Jimmy Plunkett played an excellent
rovers' game for 26 disposals (23 kicks) and he potted 2 goals. Also on
the ball ruckman Mark Porter (12 touches, 5 marks) gave an exemplary
tapping display and Craig Bradley cruised about for 22 disposals and 2
goals. Across half-back Stephen Silvagni gathered 17 touches (15 kicks)
and took 9 marks, he also crept forward for a goal. Gave Jarrod Molloy a
bit of a hiding. Andy McKay played well for 17 disposals and 10 marks
and wingman Adrian Hickmott continued his fine year with 19 touches and
a goal. Matty Lappin bagged 3 goals from his 17 possies, Brett Ratten
was in a feisty mood for 30 touches and a goal, Anthony Koutoufides had
11 touches in the low-pressure last quarter to finish with 25 handlings
and 2 goals. Ryan Houlihan kicked 2 goals. The Pies had few winners,
Nathan Buckley battled away for 29 touches (20 kicks) and hard-headed
centreman Scott Burns collected 20 disposals (13 handpasses) and kicked
a very good goal. James Clement (17 touches, a goal) did a good job on
Kouta until the floodgates opened and Ben Kinnear (also 17 disposals and
a goal) played well in defence. Some of the kids are clearly knackered
though, Fraser had 2 kicks, Lonie 6 possessions before hurting his
shoulder, Tarrant kicked 1.3. The Pies' barometer, Anthony Rocca, did
little. Leon Davis was the Maggies' only multiple scorer with 2 goals.
"At half time, I thought we couldn't play any worse," began Malthouse.
"I didn't know how well they were playing, but we were playing very
ordinary football and we went from ordinary to worse...At the end of the
day, we were beaten by a far better side and we didn't fire a yelp when
it was needed most...It was one of the very few times this year we've
had our captain, vice-captain and two deputy-vices on the ground and I
didn't think we stood up like we should have..." Blue boss Wayne
Brittain said "It was just getting some good combinations back on the
park. I think it's starting to come through. Our blokes have looked
fresher and fitter than I've seen them, especially over the last
week...I was pretty confident going in today." The Blues can claim
fourth spot and the double chance if they beat Geelong next weekend and
the Dons defeat Richmond. Not the unlikeliest scenario.

At Colonial:
Footscray      2.5    3.9     7.13   10.13.73
Port Adelaide  5.5   12.10   17.15   22.18.150

As the Pies had done earlier in the day so the Bulldogs saved a shocker
for their final (as it turned out) meaningful game. They were flattered
last week by Hawthorn's poor form, as several sides have been recently.
Port were good and a few of their players were excellent but the Bullies
dropped marks, disposed of the ball horribly and wandered about as
though they were ready for a holiday. Which they'll have in a week. No
change to the victorious Bulldog side from last week. Libber wasn't
reported but Craig Ellis was, for wrestling, and fined five grand
meaning he's been done for $11,000 in fines this season. Have to include
that in his next contract - if he's offered one. The Power made one
alteration, calling up midfielder Brayden Lyle in place of Brent Guerra.

Once again the Power flowed out of the centre, led by ruckman Matthew
Primus. His Bulldog opponent, Luke Darcy, played terribly and while Pup
rover Scott West had a bit of the ball everything he touched went awry,
sorta like King Midas in reverse. But the dominant figure was Port CHF
Warren Tredrea who attracted the ball like Adelaide draws serial
killers. Tredrea booted the opening goal following a good mark over
opponent Craig Ellis and then created a chance for Barnaby French, which
Frenchy missed. Brad Johnson kicked Footscray's first with a nice baulk
and shot but they went on to miss quite often, as did the Power too.
It's pretty poor in a fully-enclosed stadium. Tredrea exchanged
foot-passes with Josh Carr for a goal to the latter, from a ball-up Che
Cockatoo-Collins handpassed for Jarrad Schofield to slot on the run.
Then Cockatoo-Collins, who had a bit of a purple-patch, kicked a
Daicosian checkside grubber from 20m which dribbled as planned between
the sticks. Nice one. Bulldogs Mark Alvey and Paul Dimattina failed to
make normal drop-punts go through before Cockatoo-Collins did kick a
regulation goal, from a good mark of Nick Stevens's kick. Port led by 24
points. The Bullies won the centre-clearance and delivered to Chris
Grant, he missed too. Ellis was benched and replaced by Luke Penny.
Finally the Dogs managed a second goal, Alvey passing his free kick to
Paul Hudson for the six points. The quarter petered out in a stream of
behinds, from Port pair Stephen Paxman and Cockatoo-Collins and Bulldog
Rohan Smith. Darcy dropped an uncontested mark 10m out from his
defensive goal and was swamped by Port players, the siren saved him.

