AFL Round 15 Review (Season 2021)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 70.50 points per team; fairly high, which reflected no team scoring over 100 points.
Average Winning Margin: 22.11 points per game, which accurately depicts that there were no ten goal plus margins in Round 15.
Round 15 (In a Nutshell): In Round 15 I correctly predicted five out of nine results. Round 15 brought about many discussion points to dissect.

Thursday Night Game

Brisbane Lions (94) v Geelong Cats (50)
Lions Smash the Cats, Who Were Flat
Facts and Figures: It was 29 scoring shots to 15 in the Lions favour. That’s despite only having five more inside 50s than the Cats. Despite the Lions dominance they had two less hitouts and four less clearances than the Cats. The Lions played like they had a point to prove.
Pivotal Moment: Charlie Cameron gave the Lions a 49 point lead in the 3rd quarter.
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Oscar McInerney
Geelong Cats Game Changer: Isaac Smith

Friday Night Game

Richmond (22) v St Kilda (62)
St Kilda Outhunt Richmond
Facts and Figures: Both teams had 42 inside 50s! It was 17 scoring shots to 12, but St Kilda were more accurate. St Kilda had 24 hitouts as well as 19 more clearances than Richmond.
Pivotal Moment: Daniel McKenzie of St Kilda gave them a six goal lead near 3 quarter time.
Richmond Game Changer: None
St Kilda Game Changer: Luke Dunstan

Saturday Afternoon Game (Melbourne Time)

Collingwood (79) v Fremantle Dockers (91)
Dockers Claim Vital Win
Facts and Figures: It was 21 scoring shots to 19 in favour of the Dockers. They also had four more inside 50s and 11 more clearances than Collingwood. Despite that Collingwood had nine more hitouts. The Dockers took an opportunity to keep their Season alive.
Pivotal Moment: Rory Lobb gave the Dockers a one point lead near quarter time.
Collingwood Game Changer: Brodie Grundy
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: David Mundy

Saturday Afternoon Game (Tasmania Time)

North Melbourne (72) v Gold Coast Suns (63)
Suns Brave, but Fail to Win the Game
Facts and Figures: It was 27 shots to 18 in favour of North Melbourne. They also had 16 more inside 50s, 33 more hitouts and 19 more clearances, also in favour of North Melbourne. Despite that, the Suns were brave and had their chances to win.
Pivotal Moment: Cameron Zurhaar gave North Melbourne a lead by 18 points near the midway point of the 4th quarter.
North Melbourne Game Changer: Nick Larkey
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Josh Corbett

Saturday Evening Game (Adelaide Time)

Port Adelaide (81) v Sydney Swans (71)
Port Adelaide Show Character, with Tight Win!
Facts and Figures: Both teams had 21 scoring shots. The Swans had four more inside 50s than Port Adelaide. Despite that, Port Adelaide had ten more hitouts and two more clearances than the Swans.
Pivotal Moment: Scott Lycett gave Port Adelaide a nine point lead late in the 4th quarter.
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Travis Boak
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Lance Franklin

Saturday Night Game

Essendon (57) v Melbourne Demons (68)
Demons Too Good
Facts and Figures: It was 23 scoring shots to 17 in favour of the Demons. They also had six more inside 50s as well as 17 more hitouts than Essendon. Despite that, the Demons had four more clearances than Essendon.
Pivotal Moment: Christian Petracca gave the Demons a lead by 21 points in the 3rd quarter.
Essendon Game Changer: Zach Merrett
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Christian Petracca

Sunday Afternoon Game (Melbourne Time)

GWS Giants (72) v Hawthorn (90)
Hawks Take Giant Leap!
Facts and Figures: It was 25 scoring shots to 17 in favour of Hawthorn. They also had ten more inside 50s, 13 more hitouts than the Giants. Despite that clearances were even at 34 apiece and the Giants kicked the opening four goals of the game to no avail.
Pivotal Moment: Dylan Moore gave the Hawks the lead by 18 points late in the game. It was his 4th goal of the game.
GWS Giants Game Changer: Lachie Whitfield
Hawthorn Game Changers: Tom Mitchell, Dylan Moore, Jack Scrimshaw

Sunday Afternoon Game (Perth Time)

West Coast Eagles (43) v Western Bulldogs (98)
Bulldogs Put on a Clinic!
Facts and Figures: It was 33 scoring shots to 13 in favour of the Bulldogs. They also had 22 more inside 50s and 15 more clearances than the Eagles. Despite the Eagles having 20 more hitouts the Bullldogs won comprehensively.
Pivotal Moment: Jack Macrae of the Bulldogs gave them an unassailable lead by 28 points in the 4th quarter.
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: None
Western Bulldogs Game Changers: Marcus Bontempelli, Aaron Naughton, Bailey Smith

Sunday Evening Game (Adelaide Time)

Carlton (83) v Adelaide Crows (73)
Carlton Claim Morale Boosting Win
Facts and Figures: Both teams had 23 scoring shots. Carlton had three more inside 50s. Despite that, the Crows had four more hitouts and 16 more clearances than Carlton. At the end all that matters to Carlton is they got a much needed win that will help them going forward.
Pivotal Moment: Liam Jones of Carlton punched the ball through that made Carlton winning a certainty.
Carlton Game Changer: Sam Walsh
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Rory Laird

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