AFL Round 13 What Did We Learn?

GWS need to show more dominance away from home

It wasn’t the best performance away from home but GWS survived a scare against Essendon at Ethiad Stadium and scrapped a victory. They looked scrappy at times and people questioned whether they head into that game cocky. Nevertheless, they got the 4 points and now face Carlton at Spotless Stadium.

They have not lost at Spotless Stadium this season and go into this match as favourites. You would expect GWS to come out and win this match and give themselves a chance of finishing in the top 4. 

 

Poor goalkicking cost North Melbourne a win

It was a brutal encounter between North Melbourne and Hawthorn last Friday night with North giving everything they had to win that match. Unfortunately their poor kicking in front of goal cost them the result. North kicked 11.18 while Hawthorn kicked 14.9 as the hawks won by 9 points. 

They were leading for majority of the match but were not able to finish Hawthorn off. They need to improve on their goalkicking if they want to beat the Adelaide crows at Adelaide Oval this Thursday night. If they dominate the game and don’t take their chances, then the crows will punish them and in front of their home crowd, it will be difficult to come back from that. 

 

Michael Barlow is enjoying his new as a tagger

It has been a genius move from Fremantle coach Ross Lyon to play Michael Barlow as a tagger. In the past 3 matches, Barlow has find ways to nullify key players for opposition teams and get the ball himself. He shut down Port’s Robbie Gray last week to just 16 disposals and won 43 disposals of his own and kicked 2 goals to be best on ground in their win. 

In the previous two weeks, he beat Essendon’s David Zaharakis and Brisbane’s Daniel Rich and this week against Collingwood, he will likely face either captain Scott Pendlebury, Adam Treloar or Steele Sidebottom. A win against Collingwood at the MCG this Friday night will be huge for Fremantle as they don’t win too many games away from Perth, especially this season. 

 

The top 8 is now set 

After Port Adelaide losing last weekend, it looks like the top 8 is now set. It has taken 13 rounds but Geelong, Sydney, North Melbourne, GWS, Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs, West Coast and Adelaide look to have made finals this years.

The only question is the positional changes inside the 8. The top 4 is not decided as all of the teams in the 8 has a chance of securing a double chance. The minor premiership is up for grabs as Geelong just overtook North Melbourne to be on top of the ladder but could change after this weekend’s footy. It is close for these spots and it looks set be an exciting finish to the home and away season. 

 

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