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Essendon 99 defeated Western Bulldogs 90
What appeared a straightforward round on paper began on Friday night with the match-up between the Dons and Dogs at Etihad Stadium. Don’t let the score line fool you – Essendon led by plenty during the third term and it was only a late Bulldogs rally that made the scores respectable from their perspective. The win to Essendon continued their terrific recent form, with a fourth consecutive win to push them into the top 8 after their season looked all but over after 5 rounds.
Geelong 121 defeated Melbourne 67
The Cats were hot favourites on Saturday to defeat the Demons – and that’s exactly what they did – winning every quarter to easily account for Melbourne by 54 points. Gary Ablett was once again prolific all around the ground, accumulating 32 possessions with 2 goals, whilst Joel Selwood (35 disposals) and James Podsiadly (5 goals) were also outstanding.
Port Adelaide 30 lost to Richmond 77
In the shock of round 10 – Port Adelaide dropped a crucial home game to the previously winless Tigers. Not only did Richmond win, they comprehensively thumped the home team by 47 points – a result that must severely dent the finals chances of Port Adelaide. For arguably the first time in 2010, the Tigers looked genuinely exciting and showed their fans that there may be a bit of hope going forward.
Brisbane 88 defeated Collingwood 80
Whilst the Pies were widely tipped to continue their solid 2010 season with a win at the Gabba, it was only a matter of time before the Lions found some form after 5 consecutive losses. Collingwood were impressive in the first half, leading by 15 points at the main change. However the Lions mounted a second half rally, with much maligned forward Brendan Fevola providing the spark, including a magnificent last quarter goal on the run to seal the victory. Now back to 5 wins & 5 losses, Brisbane are once again in the finals hunt.
St Kilda 123 defeated Adelaide 76
After a tumultuous week in Adelaide with the drama surrounding the retirement of Tyson Edwards, I half expected the Crows to come out and show a bit of resistance against the Saints. The resistance would only last three quarters however, as St Kilda kicked away with 7 goals to 1 in the final term to register a percentage boosting 47-point win, with Leigh Montagna playing a blinder with 38 disposals and 5 goals in a clear best on ground performance.
Hawthorn 79 defeated Sydney 77
It was a tough, low-scoring struggle between the Hawks and Swans at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. But at least it was an exciting struggle in the finish, as Sydney found a way to hang around and challenged strongly in the last term – tying the scores with a couple of minutes to play, only for Hawks to score two late behinds to ensure victory in a gripping finish. For Hawthorn, Buddy Franklin was reported for high contact and may be in some trouble, but at least their midseason revival continued with the win.
Carlton 105 defeated West Coast 76
You can add this match to the list of non-events in round 10. Carlton led big at stages throughout the game, only for late goals to the Eagles when the pressure was off to make the score look respectable. Carlton would be unhappy with the eventual 29-point winning margin, but they can’t be unhappy with 6 wins from their first 10 games. The newly contracted Bryce Gibbs starred for the Blues, amassing 45 disposals, 12 marks and a goal.
Fremantle 139 defeated Kangaroos 78
The final game of round 10 saw Fremantle hosting the Kangaroos at Subiaco in Perth. The Roos were not expected to make this a contest; however earlier results from the weekend were timely reminders that anything could in fact happen. It remained relatively close early, but after halftime it was all Fremantle with almost no fight coming from the Kangaroos. The Dockers improved their record to 8 wins with just 2 losses to continue their stunning season.