AFANA - We seek to further the exposure of the most exciting game in the world, Australian Football, in North America. https://www.afana.com/rss.xml en Special Photo Gallery Marking 300 Games for Dustin Martin https://www.afana.com/news/2024/06/15/special-photo-gallery-marking-300-games-dustin-martin <span>Special Photo Gallery Marking 300 Games for Dustin Martin</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/admincms-1" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/admincms-1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">admincms</a></span> <span>Sat, 06/15/2024 - 07:01</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>We have added a special photo gallery with a retrospective on Dustin Martin through the years from the AFANA photojournalists.&nbsp;<br /> <a href="https://www.afana.com/gallery/dustin-martin-1-300-games" target="_blank" title="Dustin Martin from 1 to 300 Games: A Photographic Retrospective">Dustin Martin: From 1 to 300 Games: A Photographic Retrospective | AFANA</a></p> <!--break--></div> <div class="roundearth-news__tags"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news-tags/photos" hreflang="en">Photos</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news-tags/300-games" hreflang="en">300 Games</a></div> </div> Sat, 15 Jun 2024 11:01:24 +0000 admincms 19313 at https://www.afana.com c5e37aea3cd7a465d47e8fb576f17770 Inaccurate Bombers Lose Second Place on Ladder to Blues https://www.afana.com/news/2024/06/10/inaccurate-bombers-lose-second-place-ladder-blues <span>Inaccurate Bombers Lose Second Place on Ladder to Blues</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/troy_thompson-2345" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/troy_thompson-2345" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Troy Thompson</a></span> <span>Mon, 06/10/2024 - 06:50</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>A cool dry Melbourne winter's eve greeted these two old foes, for this Round 13 match under lights at the MCG. The Bombers sitting second on the ladder and the Blues, fifth, separated by just two points. It was close to a full house which showed up to watch the clash. The first quarter would be a pretty even affair, at least across the ground, but the Blues were accurate, and the Bombers were not. The Bombers broke forward early, with Perkins marking on the lead out of the square but missing the set shot for a point. The Blues moved it smartly from the kickout, but the Bombers defenders swooped and then rushed a behind.  </p> <!--break--> <p>The Bombers couldn't clear it though, and Walsh marked inside 50 and also missed the set shot. The ball once again sling-shotted to the Punt Rd end and Menzie marked in the pocket, and he too missed, his set shot from just 30 meters out hitting the goal post. Goals to McGovern, Harry McKay (matched up on brother Ben), and a trademark rove and turn to kick a long goal by Curnow broke the game open early for Carlton.</p> <p>Nick Cox finally gave the Bombers value for money when he marked just 15 meters out and goaled following three behind from previous forays forward.  Setterfield added a fourth behind, as they continued to struggle to convert. This allowed another foray forward by the Blues and Fogarty skidding home a kick from the top of an open 50-meter arc.  Another bad miss by Guelphi a minute later when he had a shot 30 meters out straight in front after a 50-meter penalty, saw the Bombers trail by 16 points at quarter time.</p> <p>If you thought the Bombers luck would change in the second quarter, you'd be wrong. They dominated for periods with the ball, but not in the scoring. Instead, it was the Blues who had things go their way.  The Bombers missed one early then at the other end, Elijah Hollands marked in the forward pocket, after the Blues turned the ball over in the middle of the ground and caught the Bombers defenders off guard. His set shot drop punt was on target and the Blues got the start to the second quarter coach Michael Voss would have been after.</p> <p>Guelfi made amends for his earlier miss when he kicked the set shot goal after Sam Walsh took him high in a tackle. The Blues quickly hit back though as De Koning got the clearance and the long kick from the middle fell into the arms of Hewitt who kicked the Blues' sixth goal. The Bombers yet again squandered a chance when Stringer's skidding shot at goal slid across the face and hit the point post. The Blues took advantage again with a turnover and got it long to Zach Williams, and he kicked their seventh goal for the half. Elijah Hollands kicked number eight, setting up on the attacking side of the stoppage inside 50, roved and goaled as easy as you like. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article alt="McKay shoots for a goal " data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="9942539e-36f7-4d2e-9054-b65ec682f22c" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2023-04/kdp_0255.jpg?itok=4iZOSqAp" width="240" height="205" alt="McKay shoots for a goal " typeof="foaf:Image" title="McKay shoots for a goal " /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Harry McKay (file photo/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Bombers couldn't get their finish working, Gresham set sail for home with a long kick, but before it hit the boot he was run down by the pacey Saad.  On the next entry Stringer marked deep in the forward pocket and kicked a great goal from a tight angle. Even still the Blues were equal to the task as they won the ball on the wing, got it to Curnow who played on and speared a pass to Owies running into space in the pocket.  He marked and just managed to squeeze the ball between the big posts for six points to the Blues. Caldwell hit the post scrapping a quick kick out of the pack next to the behind post.  The Bombers seventh behind, leaving them 32 points behind the Blues at half time. </p> <p>The Bombers did get the second half off on the right foot with Langford marking in the pocket and then passing to Guelfi who was running into the goal square without an opponent, and he was able to kick the goal from point blank range. That momentum was short lived when a poor clearance saw Williams get the loose ball and hit Elijah Hollands 25 meters out from goal and he kicked the easy set shot. Similarly at the other end Hind found Martin, and this time it was an accurate kick for Essendon's fifth goal of the match. A minute later he repeated the mark on the lead, but this time his long kick drifted right for a behind.  </p> <p>Essendon were still unable to get consecutive goals necessary to break back into a competitive position. Langford again marked deep in the pocket, this time taking the around the body shot for goal that went across the face for a behind. Stringer banged a kick high and long goalward which looked promising, but it was spoiled on the line by Saad for a rushed behind. While the Bombers were able to stop the Blues from scoring for an extended period this quarter, they could not score themselves. Eventually, when the Bombers did come inside 50 again next time, Perkin's shot was again spoiled by Saad on the line.</p> <p>Harrison Jones was next on the miss list, when he pounced on the ball and his long check-side kick drifted to the left for the 12<sup>th</sup> behind for the Bombers. The Blues looked like they would surely break Bombers hearts when Newman looked to shoot a goal on the run, but it was the Blues turn for a minor score. Finally, in the 30<sup>th</sup> minute, the Bombers managed to kick their third goal of the quarter when Nick Martin got the ball on the run, and sped around the boundary before slotting it home from close range and finally making a dent in the Blues' lead which was back to just 15 points at the final break.