The Brisbane-Adelaide match in Queensland finished as a nail-biter with the Lions hanging on by one point in a game that suggested both teams remain in the mix for a top eight position.
Both of the Crows’ AFL top 100 goal-scorers were active, scoring three goals and this was matched by Brisbane’s elite, with Charlie Cameron and Daniel McStay also kicking three majors.
On the AFL list, Eddie Betts gained his ascendancy over Josh Kennedy, but it was reduced to just one goal, while Taylor Walker climbed above Sydney’s Tony Morwood into 96th position.
In the Geelong-Western Bulldogs game, Tom Hawkins scored four goals, the equal best of the round until he was gazumped by Jeremy Finlayson in the last game of the round.
His four goals, however, took him above Brent Harvey (North Melbourne) and level with Michael O’Loughlin (Sydney). Given that he is not yet 31 years old, in his current form, it is highly likely that he will move considerably higher up the list before his retirement.
Gary Ablett, with his two goals, moved to 15th position on the Cats’ list, overtaking Cameron Mooney.
Further down the list, Mitch Duncan climbed above Andrew Bews. Also for the Cats, newbie Darcy Fort started his career in style, kicking three goals.
For the Bulldogs, two elite players kicked two goals. Marcus Bontempelli moved equal with Tony McGuinness, and Mitch Wallis passed Ray Huppatz and drew level with Josh Hill.
Essendon won against Fremantle because Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti kicked some goals. His record this year suggests if he kicks goals then the Bombers win and if he doesn’t they lose.
His three goals took his total to 84, and 99th position on the Dons’ top 100 goal-scorers charts, pushing down the three occupants of that position – Adam McPhee, Scott Cummings and Jason Winderlich.
They’ll be looking over their shoulders at Cale Hooker who – by scoring two more goals – would dislodge them all from Essendon’s top 100 goal-scorers list.
Dylan Shiel scored his first two goals for the Bombers to sink Fremantle and make their prospect of making the eight much less likely.
In a low-scoring game, Freo’s seven goals were shared around six players including Michael Walters and David Mundy.
In the North Melbourne vs Sydney game, Sydney’s Tom Papley was the stand-out goal scorer with four. He has opened up a handy gap of five goals in his intra-club goal-kicking competition with Isaac Heeney, who scored one.
In Richmond’s win over Hawthorn, Dustin Martin returned to match-winning form, kicking two goals and drawing level with Bill Wilson, a rover to Roy Wright in the 1940s and ’50s.
Josh Caddy continued his climb up the lower rungs of the Tigers’ top 100 goal-scorers and helped make Hawthorn’s appearance in the finals in 2019 less likely than ever.
Luke Breust’s three keeps him in the hunt for AFL top 100 goal-scorers elite status.