1. Garry Jnr
After years of playing finals, Ablett finished his season on the weekend and he concluded on a very high note. The former cat was instrumental in keeping his young team in the game with 43 disposals and 13 disposals.
2. Big Bad Bustling Barry Hall
Hall ‘hung up the boots’ after a sensational career playing 288 games and kicking 746 with time spent at St Kilda, Sydney and the Western Bulldogs. After being sacked by the Swans due to cheap shots to Staker and Rutten, the Dogs picked him up and he flourished with 130 goals in 38 games.
The Cats went into the huddle after the first quarter against the ladder leaders on Friday night trailing by 19 points. What we were about to witness was near perfect footy.Geelongended the second period with a 10 goal to one romp; they dominated the tackle and disposal count and hunger for the ball. Several commentators said that Collingwood put the cue in the rack but the end result was 100 points! Cop out???
4. Matthew Boyd
He is an All-Australia certainty and showed 18,128 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Boyd finished his last game of the year with 35 possessions.
After a week that wasn’t his finest, Brent Harvey showed his class and leadership with 31 touches and two goals. When the game was up for grabs in the final period Boomer was very good.
6. St Kilda
The Saints head into their clash against Sydney with confidence after kicking eight of the final ten majors for the match to record a come from behind victory against Carlton.
7. Luke Breust
Still in his first season at AFL level, Breust was dominant in a 13-minute burst in the premiership quarter kicking four goals. He finished with a career-high five for the match. The young Hawk has now slotted home 30 goals from 16 matches.
8. Gold Coast Suns
Although facing Hawthorn who were missing eight regular players including Hodge, Franklin, Lewis and Sewell, the Gold Coast were good and took it right up to the Hawks and gave their fans confidence for the 2012 season.
9. Gary Rohan
The young gun continues to shine for the Swans with three goals on the weekends versus the Lions.
1. Daniel Jackson
Tiger Daniel Jackson had a brain freeze at the wrong time (14 minute mark last quarter) at the wrong place (in front of goal) resulting in a David Swallow goal and the Tigers downfall.
2.Melbourne in Adelaide
The Dees finished the season on a low and continued their horror run in South Australia.Melbournehave yet to win when travelling west since 2001 against the Crows.
While St Kilda made the Good list, the Blues slipped and fall into the bad after letting an 18 point third quarter lead slip and allowed goal after goal after goal from the Saints in final period and a half. They also have a few injuries concerns going into the finals.
4. The bookies increase the odds for Bicks
Another loss, big loss I must add, on the weekend for Adelaidedidn’t help Mark Bickley’s chances on securing the coach’s gig next season. Scott Burns is still my tip as I wrote on 27 July on TheRoar http://www.theroar.com.au/2011/07/27/scott-burns-will-coach-the-adelaide-crows/.
5. Nick Riewoldt
The St Kilda captain struggled on Saturday night and left the game without kicking a major. Big concerns on the impact he will have in the finals especially when the game is on the line.
1. Good weekend overall so I won’t put anything in here…Port Adelaide won also so that limits what I can write.
It heats up now with first week of the finals. Below is the schedule:
Geelong v Hawthorn, MCG, Friday 7.45pm.
Collingwood v West Coast, MCG, Saturday 2.20pm.
St Kilda v Sydney, Etihad Stadium, Saturday 7.20pm.
Carlton v Essendon, MCG, Sunday 2.40pm.
Finals predictions can be read on Thursday night on www.camcallsthegame.com.
I will finish by congratulating the following players who have or will be retiring after the finals series:
Adelaide: Scott Stevens.
Brisbane: Jamie Charman.
Collingwood: Leigh Brown.
Essendon: Darcy Daniher and Mark Williams.
Fremantle: Roger Hayden and Byron Schammer.
Geelong: Marcus Drum and Cameron Mooney.
Gold Coast: Daniel Harris.
North Melbourne: Brady Rawlings.
Port Adelaide:Chad Cornes.
Sydney: Craig Bolton, Daniel Bradshaw and Tadhg Kennelly.
Western Bulldogs: Mitch Hahn, Barry Hall and Ben Hudson.