</p> <p>In the final quarter the Blues again got the start they wanted though, with Cincotta goaling from a stoppage in the forward pocket, receiving a short kick from Cripps and snapping from 15 meters out. They were straight into the forward 50, but Curnow's hurried kick missed to the right. Blues fans would have felt they were home when Zac Williams roved a missed mark by Curnow to snap their second goal for the quarter and take their lead out to 28 points. </p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="6128426c-ba09-4de4-bdc2-c8ce85d6b9c8" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2022-04/fremantlevcarlton56966.jpg?itok=Hfm5_Z4x" width="240" height="196" alt="Patrick Cripps on the wing" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Patrick Cripps on the wing" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Patrick Cripps (file photo/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>The next marking contest Curnow didn't mark either, but this time he was paid the free kick for high contact, and he made no mistake from 15 meters out. The next goal came from Durdin in the pocket and that was the signal for thousands of Bombers fans to leave. This meant they missed goals to Durham, Gresham, and Jones as Essendon had their best period of the game, against the tiring Blues. Not that they were in any real danger, but the Blues then snuffed out any remote chance when they physically willed the ball forward in numbers, eventually seeing Cincotta get the ball and snap the Blues' 15<sup>th</sup> and final goal for the night. Carlton's final winning margin being 26 points.</p> <p>Carlton looked very good in the first half, and the Bombers poor kicking maybe made them look better than they were. In the end the Blues did what they needed to do to take the four points and move to take second place on the ladder. The Bombers tried hard in the second half, winning the third quarter but in the end, they just could not stop the Blues from finding marking options inside 50. Twenty-five scoring chances for just 70 points is not good enough to win many games.</p> <pre> ESSENDON: 1.5 3.7   6.13   9.16 (70) CARLTON:  4.3 9.3  10.4   15.6 (96)   GOALS Essendon: Guelfi 2, Martin 2, Cox, Durham, Gresham, Jones, Stringer Carlton: E. Hollands 3, Cincotta 2, Curnow 2, Williams 2, Durdin, Fogarty, Hewett, McGovern, McKay, Owies BEST Essendon: Martin, Merrett, Durham, Ridley, Caldwell Carlton: De Koning, Walsh, E. Hollands, Cripps, Weitering INJURIES Essendon: Setterfield (knee) Carlton: Nil SUBSTITUTES Essendon: Elijah Tsatas (replaced Setterfield in the fourth quarter) Carlton: Corey Durdin (replaced Carroll at three-quarter time) Crowd: 88,510 at the MCG </pre> </div> Mon, 10 Jun 2024 10:50:57 +0000 Troy Thompson 19306 at https://www.afana.com 292876676a928a2bbbb595ebfa93ff8f Kangaroos Survive Late Eagle Attack https://www.afana.com/news/2024/06/08/kangaroos-survive-late-eagle-attack <span>Kangaroos Survive Late Eagle Attack</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">chris kowald</a></span> <span>Sat, 06/08/2024 - 07:57</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>The North Melbourne Kangaroos withstood a late West Coast Eagles revival to win their first game of the season. The Kangaroos were hungrier than the Eagles and fought harder for the ball for most of the day, winning contested possessions (152 to 137) and laying more tackles (84-62) to create an upset win over the home team. Although the combination of the Eagles' two ruckmen, Matt Flynn and Bailey J Williams, had the edge over North Melbourne's ruckman Tristan Xerri, the Kangaroos were good at stoppages winning forty-eight clearances, which was eighteen more than West Coast. Despite having the edge in the midfield for most of the match, the Kangaroos fell down in attack by initially bombing the ball high to their forwards which suited the intercept skills of the Eagle defenders Jeremy McGovern and Tom Barrass who shut down many early attacks with their spoiling skills.</p> <!--break--> <p>The first quarter was a game of the defenses, with the midfields breaking even but neither side able to capitalize as defenders kept the ball away from the goals. Jeremy McGovern and Liam Duggan were standouts in defense for the Eagles while Zac Fisher and Harry Sheezel worked hard when in defense for the visitors. Darcy Tucker and Jy Simpkin were busy early for North Melbourne but most of the work was either in defense or the midfield. The Eagles' midfielders had a quiet first quarter although Campbell Chesser and Elliot Yeo gained some leather but were largely ineffective. The Eagles missed some gettable shots early and that set the theme for most of their day. The only goal by either team came in the last minute of the term when Jack Darling received a free kick at a boundary throw in close to goal.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="705bcd59-4f8e-43bc-9c67-e2d93e4cb482" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/images/westcoastvgeelong41-63_0.jpg?itok=z54pN1OE" width="240" height="272" alt="Darling Goals" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Darling Goals" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Jack Darling (file photo/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>The second quarter became a dour struggle riddled with mistakes and turnovers. North Melbourne continued to apply pressure around the ball and won more contested possessions as they got numbers to the ball. North dominated at stoppages but lacked the class to do much with the ball. After seven minutes had passed Jaidyn Stephenson snapped a goal after North had forced the ball forward through sheer effort. A free kick and a fifty-meter penalty gave the Eagles a quick reply, courtesy of Jamie Cripps. North continued to get first use of the ball at clearances as Xerri, George Wardlaw, and Simpkin dominated the clearances and Zac Fisher picked up plenty of possessions. Eventually this midfield dominance paid off, with goals in the last part of the quarter to Nick Larkey (two goals), and Cameron Zurhaar to have the Roos in front at the main break.</p> <p>North continued with their aggressive attack on the ball after the main break. Nick Larkey got on top of Barrass in the forward line and booted three unanswered goals with his own boot as he proved too mobile for Barrass. Zac Fisher gathered the ball at will and Harry Sheezel and Jy Simpkin were again busy around the ground, while Luke Davies-Uniacke showed his class when sending the ball forward. Jeremy McGovern worked overtime in defense for the Eagles, and he was well supported by Alex Witherden who was steady in the last line of defense. The Eagles managed to make one more forward fifty entry [past the 50-meter arc] than the Kangaroos in this quarter, but their kicking for goal was terrible and they could only add six behinds (worth a point each).</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="5c893ad4-0d41-42b5-9789-3709a0dfe0a3" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2018-05/fremantlevkangaroos-35.jpg?itok=QUMl8-Dk" width="240" height="99" alt="AFL Fremantle v Kangaroos, 2018 Optus Stadium." typeof="foaf:Image" title="AFL Fremantle v Kangaroos, 2018 Optus Stadium." /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Roos celebrate (file photo/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>In the first minute of the final term Simpkin booted a fifty-meter goal for the visitors, to seemingly put the game out of the Eagles reach. However, the Eagles flicked the switch and began to compete. It was mainly Elliot Yeo winning at stoppages or forcing errors from the younger Kangaroo players. Liam Ryan was also moved to the midfield for the Eagles and he offered some pace and desperation which lit up those around him. It was now the Eagles turn to win clearances and charge forward. After booting just two goals in three miserable quarters of football they added six goals in twenty-one minutes to hit the lead with seven minutes to play. Three goals to Waterman and one each to Flynn, Yeo, and even the defender Witherden, had brought the previously subdued Eagles crowd to life. However, the Kangaroos were good enough to rebound. A controversial free kick to Jy Simpkin was converted to a goal and then Paul Curtis, dodged in a pack and snapped to boot the final goal with ninety seconds left on the clock. The Eagles charged forward again but a kick from McGovern only registered a behind. The Roos slowed the game down and held on to win.