Alvey missed again in the early second term before some good
Cockatoo-Collins play made a goal for Fabian Francis. Shortly afterwards
Bulldogs Johnson, then Darcy were caught in possession, leading to a
goal for Flowerman Tredrea. You sensed this wasn't the Bulldogs' night.
Cockatoo-Collins had a rough minute, firstly he ducked into a tackle,
went down and had Ellis stand on his head, then Cockatoo-Collins ducked
into another tackle, from Darcy. C-C won a free-kick for that one but
missed the shot and staggered groggily to the bench where he remained
for the rest of the game. Soon enough Francis bounced a long, running
shot through an empty goalquare to send Port 37 points ahead. They
missed a couple of times before Matty Primus converted from a strong
grab, a bit later his tap at a throw-in sent Gavin Wanganeen in to punt
the Flowers 50 points clear. They could've stopped it there. Brad
Johnson kicked the Dogs' third goal before Port's Francis kicked his
third for the quarter, the Power cleared the restart and Tredrea roved
the pack to tap through a very easy major. Port by 56 points at the long

It was difficult for anyone other than Port supporters to be interested
in the second half. Their Peter Burgoyne kicked a lengthy running goal
in the early stages of the third, amidst more Bulldog points. The Pups
were on 3.12 when Josh Carr punted the visitors exactly eleven goals
ahead. There followed an unexpected sequence of rapidly alternating
goals. From the centre-bounce following Carr's goal the Bulldogs went
forward, Robert Murphy marked and finally kicked straight. Nick Stevens
replied immediately for Port, within a minute Brad Johnson pounced on a
poor kick-in and booted his third. Port's Stuart Dew ran away from the
next restart and slotted an idiomatic running sausage, another Bulldog
centre-clearance followed and Alvey goaled. The Pups weren't getting any
closer but at least they were doing something. The sequence was broken
when Port's Brayden Lyle failed to take advantage of Nathan Brown's
terrible kick. Tredrea and ex-Port man Nathan Eagleton swapped majors
before the final break. The last Mario opened with Darcy being caught in
possession again, by Roger James who passed to Primus for the goal. The
final margin was the main interest now as the commentators discussed
which Bulldogs might be discarded at the season's end. Goals to James
and Dew had the Flowers 82 points ahead before Ben Harrison set up an
easy goal for Chris Grant. Grant had played with as little intensity as
I've seen - the TV people suggested he was injured - and spent much of
the game jogging around the backline. A couple more goals for Eagleton,
separating majors from Dew and Burgoyne, helped prevent a triple-digit

The Power's big men played big games, led by Warren Tredrea at CHF. He
finished with a Richardsonesque 14 marks and 23 disposals (20 kicks),
kicking 4.3. In the ruck big Matthew Primus slaughtered the terrible
Luke Darcy, winning 18 disposals, taking 8 marks and kicking 2 goals. Of
the smaller blokes Josh Carr (20 kicks, 9 marks, 3 goals) and rover Josh
Francou (22 possessions) were pretty good, Fabian Francis kicked 3 goals
in the second quarter to go with his 13 disposals. Che Cockatoo-Collins
was set for a huge night before being beaten repeatedly about the head,
still 11 disposals, 4 marks and 2 goals in a half isn't bad. Darren Mead
gave poor old Granty a beating and plenty of other Pooeys chipped in,
Stu Dew kicked 3 goals, Brett Montgomery had 16 handpasses and Peter
Burgoyne kicked 2 goals, Jarrad Schofield had 21 touches and a goal. The
Bulldogs...well, Brad Johnson was pretty good with 14 touches and 3
goals before he also went off with a whack to the head, Tredrea took a
speccy on him. Nathan Eagleton came off the bench late in the second
quarter and proceeded to have 20 touches and kick 3 goals. Robert Murphy
(15 disposals, a goal) wasn't bad. Of the midfielders Tony Liberatore
(20 possessions, 10 tackles) at least used the ball effectively. Nathan
Brown disposed of the ball 32 times but about 29 of those were aimless
or turnovers, ditto Scott West (25 touches). Mark Alvey (17 kicks, 1.2)
was alright. That's about it. Plough Wallace said "When you get
performances like we have had over the past three weeks, when it's been
a situation of whether you're going to make it or not, clearly we
haven't been good enough." He went on to say that "a few blokes perhaps
played for their futures over the last three weeks." Indeed, some tough
decisions ahead for the club. Mark Williams indulged in
self-justification again. "Right from the Ansett Cup people doubted what
we were doing and thought we would fall away and wouldn't be able to
continue on, but it's been consistent and very, very clinical and very
professional the way the players have approached the games." If the
Swans do 'em a favour next weekend they can finish second, but third
seems more likely. A Showdown final might be interesting.

