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AFL: Round 4 Round-Up of All Matches



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As we look forward to round 5 of the AFL we round-up the action from last week’s fixtures.

Sydney Swans 39 – 67 Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli inspired his side to victory over Sydney Swans to pick up their second win of this season’s AFL campaign.

The Bulldogs were fully in control at the SCG from the offset. They took a convincing 9-39 lead into the half time break; Bontempelli claimed 13 points from his central role to put his side in the driving seat.

The third quarter saw the Swans put up a fight in search of what would have been a dramatic comeback and kept the Bulldogs at bay for the majority of it.

The fourth quarter was alot more open and saw both sides slot the ball between the sticks four times, the Bulldogs were more clinical in front of the sticks which ultimately made the difference.

One player who did make a big stamp on the game, despite being on the losing side was follower Tom Rapley (4 goals and 2 behinds).

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – Sydney Swans 1 – 2o Western Bulldogs

Q2 – Sydney Swans 9 -39 Western Bulldogs

Q3 – Sydney Swans 20 – 46 Western Bulldogs

Q4 – Sydney Swans 39 – 67 Western Bulldogs

GWS Giants 66 – 64 Collingwood

In a thoroughly entertaining clash in Sydney GWS narrowly got the better of 15 time VFL/AFL champions Collingwood. They condemned the Magpies’ to their first defeat of the season.

Prior to the match, this fixture was highly anticipated to be one of the games of the week and it did not disappoint.

The scores were extremely tight with Collingwood’s Darcy Moore collecting 9 marks at vital times to cut up the Giants’ attacks. However, Leon Cameron’s side picked up some momentum and built up a 19 point lead midway through the third quarter.

Collingwood are one of the favourites to win the AFL for a reason: their tremendous fighting spirit. This was on display for all to see after falling drastically behind, they pulled back it and got their noses narrowly in front at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but that didn’t last.

Fourth quarter goals from Josh Kelly and Jeremy Cameron was enough to seal all four points in the end for the Giants.

Ultimately Collingwood weren’t clinical enough in front of the sticks and missed out on a hefty 60 points (10 behinds). On the other hand Giants fan favourite Toby Greene had a 100% success rate and slotted home on three occasions.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – GWS Giants 9 – 14 Collingwood

Q2 – GWS Giants 28 – 28 Collingwood

Q3 – GWS Giants 54 – 53 Collingwood

Q4 – GWS Giants 66 – 64 Collingwood

Port Adelaide 89 – 41 West Coast Eagles

The Eagles’ underwhelming start to the campaign continued as they were put to the sword by high-flying Port Adelaide.

Going into the fixture Adam Simpson’s side were always going to be in for a tough battle with Port Adelaide who boasted a perfect win record.

Port Adelaide embarrassed the Eagles for the whole 80 minutes and full forward Charlie Dixon had a field day scoring 38 points for the league leaders (6 goals and 2 behinds).

The Eagles did however show a glimpse of what they can do in the third quarter with three goals in quick succession which was provoked by Josh Kennedy (4 goals).

The Perth based side now sit 16th in the ladder with just one win separating them from their local rivals Fremantle Dockers and Adelaide Crows.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – Port Adelaide 28 – 8 West Coast Eagles

Q2 – Port Adelaide 43 – 16 West Coast Eagles

Q3 – Port Adelaide 71 – 34 West Coast Eagles

Q4 – Port Adelaide 89 – 41 West Coast Eagles

St Kilda 93 – 67 Richmond

Ruthless St Kilda brushed away Richmond to further increase the frustration with what has been a below par start to the season for the reigning champions.

Richmond are yet to claim victory since the season restarted following the suspension due to the coronavirus. The matter of the defeat was worsened as former Tiger Dan Butler (13 disposals and three goals) distressed his former side to help St Kilda claim their second win out of four.

The saints were ruthless all the way through as they progressively stretched their lead further and further as the game went on.

Richmond did have a slither of hope of clawing their way back after Toby Nankervis kicked home on the buzzer to end the third quarter and reduce the deficit to just 15, however, St Kilda kept their composure to secure the victory.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – St Kilda 32 – 25 Richmond

Q2 – St Kilda 50 – 39 Richmond

Q3 – St Kilda 74 – 59 Richmond

Q4 – St Kilda 93 – 67 Richmond

Essendon 51 – 52 Carlton

A last gasp rush and a behind meant that Carlton claimed the narrowest of victories over Essendon at the MCG.

In a rollercoaster of a match the lead switched a handful of times throughout, but ultimately it was Carlton who came away the happiest of the two sides.

The victory could have been much easier to come by for Carlton if they were more accurate with their attempts on goal (10 behinds).

Essendon had a golden opportunity to claim the win themselves with a minute left to be played out, however, unfortunately for the Bombers Adam Saad’s 50 metre strike dropped short and was punched behind.

A thoroughly captivating encounter for any Aussie Rules fan.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – Essendon 13 – 18 Carlton

Q2 – Essendon 25 – 33 Carlton

Q3 – Essendon 38 – 38 Carlton

Q4 – Essendon 51 – 52 Carlton

Gold Coast Suns 64 – 51 Fremantle

Gold Coast continued their impressive form as they sealed a tight win over a struggling Fremantle who are still in the hunt for their first victory of the season.

