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Round 12 was an average week of football – unfortunately there were a couple of blowouts.
The AFL needs to implement some changes, because the game is much more exciting when the scoreboard is close, which was illustrated by the game between the Dockers and Crows – the spectacle is a better one for the neutral.
Top five coaches of Round 12
Byes: Blues, Bulldogs, Eagles, Hawks
Power vs Tigers
The Power could feature in September. Hinkley’s game plan worked well, while the Tigers appeared to be disjointed, suffering their second loss in Adelaide this season.
Power team lifter: Justin Westhoff
Tigers team lifter: Shaun Grigg
Cats vs Kangaroos
The Cats are contenders when they play to their maximum. They were outstanding in this contest, particularly defensively, conceding only eight goals. Gary Ablett was back to his best and was probably the best player on the field.
Cats team lifter: Gary Ablett
Kangaroos team lifter: Shaun Higgins
Giants vs Suns
The Giants are back on track, while the Suns are struggling. GWS are back to their best and are now a chance of featuring in September. The Suns are battling to be competitive. Jarrod Witts was a shining light for the Suns with 60-4 hit outs.
Giants team lifter: Josh Kelly
Suns team lifter: Jarrod Witts
Saints vs Swans
There is nothing worse than a game being over at quarter-time. The Saints took a step backwards while the Swans had a morale-lifting win on the road.
Saints team lifter: Jimmy Webster
Swans team lifter: Lance Franklin
Lions vs Bombers
The Bombers are a tough team to read. They bounced back from a shocking performance against the Tigers with a workman-like display against a much-improved Lions outfit.
Lions team lifter: Harris Andrews
Bombers team lifter: Zach Merrett
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Docker vs Crows
No Nat Fyfe and No Aaron Sandilands? No worries. Despite being without arguably the best player in the competition in Fyfe and first-choice ruckman Sandilands, the Dockers managed to get the four points, putting in a four-quarter effort.
Dockers team lifter: Brennan Cox
Crows team lifter: Bryce Gibbs
Demons vs Magpies
The Magpies could challenge for the premiership. Collingwood are in scintillating form with a comprehensive victory to end the Demons’ winning streak. The contest was a breakout game for American recruit Mason Cox. Nathan Buckley may well have proved his detractors wrong, although there is still plenty of footy to be played this season.
Demons team lifter: Tom Mcdonald
Magpies team lifter: Mason Cox