AFL Round 8- What Did We Learn?

Essendon can play exciting football with their current team 

Despite going down to league leaders North Melbourne, the team showed that they can play exciting football. Essendon were down by 50 points at one stage during the third quarter but were able to claw their way back to only lose by 14 points.

Captain Brendan Goddard lead the comeback with Zac Merrett, Adam Cooney, James Kelly, Craig Bird and youngster Darcy Parish playing well. They have been competitive in nearly every match and their next match against St Kilda at Ethiad Stadium could give them a chance in claiming their second win of the season. 

GWS are ahead of Gold Coast in player list development

The two expansion clubs faced off and it was GWS who trumped Gold Coast by 91 points as Jeremy Cameron kicked 7 goals. Gold Coast do have a lot of injury problems but you can safely say that GWS have overtaken Gold Coast in player list development and recruiting. GWS’s youngsters have been great and have grown confidence in coach Leon Cameron’s gameplan.

GWS player recruitment has been so far fantastic with Heath Shaw, Steve Johnson, Callan Ward, Phil Davis, Joel Patfull, Ryan Griffin, Shane Mumford and Rhys Palmer playing great football for the club. Not to forget Tom Scully as well who is in career best form right now.

GWS will face Western Bulldogs at Spotless Stadium while Gold Coast will have to face the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium.

Collingwood and Richmond recorded important wins 

Colingwood finally put in a dominant game as they thumped Brisbane at the GABBA by 78 points. Their midfield was firing leader by captain Scott Pendlebury and Adam Treloar while Mason Cox kicked 4 goals.

Richmond created the upset of the round by defeating Sydney by 1 point thanks to a goal after the final siren by Sam Lloyd. Ben Griffiths led the way with 5 goals while Brett Deledio and Dustin Martin helped the tigers grab an unlikely win. 

It was about time that both of these clubs produced positive results and that should give them confidence heading into the next round. Collingwood will face Geelong this week while Richmond will face Fremantle in Perth. 

Western Bulldogs can win away from Ethiad Stadium 

It turns out Western Bulldogs can win away from Ethiad Stadium after defeating Melbourne by 32 points at the MCG. Despite only travelling to the other side of Melbourne’s CBD, the bulldogs were able to still play their natural running game and score over 100 points again this season.Tom Liberatore had a record high 19 tackles while Marcus Bontempelli continues his red hot form with 33 disposals.

They now face the in-form GWS in what looks like to be the match of the round. This will be their first game away from Victoria this season and will take a mighty effort to beat GWS at their home ground. 

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