HIGHLIGHTS FROM ROUND THREE OF THE AFL
THEY SAID IT: “One swallow doesn’t make a summer, does it? (But) I thought there was a bit to like there.
” – Fremantle coach Ross Lyon was cautiously optimistic about his team’s future prospects after the Dockers stunned reigning premiers Western Bulldogs at Subiaco on Saturday.
STATS THAT MATTER: 16 – the number of goals Geelong kicked in a row in their 29-point win over Melbourne. The Demons were the better side for large portions of the game but ultimately kicked themselves out of it with their horrendous conversion in front of goal.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Gary Ablett. The two-time Brownlow medallist responded to a week of intense criticism in fine fashion. After last week’s poor game in a 102-point belting by Greater Western Sydney, Ablett was a key factor in the Suns’ stunning upset win over Hawthorn.
KEY MOMENT: In a rain-affected match at the MCG, Carlton skipper Marc Murphy kicked an early contender for goal of the year in the Blues’ hard-fought win over Essendon. Murphy threaded the eye of the needle with a brilliant snap to inspire his team on to their first victory of 2017.
TALKING POINT: Did Leigh Montagna taunt the Lions before he scored a pivotal late goal in St Kilda’s first win of the season? The veteran stopped in the goal square and even bounced the ball before putting it through as a defender approached. There was still nearly 10 minutes left in the game, but Montagna maintains he was only trying to take time off the clock in the close contest.
TRIBUNAL WATCH: Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide) will come under scrutiny by the match review panel after he was involved in an off-the-ball incident in the dying minutes of the Power’s loss to Adelaide. Young Crows forward Riley Knight was floored and indicated to a trainer he had been hit in the jaw. West Coast’s Shannon Hurn also faces a nervous wait after he cannoned into the back of Richmond’s Jason Castagna, as will North Melbourne skipper Jack Ziebell after he clattered into the Giants’ Phil Davis. Gold Coast’s Jarryd Lyons was reported for striking Hawthorn’s Liam Shiels.
KEY INJURIES: R Griffen (Giants, ankle), P Davis (Giants, shoulder), N Vlastuin (Tigers, broken nose), J Darling (Eagles, ankle), M LeCras (Eagles, head knock), M Gawn (Demons, hamstring), B Vince (Demons, toe), T Hawkins (Cats, thigh), M McGovern (Crows, hamstring), R Knight (Crows, jaw), L Picken (Bulldogs, concussion), J Weitering (Blues, head knock), S White (Blues, back).
WHAT’S NEXT: West Coast kick off a five-day round of AFL action when they host winless Sydney on Thursday night, but the big ticket item of the round is the first Good Friday clash between North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs. League leaders Adelaide will host Essendon at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.