AFL Round 21 – What Did We Learn?

Brisbane and Essendon produced great wins 

It has been a difficult season for both Brisbane and Essendon but it was a taste of victory for both sides. Brisbane were able to hold off Carlton at the GABBA to win by 4 points to get their 3rd win of the season. Essendon were able to beat Gold Coast at Ethiad Stadium by 6 points to get their 2nd win of the season

It would have been a sense of relief for both teams as they finally got wins but both sides face tough tests this week to win back to back matches. Brisbane face Geelong at the GABBA while Essendon face the Western Bulldogs at Ethiad Stadium. Despite their much needed wins, Brisbane and Essendon will find it hard to notch another win against top 8 sides. 

 

West Coast are still in the hunt for top 4 

It was an amazing finish between GWS and West Coast at Spotless Stadium as Nic Naitanui snapped a goal in the last second to give West Coast a memorable victory to keep their top 4 hopes alive. Luke Shuey was important in the last quarter as he helped West Coast to this victory and finished with 38 disposals and 2 goals in a best on ground performance. 

This win gives West Coast a sneaky chance for top 4 and with games against Hawthorn and Adelaide to finish the home and away season, it is in their hands. If they can beat Hawthorn in Perth this week and then find a way to beat Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, then top 4 is well and truly theirs. 

 

Western Bulldogs are surviving to gain a spot in the top 4

It was another close win by the Western Bulldogs as they beat Collingwood by 3 points in a thriller. Marcus Bontempelli was brilliant for the Bulldogs as he guided his team to victory while Luke Dahlhaus looked to be back to his great form after his knee injury he sustained earlier in the season. 

Their last few wins haven’t been big wins but are doing enough to keep themselves in the hunt for top 4. They now have a chance to gain a percentage boosting win when they take on Essendon at Ethiad Stadium. This is a chance for the Bulldogs to get a big win and bring players like Jake Stringer into form heading into the finals. 

 

Richmond blew a chance to beat Geelong 

Richmond were fantastic for the first 3 quarters of their match against Geelong and had a 6 goal lead heading into the final quarter. However, they allowed Geelong to dominate the last quarter and find a way to come back and win by 4 points. Richmond only kicked 1 goal in the quarter while Geelong kicked six goals. 

Richmond were in a match winning position and to squander a lead like that within a quarter is just not good enough. They worked so hard to gain convincing lead and still not come away with a win. The club need to now play 4 quarters this week against St Kilda and if they do that, they can win their 9th game of the season. 

 

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