At Subiaco:
West Coast  1.2    2.5    5.9    6.11.47
Essendon    7.2   10.5   17.7   21.10.136

Last time the Dons played the Weegs at Subiaco, in 1999, the Eagles won
by 12 goals. Much has changed since, for the West Coast mostly. With
Lloydy back at the focal point the Dons handed out a regulation thumping
of the Weagles, who were playing their final home game of the season.
Thus the Dons claimed top spot for the third successive season, barring
a massacre at the hands of the Tigers next Friday. The highlight for
Eagle fans was the post-game farewell from Dean Kemp. Two changes in
selection for the Weagles, Scott Cummings escaped suspension for his
report but was dropped anyway, along with Callum Chambers. Michael Braun
returned from a lengthy injured spell and Trent Carroll was recalled.
Along with Matthew Lloyd the Bombers also recalled defender Aaron
Henneman, they replaced tagging midfielders Rob Forster-Knight (groin
strain) and Mark Bolton (dropped).

Lloyd kicked three goals in the first quarter and had a hand in two
others, one for James Hird and one for Dean Rioli. Former South
Fremantle forward Rioli kicked two goals in the stanza. Scott Lucas,
playing at CHF, was also busy and scored the last goal of the term after
Wiggle backman Darren Glass fumbled. Another Eagle mistake, Trent
Carroll bowled by a grubbing kick, allowed Lloyd to snap his second
goal. West Coast started strongly but scored only one goal, coming from
David Wirrpunda's superb tackle. Troy Wilson marked strongly against
Dustin Fletcher in the goalsquare for the sausage. Soon Wirrpunda was
off with an ankle injury. The second stanza was a bit tighter but still
the Dons poured forward, with Lucas, Hird and Lloyd supplied with plenty
of chances. Mark Mercuri created Lloyd's fourth major before the Eegs
kicked another - hooray! - Michael Braun finding Ashley McIntosh at CHF,
he handpassed for Andrew Williams to convert. McIntosh remained in
attack while Lloyd faced a variety of opponents, Carroll started but he
did a thigh in the second stanza. A long Mark Johnson shot and a Paul
Barnard goal, set up by Mark McVeigh and Lloyd, had the Bombouts 48
points ahead by the long break.

Some silky Mercuri play got the Dons moving in the third, he gathered a
bouncing ball and fired a quick handpass for Chris Heffernan to score.
Mercuri then started and completed a quick series of handpasses and the
Dons were ten goals in front. Eagle Michael Collica was on Lloyd now and
he thrilled the crowd by outmarking the Bommer spearhead - something to
tell the grandkids, but he might leave out the next bit where he kicked
the ball into Lloyd and Jim Hird swept in to snap a goal. Beanpole
Wiggle ruckman Dean Cox booted a long goal, shepherded through by Wilson
and Wilson himself bagged two majors for the korter, good leads and
marks involved in both. But the goals kept arriving for the Bombers,
Adam Ramanauskas passed to Barnard for one, a flukey bounce allowed
Mercuri to send Lloydy in again, Danny Jacobs pounced on a loose ball to
slot one. Lloyd's tap-on had Ramanauskas complete the scoring for the
term. Kev Sheedy rested Hird for the final stanza but the Dons still
booted the first four goals of the term, two more for Lloyd and one each
for Rioli and Jason Johnson. Eagle Peter Matera, who played well again,
kicked the final goal of the game.

The star-studded Bomber forward-line had a good time, led by James Hird
with 20 disposals, 7 marks and 2 goals. Matty Lloyd bagged a lazy 7
goals (10 marks, 15 disposals), he's kicked 90 for the season now. Scott
Lucas ventured further afield to collect 23 possessions, he did a fair
bit of delivery inside 50 and also kicked a goal. Ruckman John Barnes
did well around the field, he had 21 disposals and 7 marks, running Mark
Johnson (26 disposals, 9 marks, a goal) was the best of a prolific
midfield. Chris Heffernan (16 disposals, a goal) kept Ben Cousins
relatively quiet, aided by the physical battering the Bombers meted out
to the Eagle skipper. But it was another superb team effort from the
Dons, apart from Aaron Henneman who strained a hammy in the first
quarter the Bomber with the fewest possessions was Joe Misiti with 13.
Blake Caracella had the most with 29. In total the Bombers had 388
disposals to West Coast's 275. Others to do well included Dean Rioli (20
touches, 3 goals), Mark Mercuri (15 touches, a goal) and Cory McGrath
had 19 touches and 6 marks in the second half. Paul Barnard kicked 2
goals. The Eagles' better players included Peter Matera, enjoying a
decent spell of form he had 21 disposals and kicked a goal. Midfielder
Richard Taylor had 20 handlings and gave away 6 free kicks, Chad
Fletcher (24 disposals) did alright. Troy Wilson had the better of
Essadun's Fletcher in kicking 3 goals from 7 marks and 13 touches.
That's about it. No coach's quotes in the paper unfortunately, but
Judgey is supposedly under real pressure now to keep his job. He walked
out of the press conference after being asked a barrage of questions
regarding his future. Kev Sheedy said some nice things about Kemp,
before going off to plan The Tank...

