With only seven games this weekend, the highlights can be condensed into two parts instead of three, with part 1 covering the first four games of the round.
Port Adelaide were the first club to provide a talking point with their Friday night defeat of Richmond by 14 points. It would appear that the Tigers are not so invincible when playing away from the MCG and without superstar Dustin Martin.
However, the chances of them not finishing high enough up the ladder to be guaranteed an MCG final are fairly remote, and Dusty’s injury should not keep him out for long. Rival club supporters shouldn’t get too carried away by this close defeat.
At Port Adelaide the battle for second place on the club’s top 100 all-time goal-kickers list has heated up. The retired Jay Schulz still holds the position, but after this weekend Justin Westoff and Robbie Gray hold equal third position, just one goal behind Schulz. While I anticipate that Robbie Gray will be the long-term holder of the runner-up position on the club list, it will be interesting to see if Justin Westoff can temporarily be number two
There was some movement further down Power’s list as well with Charlie Dixon passing David Roden and equalling the goal kicking exploits of Roger James.
Only two current top-100 goal-scorers at Richmond troubled the scorer: Jack Riewoldt scored three goals to take his tally to 565, and Shane Edwards scored two. Neither improved their position on the club list.
The second game saw Geelong record a comfortable victory over fellow top-eight member North Melbourne. With Ben Brown held to just 11 disposals and Jarrad Waite not playing for the kangaroos it was left to captain Jack Ziebell to have some impact on the top-100 goal-scorers at the club. His one goal took him past premiership hero Phil Baker.
Todd Goldstein also chipped in with one goal, and that took him to level with Frank Goode, the fill-in full forward who got the job due to an injury to star full forward John Dugdale. Goode led the goal-kicking at North Melbourne in 1965 and 1966.
Tom Hawkins kicked three goals and past Alby Pannam on the AFL all-time goal-scorers list. Pannam, in a long and illustrious career at Collingwood from 1933 to 1945, played in three premierships, won the best and fairest and was the club’s leading goal-kicker for three years in a row. He also captained the club for one year.
Greater Western Sydney at home easily accounted for Gold Coast Suns, with Jeremy Cameron continuing to show his class with another six-goal haul. A measly return of four goals for the Suns was enough for Jarrod Harbrow (one goal) to join Matt Shaw on the club’s goal-kicking list and for Will Brodie to become the 87th player to score at least one goal for the club.
Sydney completely outplayed St Kilda to win by 71 points at the Saints’ home ground at Etihad Stadium. Lance Franklin scored four goals to take his Swans total to 309 and his AFL total to 889. Josh Kennedy, Gary Rohan and Isaac Heeney all scored goals and improved their positions on the club’s top-100 goal-scorers list. Rohan with two goals joined Brett Kirk in the top 70 goal-kickers of all time.