The AFL season is getting down to the pointy end of the competition as there are just a few rounds to go before we head into the Finals. This week saw some big wins and upsetting losses as the contenders battle it out for their position in the Top 8.
One Round 19 performance of note was that of the Carlton Blues who managed to get back on their feet with a huge 76 point win over their Essendon rivals. The win couldn’t have come at a better time for the Blues as they suffered heavy criticism after last week’s trashing. The win also secured a Top 8 position for the team, making plenty of punters who backed Carlton for a Top 8 finish at Ladbrokes.com.au very happy indeed.
As captain of the team, Chris Judd set a fine example with 27 disposals and one goal. Small forward Jeff Garlett was another top performer of the night with six goals. The Blues were able to go up 22 points by the main break and they never looked back, taking full advantage of Essendon’s penchant for turnovers and poor goal kicking.
Another big Round 19 match proved to be the clash between Collingwood and Geelong at the MCG. In the end, Collingwood was able to grind out the 107-85 win, which put the team that much closer to securing a Minor Premiership for the season. They’re currently sitting in the number one position just a game and a half ahead of their Geelong rivals.
Alan Didak was the player of the night as he managed 35 touches and six inside 50s. Though, right behind him was Scott Pendlebury with 24 touches. Luke Ball had an impressive 14 tackles. Despite a slight momentum shift in favour of the Cats, the Pies were unstoppable. They put together a three-goal run and took a 13-point lead going into the final break. Darren Jolly kicked off the final term with a goal for Collingwood, but it was Dayne Beams who sealed the deal with his second goal of the night with just three minutes remaining.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the Round 19 matches finished up:
|06/08/10||Essendon Bombers – 73||Carlton Blues – 149|
|07/08/10||North Melbourne Kangaroos – 123||Fremantle Dockers – 69|
|07/08/10||Sydney Swans – 129||Hawthorn Hawks – 85|
|07/08/10||Geelong Cats – 85||Collingwood Magpies – 107|
|07/08/10||West Coast Eagles – 65||Brisbane Lions – 70|
|08/08/10||St Kilda Saints – 151||Port Adelaide Power – 57|
|08/08/10||Melbourne Demons – 109||Richmond Tigers – 80|
|08/08/10||Adelaide Crows – 53||Western Bulldogs – 61|
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