At Football Park:
Adelaide   5.2   6.4   10.7   13.13.91
Hawthorn   0.0   2.3    4.5     8.5.53

As Lucky Grills said, those who forget history are condemned to repeat
it. About twenty years ago then-Carlton captain Mike Fitzpatrick jogged
into the centre square at an aptly-named Windy Hill to toss the coin
with his Essadun counterpart. Mike called correctly and promptly
indicated that the Blues would kick against the howling gale in the
first quarter. "We'd be coming home with the wind, which I thought would
be a greater advantage," Fitzpatrick reckoned. The Bombers romped to
six-goal lead by the first change, the wind died and the Dons coasted
home. Fitzpatrick earned the nickname 'Wrong-Way', which stuck for a
while. Flash forward to windswept Foopall Park on Sunday and Hawk coach
Peter Schwab made a similar error, instructing his lads to kick against
a stiff breeze should Hawthorn's special tosser (?) Shaun Rehn call
correctly. He did, they did and a similar result ensued to the one
twenty years ago. So the Camrys sealed their participation in the 2001
finals. Over here in Melbourne it feels a bit like 1998, when the Camrys
sputtered along for much of the season before firing at the business end
and claiming the flag. In contrast Hawthorn have now won just five of
their last thirteen games, following eight consecutive wins to start the
season. This loss sent the Hawks out of the top four for the first time
this season and they need both Richmond and Carlton to lose next weekend
(and themselves to win against St. Kilda, of course) if they're to get
back there. One change in selection for the Camrys, forward Peter Vardy
returning at Michael Doughty's expense. Naturally the Hawks made a late
change, Daniel Chick withdrawing but they were able to recall former
Crow Shaun Rehn, Daniel Harford and Joel Smith. Michael Osborne came in
as Chick's replacement. However they lost Shane Crawford, suspended two
games for biffing Tony Liberatore last weekend. An upset Hawthorn board
also fined Crawford $5,000. The others were out with injury, Tony Woods
(hamstring), Lance Picioane (hamstring) and Adrian Cox (ankle).

Wrong-Way Schwabby had the Hawks swarm back in defence and as you can
see from the quarter-time score, it didn't work. Andrew McLeod kicked
two of the first three goals, both on the run, one supplied by Mark
Ricciuto's handpass. But it was the other Camry midfielders who did most
of the damage, in particular Simon Goodwin who became Mr. Every Quarter
for this game, Marks Ricciuto and Bickley were also busy and
half-forward Brett Burton found some form. In the ruck Rhett Biglands
held his own against a busy Rehn. Hawthorn's problems were compounded
when Harford re-injured his ankle. Camry CHF Mark Stevens snapped a nice
goal after roving a pack and Goodwin bagged one as the Hawks' defensive
strategy failed. What about with-the-wind? John Barker snapped the
Hawks' first goal early in the second term and they looked a little more
dangerous. But the Corollas continued to rule the midfield, Kane Johnson
fired in the second stanza and he was involved in a slick chain of
handpasses which saw the Camrys score an into-the-wind goal, Goodwin
capped it off. Late in the korter undersized Hawk spearhead Aaron Lord
was spoiled on the lead (he often is), but recovered to snap a good goal
and give the Horks a glimmer of hope. The Horks went on to perform
reasonably, kicking two into-the-wind goals themselves in the third
stanza courtesy Nathan Thompson and Lord. But the home team inevitably
stretched their lead with two goals from Simon Goodwin, one coming via a
controversial 50m penalty. Biglands and Johnson scored further majors as
the Cressidas stretched their lead to 38 points by the final change.
Some rain and a slightly reduced breeze negated the weather factor, as
it did for the original Wrong-Way and the Camrys coasted to victory in
the last term. For the Camrys young Andrew Eccles kicked a sausage in a
big personal quarter and Darren Jarman, well-held by Jonathan Hay on the
day, snaggled a late major. The Hawk kids did some with-breeze scoring,
Nathan Lonie, Steven Greene and Michael Osborne. Upon the siren Jarman
led the Camrys off the ground to his team-mates' applause. There's been
no official announcement but it looked like Jars's final home game to
most observers. Ayres denied it afterwards - "the players skylarking,"
he said.

