Carlton did not quite have enough unusual nicknames to fill a list of 40, so the last few may be a bit less interesting.
The round of rivalries is over and the bye weeks now commence. The round of football included blow outs and nail biters, from the Collingwood-Carlton Friday night showdown to the western derby.
I’ll review my previews and assess my tips as we look forward to the next few weeks of byes.
Who won the ultimate rivalry?
Collingwood. And quite convincingly too, minus the last quarter. The Pies cut the Blues to ribbons. Carlton kicked the first goal of the match, but that was also their only goal for the first half as the Magpies preceded to kill Carlton and score numerous goals through forwards and midfielders.
The game was over by three-quarter time, as the Blues made the result look flattering for them with a cheap eight goals to four last quarter.
A Heath Grundy long bomb on the siren took the Pies past 100 points and rubbed salt into the wounds of the disappointing Carlton who didn’t show up.
The Pies now firm as Premiership contenders as they enter their bye week with a 5-2 win loss ratio and a top-four position on the ladder.
Did Essendon arrest their gigantic slump?
Yes. But only just. After a good three-goal start was run down by the Bulldogs, the Bombers fired in the second half to turn a 14-point deficit to an 8-point winning margin. This was mostly because of Watson.
He never let up as he kicked a couple of crucial goals which buried the hatchet for the gallant Bulldogs side. The win wasn’t convincing though, but the Bombers will take it as they look to rebound, while the Dogs sit back and ponder what could have been after giving up two buffers in the last two matches.
The tippers nightmare: West Coast or Fremantle?
Fremantle. Thank gosh yours truly tipped Freo. A low scoring game was always going to favour the Dockers, especially when West Coast kicked seven goals and twelve points.
West Coast will be kicking themselves after having one more shot as a spirited Fremantle avenged their recent losses to grab a top-eight position as they ran away 19-point winners.
The Eagles now need to win some games quickly as they drop to ninth, while the little brother of the Eagles now rises steadily up the ladder and give themselves every chance of playing finals going into the bye.
Tips: I tipped 7 from 9, with the matches I got wrong being Adelaide-Melbourne and North Melbourne-Gold Coast.
Sidenote: I got the margin correct for the Collingwood-Carlton game and three points off on the margin for the Essendon-Bulldogs game.