AFL Round 16 Review (Season 2021)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 74.11 points per team; fairly high, given five teams scored less than 60 points
Average Winning Margin: 32.22 points per game, which is surprising given three out of nine games had a margin of 39 points or more. Despite that there were five out of nine games that had a margin of under 20 points.
Round 16 (In a Nutshell):
In Round 16 I correctly predicted seven out of nine results. In Round 16 there was a lot of intriguing points to discuss.

Thursday (Game One of Nine)

Gold Coast Suns (77) v Richmond (67)
The Suns Shine in a Tight Game, as Tigers Feel the Pain!
Facts and Figures: It was 27 scoring shots to 17 in favour of the Suns. They had 22 more inside 50s than Richmond. Remarkably, Richmond had five more hitouts than the Suns. The Suns did have six more centre clearances than Richmond. The Suns should’ve won by more than ten points.
Pivotal Moment: Ben King kicked what proved to be the winning goal when he gave them a lead by nine points.
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Touk Miller
Richmond Game Changer: Tom J. Lynch

 Friday (Game Two of Nine) 

Geelong Cats (98) v Essendon (57)
The Cats Turn Around a Slow Start
Facts and Figures: Essendon kicked the opening four goals of the game. The loss of Jeremy Cameron was through injury in the 2nd quarter may have actually made the Cats more unpredictable. It was 23 scoring shots 17 in favour of the Cats. Remarkably, Essendon had 17 more inside 50s and one more hitout than the Cats. Even though, the Cats had 14 more clearances than Essendon, the Cats had two less centre clearances than Essendon.
Pivotal Moment: Isaac Smith of the Cats gave them a 28 point lead near the midway point of the 4th quarter.
Geelong Cats Game Changer: Patrick Dangerfield
Essendon Game Changer: Darcy Parish

Saturday (Game Three of Nine)

Melbourne Demons (55) v GWS Giants (64)
The Giants Leap into the Eight
Facts and Figures: It was 20 scoring shots to 19 in favour of the Demons. They also had one more inside 50s, but they had three less hitouts and 15 fewer clearances than the Giants.
Pivotal Moment: Harry Perryman tackled Jayden Hunt with what proved to be a holding the ball late in the game. The Giants were ten points ahead at the time.
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Steven May
GWS Giants Game Changer: Josh Kelly

Saturday Game (Game Four of Nine)

Adelaide Crows (59) v Brisbane Lions (111)
Lions Surge Forward
Facts and Figures: It was 26 scoring shots to 19 in favour of the Lions. They also had 17 more inside 50s, also 12 more clearances and one more centre clearance than the Crows. Remarkably, the Crows finished with 14 more hitouts. The margin was just eight points in the Lions favour at half time.
Pivotal Moment: Lincoln McCarthy gave the Lions a six goal lead in the 4th quarter.
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Rory Laird
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Lincoln McCarthy

Saturday (Game Five of Nine)

Fremantle Dockers (64) v Carlton (80)
Carlton Brave
Facts and Figures: It was 24 shots to 20 in favour of the Dockers. They had 12 more inside 50s, 12 more hitouts, 19 more clearances and three more centre clearances than Carlton.
Pivotal Moment: Sam Walsh gave Carlton a lead by 14 points late in the game.
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Sean Darcy
Carlton Game Changer: Jack Silvagni

Saturday (Game Six of Nine) 

Hawthorn (53) v Port Adelaide (87)
Port Adelaide Too Powerful
Facts and Figures: It was Shaun Burgoyne’s 400th AFL game. It was 22 scoring shots to 18 in favour of Port Adelaide. They also 15 more inside 50s, nine more hitouts, four more clearances as well as nine more centre clearances than Hawthorn.
Pivotal Moment: Miles Bergman gave Port Adelaide a lead by 35 points near half time.
Hawthorn Game Changer: Jonathon Ceglar
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Ollie Wines

Sunday (Game Seven of Nine)

Sydney Swans (118) v West Coast Eagles (26)
Eagles Fail to Fly
Facts and Figures: It was 28 scoring shots to 11 in favour of the Swans. They had 20 more inside 50s and ten more clearances than the Eagles. Despite that, the Eagles had 14 more hitouts and one more centre clearance than the Swans.
Pivotal Moment: Will Hayward gave the Swans a six goal lead midway through the 2nd quarter.
Sydney Swans Game Changers: Jordan Dawson, Callum Mills
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: None

Sunday (Game Eight of Nine)

Collingwood (61) v St Kilda (70)
St Kilda Win, luckily in the End
Facts and Figures: The scoring shots were 21 to 20 in favour of Collingwood. St Kilda had six more inside 50s. The hitouts were even, with both teams finishing with 39. St Kilda had seven more clearances and five more centre clearances than Collingwood.
Pivotal Moment: Tim Membrey gave St Kilda a 24 point lead early in the 3rd quarter.
Collingwood Game Changer: Taylor Adams
St Kilda Game Changer: Jack Steele

Sunday (Game Nine of Nine) 

Western Bulldogs (108) v North Melbourne (79)
North Melbourne Show they aren’t Easy Beats!
Facts and Figures: It was 28 scoring shots to 24 in favour of the Bulldogs. Despite that, North Melbourne had two more inside 50s as well as 18 more hitouts, seven more clearances and seven more centre clearances than the Bulldogs.
Pivotal Moment: Mitch Wallis gave the Bulldogs a lead by 28 points near the midway point of the 4th quarter.
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Tom Liberatore
North Melbourne Game Changer: Cameron Zurhaar



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