</p> <p>Next week, the Kangaroos meet the Collingwood Magpies at the MCG, where another surprise win for the Roos is highly unlikely. The Eagles will have a week's break before fronting up to the Essendon Bombers at the same venue. The Eagles have not traveled well this year and will not have very high expectations against Essendon</p> <pre> <strong>Scores</strong> West Coast Eagles" 1.4 2.9 2.15 8.17 (65) North Melbourne Kangaroos: 0.1 4.5 8.6 11.8 (74) <strong>Best</strong> West Coast Eagles: Yeo, McGovern, Witherden, Cripps, North Melbourne Kangaroos: Larkey, Fisher, Simpkin, Davies-Uniacke, Sheezel <strong>Goals</strong> West Coast Eagles: Waterman 3, Darling, Cripps, Flynn, Yeo, Witherden, Duggan North Melbourne Kangaroos: Larkey 5, Simpkin 2, Sheezel, Stephenson, Zurhaar, Curtis </pre> <p> </p> </div> Sat, 08 Jun 2024 11:57:17 +0000 chris kowald 19304 at https://www.afana.com 60fc10a8d5d05f7494127b310f2977bb 2024 AFL Women's Schedule https://www.afana.com/news/2024/06/02/2024-afl-womens-schedule <span>2024 AFL Women&#039;s Schedule</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/johnson-14" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/johnson-14" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">johnson</a></span> <span>Sun, 06/02/2024 - 04:45</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>The AFL revealed the 2024 women’s regular season schedule on the&nbsp;31<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;of May. A new addition this year is “Midweek Footy”, where games will be played on a Tuesday or Wednesday night from Week 4 to Week 7, to take advantage of Spring school holidays which run for two weeks but have different&nbsp;dates across Australian states and territories. There will be four Tuesday games and five Wednesday games during the period, ensuring all 18 clubs will play two games in one of the four weeks. Each team will play 11 games over 10 weeks this season, up from 10 weeks last year. The first Tuesday game of the season will take place on the 17<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of September when Collingwood face West Coast at Ikon Park, and the first Wednesday game will be on the following night when Brisbane Lions host Western Bulldogs.</p> <!--break--> <p>The addition of Tuesday and Wednesday games means clubs such as Fremantle, Port Adelaide, and Sydney will play back-to-back games in Victoria to try and prevent less travel time. Richmond, Geelong, and West Coast will have&nbsp;consecutive five-day breaks while the other 15 teams will have four-day breaks. Carlton, Collingwood, and the Western Bulldogs also have a 10-day break in the back half of the season.</p> <p>The 2024 season kicks off on Friday, 30&nbsp;August with the Sydney Swans hosting Collingwood at North Sydney Oval at 7:15 PM&nbsp;local time (5:15 m&nbsp;US EDT), marking the first time in AFL history that Sydney hosts both the men’s and women’s regular season opener in the same year. Two hours later, Daisy Pearce will mark her debut as West Coast coach, as the Eagles welcome Richmond at Mineral Resources Park in Perth. The week concludes with the grand final rematch between Brisbane and North Melbourne at Springfield on Sunday afternoon the 1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;of September. This year's grand final has been locked in for 30<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of November, after a four-week finals series.</p> <p>AFLW games will be played in every state and territory in Australia, with C.ex Coffs International Stadium <em>[Ed. note: yes, that is the correct name and spelling!]</em> on the New South Wales&nbsp;Mid-North Coast the newest venue addition. While GMHBA Stadium (Geelong), People First Stadium (Gold Coast), and Optus Stadium (Perth) are the only major stadia confirmed so far to play AFLW games, the AFL is open to hosting other AFLW marquee games at big stadiums and will continue to work with clubs to make it happen.</p> <p>AFL Head of Broadcast Operations and Scheduling, Josh Bowler, said the competition continues to grow and the introduction of "Midweek Footy" provides further opportunities for fans. He said the midweek games would “… <em>provide great opportunities for fans to attend and watch at home on evenings that traditionally don't have footy. We felt it was important for our fans to maintain the weekend time slot structure we have seen in previous seasons, whilst also adding an additional game mid-week across the middle of the competition.</em>" Bowler added that delivering a strong start to the AFLW season by launching during the AFL pre-finals bye and finishing in late November was key to maximizing viewership and attendance for fans.</p> <p>Other features of the 2024 schedule include:</p> <ul> <li>Pride Round will be celebrated in Week 7 headlined by the Western Bulldogs playing Essendon at Whitten Oval – the venue of the first Pride game in 2018.</li> <li>Weeks 9 and 10 will celebrate Indigenous Round and will see the traditional Dreamtime matchup between Essendon and Richmond being played for the first time in AFLW competition, taking place in Darwin on Saturday night, 26&nbsp;October. Hawthorn will also take their Indigenous Round game&nbsp;to Cairns again when they take on Melbourne on Thursday night, 24&nbsp;October, as part of the new three-year partnership deal with the Queensland Government and AFL Cairns.</li> <li>GWS will play their first two home games in Canberra (against the Bulldogs in Week 1 and the Suns in Week 3), and the remaining four home games at Henson Park in inner Sydney.</li> <li>North Melbourne will play two home games in Tasmania, against Richmond in Launceston in Week 5 and against Sydney in Week 7. The Kangaroos will once again face all seven of its fellow 2023 finalists, after being the only team to play every finalist last year.</li> <li>Collingwood will split their six home games across Victoria Park (four), Ikon Park (one), and Gold Coast (one), but will not play at their training ground at Olympic Park.</li> <li>The Gold Coast-St Kilda clash on 31<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;of August will be the first AFLW opening round game to be played at People First Stadium since 2021 and is one of four Suns home games at the venue. The Suns will play their remaining home game in Mackay in Central Queensland.</li> <li>The Crows will play two home games at Unley Oval (hosting Hawthorn and Essendon on consecutive Sunday afternoons, in Week 3 and 4 respectively) and three home games at Norwood Oval (against St Kilda in Week 6, Melbourne in Week 7,&nbsp;and North Melbourne in Round 9).</li> <li>For the first time, no AFLW game will be held on the day of AFL Grand Final which falls on the 28<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of September this year. Instead, there will be four games played across Melbourne on Friday, 27&nbsp;September, and four games will be played outside Victoria on Sunday, 29&nbsp;September.</li> </ul> <p>Similar to the men’s schedule, the AFL has not confirmed dates and times of the final week of the women’s season. They are expected to be revealed sometime in September.