The in-form Corona midfield led the way, with Simon Goodwin booting 4
goals from his 35 disposals (25 kicks), his hard, direct running was
very handy. Goodwin's third quarter, when he had 8 kicks, was his worst
in term of numbers. Also across the middle another sandy-haired flanker,
Kane Johnson (22 disposals, 7 marks, 2 goals) played well, Mark Ricciuto
had 26 touches and pack-worker Mark Bickley affected 10 tackles to
accompany his 25 possessions. Another runner, Andrew McLeod, wasn't as
damaging as he can be but still kicked 2 goals from his 21 touches.
Defensive flanker Ben Hart (16 disposals) and springheeled  forward
Brett Burton (8 marks, 21 touches) were useful. Mark Stevens kicked 2
goals in a solid game at CHF. Given the ball spent much time in
Hawthorn's backline, their better players included full-back Jonathan
Hay, who kept Jarman to one irrelevant late goal and no marks while
having 17 disposals himself and defender Jade Rawlings with 18 touches
and 5 marks. Moved into the midfield Luke McCabe enjoyed 20 possessions
and he made 12 tackles, Schwab was pleased with the form of ruckman
Shaun Rehn who had 13 touches and took 8 marks in the difficult
conditions. It was Rehn's first away game against Aderlayed since moving
to Horforn. Richie Vandenberg  drew some praise for his game on McLeod.
Angelo Lekkas boxed on in the centre for 20 handlings and Steven Greene
showed some promise again with a goal and 16 disposals. Aaron Lord was
their only multiple goal-kicker with 2. Schwab took the blame for the
toss-blunder. "Knowing that if they won the toss, they'd kick with it
(the wind), we put our heads around it and said we just really wanted to
lock it down...In the end, it blew out probably two goals too many and
we didn't capitalise in the second quarter. In hindsight...maybe it was
the wrong decision." Hmm. On the game Schwabby said "I think we tried
hard...They were just cleaner in the clinches and came out of those
situations better. We fumbled on too many occasions at critical times."
Gary Ayres said "We probably dominated general play and to have that
many entries into our attacking fifty compared to Hawthorn (59 to 35)
was a good effort because it was pretty blustery and those were hard
conditions to play in." The Crows, with Fremantle to go, can finish
fifth and claim a home final if results go their way next weekend, but
most likely they'll climb a bit to seventh.

At Kardinia Park:
Geelong   4.5   6.9    7.12    9.13.67
Brisbane  2.2   8.5   15.10   16.14.110

From all over Geelong, the Western Districts and Bellarine Peninsula the
24,351 folks came to see Cat champion Garry 'Buddha' Hocking run out for
his final Kardinia Park appearance and 300th senior game - 273rd
season-proper game for Geelong - as the Cats tried to stay in the hunt
for a finals berth. And try they did, but became the twelfth team in
succession unable to stop the Lion juggernaut. In addition to Hocking
the Cats could also recall centreman Glenn 'Oysters' Kilpatrick.
Midfielder Joel Corey was axed while CHF Mitchell White was a late
withdrawal with a foot injury, earning David Spriggs a reprieve. The
Lyin's had four changes, welcoming ruckman Beau McDonald, speedy Jason
Akermanis, Damien Cupido and ol' Martin Pike back into the side. It was
Cupido's first game since he dislocated a shoulder in round 7. Out went
Darryl White, suspended one game for striking Matthew Pavlich last week,
Alistair Lynch with a flare-up of his chronic fatigue syndrome and
ruckman Clark Keating with a groin strain. Youngster Ashley McGrath was

