Facts and Figures
Average Score: 78.22 points per team; reasonably high, considering only two teams scored 100 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 18.44 points per game, which indicates that there weren’t a lot of close games. Despite that, the first two games of Round 4 had a margin of less than a goal!
Round 4 (In a Nutshell): In Round 4 I correctly predicted seven out of nine results. Round 4 had a lot of interesting issues to review. Find out in the Round 4 Review!
Thursday Night Game
Sydney Swans (83) v Essendon (80)
Swans Nearly Kick Themselves out of the Game
Facts and Figures: It was 28 scoring shots to 20 in favour of the Swans. They only won by three points, despite having eight more scoring shots than Essendon. The game ebbed and flowed.
Pivotal Moment: Oliver Florent reduced the deficit to 19 points in the 2nd quarter.
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Luke Parker
Essendon Game Changer: Zach Merrett
Friday Night Game
Port Adelaide (79) v Richmond (77)
Port Win a Thriller
Facts and Figures: Port Adelaide had 55 tackles to Richmond’s 52. Port Adelaide won the game partly due to having 63 one percenters to Richmond’s 40.
Pivotal Moment: Robbie Gray kicked a goal for Port Adelaide to give them a four point late in the 4th quarter.
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Travis Boak
Richmond Game Changer: Jayden Short
Saturday Afternoon Game
Western Bulldogs (73) v Brisbane Lions (54)
Western Bulldogs are the Team to Beat!
Facts and Figures: It was 23 scoring shots to 14 in favour of the Western Bulldogs. The margin should have been more than 19 points.
Pivotal Moment: Lachie Hunter kicked the Western Bulldogs 1st goal, which levelled the scores in the 1st quarter.
Western Bulldogs Game Changers: Tim English, Jack Macrae
Brisbane Lions Game Changers: Hugh McCluggage, Daniel Rich
Saturday Evening Game (Melbourne Time)
St Kilda (102) v West Coast Eagles (82)
A Week is a Long Time in Football!
Facts and Figures: It was 27 scoring shots to 17 in St Kilda’s favour. They could well have had a more comfortable win than 20 points.
Pivotal Moment: Dan Butler of St Kilda made the deficit 27 points in the 3rd quarter with a goal.
St Kilda Game Changer: Jack Steele
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: Jack Petrucelle
Saturday Night Games
Gold Coast Suns (59) v Carlton (70)
The Sun isn’t Shining for the Suns
Facts and Figures: It was 25 scoring shots to 19 in Carlton’s favour. It was 46 clearances to 39 in the Suns favour. Despite that, it was the Suns turned the ball over 81 times to Carlton’s 67.
Pivotal Moment: Harry McKay gave Carlton an 11 point lead in the 4th quarter with a good snap from the pocket.
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Hugh Greenwood
Carlton Game Changer: Sam Docherty
Collingwood (60) v GWS Giants (90)
Depleted Giants Take a Giant Step Forward
Facts and Figures: It was 44 hitouts to 18 in Collingwood’s favour yet they still lost. The Giants had 20 scoring shots to Collingwood’s 15.
Pivotal Moment: Josh Kelly of the Giants kicked a goal to make the margin 17 points in the 4th quarter.
Collingwood Game Changer: Steele Sidebottom
GWS Giants Game Changers: Toby Green, Tim Taranto, Callan Ward
Sunday Afternoon Games
North Melbourne (68) v Adelaide Crows (109)
Game Closer than Scoreboard Reflected
Facts and Figures: It was 29 scoring shots to 18 in favour of the Adelaide Crows. The inside 50s were close; 59 to 53 in the Adelaide Crows favour. North Melbourne had 38 hitouts to the Crows 32.
Pivotal Moment: James Rowe kicked a goal that gave the Adelaide Crows a nine point lead in the 4th quarter.
North Melbourne Game Changer: Nick Larkey
Adelaide Crows Game Changers: Rory Laird, Reilly O’Brien
Melbourne Demons (85) v Geelong Cats (60)
Cats Look Flat
Facts and Figures: It was 25 scoring shots to 15 in favour of the Melbourne Demons.
Pivotal Moment: Ed Langdon gave the Melbourne Demons a three goal lead early in the 4th quarter.
Melbourne Demons Game Changers: Bayley Fritsch, Max Gawn, Christian Petracca,
Geelong Cats Game Changer: Isaac Smith
Sunday Afternoon Game (Perth Time)
Fremantle Dockers (96) v Hawthorn (81)
Fyfe Back; Fremantle Back on Track!
Facts and Figures: It was 31 scoring shots to 21 in favour of the Fremantle Dockers. They had 18 centre clearances to Hawthorn’s ten.
Pivotal Moment: – Michael Frederick kicked a goal that gave the Dockers a 16 point lead late in the 3rd quarter.
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Nat Fyfe
Hawthorn Game Changer: Tom Mitchell