</p> <p><em>Sources: Georgia Ahern, AFL media release; abc.net.au, foxsports.com.au</em></p> </div> <div class="roundearth-news__tags"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news-tags/aflw" hreflang="en">AFLW</a></div> </div> Sun, 02 Jun 2024 08:45:59 +0000 johnson 19260 at https://www.afana.com fdc8896ff830f4efc1541b226964a1d2 Saints Escape from Eagles https://www.afana.com/news/2024/06/01/saints-escape-eagles <span>Saints Escape from Eagles</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">chris kowald</a></span> <span>Sat, 06/01/2024 - 08:21</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>The St Kilda Saints Played a strong last quarter to outlast the West Coast Eagles in a hard-fought game where the lead changed eight times. After three straight losses, it was the Saints fourth win for the season and they stay in fifteenth place on the ladder; but are now a game clear of West Coast who are sixteenth. Remarkably they are just two games out of the top eight, but would need a drastic turn-around in form to trouble the top sides. Things didn't start well before the game for the Eagles. Their mascot, a majestic wedged-tailed eagle (with a wingspan of nearly three yards) refused to follow the script of flying around the arena and landing in the center of the oval. Instead it reached the center, relaunched to check out various views from the bleachers and finally perched himself near the coaches box, keeping a close eye on coach Adam Simpson. The game started once his handler had him (Ozzie the Eagle) under control. For Simpson's sake, it is hoped Ozzie was not sending a message to the club board by impersonating a vulture.</p> <!--break--> <p>Perhaps inspired by the mayhem of a wayward Eagle, the Saints started two minutes in with an early goal (worth six points) kicked by Max King, from a free kick. The contest turned into an arm wrestle for the next eighteen minutes with both sides scoring behinds (worth a point each). The Saints kept the ball in their half for long periods, but the West Coast's defense held firm. The home side won the ball at stoppages with physical pressure through Harley Reid, Elliot Yeo and Reuben Ginbey. The Saints relied on running pressure at contests around the field, to stop West Coasts' attacks. The Eagles' Andrew Gaff, returning from a long period in the reserves team, scrambled his team's first goal at the twenty-minute mark. Jack Darling snapped another six minutes later, after a well-judged mark near the boundary, to have the Eagles nine points up at the first break.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="0e899c98-ef02-4dfb-a5f0-8c599b7216ba" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2023-04/dockersveagles73884-33.jpg?itok=TgaxJr0h" width="240" height="160" alt="Jack Darling" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Jack Darling" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Jack Darling (Dave Woodley/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Saints applied heat early in the second quarter with early goals to Mason Wood and Anthony Caminiti. Their midfielders moved the ball quickly with chains of possessions to work around the Eagle defenders. Jack Steele was a prime mover for the Saints and they regained the lead after just six minutes. Harley Reid played a strong first half, giving the Eagles first use of the ball with Bailey J Williams using his body well in the ruck, against his opponent Rowan Marshall. At the fifteen-minute-mark, Williams put the Eagles back in front with a steadying goal before the Saints regained the lead via a Liam Henry goal. In a remarkable final thirty seconds, Jamie Cripps kicked truly from the boundary before Liam Ryan scrambled another goal from the goal square with just six seconds to play.</p> <p>Early in the third stanza, Max King combined with Sebastian Ross, to gift Ross a close-range goal to bring the Saints back within nine points. King followed up with his second goal seven minutes later, after a one-two handpass exchange with Henry. Then, two minutes later King was out of the game after hurting his knee in a Tom Barrass tackle. This didn't slow the Saints who controlled territory and regained the lead with a Jack Steele mark and fifty meter goal, with six minutes to play. A minute later Liam Ryan marked on the boundary of the forward pocket, then sold candy to the man on the mark, to run around and snap truly from close range to level the scores. Not finished for the quarter, Ryan scrambled a kick on the goal line a minute later, to have the Eagles up by a goal at the final change.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1c31e9f1-518e-453b-8339-0efd91a64417" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2024-03/kd9_6558.jpg?itok=FKznbfDp" width="240" height="132" alt="pies saints spuds game" typeof="foaf:Image" title="pies saints spuds game" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Max King (Dave Woodley/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>Things started well in the final quarter for the home team. Yeo cleared from the center to Jamie Cripps who booted his third goal. From there the Saints dominated for the next sixteen minutes, winning in the midfield with Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera, Jack Sinclair, Paddy Dow, and Josh Battle rising to the challenge. The Saints added four goals and two behinds. West Coast belatedly fought back with a goal to Jack Darling. However, with four minutes to play, Mason Wood sealed the match with a goal, after a relayed free kick from a late Harley Reid bump on Marcus Windhager. Windhager's tag on Reid had kept Reid out of the game in the second half. The Saints controlled the ball for the last four minutes, giving their coach Ross Lyon something to smile about in what has been a tough season for St Kilda.</p> <p>Next week, the Saints return home to Marvel Stadium to meet the Gold Coast Suns. The Eagles will remain at Optus Stadium where they will start favorites against the North Melbourne Kangaroos. Another loss to the Eagles may result in Ozzie the Eagle again impersonating a vulture, as pressure on coach Simpson builds.</p> <pre> <strong>Scores</strong> West Coast Eagles: 2.5 6.6 8.7 10.8 (105) St Kilda Saints: 1.2 4.4 7.8 12.10 (70) <strong>Best</strong> West Coast Eagles: Yeo, Duggan, Ginbey, McGovern, B.J Williams St Kilda Saints: Wood, Steele, Wanganeen-Milera, Windhager, Battle <strong>Goals</strong> West Coast Eagles: Ryan, Cripps 3, Darling 2, Gaff, B.J. Wiliams St Kilda Saints: Wood 4, King 2, Caminiti, Henry, Higgins, Membrey, Ross, Sinclair</pre> </div> Sat, 01 Jun 2024 12:21:56 +0000 chris kowald 19259 at https://www.afana.com f53ff692c29526d35ebb5f6d7bdff84d Gunston Kicks Four as Hawks Upset Brisbane https://www.afana.com/news/2024/05/27/gunston-kicks-four-hawks-upset-brisbane <span>Gunston Kicks Four as Hawks Upset Brisbane</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/troy_thompson-2345" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/troy_thompson-2345" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Troy Thompson</a></span> <span>Mon, 05/27/2024 - 09:44</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>Hawthorn playing one of their occasional home game at Marvel Stadium hosted the Brisbane Lions. The past few seasons the Hawks have maintained a 4-0 winning record against the Lions and come into this game having lost last week giving up a strong three-quarter time lead. The Lions were injury ravaged and looking vulnerable against the Hawks.&nbsp;The Hawks had plenty of the ball early under the Marvel roof, but their kicking options and disposal let them down. The taller Lions players giving them some trouble. On the first turnover, Lachie Neale, Charlie Cameron, and Eric Hipwood made the Hawks look unaccountable and slow, with Hipwood&nbsp;kicking an easy goal after getting out the back.&nbsp;The Hawks were lucky Brisbane missed two easy goals, and they were able to get things close to parity when Day hit Gunston on a fast lead in the pocket. &nbsp;The veteran Hawk kicking his first goal against the side he played with in 2023.</p> <!--break--> <p>The Hawks finally started reaping the rewards of their hard push forward; despite making it look like hard work, McKenzie ran around onto his right boot to goal from 25 meters out.