High on emotion Geelong started in spirited fashion, kicking three of
the first four goals. Hocking began on a half-forward flank and had a
hand in an early goal, then slotted Geelong's third himself to a
tremendous roar from the crowd. With David Clarke, Darren Milburn and
Corey Enright winning plenty of touches the Cats led by 21 points late
in the term, but their return of 4.5 from twenty trips inside the
attacking 50m wasn't the best return. In the second quarter the quality
Lyin' midfield took over. Within eight minutes they'd erased the Cats'
lead and led by 8 points at the long break. Luke Power kicked two goals
in the second quarter, Daniel Bradshaw was efficient with two goals from
two kicks. Chris Scott came off the Brisbun bench and started to win
touches.  Brisbane made the decisive break in the third term as the wind
picked up and drops of rain began to fall, their terrific on-ballers
once again the key. Lyin' Tim Notting converted a good set shot early in
the term, before the Cats reponded through Clint Bizzell. James Rahilly
found him with a pass. Then Brisbane’s Jonathan Brown goaled courtesy a
quickly-realised pass from Dan Bradshaw and Brizzy were 14 points up
again. That became 20 points when Notting roved Martin Pike's kick to
the goalsquare. Brisbane captain Michael Voss hit the post with a shot,
but made up for that by gathering the kick-in and handpassing for Jason
Akermanis to kick truly. At the centre-bounce and around the ground
Geelong ruckman King was winning most taps and directing them well, but
the Lions simply belted the Cat rovers and took possession. Good work
from Akermanis led to an easy goal for Lion Chris Johnson, at the
restart Hocking was battered aside, a David Spriggs handpass went astray
under pressure and Voss kicked long where Jon Brown marked and
converted. The Lyin's led by 38 points now. Notting missed poorly and
there was a quiet patch before Lion Simon Black kicked a goal late in
the term, Brisbane ended the quarter with a commanding 46-point lead. A
lacklustre final stanza ensued, Darren Milburn roved to Bizzell to kick
an early goal for Geelong but nothing of note happened again until the
final minute, Spriggs roved a pack and handballed for Paul Chapman to
kick another goal for the Cats, from the restart Lion Power ended the
goal-scoring via a Voss handpass. After the siren Hocking walked a lap
of the oval, farewelling the Cat fans.

Hocking later complimented the Brisbane midfield and indeed, they were
very good again. Jason Akermanis sprinted through the centre for 29
disposals (23 kicks) and a goal, fed by the ball-winners Michael Voss
(27 disposals) and Simon Black who had 34 possessions (17 of each) and
kicked 2 goals. The trio also planted 21 tackles between them. And
although he didn't dominate, winger Nigel Lappin was a recipient of
favours with 26 touches. In defence Chris Scott had 21 possessions (17
kicks) in three quarters and Justin Leppitsch confirmed his recovery
with a good game at full back, having 13 possies and 4 marks.
Experienced small man Shaun Hart was useful with 22 touches. The
attacking duties were shared around, Luke Power booted 3 goals from 13
handlings, wingman Tim Notting also kicked 3 goals and there were two
each for Jonathan Brown and Daniel Bradshaw. For the Cats back-pocket
Brenton Sanderson played well to gather 14 disposals and fellow defender
Tom Harley did a good job on Bradshaw, who had only 3 kicks and 2 marks.
Later Harley was shifted onto Brown. In the middle David Clarke (28
disposals, a goal) and Corey Enright (20 disposals, a goal) were busy
but lacked the disposal skills to really hurt the Lyin's, Clarke in
particular. Young David Wojcinski was useful with 14 touches on a
half-forward flank. Buddha's stats were good, 20 disposals (13
handpasses) and a goal but he struggled to make an impact against the
powerful Brisbane midfield. The Cats had nine individual goal-kickers.
Bomber Thompson's somewhat brief quote in the paper is "We couldn't
chase them all. You can't chase them all." Lethal Leigh was a little
more expansive. "They (Geelong) absolutely jumped into the game, but
fortunately for us couldn't get the ascendancy on the scoreboard that
they had in general play," he said. Brisbane can claim top spot if
there's an incredible upheaval in the laws of nature next weekend, but
most likely they'll need to beat Sydney to stay second and claim a home
final first-up. Either way, they're very likely to be playing Port
Adelaide in a fortnight.

At Colonial:
Melbourne   3.2   8.6   11.12   16.18.114
Fremantle   5.3   6.5    7.7     12.7.79

A big Russell Robertson grab was the highlight of this meaningless
end-of-season encounter, which the Dees won easily enough. At least
they're ending the year with a bit of momentum. Freo had a bit of a dip
at the scene of their only victory this season (so far), but they could
be forgiven for looking towards a holiday. In selection the Dees lost
Andrew Leoncelli injured and Scott Thompson was dropped, Simon Godfrey
and the disappointing Travis Johnstone were given chances. The Dockers
recalled Jason 'Chuck' Norrish to replace injured Paul Hasleby (back).

