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North snapped a 14-game losing streak after coach David Noble left during the week to bring some excitement to an otherwise largely predictable round.
The Bulldogs fought back after a knock from the Swans in round 17 to end St Kilda’s chances of a top-six finish, Geelong marked their mark as the competition’s best and Essendon picked up their third straight win to make the things all the more difficult for the Gold Coast.
A big bang for Brisbane helped his team eclipse the Giants in Canberra, Buddy Franklin went quiet after the noise around his future and Kozzy Pickett put on a show in Alice Springs.
A former number one draft pick had his best comeback in quite some time.
Western Bulldogs 84 – 56 St Kilda – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
Friday Night at Marvel could have served anything as two of the competition’s most inconsistent teams met to kick off the football weekend.
The Dogs controlled the proceedings from the start to keep their final hopes alive and skip the Saints with five games to go.
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan scored a major in each of the first three quarters, as more than a month of hard work in the first half with no return on the scoresheet began to pay off.
For the Saints, Jade Gresham was temperamental in front of goal but fought his way to 24 eliminations while Paddy Ryder, Ben Long and Bradley Hill everyone had quiet nights.
Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera was usable with 11 keys for the game.
In Round 19, the Dogs will face a tougher test against the reigning Premiers while St Kilda will look to score one against the Eagles. Both contests could go a long way in dictating the shape of the top eight at the end of the season.
Adelaide 86 – 91 Collingwood – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
The Magpies won their eighth in a row against a valiant Crows at home.
The result could have been very different if not for the dominating display of 40 eliminations and two goals from 17-man Nick Daicos.
wayne milera and Shane McAdam had 11 touches apiece for the home side, with the latter scoring one goal.
GWS 59 – 99 Brisbane – Manuka Oval, Canberra
Keidean Coleman picked up right where he left off after returning to the Lions side and helping them to a 40-point win over the Giants in the nation’s capital.
The silky full-back had 25 touches and a goal for the afternoon.
Inclusion Companion Callum Ah Chee and Nakia Cockatoo found the ball 15 times each and Charlie Cameron found the goals three times on his way to a win.
Brisbane should look to stay in touch with the Dees and Cats with a win over the Gold Coast in this weekend’s Q-Clash at the Gabba.
North Melbourne 92 – 88 Richmond – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
For the second time in as many weeks, the Kangaroos were brave and led for most of the game before stumbling in the later stages.
Thankfully, North was able to fend off the demons of letting one slide against the Magpies the week before and grit his teeth against the Tigers.
It was their second win of the season and first since the second round, after knocking out coach David Noble in midweek.
If their season had a handful more wins, the midfielder jy simpkin would be within his rights to feel like a shot at All-Australian honours.
The 24-year-old continued his brilliant form with 34 near-best touches on the ground and one goal.
Jed Anderson had 22 assignments to him through the middle and Phoenix Spicer struggled to capitalize on his recent opportunity to put his mark on the game.
The Tiger Trio Daniel Rioli, Shai Bolton and marlion picket had a limited impact.
Carlton 55 – 85 Geelong – MCG, Melbourne
Carlton is slowly losing his reputation as a contender while looking average against the ladder-topping Cats.
While the Blues struggled twice in the first half, the frontrunners in the competition put their foot down after the main break to run away with a precious win at the MCG.
Tyson Stengle had 17 touches and threw 1.1 for Geelong while Carlton Jesse Motlop was almost identical, minus the behind.
Fremantle 65 – 82 Sydney – Optus Stadium, Perth
The Swans survived one of football’s toughest journeys to secure an important victory against the Dockers in the west.
That could prove costly for Fremantle who loosened their grip on the home finals in September with defeat.
Michael Walters threw 1.1 of his 16 touches after a week of confrontation, and Sydney Lance Franklin had seven touches and just one goal after allegedly demanding more than $700,000 for his services to play for the Swans next year.
Freo will look to pounce on a nervous Richmond to kick off Round 19 as Sydney begin their home run against the bottom sides with a home game against the Crows.
Hawthorn 102 – 77 West Coast – MCG, Melbourne
In a fairly high contest, Hawthorn did light work on the beleaguered Eagles on their rare shot in a game on the MCG.
The West Australians jumped in early before opening the door for the Hawks shortly after the first break and never managed to regain control.
Liam Ryan and jermaine jones had contact in his mid-teens when Tim Kelly collected a few more plus a goal in a losing effort.
Melbourne 83 – 69 Port Adelaide – TIO Traeger Park, Alice Springs
It was Kozzy’s night as the Dees survived a scare to get things back on track against the Power in Alice Springs.
PicketHe threw 6.1 for 14 touches, becoming the first player to hit a half-dozen in an AFL game in the territory.
It was a long-awaited release for the little front-end excitement machine that was coming out of a humble patch in the middle of the season.
Steven May found the ball nearly twenty times defending the Dee’s line as the Power surged forward and Sam Powell Pepper and Karl Ammon had over 20 keys for their side.
Essendon 105 – 55 Gold Coast – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
The Bombers have three straight wins after beating a disappointing Suns to end the weekend.
Izak Rankine returned to the Gold Coast line-up but made little impact on the result, sending off 1.1 from 11 assignments.
Richmond will face Fremantle at the MCG to start Round 19 on Friday night.