&nbsp;The next quick entry to the pack saw Ginnivan rove the ball and a draw rare high contact free kick 15 meters out from goal. He kicked quickly for the Hawks third goal. They rode that momentum again with Will Day marking at the top of the arc and receiving a 50-meter penalty when Zorko impeded him after the mark, he goaled from point blank range.&nbsp;Hawthorn probably should have added another couple of goals for the quarter but would have to settle for a three-goal lead at quarter time.</p> <p>The Lions started the second quarter well, a rare defensive error from James Sicily gave the ball straight to Morris who gladly accepted the gift, turned and goaled.&nbsp;Chol (with two) and Moore kicked goals for the Hawks after both lead well to great kicks from their midfielders in Worpel and Day. Sicily showed backmen can hit a lead too with a smart kick finding Dear in the pocket for four in a row to the Hawks.&nbsp;After earlier kicking two behinds that should have been goals, Charlie Cameron marked well deep in the pocket and kicked the Lions second for the quarter. The Lions backed up with another goal when Zac Bailey avoided a number of defenders before steadying to kick long for goal. Their work rate looked to have lifted and Morris added the third in a row from 40 meters out on a 30-degree angle.&nbsp;The Lions had run themselves back into the game, but the Hawks managed to get the ball deep to the square when Gunston was able to draw the free kick from high contact as he bent over the ball. The goal that followed gave the Hawks a four goal lead at the long break.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Lions pressed hard early in the third, a long behind to Daniher not quite the start they were looking for, but things were going their way in the contests and receiving free kicks. &nbsp;A free to Cameron 35 meters out was again not helpful, however. The Hawks fared no better though as they ran the ball through the middle, but Weddle's kick drifted wide for a behind.&nbsp;It was Loman who was finally able to put one through the middle for the Lions bringing the deficit to less than three goals and minutes later he almost added another, but his snap was offline. &nbsp;And then "two outta three aint bad" summed up his five minute period when he kicked another goal.&nbsp;The margin was back to single figures, after the Hawks lead by 6 goals in the second quarter, when Daniher kicked the Lions third for the quarter, his free kick coming after Sicily chopped his arms in the marking contest.</p> <p>It took until the final minute of the quarter for the Hawks to kick their first goal of the term and it came with a burst of speed from Impey through the middle with a pass out in front of Gunston. He snapped around the body for a much needed goal for his team, who now held a very tenuous 8-point lead going into the last quarter.&nbsp;The Hawks midfield worked the ball up, just ahead of the Brisbane midfield before Newcombe was able to get a long kick to Dear who marked and kicked the set shot goal from 15 meters out. They needed to take that momentum forward and McDonald marked inside 50 and goaled to take their lead out to 19 points.&nbsp;Conor Nash ran through the middle of the ground and just avoided being caught, his long kick was marked by Chol who put the Hawks four goals in front.&nbsp;</p> <p>Zac Bailey roved a boundary throw in and dribbled the ball through the goals, with little fanfare, the Lion's first for the quarter. The Hawks steadied and when Breust found long time teammate Jack Gunston 20 meters out from goal, it looked like the Hawks would not give up a winning lead as they did last week against Port Adelaide.&nbsp;With three minutes on the clock Conor McKenna, hit Joe Daniher on a fast lead and he went back to kick the Lion's second for the quarter. The Hawks added a behind through McKenzie, and Breust ended up with the ball and a shot after the siren to take the final margin to 25 points and extend their winning run over the Lions to 5 straight wins.</p> <pre> HAWTHORN: 4.3 9.5 10.8 15.10 (100) BRISBANE: 1.3 5.5 8.12 10.15 (75) GOALS: Hawthorn: Gunston 4, Chol 3, Dear 2, McDonald, Day, Ginnivan, Mackenzie, Moore, Breust Brisbane: Lohmann 2, Bailey 2, Morris 2, Cameron, Daniher, Ryan BEST: Hawthorn: Gunston, Worpel, Day, Sicily, D'Ambrosio, Frost, Amon Brisbane: Neale, Dunkley, Berry, Lohmann INJURIES: Hawthorn: Meek (ankle) Brisbane: TBC SUBSTITUTES: Hawthorn: Luke Breust replaced Calsher Dear in the fourth quarter Brisbane: Harry Sharp replaced Brandon Ryan at three-quarter time Crowd: 29,664 at Marvel Stadium</pre> </div> Mon, 27 May 2024 13:44:33 +0000 Troy Thompson 19218 at https://www.afana.com 72ec60e1b0eddf03fb06da8fe69ba302 Dockers and Magpies in a Thriller https://www.afana.com/news/2024/05/24/dockers-and-magpies-thriller <span>Dockers and Magpies in a Thriller</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">chris kowald</a></span> <span>Fri, 05/24/2024 - 10:18</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>The Fremantle Dockers and the Collingwood Magpies played out a dramatic draw in front of a heaving crowd of 54,035 at Optus Stadium. The contest wasn't spectacular but was a dour struggle of tough contested football where neither team was prepared to give an inch. The undermanned Magpies picked up two more injuries during the match (Mason Cox and Brody Mihocek), but the team fought to the very end against a desperate home side. The Dockers jumped the Magpies early, locking the ball in their forward half with the assistance strong defensive marks (catches) by their captain Alex Pearce. After three minutes of play, Fremantle forward Josh Treacy received a free kick for a high tackle and threaded the needle from the boundary, to give the home team a positive start. Two minutes later the Magpies transitioned the ball from defense finishes with slick handpasses from Bobby Hill and Patrick Lipinski which resulted in a clever goal by youngster Harvey Harrison. Three minutes later the Dockers pushed forward to a marking contest in their goal square, where wingman Jeremy Sharp swooped in for an opportunistic soccer-style goal when the ball came off hands. Three minutes later the Dockers brought the ball from defense with Andrew Brayshaw on the end of a chain of possessions and he finished with a polished a running goal from forty meters.</p> <!--break--> <p>Both defenses stood strong for the next ten minutes, until Beau McCreery soccered the ball out of a stoppage on the wing, which was marked by Joe Richards who handpassed immediately to a running Josh Daicos, who slotted a ripper from fifty meters to bring Collingwood back into the game. The quarter finished controversially with a downfield free kick to Harvey Harrison after Collingwood defender Charlie Dean pushed into Docker forward Jye Amiss off the ball; and an umpire ruled that Amiss had infringed on the defender. Harrison goaled from the free kick to give the visitors the lead seconds before the end the quarter.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="48ddbd70-8613-4d87-9c8c-07e7764a7aa9" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2024-05/dockersvmagpies10628.jpg?itok=3N3shod4" width="240" height="160" alt="Nick Daicos" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Nick Daicos" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Nick Daicos (Dave Woodley/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>Collingwood improved their tackling pressure on the Dockers in the second term and had the home team fumbling and making errors with their ball movement. However, the Magpies were unable to capitalize from their forward thrusts and booted just five behinds (worth a point each) to creep further ahead of the Dockers. Collingwood used a midfield press to lock the ball in their attacking half. It took sixteen minutes for the Dockers to break free with Jaeger O'Meara kicking long to Bailey Banfield, who was infringed in a marking contest. O'Meara kicked a goal with his free kick to bring up the first goal for the quarter. This was followed a minute later with a center clearance finished by a good snap under pressure by Sam Switkowski, to lift the Dockers. Three minutes later the Dockers had bombed another kick into attack where O'Meara picked up a ground ball in a pack and snapped a goal while under pressure from three Magpie defenders. The game closed-up for the next nine minutes with defenses of both teams on top. The short burst of accurate scoring during the quarter gave Fremantle a welcome lead over the inaccurate visitors.