What happened? AFL Round 18, 2018

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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

    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

    Zach Tuohy

    (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

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    The Crowd Says (2)

    • Roar Guru

      July 23rd 2018 @ 11:04am
      Wayne said | July 23rd 2018 @ 11:04am | ! Report

      “…putting in a four-quarter effort to get their most memorable win of the season” If you mean being down by 29 Points at Quarter time a four-quarter effort?

      They had a memorable fight back after that start, with everyone expecting ‘how much’ will they lose by, not ‘Wait, Swans were held goaless for 2 quarters?!’

      • Roar Pro

        July 23rd 2018 @ 12:06pm
        Doran Smith said | July 23rd 2018 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

        I used the word ‘effort.’

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