AFL Round 5- What Did We Learn?

Melbourne are in contention for finals

For the first in five years, Melbourne have won two consecutive matches after a fantastic win over Richmond on Sunday night. Led by their young star Jack Viney, they were able to score emphatically and put plenty of pressure on the opposition.

Coach Paul Roos has helped this side defend well and concede less goals with his gameplan in the past few years but now have a team that is capable of scoring led by Jesse Hogan and their midfield depth is starting to grow. They are playing a brand of footy that can win matches and it looks like for the first time in a while, Melbourne are in contention to fight for a finals sport. 

 Injuries to Nat Fyfe and Michael Johnson will hurt Fremantle even more

If you think it can’t get worse for the Fremantle Dockers, it has now with injuries to Nat Fyfe and Michael Johnson who are key players to this side. Both expected to be out for a while, coach Ross Lyon will need to find other players to fill the void.

They suffered another bad defeat, this time to Carlton at their home ground who have not won a game until now. They are the only team that hasn’t won a game and are now anchored (no pun intended) at the bottom of the ladder with plenty of work to do. 

When Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield fire, Geelong are hard to stop

Geelong were down by 24 points against Port Adelaide at quarter time and staring down a loss until Selwood and Dangerfield stepped up and led the team to a 48 point victory.

Selwood was best on ground with 28 disposals, 8 marks, 11 clearances and a goal as he led the team from the front. Dangerfield had 27 disposals, 18 contested possession, 7 clearances and 2 goals and was instrumental in the 2nd quarter when the comeback started.

They were important in the middle and around stoppages as Geelong won the clearances 46-34. With these numbers, it is hard to stop Geelong from winning and if these two keep dominating together then they will be hard to beat.

Adelaide are this year, what the Bulldogs were last year

Even though they couldnt hold on, Adelaide showed that they can match it with the best. Up by 15 with 3 minutes to go, they undoubtedly chocked in the crucial moments, however, what they did show was commitment. 

An intent and relentlessness which had showed its head on occassion last year with the crows is now showing with a regularity which ensure their competitiveness in each game. A trait which the personified the Western Bulldogs in their giant killing run of last year. 

With tackling and two way running a key focus under the Pyke-Regime, its not hard to see where the Crows are drawing their inspiration from. 

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