Facts and Figures
Average Score: 79.11 points per team; reasonably low, considering five teams scored 100 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 39.33 points per game, which indicates that there weren’t a lot of close games. Despite that, there were two games in Round 5 that had a margin of 12 points or less.
Round 5 (In a Nutshell): In Round 5 I correctly predicted five out of nine results. Round 5 had plenty of intriguing story lines. Find out what transpired in the Round 5 Review!
Thursday Night Game
St Kilda (48) v Richmond (134)
St Kilda Not at the Races
Facts and Figures: Almost everything that could go wrong went wrong for St Kilda. It’s tough to believe that they were winning by a point at quarter time. They had 33 inside 50s in comparison to Richmond’s 64. It was 34 scoring shots to 13 in Richmond’s favour.
Pivotal Moment: Jason Castagna kicked a goal to make the margin 45 points in Richmond’s favour.
St Kilda Game Changer: None
Richmond Game Changers: Dustin Martin, Jack Riewoldt, Toby Nankervis
Friday Night Game
West Coast Eagles (103) v Collingwood (76)
Eagles Too Good for Wounded Pies
Facts and Figures: Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe, both from Collingwood, were injured in this game. The Eagles played reasonably well and got the four points in the end. It was 23 scoring shots to 21 in favour of the Eagles.
Pivotal Moment: Jack Darling kicked his 5th goal that gave the Eagles a 27 point lead in the 4th quarter.
West Coast Eagles Game Changers: Jack Darling, Oscar Allen
Collingwood Game Changer: Brodie Grundy
Saturday Afternoon Game
Western Bulldogs (118) v Gold Coast Suns (56)
Dogs are the Team to Beat as the Suns suffer their Fourth Defeat!
Facts and Figures: Western Bulldogs led 11 goals to none at one stage late in the 2nd quarter. The Suns could have easily lost the game more comprehensively. They have sometimes positives to take out of the 2nd half.
Pivotal Moment: Marcus Bontempelli gave the Western Bulldogs a 40 point lead near 3 quarter time.
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Marcus Bontempelli
Gold Coast SunsGame Changer: Jack Lukosius
Saturday Evening Game (Sydney Time)
Sydney Swans (69) v GWS Giants (71)
The Giants Take a Giant Leap!
Facts and Figures: The Giants had 26 scoring shots to 19 in favour of the Giants. Despite that, they only won by two points.
Pivotal Moment: Josh Kelly gave the Giants a two point lead with a goal late in the 4th quarter.
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Lance Franklin
GWS Giants Game Changer: Josh Kelly
Saturday Night Games
Carlton (68) v Port Adelaide (96)
Carlton Have the Blues!
Facts and Figures: Carlton had 23 scoring shots to Port Adelaide’s 21. Carlton have plenty of work to do, especially on their goal kicking.
Pivotal Moment: Scott Lycett gave Port Adelaide a 23 point lead late in the 2nd quarter.
Carlton Game Changer: San Walsh
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Karl Amon
Brisbane Lions (102) v Essendon (45)
Essendon Bomb Out!
Facts and Figures: It was 27 scoring shots to 15, in favour of the Lions. Cale Hooker kicked four of Essendon’s six goals. They kicked just six goals from 15 scoring shots!
Pivotal Moment: Jaxon Prior kicked a goal for the Lions that gave them a 31 point lead in the 1st quarter.
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Hugh McCluggage
Essendon Game Changer: Andrew McGrath
Sunday Afternoon Games
Adelaide Crows (72) v Fremantle Dockers (84)
Dockers Win a Tight Tussle
Facts and Figures: It was 24 scoring shots to 17 in favour of the Dockers. The game was the tight on the scoreboard for the majority of the game.
Pivotal Moment: David Mundy gave the Dockers the lead just after the midway point of the 4th quarter.
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Rory Laird
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Luke Ryan
Hawthorn (54) v Melbourne Demons (104)
Hawks Fail, Demons Prevail!
Facts and Figures: It was 29 scoring shots to 14 in favour of the Demons. They got better as the game went on. Their endeavour and intensity were unrelenting in the 4th quarter.
Pivotal Moment: Ed Langdon gave the Demons a 30 point lead near the midway point of the 4th quarter.
Hawthorn Game Changer: Tom Mitchell
Melbourne Demons Game Changers: Max Gawn, Ed Langdon, Tom McDonald
Sunday Evening Game (Melbourne Time)
Geelong Cats (77) v North Melbourne (47)
North Melbourne Not Bad, but they Should Still be Sad!
Facts and Figures: The last quarter was shocking from a North Melbourne perspective. They’d be disappointed, because the Cats had 27 scoring shots compared to North Melbourne’s 12! The fact that the Cats were inaccurate meant they were in the game on the scoreboard for the 1st 3 quarters.
Pivotal Moment: Sam Menegola gave the Cats a 13 point lead in the 3rd quarter.
Geelong Cats Game Changers: Sam Menegola, Brandan Parfitt
North Melbourne Game Changer: Jack Ziebell