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Round 8 Report Card, highlights, grades, evaluation, each membership assessment, finest and worst, video, stats


There had been two clear fails out of Round 8, one throwing doubt on a contender’s credentials.

At the opposite finish of the dimensions, three A-plus winners can maintain their heads excessive.

Every workforce’s efficiency analysed and graded in Foxfooty.com.au’s Round 8 Report Card.

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“You can all go and get f**ked!” | 03:18

ADELAIDE CROWS

The Crows might have kicked 5 final quarter objectives so as to add some respectability to the scoreboard, nevertheless it was too little, too late after being blown off the park with simply 5 objectives to fifteen to a few quarter time. Adelaide struggled to get the ball ahead, whereas their defence was proven up by Carlton’s huge duo Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay. The Crows completed -25 for inside 50s, -11 in clearances and +5 in turnovers.

In the votes

Taylor Walker led up strongly in patches to complete with 2.1 from 16 disposals. Rory Laird racked up 33 touches – 12 of these contested, whereas going at greater than 90% effectivity. Laird additionally had seven tackles, eight clearances and 6 rating involvements. Jordan Dawson was the person to take the sport on within the closing time period, and completed with 30 disposals, seven intercepts, seven rating involvements and a aim.

Room for enchancment

The Crows defence received reward earlier this 12 months, however they struggled towards the larger Blues. Six of Carlton’s first 10 objectives got here from free kicks as defenders Jordon Butts and Billy Frampton conceded three every for the sport. Despite profitable the hitout depend +24, the Crows mids had been merely smacked within the contest as Carlton was capable of get the ball to the surface too simply for greater than two quarters.

Grade

D-

BRISBANE LIONS

The Lions are a premiership risk on the again of their ahead line dominance. Even with out key huge man Joe Daniher, the Lions simply kicked a profitable rating in moist situations on the Gabba. Brisbane had been with out Dan McStay for 3 quarters after he was subbed off with an ankle harm, however the depth of the workforce ensured Hugh McCluggage and Charlie Cameron stepped up with 4 objectives every. The Lions completed +35 in inside 50s, +45 in hitouts and +9 for marks inside 50.

In the votes

Lachie Neale stays a Brownlow Medal contender in 2022, with one other dominant show. He had 29 disposals, 10 clearances and 5 rating involvements. Charlie Cameron was the ahead who stood up when the match was on the road, with 4 objectives halfway by the third time period. In the moist, Daniel Rich was spectacular with 27 touches at greater than 85% effectivity.

Room for enchancment

Darcy Fort and Oscar McInerney had 56 hitouts between them towards a rookie West Coast ruck combo. But the Lions solely received clearances by +1. Cam Rayner was a bit inaccurate in entrance of aim. And with a bunch of forwards to come back again earlier than the season finish, somebody should make means if Eric Hipwood can reclaim his finest type. The solely purpose this 75-point win doesn’t get an A+ is… nicely, did you see the Eagles’ facet? This most likely ought to’ve been greater.
Grade

A

Lions thrash Eagles! | 01:26

CARLTON

The Blues have jumped into the highest 4 on the again of an enormous win over Adelaide. But they may have received by greater than 48 factors in the event that they hadn’t eased off within the closing time period. The energy duo of Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay is now up there with the most effective within the competitors, whereas the work of a match Patrick Cripps was marvelled. Carlton completed with an equal membership file of 74 inside 50s within the conflict towards the Crows.

In the votes

Patrick Cripps is likely one of the Brownlow Medal favourites in 2022, on the again of one other potential finest on floor efficiency. The midfield bull completed with 35 disposals – 19 contested, 12 rating involvements, seven tackles, 10 clearances and two objectives. Curnow was the large of the forwards with six objectives from his 21 touches. Sam Docherty continues his superb return to the sport after a second most cancers battle, with 30 disposals and 11 intercepts.

Room for enchancment

Carlton must put collectively a 4 quarter efficiency earlier than they are often talked about as a real finals contender. The Blues had been off to a gradual begin and had been accused of wanting “a little lost”. But they turned it round for the second and third phrases. But as soon as once more dropped off within the final, permitting Adelaide to win the time period by 16 factors.

Grade

A

COLLINGWOOD

The Pies hung within the contest for so long as they may, however in the end Richmond rolled excessive of them in a present of sophistication on the MCG. It’s one other loss for the Pies that’s removed from demoralising, nevertheless it’s a loss nonetheless and one which sees them fall out of the highest eight. It’s hardly alarm bells for them, however they do appear to be coming again to the pack on the ladder after their sensational begin to the season.

