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The good, the bad and the ugly – AFL Round 23 wrap

The good

Collingwood midfield – The magpie key ball winners ran riot around Patersons Stadium on Friday night with Pendlebury, Swan, Beams, Didak and Thomas all had leather poisoning with 36, 35, 31, 31, and 28 respectively. Pendlebury’s 36 touches included 16 contested disposals, eight clearances and two goals. Swan was also super impressive with two first half goals. In his 10 games since returning from Arizona, Swan has averaged 35 possessions.

Swans win at Skilled – The came, the saw, the conquered, and at Skilled Stadium to top it off. The Sydney team playing with great emotion was far too good on the Cats turf and stopped Geelong from recording their 30th consecutive win at home. Goodes, McGlynn on Sellwood, and the big Mummy were very good with awesome pieces of play by young Gary Rohan.

Shut down players – Two big games that saw two players have great impacts on the match. Down the highway in Geelong, McGlynn was very good on Sellwood while Sean Dempster on Saturday night against the kangaroos played a superb shut down role on North skipper Brent Harvey.

Game winning tackle – Chris Masten’s tackle on Daniel Rich in the final period that resulted in a goal was massive and presented the win and a top four spot to the Eagles.

Kick to kick on the ‘G – The AFL allowed fans onto the MCG after the Melbourne v Gold Coast. It was a big welcome back that saw the famous sprint to the centre square. Please AFL, more of it!

Coleman in the bag – Buddy Franklin kicked five against the Western Bulldogs and all but engraved his name on the goal-kicking prize.

A terrific career comes to a close – Congratulations to Luke Power who announced his retirement to the Brisbane crowd on Saturday night. Power was a three-time premiership player with the Lions in a career spanning 282 games, including one game in the big V jumper.

Young Tigers – Martin (19 possessions) and stand-in Captain Cotchin (27 possessions and six clearances) were highly influential in the Richmond win. Cotchin is showing his strong leadership credentials each week and is stamped at being a great player in the future.

The bad

Shinboner spirit lost  – I’ll leave Brad Scott to sum it up, “Against a side that’s lower than us we need a much better performance than that and I’m confident we’ll get that, but it’s these games you play for, it’s these games you’re in the competition for and we’re not holding our end up.”

Mauled crows – Mark Bickley said after the game to the waiting media, “We’re not that good a side”. That was obvious in the second half with Richmond coming from behind to kick ten of the last 14 majors of the match.

Power surge faded – Ok, Port Adelaide put in a much, much better showing on Sunday afternoon but they couldn’t close the door on the Bombers. Essendon booted home seven goals in the final term with five of those coming in a ten minute burst.

The future of Mick – Give it a rest. It has become very boring – Leigh Matthew’s made a good point, how about we focus on the dominance of Collingwood rather than who is doing what in the coach’s box.

Unnecessary high hits  – Jack Ziebell of the Roos and Nick Lower from the Dockers will be having early season finishers after poor decision-making saw them both make high hits that were far from tough. Not needed guys; instead why not let the guy get the ball then tackle?

Hawkins and Nathan Ablett – These two are just not up to the standard of AFL. Hawkins hasn’t delivered despite big wraps on him. Having the Sherrin kicked to him by Gary Jnr, Sellwood, Bartel, Corey, Ling, etc, etc, etc, still isn’t enough. Trade bait or VFL prospect?

Unruly supporters – I was at the Saints v Kangaroos match and wow! Don’t some people just take passion to a new level that is border lining sickness?

The ugly

Umpiring – The level of adjudication on the weekend was poor and hopefully this is recognized by the Jeff Gieschen.

 Razor Ray Chamberlain – the name says it all; he was atrocious on Saturday night. The game isn’t about you Razor.


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