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AFL Round 21 review

Roar Guru
17th August, 2014

After another intriguing round of footy, one team has been cut from the finals race as a few more teams have fractured their top eight chances. I’ll review the big matches and look over my tips.

Who won the twilight elimination final between Essendon and West Coast?
Essendon did. A match full of twists and turns ended with Essendon all but securing a finals berth, while the Eagles got kicked out of the finals calculations for good. Essendon started off strongly in the first few minutes as Jobe Watson and his team stamped their authority, before the Eagles soared back in front and dominated the rest of the first half.

Enter Tyson Heppell. The young Bomber with a mop of hair led the charge of the Bombers as they mounted a huge comeback, with Jason Winderlich’s presence up forward getting Essendon over the line in a tight contest. Essendon can now look to win their last games and look to finish seventh, forcing a possible match up with North Melbourne. West Coast can now start planning towards next year after a brave late season effort.

Saturday night knock out clash
Richmond continued a remarkable run as they downed the Crows by ten points after a late rally. Brett Deledio kicked off proceedings by scoring the opening in under a minute as Richmond charged to an early buffer.

They continued to dominate the game as they sat on the brink of victory, until Adelaide got a roll on and stormed back in front in the last quarter as the Crows home crowd roared. The Tigers then pulled of their biggest and strongest effort to overhaul the result and take the win in what was a great game of footy.

Adelaide now have to win at least one of their matches, as a win against North Melbourne next week would see them slide into eighth and match up against Port Adelaide in the first week of finals. Richmond has continued their monumental run, as they sit in their perennial spot in ninth.

They should beat St. Kilda next week, as they then have a massive clash against Sydney in the last round. Both teams will have a tight finish to the season as they both have a chance to make finals.

I tipped 6/9, with my incorrect games being the Collingwood/Brisbane game, the Crows/Tigers game and the Melbourne/GWS game.

Sidenote: I was three points off for the margin of the Swans/Saints game, one off for the Port/Gold Coast game, eight off for the Bombers/Eagles game and five off for the Dockers/ Hawks game.