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The later Saturday games all went as expected, with the potential teams of reaching the finals (Port Adelaide, Hawthorn and Melbourne) getting the job down while their opponents (St Kilda, Western Bulldogs and Fremantle) started planning for the 2019 season.
Western Bulldogs at least gave Hawthorn a bit of cheek and led the game by two points at halftime before the Hawks showed them what pressure football was all about.
In the other two games, Port Adelaide and Melbourne led for all or nearly all of the game, building their lead as the game progressed.
Both losing teams (St Kilda and Fremantle) scored seven goals while Port Melbourne and Melbourne kicked 12 and 13 goals respectively.
Melbourne’s relatively low goal score was due to some atrocious kicking. Both Melbourne and Hawthorn topped the 100 point mark.
Hawthorn’s Luke Breust matched the effort of Brisbane’s Eric Hipwood in the early Saturday game by kicking six goals. In Hipwood’s case, it meant that he passed Martin Pike’s goal kicking efforts for the Lions.
Pike is renowned for being the player who has played the most finals games at three different clubs.
On the other hand, Breust – who is already in the elite top 10 all-time goal scorers at the Hawks – still remains in the tenth position at the club, 43 goals behind Alec Albiston from the 1930s.
The Hawks’ number one current goalkicker, Jarryd Roughead, kicked four goals to take his tally to 554 and pass the injured Crow, Eddie Betts, and Chris Grant on the all-time AFL top 100 list.
Jack Gunston’s four goals give him 299 club goals with Hawthorn – the same total as injured Jack Darling is on at West Coast.
The speedy Isaac Smith generally bobs up with one or two goals for the Hawks and his two this week took him past Tony Hall and he now equals Jim Bowen and current Melbourne player Jordan Lewis.
The highest current goal scorer at Melbourne, Jesse Hogan kicked two goals while the other two top 100 goal scorers at the club – Nathan Jones and Jeff Garlett – scored one each and Tom McDonald scored one to make the equation to reach the top 100 by year’s end seven goals in seven games (plus finals).
Port Adelaide’s Charlie Dixon kicked four goals in his best effort for the club and this took him past Kane Cornes’ total.
One of my favourite players, Patrick Ryder, kicked the first goal of the match and this took him past Paul Stewart and to equal with Jarman Impey.
David Armitage had a day out for the Saints kicking 3 goals and therefore moving up the “ladder” past Lenny Hayes and Alby Weiss to match Ian Rowland.
For the Western Bulldogs, Mitch Wallis – who has already declared his desire to stay with the club next year – battled hard and scored three goals to sit just one goal outside the top 100 behind 1950’s player Brian Gilmore.
I really hope he gets that one goal, even if it means the last top 100 ‘party’ for Gilmore.