AFL Round 9 Review (Season 2021)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 77.06 points per team; understandable, considering only two teams kicked over 100 points.
Average Winning Margin: 24.11 points per game.
Round 9 (In a Nutshell): In Round 9 I correctly predicted three out of nine results. Round 9 had plenty of intriguing story lines. Find out what transpired in the Round 9 Review!

Friday Night Game

St Kilda (47) v Geelong Cats (68)
St Kilda Missed an Opportunity; They were their own Worst Enemies!
Facts and Figures: St Kilda had 22 scoring shots to the Cat’s 18. The fact that St Kilda had 42 hitouts to the Cats 23 meant that they St Kilda should’ve won. They also led the clearances 34 to 30.
Pivotal Moment: Sam Menegola gave Geelong an 11 point lead in the 4th quarter.
St Kilda Game Changer: Brad Crouch
Geelong Cats Game Changers: Mitch Duncan, Cameron Guthrie, Zac Tuohy

Saturday Afternoon Games (Eastern Time)

Sydney Swans (72) v Collingwood (42)
Swans Too Classy for Dismal Collingwood
Facts and Figures: It was 22 scoring shots to 17. Despite that, both teams had 12 behinds.
Pivotal Moment: Isaac Heeney gave the Swans an unassailable 20 point lead in the 4th quarter.
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Isaac Heeney
Collingwood Game Changer: Brayden Maynard

Hawthorn (80) v North Melbourne (87)
North Melbourne Get Rare Win, in a Game Where Hawthorn were all at Sea
Facts and Figures: It was 22 scoring shots to 20 in favour of North Melbourne. Hawthorn lost a game that they were winning by 26 points at quarter time.
Pivotal Moment: Luke Davies-Uniacke of North Melbourne kicked a goal to make the deficit seven points in the 3rd quarter.
Hawthorn Game Changer: James Cousins
North Melbourne Game Changer: Jy Simpkin

Saturday Evening Game (Gold Coast Time)

Gold Coast Suns (51) v Brisbane Lions (124)
The Sun Didn’t Shine on the Suns
Facts and Figures: It was 29 scoring shots to 16 in favour of the Lions. They had 42 hitouts to the Suns 17. The Lions had 25 more inside 50s than the Suns and 17 more clearances.
Pivotal Moment: Joe Daniher of the Lions made the margin five goals near half time.
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: None
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Jarryd Lyons

Saturday Night Games

Richmond (87) v GWS Giants (83)
Richmond Showcase their Depth
Facts and Figures: The Giants had 23 scoring shots to Richmond’s 22. Richmond had two more inside 50s. Despite that the Giants  had eight more hitouts and three more clearances. Bearing in mind that Richmond had a game where they showed their depth
Pivotal Moment: Daniel Rioli gave Richmond a four point lead late in the game.
Richmond Game Changer: Dustin Martin
GWS Giants Game Changer: Tim Taranto

Port Adelaide (77) v Western Bulldogs (96)
The Bulldogs Show Why they are Contenders
Facts and Figures: It was 21 scoring shots to 17 in favour of the Bulldogs. They had four more inside 50s than their opposition with 55 compared to Port Adelaide’s 51. The Bulldogs were missing Tim English and Lachie Hunter in particular. Port Adelaide had 51 hitouts to 24, but the Western Bulldogs led the clearances 44 to Port Adelaide’s 38.
Pivotal Moment: Cody Weightman of the Bulldogs made the margin 14 points late in the game.
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Ollie Wines
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Marcus Bontempelii

Sunday Afternoon Games (Melbourne Time)

Essendon (68) v Fremantle Dockers (61)
Essendon Win a Thriller
Facts and Figures: It was 21 scoring shots to 18 in favour of the Dockers. Essendon also had two more inside 50s, 15 more hitouts and seven more clearances than the Dockers
Pivotal Moment: David Zaharakis kicked a point that gave Essendon an unassailable seven point lead late in the game.
Essendon Game Changer: Darcy Parish
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Sean Darcy

Melbourne Demons (94) v Carlton (68)
The Demons Stay Unbeaten
Facts and Figures: It was 29 scoring shots to 18 in favour of the Demons. Despite that, Carlton had one more inside 50 than the Demons. Despite that, the Demons had 47 hitouts to Carlton’s 26. Surprisingly Carlton had 15 more clearances than the Demons. It’s game where the Demons weren’t at their best.
Pivotal Moment: Charlie Spargo gave the Demons a 31 point lead in the 4th quarter.
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Bailey Fritsch
Carlton Game Changer: Harry McKay

Sunday Afternoon Game (Perth Time)

West Coast Eagles (106) Adelaide Crows (76)
Darling the Difference at the end of the Day
Facts and Figures: Jack Darling of the Eagles kicked five goals. It was 26 scoring shots to 21 in favour of the Eagles. Both teams had ten behinds. The Crows had 12 more inside 50s than the Eagles. Despite that the Eagles had 21 more hitouts than the Crows and two more clearances.
Pivotal Moment: Jamie Cripps gave the Eagles a 35 point lead in the 3rd quarter.
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: Jack Darling
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Shane McAdam

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