AFL Round Review for Round 20, 2010

The Following is a guest post by Luke who offered his views on each game from the round. If you are interested in having your thoughts published on the AFLSpace site, contact me. Many thanks to Luke for providing this great review.

There were some absolute blowouts this week as the heavyweights of the competition continued their push toward September. Let’s take a look at all of the results.

Essendon 64 lost to Collingwood 162 – The Pies continued their recent dominance over the competition on Friday night, destroying a disappointing Essendon side by 98 points. Collingwood has not lost since round 10, recording 9 wins and a draw in that time, including a current streak of 8 wins. From an Essendon perspective, they were not at full strength yet you get the feeling it wouldn’t have mattered. The Pies have top spot all but sewn up, now a game and a half ahead of the second placed Cats.

Carlton 156 defeated Richmond 67 – On Saturday the Blues recorded their second consecutive massive win to lock away another finals appearance, barring a disaster over the final two weeks. It was a particularly scrappy game early, before the class of Chris Judd, Marc Murphy and Heath Scotland took control of the contest. Jarrad Waite and Lachie Henderson showed that the Carlton forward line may not be a lost cause after al, combining well for 7 goals as key targets.

Fremantle 87 lost to Sydney 96 – Just quietly, this was a huge match in the context of finals, with a Dockers win ensuring at least a home final whilst for the Swans, a win was needed to stay ahead of the Hawks in 7th spot. It was a tight game, with very little separating the sides all day – but it was the Swans that took control late in the game to sneak a crucial 9-point win. Fremantle remain in 5th spot for now, whilst Sydney now appears to have locked away a finals spot after missing out last year.

Western Bulldogs 60 lost to Geelong 161 – What should have been the match of the weekend, turned into the most one-sided game of the round as the Cats were back to their very best with a huge 101-point win. Those that thought we had seen the best of Geelong may want to re-consider, with Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood and Steve Johnson amongst the star performers. A Geelong vs. Collingwood Grand Final is already shaping as a tantalizing proposition for the AFL and footy fans alike.

Port Adelaide 61 defeated West Coast 60 – There were only 14,113 in attendance to see the Power tackle the Eagles on Saturday night – probably an accurate reflection of the level of interest in this match, as both clubs are outside of the finals picture and playing out time in 2010. At least it was a close match; with Port Adelaide sneaking ahead by a point in the final minute to basically make sure the Eagles will collect the wooden spoon this season.

Brisbane 97 lost to Adelaide 104 Another match of little significance in the grand scheme of the 2010 season occurred on Sunday with the Lions hosting the Crows in Brisbane. The Lions entered the game without skipper Jonathon Brown, who missed his 200th match due to injury. In another close game, the Crows prevailed by 7 points.

Hawthorn 99 defeated Melbourne 78 – There was a match of huge consequence back in Melbourne at the MCG, with Hawthorn facing their finals Demons, quite literally. The Hawks had lost two in a row before round 20, whilst the Demons had won 4 out of 5 to move into finals contention. An even and enthralling first half was followed by a second half controlled mostly by Hawthorn, as they kicked 7 goals to Melbourne’s 4 goals to record a crucial 21-point victory and at the same time move 6 points clear of the Kangaroos and now look solid in 8th position. Melbourne is now out of the finals race but can be well pleased by their efforts against Hawthorn and for the season in general.

North Melbourne 63 lost to St Kilda 115 – The final match of round 20 featured the Saints up against the Kangaroos in another game involving 2010 finals aspirants. The Roos were competitive enough early, before a dominant second quarter by the Saints saw them take ownership of the contest. There would be no significant fight back by the Roos, with St Kilda finishing off the contest in style with a big 52-point win. Nick Riewoldt showed he is nearing his best form, kicking 7 goals in an ominous warning to the Pies and Cats that there are more than 2 premiership contenders left in the competition.

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