This round was highlighted by an impressive Tigers outfit, which had 22 contributors.
There were only three games with a margin of fewer than three goals – Thursday night’s match between the Swans and the Cats, the Bombers’ win over the Magpies and the Eagles’ Sunday afternoon victory at home against the Giants.
1. Damien Hardwick (Tigers)
2. Alastair Clarkson (Hawks)
3. Chris Scott (Cats)
4. Chris Fagan (Lions)
5. Adam Simpson (Eagles)
Swans vs Cats: Geelong could have won by a lot more
The Cats squandered countless opportunities to score goals with wayward kicking; they more than doubled the number of shots at goal that the Swans had with 31 to 14. Sydney were counting the costs of injuries going into the game, with Isaac Heeney already on the sideline while Kieran Jack and Jarrad Mcveigh went down during the contest.
Swans team lifter: Luke Parker
Cats team lifter: Mitch Duncan
Tigers vs Crows: Richmond deserve to be premiership favourites
The Tigers’ 22 played their role. They didn’t really have any standouts; the team as a whole was outstanding. The Crows are almost out of the running to feature in September as they needed to collect the four points on offer.
Tigers team lifter: Kane Lambert
Crows team lifter: Rory Laird
Lions vs Blues: Brisbane are on the up, while Carlton are on the way down
The Lions had their second comprehensive victory in a row, while the Blues were horrendous, failing to follow up a competitive performance last week against the Power.
Lions team lifter: Dayne Beams
Blues team lifter: Patrick Cripps
Power vs Saints: Port Adelaide did what they had to do
The Power had too much class for the Saints. St. Kilda were reasonably competitive, but their forward structure was largely disjointed.
Power team lifter: Steven Motlop
Saints team lifter: David Armitage
Bulldogs vs Hawks: Hawthorn dominant, while the depleted Bulldogs faded away
The Bulldogs looked as if they had a chance to collect the four points on offer, but they couldn’t continue the form that they had displayed in the first half, while the Hawks were clinical in the second half.
Bulldogs team lifter: Lachie Hunter
Hawks team lifter: Luke Breust
Demons vs Dockers: Melbourne bounced back, while Dockers were deplorable
The Demons were back in form this week with a quality display, while Fremantle were the most disappointing team for the round along with the Blues.
Demons team lifter: Clayton Oliver
Dockers team lifter: Tommy Sheridan
Kangaroos vs Suns: Gold Coast were undermanned, while the Kangaroos have exceeded expectations this season
This was an underwhelming game, with North Melbourne doing what they had to do to collect the four points, but the Suns were largely uncompetitive.
Kangaroos team lifter: Todd Goldstein
Suns team lifter: Jack Martin
Bombers vs Magpies: The Magpies have nearly sealed their spot in September
Collingwood showed character because they were really challenged by a competitive Bombers outfit. The game was the 200th for Magpies stalwart Steele Sidebottom, who had 27 possessions and two goals.
Bombers team lifter: Devon Smith
Magpies team lifters: Brodie Grundy, Steele Sidebottom
Eagles v Giants: This was a tough, tight contest
The Giants put up a good fight, despite leaving Perth empty-handed. West Coast are in the conversation as far as premiership contenders are concerned. The question needs to be asked: is Andrew Gaff the best player in the AFL this year?
Eagles team lifter: Andrew Gaff
Giants team lifter: Lachie Whitfield