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What happened? AFL Round 18, 2018

The Suns celebrate victory during the round 18 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Gold Coast Suns at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 21, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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The highlight of Round 18 was the Suns upset victory over the Swans.

Full credit must go to Suns coach Stuart Dew and co-captain Steven May, who were the architects of what should be considered the upset of the season against the Swans. May managed to keep Lance Franklin from scoring a goal.

Top Five Coaches of Round 18

1. Stuart Dew (Suns)
2. Nathan Buckley (Magpies)
3. Simon Goodwin (Demons)
4. Chris Fagan (Lions)
5. Damien Hardwick (Tigers)

Round 18 key points

Saints vs Tigers: Another Friday night blowout
For the second week in a row there was a one-sided game on Friday night. On this occasion, the Saints were on the wrong side of the ledger.

Saints team lifter: Sebastian Ross
Tigers team lifters: Dion Prestia, Dustin Martin

Magpies vs Kangaroos: Hot Pies sizzle, while Kangaroos fall apart
The Magpies place in September appears to be cemented following a comprehensive victory over the Kangaroos. The Kangaroos are now in a precarious position. Their hopes of playing finals are suddenly in the balance.

Magpies team lifter: Taylor Adams
Kangaroos team lifter: Shaun Higgins

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Swans vs Suns: A week is a long time in footy
Last weekend the Suns faded away, but this round they showed everyone what they are capable of by beating the Swans, putting in a four-quarter effort to get their most memorable win of the season, despite being without Tom Lynch and David Swallow.

Swans team lifter: Luke Parker
Suns team lifter: Steven May

Bombers vs Dockers: The Dockers should have been obliterated
The Bombers had thirty-four shots on goal to the Dockers fifteen, yet somehow the Bombers only won by twenty-nine points. These two teams have been inconsistent and hard to get a read on and this can be summed up by the fact the Bombers still have a mathematical chance of featuring in September, due to their impressive recent form.

Bombers team lifter: Devon Smith
Dockers team lifter: Lachie Neale

Lions vs Crows: The Lions are showing signs of rejuvenation
The Lions are now a force to be reckoned with. Despite losing to the Crows, they played a good style. Adelaide won their second game in a row showing signs that they are back on track.

Lions team lifter: Alex Witherden
Crows team lifter: Matt Crouch

Cats vs Demons: Sport can be cruel
In spite of having played a quality game and having executed the game plan well the Demons went home empty-handed. The Cats won despite having eight less scoring shots. This game went down to the wire with the last kick of the game deciding the result.

Cats team lifter: Tom Hawkins
Demons team lifter: Clayton Oliver

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(Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Blues vs Hawks: The Blues were deplorable
It’s now indisputable the Blues are the worst team in the competition. The Blues didn’t execute the game plan – that or they have no system. The Hawks didn’t have a bad player; everyone managed to gather at least ten possessions.

Blues team lifter: Patrick Cripps
Hawks team lifter: Tom Mitchell

Eagles vs Bulldogs: The Eagles are a contender for the premiership
The Eagles put in a ruthless performance against a depleted Bulldogs team. The Bulldogs struggled and were outclassed.

Eagles team lifter: Andrew Gaff
Bulldogs team lifter: Toby Mclean

Power vs Giants: Power fail to kick ten goals for second week in a row
The Power’s hopes of featuring in September lie in the balance, while the Giants’ form is looking ominous. A great achievement for the Giants to win in the city of churches.

Power team lifter: Robbie Gray
Giants team lifter: Lachie Whitfield