Melbourne kicked two rapid goals before Freo had shuffled into position,
Russ Robertson was somehow awarded full points with a soccer effort
after the ball rebounded from the goal ump's legs. Then Jeff Farmer
snapped truly. However before long Docker forward Matthew Pavlich found
his decent form of last weekend, pulling down 5 marks and kicking 2
goals in the first quarter. His initial opponent, carroty stringbean
Troy Broadbridge, was soon replaced by the more experienced Alistair
Nicholson. Widely despised Shaun McManus potted two goals as well and
Adam McPhee got one. On the ball ruckman Simon Eastaugh, Adrian Fletcher
and Dion Woods carved up the already well-carved Colonial turf, sorry,
"turf", as the Docks skipped to a 13-point lead at the first break.
Unfortunately for the visitors Eastaugh copped a severe corky early in
the second stanza and his afternoon ended, former Freo, now Demon
ruckman Jeff White went on to dominate the game. He had 7 marks, 13
disposals and goal in quartier du. Travis Johnstone came off the bench
and enjoyed a big second term as the Dees scored five goals to one. They
were never really threatened after that, although the Dockers dogged
them all the way. In the third stanza the now-struggling Pavlich was
moved to CHB and Leigh Brown given a run up forward but the Dees did
more scoring again. Jeff White booted another goal after a big pack grab
and later made one for Anthony McDonald, David Neitz marked the ball
behind his head - difficult that - and potted one. In an open final
Mario plenty of goals arrived, Brad Green kicked a couple for the Demons
and Daniel Schell did likewise for the Dokkas. Robertson's spectacular
leap for an extraordinary mark concussed Freo's Derek Kickett, once down
to earth Robbo kicked long where David Schwarz held a less-lofty but
strong grab and goaled.

After an ordinary year - in the literal sense, he's been not bad but not
good - Jeff White unleashed 33 possessions (20 kicks), 11 marks, 32
hit-outs and 2 goals on the hapless Fremantle. When it was suggested to
Freo coach Ben Allan that Melbourne might be (or have been) looking to
trade White, he responded "We'll have him back." Travis Johnstone,
another disappointing Demon, exhibited his excellent disposals skills
with 18 possessions and 8 marks on the wing and Alistair Nicholson did
an effective job in defence, stopping Pavlich and other opponents.
Tagger Simon Godfrey held Peter Bell to just 13 touches (and a goal)
while more positive play came from Ross Funcke (18 disposals), Adem Yze
(25 touches, a goal) and CHF David Schwarz (17 possies, 6 marks, a
goal). Other Dees were in-and-out like a fiddler's elbow, Jeff Farmer,
Brad Green, David Neitz and Anthony McDonald kicked 2 goals each. Freo
could be heartened by the performances of youngsters like Dion Woods,
who enjoyed 21 disposals against Shane Woewodin. Woewodin was voted
football's sexiest man by a panel of minor, possibly visually-impaired
female celebrities. Mick Martyn should sue. Freo backman Shane Parker
(12 touches) did a good job on Neitz and fellow defenders Matthew Carr
(19 disposals) and Robert Haddrill (17 touches) were also pretty useful.
Perhaps making his final appearance in Melbourne, Docker Adrian Fletcher
managed 20 disposals. Adam McPhee (8 touches, 4 marks, a goal) impressed
again. Daniel Schell ended with 3 goals, Matthew Pavlich and Shaun
McManus kicked 2 each. Allan said "It's been reasonably difficult to get
the players up. We want to play for pride and all that sort of thing,
but they understand the reality of the season. We stuck to our guns, we
had a game on our hands, I just think we let ourselves down in skill
levels and the ability to run the game out." Finish up at home, against
the Cows. Neale Daniher said "I thought we controlled the game for three
quarters, but we always left the window open a little bit. The game
could have been killed off a lot earlier." Next week the Dees return to
Colonial to face the Dogs in what'll be a very downbeat end to the
season for both.

At the SCG:
Sydney     4.4   12.8   18.12   21.16.142
St. Kilda  4.2    5.3    5.5      8.7.55

The Swans confirmed their September participation by thumping poor, mad
St. Kilda at a wet SCG. In picking Sydney recalled Troy Luff for his SCG
swansong (pun possibly intended). Nice bit of sentiment as the Bloods
had plenty to play for, even if it was against St. Kilda. However Paul
Kelly, an original inclusion, didn't make it and Wayne Schwass was also
a withdrawal with a groin strain, Greg Stafford was dropped (at last).
Dale Lewis and Ben Fixter were the late replacements. The Saints made
four changes, regaining Barry Hall after suspension, Nick Riewoldt and
Robbie Powell from injury and picking Chad Davis. Out went injured pair
Tony Delaney (thigh) and James Begley (groin) while Daniel Wulf and
Matthew Capuano were dropped. The Sunday morning Melbourne press
suggested that the Swans are keen on recruiting Barry Hall, using former
Saint Tony Lockett as their go-between.

