Round 14 was the last of the three consecutive Rounds where the three teams had a bye.
It was a fairly tough week for the AFL, so it’s great to get back to discussing the footy once again!
I like to watch footy, but the game is fairly time consuming to watch nine games a week, so I’m probably one of the few that will miss watching six matches per Round.
Top three coaches of Round 14
1. Ken Hinkley (Port Adelaide Power)
2. Chris Fagan (Brisbane Lions)
3. Luke Beveridge (Western Bulldogs)
Coaches under the pump
John Worsfold (Essendon Bombers) – The game plan implemented by John Worsfold wasn’t sufficient for the Bombers to be competitive. Worsfold has one of the best lists in the competition at his disposal.
Allan Richardson (St Kilda Saints) – The Saints were disappointing with regards to the manner in which they played in a game that the Saints would have viewed as a must win game.
Round 14 key points
West Coast Eagles vs Essendon Bombers
The Bombers brought intensity early, but that was deceptive as they appeared to be lackadaisical after quarter time, which resulted in the Eagles controlling the rest of the game.
Magic Moment: Dom Sheed kicking the first goal of the second quarter, with a freakish snap from the pocket. Sheed’s goal brought back memories of his goal in the last quarter of the grand final last season.
Who stood out from the pack? Dom Sheed was prolific, playing a key role in the Eagles winning fairly comfortably.
What went right? Jarrod Cameron showed that he may have a future at AFL level, Cameron, the brother of Charlie from the Brisbane Lions, displayed the same flair as his brother, kicking a couple of goals.
What went wrong? The Eagles kicking for goal was deplorable; if they kicked more accurately when kicking at goals, then they would have won by at least ten goals.
The skill of the Bombers wasn’t AFL standard after quarter time. Jeremy McGovern got suspended for one week for a silly push on Matt Guelfi, that resulted in Guelfi having to go to hospital.
Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks
The Swans controlled the tempo of the game in the first quarter; they should have put the game beyond doubt, instead they went into the quarter break with a three-goal lead.
The Swans won the game by just one point after quarter time. Lance Franklin kicked four goal for the Swans, while Ricky Henderson continues to impress for the Hawks.
Magic Moment: Nick Blakely took a good mark and finished off his good work, by kicking truly from the resultant kick, in the last quarter.
Who stood out from the pack? Jordan Dawson had his skills on display using the ball well and making an impact on the game for the Swans. Dawson’s performance is an indicator that the future looks bright for the Swans. Lance Franklin played well, prior to his hamstring injury, hitting the scoreboard.
What went right? The Swans played some decent footy; they did enough to win the game, showing that their win against the West Coast Eagles two weeks ago wasn’t a fluke.
What went wrong? Once again the Hawks forward line appeared to be dysfunctional. Maybe they should try playing Ricky Henderson at full forward or James Sicily or Jonathan Ceglar on a permanent basis.
Lance Franklin injured his hamstring, which soured the Swans win, while Callum Sinclair was concussed.
Melbourne Demons vs Fremantle Dockers
It was a close game and an entertaining contest to watch; the Demons brought intensity to the game.
Both teams played some good footy and the game was interesting from start to finish. Tom Mcdonald was back in form for the Demons with three goals.
Tim Smith gave the Demons another target up forward; Smith kicked three goals, while Brandon Matera and Michael Walters both kicked three goals for the Dockers.
Magic Moment: There were a few to choose from in this game, but Tom Mcdonald’s dribble goal from the pocket in the fourth quarter, which gave the Demons a fourteen point lead was an intelligent piece of play and therefore was the moment that stuck out.
Who stood out from the pack? Jay Lockhart played an outstanding game of footy, the defender finished with two goals and made an impact on the game most of the time he gained possession of the footy.
What went right? The Demons structure looked perhaps the best it has all season; the game plan implemented by Simon Goodwin was followed systematically by the Demons players.
The kicking for goal was fairly accurate from both teams with the two teams kicking a combined score of 24 goals and 12 behinds.
What went wrong? Two key players for the Dockers suffered injuries; Jesse Hogan and Stephen Hill. Michael Walters was reported for headbutting.
St Kilda Saints vs Brisbane Lions
The Lions led by 20 points at half time, so it appeared as if the game was in the balance, but that wasn’t what eventuated.
The third quarter was an utter annihilation of the Saints by the Lions, it was difficult to find positives for the Saints, at least they played the game out and won the last quarter by 14 points, but that may have been partly due to the Lions taking the foot of the peddle so to speak.
Magic Moment: Nick Hind’s second goal of the first quarter was memorising as he fought his way through traffic and kicked a superb goal.
Who stood out from the pack? Daniel Rich provided plenty of run out of defence, Rich looked effortless and calm with ball in hand. Charlie Cameron influence on the game was impossible to curtail, because he was at the top of his game.
What went right? The Lions only had one player with less than ten possessions. Charlie Cameron managed to hit the scoreboard; Cameron finished with five goals, displaying his skills effortlessly.
Nick Hind kicked three goals for the Saints, in just his second game of footy at AFL level. The Lions third quarter display was almost flawless.
What went wrong? The Saints conceded nine goals in the third quarter, where they were obliterated by the Lions. The Saints got punished too much from turnovers.
Port Adelaide Power vs Geelong Cats
The Power controlled the tempo of the game with relentless pressure for the four quarters. The Power made a statement at selection dropping Justin Westhoff along with Paddy Ryder and Sam Powell-Pepper and it paid dividends.
In the end the Power only won by eleven points, which flattered the Cats as they were outplayed.
Magic Moment: Ryan Burton’s snap around the corner to give the Power a three goal lead in the second quarter.
Who stood out from the pack? Scott Lycett put in a four quarter performance relishing the opportunity to be the sole ruckman for the Power, thanks to the match committee bravely dropping Paddy Ryder.
What went right? The Power’s attack on the ball was ruthless and the game plan implemented by coach Ken Hinkley was an astute one as the Cats had no answers.
What went wrong? Tim Kelly and Tom Hawkins had very little impact on the contest and the majority of the Cats team had little influence on the game. The Power would be disappointed that they only won by eleven points as they had twenty-two shots on goal to the Cats sixteen.
Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood Magpies
The Magpies were poor, yet they claimed the four points; it’s fair to say that the Bulldogs outplayed the Magpies, yet they couldn’t translate that dominance onto the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs played some good footy, but they weren’t ruthless and clinical enough in the forward fifty.
Magic Moment: Jordan de Goey put the Magpies in front on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a classy snap from the forward pocket.
Who stood out from the pack? Caleb Daniel was prolific, particularly in the first half, Daniel took the game on providing plenty of run out of defence.
For the Magpies, Brodie Grundy helped them get over the line, Grundy finished with fifty hit outs, plenty of the ball and two goals.
What went right? The Bulldogs intensity, work rate and attack on the ball, especially in the second quarter was impressive. The Magpies won the game, due to the fact that they kicked for goal accurately; they finished with thirteen goals from 17 shots.
What went wrong? The Bulldogs lost the game, because they only kicked ten goals from their twenty-three scoring shots.
Jeremy Howe suffered a calf injury in the second quarter. Above all else the wrong team won the game; the team that deserved to win the game, lost.