AFL Round 18 – What Did We Learn?

Western Bulldogs have an uphill battle to try and finish in the top 4

It was a rather disappointing night for the Western Bulldogs as they lost to St Kilda but also lost a couple of players due to bad injuries. Mitch Wallis suffered a broken leg which will see him out for the rest of the season while jack Redpath did his knee which turned out to be an ACL and will be out for a year. Dale Morris also limped off with a hamstring injury. 

It was more than just a loss for the bulldogs as they loss some key players to this team and now have to recoup and go to Geelong this week to take on the cats this Friday night. It will be a tough game but winning these types of games can set up the rest of the season for the Bulldogs.

 

Sam Mitchell is still playing consistent football after 300 games

Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell was one of the best players in their team’s win over Richmond. He collected 38 disposals, 13 contested possessions, 9 marks and 9 clearances. He continues his great 2016 season and will be important in getting Hawthorn their 4th premiership in a row.

In the past decade, there has not been many players that have been as consistent as Sam Mitchell as he just continues to perform week in and week out. He may not be the quickest but has great agility and evasive skills that gets him away from players and can kick both feet which is quite rare in footy these days. He has been a star for a long time and he doesn’t look like slowing down after 300 games of AFL footy. 

 

Tom Hawkins is the key to Geelong’s premiership hopes

There were some criticism over Tom Hawkins’ form as he had not been able to produce bag of goals on a regular basis. Coming up against Adelaide and Daniel Talia who is one of the best full backs in the AFL, Hawkins finally produced a game that we all know what he is capable of doing. He kicked 4 goals and guided Geelong to a big win over the crows. 

This game showed that Tom Hawkins will be a key to Geelong’s premiership hopes. If he can produce a similar game in the finals then Geelong look more dangerous as a team and can trouble teams like Sydney and Hawthorn. Hawkins now needs to build on this game and play well against the Western Bulldogs this weekend. 

 

North Melbourne performed when they needed to

North Melbourne were under a lot of pressure to get a win as they took on Collingwood. However, North’s first quarter blew the game open as they took a 5 goal lead to quarter time and never looked back as they won by 40 points. They showed how good they can play when the team is up and running but they haven’t been able to do that of much recently.

North Melbourne have a big game this week as they go against St Kilda who are 2 games behind them and if they win, it should be enough for them to make finals. If they lose, then that gives St Kilda a chance of taking that 8th spot in the finals which will be a major disappointment for North as they were 9-0 earlier in the season. 

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