In the votes

Jack Crisp continues to carry out within the midfield, racking up 30 disposals and kicking a aim to go along with it, whereas Patrick Lipinski additionally hit 30. Jack Ginnivan as soon as once more hit the scoreboard, ending with three objectives in one other show of nice small ahead craft. Taylor Adams and Nick Daicos each carried out nicely regardless of having the flu through the week.

Room for enchancment

Nick Riewoldt put it on the agenda pre-game and it performed out within the match – the Collingwood defence offers its opponents a good bit of room as a way to try to be intercepting and counter-attacking as usually as attainable. Darcy Moore was destroyed by Tom Lynch within the first half and it proved the distinction within the match. Playing towards huge key forwards continues to be a take a look at for the Pies.

Grade

C-

Forearm to Ginnivan’s head sparks brawl | 00:43

ESSENDON

Under-fire and severely undermanned, Essendon on Saturday evening pulled off some of the outstanding victories of the AFL season, upsetting Hawthorn because of a dramatic 52-point turnaround. Amid a brutal week of exterior criticism and a whopping 5 late modifications as a result of sickness, the Bombers steamrolled the Hawks with a wide ranging seven-goal final-term blitz, turning a 25-point deficit right into a 27-point win. Essendon produced its highest rating of the season (108) and, extra importantly, conceded its lowest rating of the season (81) as Ben Rutten’s facet proved it will possibly apply match-winning defensive stress.

In the votes

The two-metre Peter bandwagon is operating out of room. The deadly-accurate Peter Wright booted 6.0 – his second-best haul in his AFL profession – from 16 disposals and eight marks as he moved to equal-third on the Coleman Medal desk. Rising Star nominee Nic Martin additionally confirmed immense class to complete with 2.2 from 22 disposals, 10 rating involvements and 9 marks. Midfield duo Zach Merrett and Darcy Parish had a complete of 60 disposals however, crucially, mixed for 21 rating involvements, 12 clearances, 11 inside 50s and two objectives. Nick Hind, Tom Cutler, Mason Redman and Dyson Heppell stepped up in defence with a number of different common backmen sidelined as a result of sickness.

Room for enchancment

Outside of lifting the foot off the accelerator momentarily at first of the third time period, exhausting to choose any holes on this efficiency. As Pies legend Nathan Buckley advised Fox Footy post-game, this wasn’t a win on system or expertise. This was a win primarily based on grit, guts and energy, and given the stress on this facet through the week, an A-plus is totally warranted.

Grade

A+

Bombers produce beautiful comeback! | 02:42

FREMANTLE

The Dockers might have misplaced six gamers to the AFL’s Covid protocols, nevertheless it did little to shake up their outstanding workforce concord. Fremantle are flying in season 2022, with a twin Brownlow Medallist nonetheless ready within the wings. The Dockers, lengthy criticised for his or her abilities beneath Ross Lyon, went at nearly 78% disposal effectivity towards North Melbourne and received each stat that mattered – 15-3 objectives, 14-7 marks inside 50, +17 in clearances and +35 inside 50s. It’s secure to say Freo are the true deal.

In the votes

Andrew Brayshaw’s good 2022 simply rolls on, with 34 disposals, 10 clearances and nearly 600 metres gained. Bailey Banfield, who has been sitting as an emergency earlier than the Covid chaos hit this week, made essentially the most of his alternative with 18 touches, eight rating involvements, 5 tackles inside ahead 50 and two objectives. Young Heath Chapman got here again from a two-match Covid absence and simply patrolled the North assault, with a game-high 12 intercepts alongside his 25 disposals.

Room for enchancment

It’s a tricky ask to seek out fault with the best way the Dockers are taking part in for the time being. The complete workforce buy-in applied by coach Justin Longmuir is clearly resonating with gamers. There’s a bunch of massive names to return for Round 9 off the again of the nine-day break. Expect Josh Treacy to be one to make means after failing to hassle the scorers as the important thing ahead.
Grade

A+

GEELONG CATS

After beginning 2022 centered on a fast-paced, risk-taking ball motion, it was the Cats of previous who turned up in Canberra. And it bought the job finished. Despite dropping Rhys Stanley hours earlier than the match and having to go in with a recognised ruckman, Mark Blicavs used his endurance to run the Giants ruck combo throughout the bottom. The Cats completed simply -1 for clearances, regardless of dropping the hitout depend by -24. The Cats had a whopping +57 marks because the brief possibility paved the best way right into a ahead line boasting the Coleman Medal combo of Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins.

In the votes

Jeremy Cameron was excellent towards his former facet, with 5 objectives. The former Giant labored up and down the bottom to assemble the footy, and completed with eight rating involvements. Blicavs was influential together with his 25 disposals, and managed to win 21 hitouts. He had eight tackles, greater than 510m gained, six inside 50s and three centre clearances. Mitch Duncan stepped up within the absence of Joel Selwood to gather 33 disposals. In his first sport again Patrick Dangerfield threw himself into each contest, ending with 28 disposals – 13 contested. Tyson Stengle chipped in with three objectives in one other good time out for the 2022 recruit.