</p> <p>The third quarter was where Collingwood asserted their authority around the field. Darcy Cameron got the better of Sean Darcy in the ruck and Nick Daicos, Josh Daicos and Cameron began to win more clearances. In addition, the Magpies through Nick Daicos, Lachlan Sullivan and Cameron won contested possesions and ground ball gets across the field. Caleb Serong, Andrew Brayshaw and Hayden Young were nullified by the Daicos brothers, who gave Collinwood frequent first use of the ball.  Brody Mihocek added two early goals for the visitors, which were followed by Harrison adding his third to put the Magpies back in front at the nine-minute mark. The Magpies goals early goals were not a result of spectacular play, but rather intense pressure around the ball where they pushed forward toward goal with sheer determination. Jordan Clark, Liam Ryan, Josh Draper and Alex Pearce were under siege in defense for Fremantle and were it not for their defensive work, the game would have been over at three quarter time. They restricted further scoring by the Magpies until the final four minutes when Patrick Lipinski and second-gamer Joe Richards snapped a goal each to complete a five-goal quarter for the visitors.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="04d028bc-7d55-4e93-94fb-8ed8013d8fe4" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2024-05/dockersvmagpies10664.jpg?itok=pI1UaHf0" width="240" height="160" alt="Jordan Clarke" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Jordan Clarke" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Clark clears (Dave Woodley/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Magpies began the final stanza on fire with the speed and force of their tackling which kept the Dockers out of the game. After four minutes of play Scott Pendlebury chipped a pass to Jack Crisp who marked and kicked truly from fifty meters. Seven minutes later Tom Emmett passed to Banfield who marked and booted the Dockers first goal since the second quarter. The Pies replied with a Bobby Hill mark and goal as the clock ticked into time-on. A booming fifty-meter goal from Banfield initiated a stunning revival for the home team. The Dockers pushed forward again. At a stoppage close to the Dockers' goal, Collingwood fourth-gamer, Lachie Sullivan, handed the ball to a team mate Josh Daicos instead of the umpire. A technical free kick was awarded to Sean Darcy who booted an unexpected goal. The Dockers won clearances and with three minutes to play Banfield handpassed to Hayden Young who snapped a classy goal to pile further pressure on the visitors. With just over two minutes remaining Docker defender Heath Chapman marked between wing and half forward. His kick cleared a pack and full back Alex Pearce took a diving mark in attack to take a rare shot on goal. His kick was good and he dedicated the goal to recently deceased former player and friend, Cam McCarthy, by pointing to the heavens. The captain's goal brought the Dockers within a point of Collingwood with just under two minutes to play. With just fifty seconds left, the Dockers surged forward again. A handpass from Banfield found Sharp in the clear. Sharp missed a gettable shot to register a behind and level the scores. The Magpies rushed the ball into their own attacking zone but the Dockers' defense prevailed. A Lazarus-like comeback by the Dockers brought an unexpected draw in a fiercely contested game.  </p> <p>Next Friday, the wounded Magpies take on the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium. The Dockers have a nine-day break and fly to the center of Australia to meet the Melbourne Demons at TIO Traeger Park Oval, Alice Springs.  </p> <pre> <strong>Scores</strong>: Fremantle Dockers: 3.3 6.4 6.8 11.9 (75) Collingwood Magpies: 3.4 3.9 8.12 10.15 (75) <strong>Best:</strong> Fremantle Dockers: Ryan, Clark, Brayshaw, Serong, Young Collingwood Magpies: N. Daicos, J. Daicos, Sullivan, Moore, Cameron <strong>Goals:</strong> Fremantle Dockers: Banfield 3, Brayshaw, Darcy, O'Meara, Sharp, Switkowski, Treacy, Young Collingwood Magpies: Harrison 3, Mihocek 2, Crisp, J. Daicos, Hill Lipinski, Richards </pre> </div> Fri, 24 May 2024 14:18:46 +0000 chris kowald 19217 at https://www.afana.com 860b2faf8f8cd036b34e1ca1069766c2 Bombers Cruise to Big Win Over Roos https://www.afana.com/news/2024/05/20/bombers-cruise-big-win-over-roos <span>Bombers Cruise to Big Win Over Roos</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/troy_thompson-2345" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/troy_thompson-2345" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Troy Thompson</a></span> <span>Mon, 05/20/2024 - 08:26</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>Essendon went into this Sir Doug Nicholls Round match against the bottom team on the ladder in 4<sup>th</sup> place. It should be noted though, that if they had lost the Anzac Day match against Collingwood a few weeks back and not received 2 points for the draw that day, they would be sitting 10<sup>th</sup> on the ladder. Therefore, it was important they keep winning to hold their spot near the top of the ladder. The Roo's, on the other hand, could theoretically have moved out of last place and overtake Richmond if they win this match against their Marvel Stadium co-tenant. A quirk of Australian football is that so many teams share the same venues in Melbourne which reduces any "home" advantage. </p> <!--break--> <p>While the look of each team was a little different in their indigenous round jumpers for this round, each team was clearly recognizable in their traditional red/black and blue/white colors. What was not recognizable was the good start by the Kangaroos, with Davies-Uniake roving the boundary throw in and snapping over his shoulder in heavy traffic for the first goal of the match. The Bombers were quick to reply though with Guelphi marking a high ball 25 meters out and kicking the first of the match for his team. After a lengthy goal review Toby Pink was awarded with the second for the Kangaroos as players scrambled for the ball at the goal line it seems he got some part of the end of his boot onto the ball as it skipped over the line.  </p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article alt="Matt Guelphi celebrates" data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="b5c3526d-347a-40cf-85eb-bda5e9ba884e" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2022-06/westcoastveesendon58189.jpg?itok=J-nnwFaI" width="240" height="271" alt="Matt Guelphi celebrates" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Matt Guelphi celebrates" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Guelphi Goals (file photo/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>A trio of goals later in quarter saw the Bombers awake from an apparent slumber. Club captain Zach Merrett took it upon himself to get his team back in the game when he marked and goaled from the set shot on a 45-degree angle. Then Peter Wright was sighted for the first time in the match as he marked on a strong lead and kicked the goal. Elijas Tatas marked just before the siren inside the goal square and put his team two goals clear at quarter time.