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Though the three late games on Saturday saw one upset, the other games went as expected, although the size of Sydney’s win was greater than anticipated.
Essendon caused an upset by beating Geelong, and the unlikely goal-kicking hero was Shaun McKernan. McKernan took 19 games to score 15 goals but in his 20th he kicked a bag of four.
No player in the Bombers’ top 100 goal-scorers registered among the goal-kickers this week, but Dyson Heppell kicked his 50th goal and Matt Guelifi his first. Orazio Fantasia kicked two goals and is on target to join the Dons’ top 100 goal-kickers by season’s end, needing just eight more goals.
For Geelong, Tom Hawkins kicked three goals and failed by one to join Steve Johnson at three on the Cats’ all-time goal-scorers list. He also failed by one to join Travis Cloke (Collingwood/Western Bulldogs) on the AFL all-time list in 73rd position, so look for some movement from him in Round 10.
Patrick Dangerfield’s two goals took him past David Barkley, Shayne Breuer, Clive Coles, John Yates and Henry Young, while Joel Selwood’s goal took him one closer to Bob Davis.
In the Sydney vs Fremantle game Lance Franklin brought up his 300th goal for the Swans and justified his price tag even further. His career goals total is now 881 but he remains a long way behind Leigh Matthews, who holds eighth position on the list of AFL top 100 goal-kickers of all time.
Both Josh Kennedy and Nick Smith celebrated their 200th games for the Swans, with Kennedy having played another 13 for the Hawks. The icing on the cake for Kennedy was three goals that took him past 1950s player Eddie Lane.
The other top 100 goal-scorer was Luke Parker, who scored one goal. He can now claim equal footing with the famous Roy Cazaly at the Swans. Meanwhile, Isaac Heeney and Tom Papley are both vying for entry into the club’s top 100 goal-scorers some time in the not too distant future.
For Fremantle, Aaron Sandilands edged to within two of the 100-goal milestone with his two goals on Saturday. Michael Walters’ (two goals), Haydn Ballantyne ( one goal) and Nat Fyfe (one goal) all consolidated their lofty positions on the Dockers’ goal-kicking list.
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After a tight first half that saw St Kilda ahead at the main change, Collingwood drew away in the third quarter and were never headed again thanks to the goal-kicking efforts of Jordan De Goey with six
Scott Pendlebury played this week and drew level with coach Nathan Buckley on the Magpies greatest game-players list in seventh place. If he remains fit and healthy, he should move a few more rungs up the list by season’s end. He also kicked one goal and was the only top 100 goal-scorer in either side to do so, but it did not improve his overall position.
Jack Newnes was the best goal-scorer for the Saints, but goals to Jade Gresham (2) and Jack Billings (1) have kept them in the hunt for a top 100 goal-scorer position this season.