AFL Round Nine 2019 – Knee Jerk Reaction

Bozza responds to Round Nine of the AFL.

Dees Done.

For three quarters the Demons took it right up to the Eagles in Perth until a final quarter fade-out saw them fall to a 16-point defeat. While three and six leaves them with mathematical hopes of a return to September, their form doesn’t warrant any kind of expectation from their long suffering fans. Their opponents on the other hand, keep finding a way to win despite not being at their best. If they can rediscover it, they will be a genuine contender come September.

Collingwood continue on their merry way.

The Pies were challenged by the Saints on Saturday but flexed their muscle in an impressive final quarter to run out 41-point victors. They continue to do what they need to for a serious flag tilt.

The Lions are coming.

Brisbane and Adelaide played out a thriller at the Gabba on the Saturday with the home team hanging on for a one-point win. Sitting fourth on the AFL ladder, the young cubs are full of confidence and will take a lot of beating.

The Cats still purring.

Sitting a game and percentage above the rest of the competition, Chris Scott’s men continue to impress. The Bulldogs were impressive in their efforts at GMHBA Stadium but couldn’t go with the competition leaders when they kicked away in the final quarter.

Bombers win ugly.

John Worsfold, and the Bombers, have been criticised in recent times for not having a plan b when their preferred style of play is stunted. On Saturday night against the Dockers, they showed that they are prepared to roll up their sleeves and do whatever it takes to get a win. It wasn’t pretty, but premiership points don’t have a style component.

Fortress Hobart Breached.

North Melbourne have an impressive record in the Apple Isle, having won 13 of 15 matches at Bellerive Oval before facing the Swans on Saturday night. Despite a spirited fourth quarter surge, they couldn’t defend their southern outpost, falling to the Swans by five points. It means they sit above only the misfiring Blues on the AFL ladder despite an off-season of optimism and face the prospect of a wasted season in 2019.

Port eclipse the Suns in Adelaide.

The Power won a wet slog against the Suns in Adelaide on Sunday to reclaim a place in the top eight. Port remain an inconsistent prospect this season but have an opportunity to shore up their position with three eminently winnable games to come. For Gold Coast, it is another disappointing loss after having their chances. They continue to exceed expectations but fail to add to their win tally.

Injury to insult for the Hawks

Hawthorn fell to their fifth defeat of the season against the Tigers on Sunday. They looked genuinely outclassed by a Richmond team still missing a number of their key stars. Adding injury to insult on a disappointing afternoon, in-form big man Ben McEvoy was unable to finish the game due to an ankle injury.

Bolton’s headaches grow.

After a spirited performance against Collingwood a week early, Carlton were insipid against the Giants. It will be a long week for Brendon Bolton and his team as they prepare for a winnable game against the Saints on Saturday. For the Giants, they returned to the winners list with a bang after losing to the Hawks.

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