Melbourne v Sydney
Learned: The AFL needs the floating fixture for the last three rounds. This game had Sunday twilight written all over it.
Liked: The way Sydney keeps bringing these young kids in, each having an immediate effect.
Dislike: From premiership favourite to almost wooden spooners. What went wrong? Perhaps 2018 was nothing more than an abberation.
Carlton v St Kilda
Learned: Public opinion can sway even the footy boss to sign a coach with training wheels
Liked: Two bottom sides drawing a crowd of 50k plus. Good signs for both clubs
Disliked: Saints inability to bury sides and over use of the ball.
Brisbane v Geelong
Learned: How good is Charlie Cameron?
Liked: Billed as blockbuster and lived up to the hype. The Lions are the real deal.
Disliked: was only 30k to watch it but was a great game
Adelaide vs Collingwood
Learned: Pies are going to be scary when at full strength.
Liked: A remnant of memories of ‘kick a Vic’, South Australian teams on their knees brought a smile to the face.
Disliked: Tex Walker’s form, he should be dropped.
North Melbourne vs Port Adelaide
Learned: Todd Goldstein still has it and North are crazy not to sign him on a two year deal.
Liked: A reminder of the good days when forwards kicked bags.
Disliked: What to make of Port, fantastic one week pathetic the next.
Fremantle vs Essendon
Learned: Home ground advantage means nothing when you’re no good.
Liked: The bombers stood up when they had to to book a finals spot.
Disliked: Fremantle as a club they can’t kick scores and have an outdated game plan.
Richmond vs West Coast
Learned: Was this the Grand Final preview?
Liked: Tigers back to their best and beat someone who will go deep.
Disliked: Josh Kennedy. Beats up on lesser team can’t kick goals against decent defenders.
GWS v Western Bulldogs
Learned: Giants Stadium is no fortress for GWS.
Liked: The Dogs are coming and made the Giants look slow
Disliked: The Giants, they look likely to fall a long way short of the multiple flags they were predicted to win.
Hawthorn vs Gold Coast
Learned: Percentage will play a massive role next week when deciding finals positions. You need to bury sides like the suns and not give them easy goals.
Liked: There is still romance in football with Roughead getting a farewell game.
Disliked: The Suns. What more can you say?