The rain didn't arrive until the second half. During the first quarter
the industrious Saints kept pace with the Swans as their big men worried
the Bloods' backline. Hall kicked two goals in the first term, Riewoldt
and Peter Everitt bagged one each. Swan Matthew Nicks, who was to enjoy
a day out, kicked a couple of first-term goals and Adam Goodes got one.
The Bloods re-organised in defence for the second term and the game was
settled by Siddey's six consecutive goals in the stanza. At the start of
the run the Swans led by 8 points. The first two of the six came from
throw-ins, first Jason Ball's handpass allowed Dan McPherson to slot a
lovely kick from the boundary-line. At the next one Mick O'Loughlin
tumbled a kick goal-wards and Ben Fixter roved to stab the sausage.
Saint Powell came on for his first run and almost immediately suffered
another leg injury. Swan winger Stuart Maxfield, going well, made the
next goal. Maxfield collected the ball in his back pocket (er, the
position), went for a run and passed to the wing. He ran on, received
the ball back and thumped it long where Brett Kirk scored the goal. Then
some Saint turnovers led to more Swan goals, Justin Peckett's poor
delivery inside 50 resulted in a rebound goal for Matthew Nicks, Peter
Everitt's risky centering kick was snaffled and booted long by Swan Paul
Williams. Dale Lewis rode Justin Plapp to drag down a speccie which he
thoroughly enjoyed, then converted. Another Saint mistake, Justin
Plapp's wayward pass to Justin Koschitzke, allowed Andrew Schauble to
boot another sausage and the Bloods led by a useful 47 points at the
middle change.

The sky had darkened steadily throughout the first half and the rain
arrived for the second, compounding the Sainters' misery. The Bloods
booted six unanswered goals to boost an already reasonable percentage,
Brett Kirk snaggled one from a throw-in, then Nicks marked Daryn
Cresswell's kick and punted his fourth goal. The Swans played knowing
wet-weather footy, Paul Williams collected a poor water-effected kick
and scored the next major, an Adam Goodes shot slewed off his boot but
Jude Bolton held a strong grab and converted. Dale Lewis made good from
a similarly wayward Fixter kick. The Saints at least maintained parity
in the final term, highlighted by a smart-arsey along-the-ground snap
from Matthew Nicks, on the impossible angle of course. Stephen Milne
roved for a good goal to the Saints, the one that broke their
three-quarter-long drought, before Hall and Brett Knowles added some
late majors. The rain stopped, allowing Luffy a lap of honour with the
now-obligatory child.

Swan Matthew Nicks managed a quite amazing 13 shots at goal for an
almost-equally amazing 6.7. In total Nicks had 26 disposals (21 kicks)
and took 10 marks. The ball wouldn’t leave him alone. Fellow
half-forward Michael O'Loughlin was in similarly good form, he had 24
touches, 4 marks and a goal. Stuart Maxfield continued his fine season
with lots of hard running and 17 disposals including 12 raking kicks,
another good game was delivered by ruckman Jason Ball (17 disposals)
even if he was beaten in hit-outs by Everitt. Once again Paul Williams
(19 disposals, a goal) proved a canny trade and Leo Barry (17 disposals,
7 marks) led a tight defence after quarter-time. Brett Kirk kicked 3
goals from his 14 possies there were 2 goals each for Andrew Schauble,
Dan McPherson and Dale Lewis. Lewis also managed to avoid breaking
anything. For the Saints redoubtable stand-in captain Andrew Thompson
battled away for 21 disposals and Aussi Jones worked hard, ran much, for
his 22 disposals off a half-back flank. Once again there were big wraps
for the junior pair, Justin Koschitzke swapped between the backline and
the ruck for 11 touches and 2 marks, Nick Riewoldt kicked 2 goals.
Justin Plapp (17 disposals, 8 marks) was generally okay in defence and
Peter Everitt battled his way valiantly for 16 disposals, 4 marks and a
goal. Barry Hall kicked 3 goals, 3 marks and 5 kicks for him. Aaron
Hamill and Fraser Gehrig had tough days. "Our ability to lift ourselves
and motivate ourselves in fairly trying circumstances was pretty
ordinary. We go alright one week and go fairly hard at it and then for
one reason or another, we don't prepare ourselves as well as we should
and you have an outcome like that," was Grant Thomas's take on
proceedings. Welcome to coaching . The Saints finish against Hawthorn
next week and might have a bit of chance. Swan coach Rocket Eade said
"To be where we were and now to cement a spot in the eight with still a
game to go is a credit to the players." As per the Crows, the Swans can
claim a home final with kind results but they have a tough final task
themselves, Brisbane at the Gabba.

Cheers, Tim.

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