</p> <p>Zurhaar gave the Roos the start they would have been looking for in the second quarter when he marked a long shot at goal from Harry Sheezel, and then scored from 10 meters out. Merrett won the next clearance and his run and hit up of Peter Wright from 60 meters away looked like a training drill with the North defenders as witches' hats <em>(Ed: Australian slang for traffic cones often used in training.)</em> Wright evened the ledger for the quarter.</p> <p>North was able to put up some good resistance for a period, but an intercept turnover by Hobbs saw him chip to an unmarked Harrison Jones and Jones kicked the Bomber's fifth goal from the set shot. Essendon looked to be pulling away as Guelphi marked and goaled from 45 meters out right on the boundary line. North hit back when the long kick to Duursma drew a free kick, and Stephenson roved to take the play-on advantage and kick his first goal of the day. Curtis Taylor backed it up getting on his own inside 50 and marking a chipped kick and going on to kick the Kangaroos' fifth goal.</p> <p>Misses by Guelphi and Stringer were lost opportunities and left the Kangaroos with an open door.  That door opened a little bit more as Duursma marked and goaled from 48 meters out after the siren sounded, to see his side trail by just seven points at the halfway point.</p> <p>It was Guelphi in his 100th AFL match who opened the scoring in the third quarter after marking on a fast lead he kicked his third goal of the match. Slack defending by North saw Ben Mackay drill Stringer with a pass and he easily kicked the 40m shot from center half-forward. Once again, the Bombers were appearing to be the winners. A bullet like pass by Davies-Uniake to Larkey in the forward pocket beat the Essendon defenders and his goal kept the Kangaroos in touch but still trailing by 14 points. A quick reply by the Bombers though came through Peter Wright, the midfielders finding him with a high kick to his natural advantage inside the 50-meter arc.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="19b5c5d0-3614-4cb9-853f-5151c52c2304" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2022-06/westcoastveesendon58203.jpg?itok=fllw7R0z" width="240" height="319" alt="Wright Goals" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Wright Goals" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Peter Wright (file photo/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>Luke Davies Uniake kicked his second goal for the day, on the end of a chain of handball, and sold some candy to sidestep two Essendon defenders in one move before snapping truly. But from here it would be all Essendon. Alwyn Davey Jr perhaps brought the biggest cheer of the day from the Essendon fans when he roved a spilled mark, received the dished out handball and kicked his first of the day. The lead extended to a match high 26 points when Gresham kicked the goal after he teased Comben on taking possession, who tackled him without the ball and gave away the free kick.  </p> <p>Peter Wright kicked his fourth straight goal for the day, Jake Stringer kicked his second (from the boundary line outside the 50-meter mark) and Perkins kicked the Bombers fifth goal in a row, roving yet another pack turnover to goal from 30 meters out. At three quarter time the Bombers had dominated that quarter and now lead by 45 points, somewhat closer to the pre-match expectations of most of their fans.</p> <p>Xerri had rucked well for the Kangaroos, against his old teammate Todd Goldstein, and his day got better when he kicked the first goal of the final quarter. When Eddie Ford kicked the next goal there was still no sense of panic given the Bombers still maintained a 33-point lead. Indeed, they held firm, Langford kicking the final goal of the match with five minutes to play as Essendon coasted to a 40-point win.  All in all, an easy four points for the Bombers, but not quite as easy as they would have hoped.  </p> <p>For North Melbourne some "<em>green shoots</em>" as described by coach Alastair Clarkson in the post-match conference, were definitely starting to show and they included Harry Sheezel who continues to build his bonafide's and Tom Powell who is giving the Roos some great drive in the midfield. The Bombers with this win move to second place on the ladder and while a win against the bottom side doesn't give much credibility, their 7 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw record does.</p> <pre> <strong>SCORE</strong> Essendon: 4.2 7.5 15.7 16.10 (106) North Melbourne: 2.2 6.4 8.4 10.6 (66) <strong>GOALS</strong> Essendon:   Wright 4, Guelfi 3, Stringer 2, Merrett, Tsatas, Jones, Davey jnr, Gresham, Perkins, Langford North Melbourne: Davies-Uniacke 2, Pink, Zurhaar, Stephenson, Taylor, Duursma, Larkey, Xerri, Forde <strong>BEST</strong>   Essendon:   Merrett, Martin, Caldwell, Guelfi, Perkins North Melbourne:  Davies-Uniacke, Sheezel, Corr, Powell, Xerri <strong>INJURIES</strong>   Essendon:   Nil North Melbourne:  Miller Bergman (hamstring) <strong>SUBSTITUTES</strong>   Essendon:   Dylan Shiel (replaced Harry Jones in the fourth quarter) North Melbourne:  Eddie Ford (replaced Charlie Lazzaro in the third quarter) Crowd:   43,125 at Marvel Stadium</pre> </div> <div class="roundearth-news__tags"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/news-tags/sir-doug-nicholls-round" hreflang="en">Sir Doug Nicholls Round</a></div> </div> Mon, 20 May 2024 12:26:38 +0000 Troy Thompson 19132 at https://www.afana.com a0aef0d447dc9ced936c939c5fead55a Eagles Ambush Demons https://www.afana.com/news/2024/05/19/eagles-ambush-demons <span>Eagles Ambush Demons</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" lang="" about="/drupal5/users/chris_kowald-2277" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">chris kowald</a></span> <span>Sun, 05/19/2024 - 10:29</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>The West Coast Eagles launched a surprise attack on the Melbourne Demons to win convincingly by thirty-five points. The Demons were overwhelmed by the Eagles' attack on the ball and the pressure applied in the midfield. The Demons' defense has been the best in the league, but with linchpin defender Jake Lever injured early in the first quarter, the visitors were unable to withstand the repeated entries of the Eagles.</p> <p>Teams that have defeated Melbourne recently have concentrated on nullifying the influence of Lever, Max Gawn, and Christian Petracca. With Lever out of the equation the Eagles physically targeted Gawn but he was equal to the challenge. He dominated the hitouts and won six clearances, but the physical buffeting he received in packs reduced his marks (catches) tally to just three. When the ball hit the ground the Eagles' Tim Kelly, Harley Reid, Liam Duggan and Reuben Ginbey swooped to initiate Eagle attacks. Clayton Oliver (nine clearances) and Christian Salem were good for the Demons but were outpointed by the combined Eagles midfield who won more contested possessions, particularly in the first half. Jake Waterman and Jack Darling were the Eagles' main targets up forward with Waterman taking thirteen marks and booting five goals. Darling only took four marks but with thirteen tackles, he kept the Melbourne defenders under constant pressure.</p> <!--break--> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="f83deaaf-6d19-4db2-ae63-1ec4c14e30e9" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2024-05/eaglesvmelbourne10475.jpg?itok=Xh5XUg82" width="240" height="160" alt="Pickett Passes" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Pickett Passes" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Kysaiah Pickett (Dave Woodley/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>The Eagles set the standard for play early in the first quarter. The Demons were beaten at the ball with the home team winning contested possessions in the midfield and shooting the ball into their attacking zone with precision. Waterman marked strongly for the Eagles first goal. At the other end Caleb Windsor marked and kicked truly from fifty meters to open the Demons' account. An opportunistic goal by Darling was answered quickly when a busy Kysaiah Pickett received a high tackle and converted his free kick into a goal. Former Demon, Jayden Hunt, took a diving mark and booted a goal for the Eagles. At the next center bounce, Harley Reid provided the highlight of the match. Collecting the ball from behind the center circle, he burnt off Petracca and Oliver, took three bounces and booted a running goal from forty-seven meters.