AFL 2019: Knee Jerk Reaction Round 11

What were the main take aways from Round 11 in the AFL?

No Scott. No Problems.

The Kangaroos backed up their impressive victory over the Bulldogs in Brad Scott’s last game as coach, with an even better performance to give Rhys Shaw a winning start in the coaching hot seat. The Tigers entered the match on the back of a three game winning streak but had no answers against a North team that out ran, out tackled and out harassed them all night long.

Freo continue their rise.

For the second week in a row the Dockers prevailed in a thriller over another finals aspirant. Michael Walters was again the hero for Fremantle with his goal late in the contest giving them the lead but it will another he kicked in the shadows of half time that will be discussed for some time to come. Despite television replays showing that his kick had been clearly touched, the AFL’s goal review team did not have access to this vision before giving the all clear to the goal umpires decision.

Expansion clubs heading in different directions.

Jeremy Cameron and Stephen Coniglio were the stars for the Giants as they comprehensively defeated the Suns at Giants Stadium. The win saw GWS move into second place on the AFL ladder as they position themselves for a premiership assault in the back half of the season. For the Suns, despite a promising start to the season, another bottom four position appears all but assured at the halfway point.

The Cats continue to purr.

After seeing off a spirted Sydney challenge at GMHBA Stadium, the Cats now sit two game and percentage clear on top of the AFL ladder at the mid way point of the season. Tom Hawkins may find himself a little lighter in the hip pocket after a clumsy challenge but there are no other concerns for a Geelong team that has taken almost all before them in 2019.

The Lions continue to impress.

After their heartbreaking loss to the Dockers in Perth, it took the Lions a little while to get going against the Hawks. Yet despite being on the receiving end of an impressive Hawthorn opening onslaught, Brisbane worked their way into the game before running out 19-point victors. With three games they would expect to win ahead of them, they could be well positioned for an unlikely attack on the top four.

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More heartbreak for Melbourne.

The Dees looked likely winners for much of their Saturday night encounter with the Crows. Even after conceding eight of the last nine goals of the game, they had one last chance to pinch the points in Darwin. Unfortunately, Sam Weideman’s strong mark with just seconds left on the clock led only to more heartbreak for Melbourne who are enduring a season from hell in 2019.

A sad day for the Saints in Shaghai.

While they received some good news in the form of an encouraging return to football in the VFL by high profile recruit Dan Hannebery, the senior team had an afternoon to forget in China. Outclassed by an impressive Port Adelaide outfit, they had injury added to insult when returning skipper Jarryn Geary appeared to suffer a serious leg injury in the final term.

Essendon give Carlton the Blues.

Conditions weren’t great and the football even worse as the Bombers found enough to account for the last placed Blues at the MCG. While it may not be a result that brings much joy to the Bombers fans, it does keep them within touching distance of the top eight if they can find their best form in back half of the season.

The Premiers are coming.

While they have struggled to consistently find their best form, their firepower was on full display against the Bulldogs as they recorded their highest score of the season. It helped power them to their fifth successive win of the season as their premiership defence begins to take shape.

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