The match was well contested throughout, but the Suns ran away with it in the fourth quarter with Jack Lukosius and Ben Ainsworth adding two more goals to the tally.

With the match tight as the half time siren went, emotions did spill over and resulted in a melee on the pitch which resulted in Dockers forward Matt Taberner having his shirt ripped to pieces.

The Dockers will be tested even further in their next couple of matches with their captain Nat Fyfe being ruled out for 1-2 weeks with a minor damage to his hamstring; a setback that will further frustrate coach Justin Longmuir.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – Gold Coast Suns 12 – 18 Fremantle

Q2 – Gold Coast Suns 42 – 36 Fremantle

Q3 – Gold Coast Suns 50 – 50 Fremantle

Q4 – Gold Coast Suns 64 – 51 Fremantle

Brisbane Lions 83 -46 Adelaide Crows

Brisbane Lions made it three wins on the spin as they swept aside Adelaide Crows who sit rock bottom of the AFL ladder.

Straight from the opening ruck Brisbane were on top and created a 40 point lead ahead of the Crows going into the second half (82-46).

Adelaide did attempt to do what would have been a miraculous comeback in the third quarter but the Lions turned it back on in the final 2o minutes to claim a comfortable win.

There was multiple stand out performers for the Lions as expected in such a convincing victory, but one player who was massively in the thick of the action was Lachie Neale; albeit he didn’t add to the Lions’ goal tally of 10 but he was superb (six behinds, 31 disposals and eight marks), a dream player to have in a Fantasy League team.

Adelaide will be hoping to get off the mark next matchday as they come up against fellow strugglers Fremantle Dockers.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – Brisbane Lions 21 – 6 Adelaide Crows

Q2 – Brisbane Lions 52 – 12 Adelaide Crows

Q3 – Brisbane Lions 57-39 Adelaide Crows

Q4 – Brisbane Lions 83-46 Adelaide Crows

Melbourne 44 – 47 Geelong Cats

Geelong Cats returned to winning ways after claiming a slim win over a resilient Melbourne side.

Melbourne offered very little in attack in the first quarter but they got into their groove in the second to get their noses in front by just the one point.

However, they dipped off in the second half and allowed too much attacking freedom for the Cats who made the most of it to move ahead by 17 and that deficit proved to be too much to recover from for the Demons.

The Cats were issued a slight scare as Melbourne slotted in three of the last four goals of the match, but the inconsistency of the home side turned out to be their downfall.

The victory for Geelong did come with some mixed emotions after defender Tom Stewart left the pitch with a suspected broken collarbone.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – Melbourne 1 – 13 Geelong Cats

Q2 – Melbourne 15 – 14 Geelong Cats

Q3 – Melbourne 23 – 40 Geelong Cats

Q4 – Melbourne 44 – 47 Geelong Cats

Hawthorn 58 – 54 North Melbourne

Hawthorn Hawks held on to see off an inspired North Melbourne fightback at the Marvel Stadium.

Despite the Hawks being criticised about fielding an older side consisting of 10 players being over the age of 29, they got straight down to action and as a result strengthened their position in the ladder earning their third win from four games.

The Hawks were fully in command for most of the evening and led the Roos by 31 points with 10 minutes of the contest to be played before their opponents woke up to create a tense conclusion to the fixture.

North Melbourne lacked any attacking threat for the majority of the second half until Tristan Xerri, Ben Brown, Cameron Zurhaar and Tarryn Thomas all scored, however, the comeback was too little too late as the Roos fell to their second defeat of the campaign.

End of quarter scores:

Q1 – Hawthorn 15 – 13 North Melbourne

Q2 – Hawthorn 36 – 27 North Melbourne

Q3 – Hawthorn 48 – 27 North Melbourne

Q4 – Hawthorn 58 – 54 North Melbourne

How does the Ladder Look?

Gold Coast Suns move up into second with Hawthorn, Geelong Cats and St Kilda also advance up the ladder.  Collingwood, Essendon and North Melbourne all move down the standings.

In the bottom half of the table the most notable movement is Richmond dropping from 9th to 14th.

Next week’s fixtures:

Carlton v St Kilda (Thursday 2nd July, 10:40 BST)

Collingwood v Essendon (Friday 3rd July, 10:50 BST)

West Coast Eagles v Sydney Swans (Saturday 4th July, 04:45 BST)

Geelong Cats v Gold Coast Suns (Saturday 4th July, 07:35 BST)

Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne (Saturday 4th July, 10:40 BST)

Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide (Saturday 4th July, 10:40 BST)

Adelaide Crows v Fremantle (Sunday 5th July, 04:05 BST)

Melbourne v Richmond (Sunday 5th July, 06:35 BST)

GWS Giants v Hawthorn (Sunday 5th July, 09:10 BST)


We hope you enjoyed this round up of the latest action from the AFL. Who is you favourite Aussie Rules team or player?

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Adam is currently studying the BA Sports Journalism degree at the University of South Wales’ Cardiff campus. An avid sports fan, in particular football, Adam has recently sparked an interest in Women’s football after beginning a role with Swansea City Ladies as a media assistant. He Currently lives in Neath, South Wales. Adam is available to be contacted through the following email: [email protected]


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