</p> <p>The Eagles continued in the same vein in the second quarter. Tim Kelly, Ginbey, and Reid used pace and physical force to win contests in the midfield. Liam Ryan showed a return to form and confidence and booted an early goal after a flying mark. Petracca stepped up for the Demons and was instrumental in the Demons booting the next two goals through Shane McAdam and Kade Chandler. A forgotten forward, Ben Brown, then slotted a clever goal for the Demons from the boundary to bring the Demon supporters to life. The Eagles didn't get value for effort in the second stanza, with poor goal shooting despite having the upper hand in the midfield. The goal-front accuracy of the Demons had kept the visitors in the game.</p> <p>After the main break, the Demons contested with more determination and increased their midfield pressure. Kysaiah Pickett was lively and Christian Salem and Alex Neal-Bullen fought with determination to either win the ball or pressure their opponents. Liam Duggan provided a steady outlet from defense for the Eagles and Kelly and Reid matched Melbourne's Clayton Oliver and Todd Viney in the midfield. The Demons worked their way back into the game but missed opportunities as the Eagles defended with desperation. The teams traded pairs of goals with Petracca busy for Melbourne and Reid providing some midfield highlights as he fended off and dodged Melbourne's best players. A clever kick by Tim Kelly found Reid, who was alone with Melbourne's Blake Howard. That was never going to end well for Melbourne. Reid pushed off the defender while gathering the ball and ran into an open goal to boot his second and to extend the Eagles' lead.</p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <article data-embed-button="panopoly_media_wysiwyg_media_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.embed_medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="fce7be26-e58e-4eb9-bffb-8618e9e0d5a9" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity"><div> <div class="image__field-media-image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/panopoly_images_quarter/public/upload/2024-05/eaglesvmelbourne10482.jpg?itok=L3F_-Pcn" width="240" height="160" alt="Reed Kicks" typeof="foaf:Image" title="Reed Kicks" /> </div> </div> </article> <figcaption>Reid kicks (Dave Woodley/AFANA)</figcaption> </figure> <p>The final stanza began with a Waterman goal which was answered immediately by Bailey Fritsch for the Demons, who marked strongly and kicked truly. However, by halfway through the quarter the Demons stopped running, perhaps victims of the relatively warm conditions in Perth. Possibly the ten-day break after their one-point loss to Carlton had them off their usual standard. The Eagles finished with unanswered goals to Waterman, Ryan, and Jamie Cripps to hammer home a stunning turnaround in form, just a week after their ignominious thrashing at the hands of Collingwood.</p> <p>Next week, the Demons have a chance of redemption when they meet the struggling St Kilda Saints. The Eagles will fly to Adelaide to meet the hungry Adelaide Crows, who narrowly lost to the Collingwood Magpies. A win away from their home nest will be a tough challenge for the Eagles.</p> <pre> <strong>Scores</strong> West Coast Eagles: 4.3 7.8 12.8 16.9 (105) Melbourne Demons: 2.1 6.1 9.8 10.10 (70) <strong>Best</strong> West Coast Eagles: Waterman, Reid, Kelly, Duggan, Darling Melbourne Demons: Petracca, Salem, Oliver, Gawn, Neil-Bullen <strong>Goals</strong> West Coast Eagles: Waterman 5, Darling 3, Reid 2, Cripps, Ginbey, Hunt, Maric Melbourne Demons: Fritsch 3, Brown, Chandler, McAdam, Neal-Bullen, Petracca, Pickett, Windsor </pre> </div> Sun, 19 May 2024 14:29:24 +0000 chris kowald 19130 at https://www.afana.com 4642fa57315f75e82a94fb7d515e5b97 AFANA's Who's Hot and Who's Not #2 https://www.afana.com/news/2024/05/17/afanas-whos-hot-and-whos-not-2 <span>AFANA&#039;s Who&#039;s Hot and Who&#039;s Not #2</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/boris23-1948" lang="" about="/users/boris23-1948" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Boris Kilpatrick</a></span> <span>Fri, 05/17/2024 - 21:01</span> <div class="roundearth-news__body"><p>In our second review of the season, we are approaching the halfway mark. AFANA crunches the numbers to bring you the hottest and coldest players in the league.</p> <h3>HOT:</h3> <h4>NICK DAICOS (Collingwood Magpies):</h4> <p>After a patch of indifferent form starting in round two, this budding superstar has absolutely torn the competition apart in recent weeks.</p> <!--break--> <p>With three out of his last four games reaping over 30 possessions and 7+ clearances, Daicos has looked every bit the Brownlow Medal fancy most of us expected to see in 2024. Add the fact that he has hit the scoreboard for four goals in the last three games, what you have right here is the hottest of the hot!</p> <h4>LUKE RYAN (Fremantle Dockers):</h4> <p>Ryan has become the quarterback of the Dockers defense, racking up intercept marks and disposals at will. In round eight he had a whopping 39 possessions to go with a ridiculous 15 marks while hitting targets at a cracking rate out of the backline. It’s no surprise that coach Justin Longmuir entrusts "kicking in" duties to Ryan as he has become the rock of the Dockers backline.</p> <h4>SAM WALSH (Carlton):</h4> <p>After a long layoff from injury, he could have&nbsp;been excused for&nbsp;a slow start as he debuted in round five. However, it didn't happen. The young star has absolutely dominated from the get-go racking up an amazing streak of five straight games of 30 possessions or more. Two of those games included a tackle count of 11 and 13 which has dispelled any doubts about a lingering back issue. Red hot.</p> <h3>NOT SO HOT:</h3> <h4>MITCH DUNCAN (Geelong Cats):</h4> <p>Coming off an excellent year the veteran midfielder has had a tough go of it in 2024. While&nbsp;he has performed serviceably there has been none of the dynamic drive and damaging burst that has been a hallmark of Duncan’s career. At almost 33 years of age, coach Chris Scott has taken the extraordinary step of resting him for this week’s big game against the Gold Coast Suns.</p> <h4>JACK GUNSTON (Hawthorn Hawks):</h4> <p>Gunston’s return to the Hawks after a season up North in Brisbane hasn’t gone to plan at all. In six games to date, the one-time elite goal sneak has managed a paltry four goals in six games while&nbsp;registering just four kicks in the Hawks recent win over Saint Kilda. With a young upcoming list at coach Sam Mitchell’s disposal, the writing looks to be on the wall for the ice-cold Gunston.</p> <h4>SHAI BOLTON (Richmond Tigers):</h4> <p>Bolton had a scintillating start to the season however a raft of injuries to his Richmond Tiger teammates has seen resulted in his form heading south in a hurry. A decimated midfield has meant Bolton has been used to plug too many holes and it has affected his output immensely. After a rare patch where he scored 11 goals in a four game stretch to round five, the struggling Bolton has managed just three goals in his last three contests while not registering a single 20 possession game. His form is reflecting the struggling Tigers disaster of a season as they have slumped to 17<sup>th</sup> on the ladder.</p> <p><em>We will be back with another update in a few week's time to see where things are heading toward the tail end of the season.&nbsp;</em></p> </div> Sat, 18 May 2024 01:01:34 +0000 Boris Kilpatrick 19129 at https://www.afana.com 19d1dd6ba7113a258c43f302962d009f