Room for enchancment

Geelong huge man Tom Hawkins didn’t have a terrific time out in Canberra, managing simply 1.2 from his 11 touches. But with Cameron going nicely subsequent to him, it’s scary prospect for rivals to try to comprise each huge males. Brad Close was quiet and coughed up three free kicks. Isaac Smith was unusually wayward together with his disposals effectivity, ending at simply 52.4% for the sport.

Grade

A

“I call bulls**t on them not knowing” | 03:04

GOLD COAST SUNS

Who noticed that coming!? The Suns produced a shock upset win over the Sydney Swans on the SCG — marking Gold Coast’s third win from the final 4 encounters between the 2 golf equipment on the venue. It was all of the extra spectacular contemplating Noah Anderson was a late out with an sickness, whereas Stuart Dew’s facet was challenged by Sydney by levels however held its nerve in the long run. The consequence breathes life into the Suns’ season, snapping a three-game dropping streak.

In the votes

Izak Rankine was full of life all sport, booting an equal-game excessive two majors in a sport the place objectives had been objectives had been scarce. Elsewhere, David Swallow performed arguably his finest sport of the season, racking up 24 disposals to go along with seven marks, seven tackles and one aim, whereas fellow midfielders Brayden Fiorini (29 disposals,) and Brandon Ellis (26 touches, 10 marks) and ruckman Jarrod Witts (19 disposals, 37 hitouts) had been additionally busy. Sam Collins held Buddy Franklin goalless to comprehensively win their battle on the day.

Room for enchancment

In a low-scoring sport, Rankine and Levi Casboult had been the one a number of goalkickers. And the Suns weren’t significantly correct both, kicking 10.15, in an space of their sport they’d like to be extra environment friendly in shifting ahead. Of course although, Sydney’s 8.13 conversion was even worse.

Grade

A+

GWS GIANTS

After lastly discovering a profitable ahead mixture, GWS solely took backwards steps towards Geelong. The Giants might handle simply 4 objectives in Canberra – two of these coming within the opening time period. Despite dealing with a Geelong outfit with out a recognised ruckman, GWS’ midfield couldn’t capitalise on the faucet dominance of Braydon Preuss and Matt Flynn. The Giants completed -18 for inside 50s, -1 for stoppage clearances and -8 for marks inside 50 in a match that can alongside heap extra stress on coach Leon Cameron.

In the votes

Tom Green tried to encourage his workforce with 26 touches – 16 of them contested. Green had eight clearances in a dropping effort and 9 tackles – together with three inside ahead 50. Lachie Whitfield was despatched into the center of the bottom for a centre bounce for the primary time in season 2022. He had 26 disposals at greater than 88% effectivity, three inside 50s, six rating involvements and 4 intercepts.

Room for enchancment

The Giants had been held to their lowest tally of season 2022 by the Cats. After kicking 17 objectives towards Adelaide final week, the ahead line merely failed to fireplace. Toby Greene had simply 10 touches for two.2, Harry Himmelberg solely hit the scoreboard late within the match, Jesse Hogan was wasteful together with his 1.3.
Grade

D

Who is profitable the Cameron commerce? | 01:27

HAWTHORN

How the heck did the Hawks lose that? Despite a extra dependable formline and a extra settled workforce on paper, in addition to the very fact they led by 17 factors early within the final quarter, the Hawks misplaced to an undermanned and under-fire Essendon by 27 factors. The loss – the Hawks’ third in a row – means Hawthorn has now dropped again right into a chasing pack that options 5 groups with a 3-5 file.

In the votes

James Sicily continues to place his hand up for All-Australian choice, ending Saturday evening’s sport with 22 touches, seven marks, seven intercepts, seven rebound 50s and 499m gained. Jai Newcombe had an explosive first half – 22 disposals, 10 contested possessions, 5 rating involvements and 4 clearances – however solely had one other six disposals for the sport. Recruit Max Lynch stood up within the absence of injured duo Ned Reeves and Ben McEvoy, booting two objectives and matching it with Sam Draper at stoppages. Ten of Jack Gunston’s 11 disposals ended up in a Hawks rating – though 4 of them had been Gunston behinds.

Room for enchancment

The final quarter and a half we’re a catastrophe for the Hawks, who had been outrun and out- hunted by a hungrier Bombers outfit. The Hawks misplaced contested possessions by -21, inside 50s by -19 and tackles by -5 within the second half because the Bombers bought on a roll. Individually, Tom Mitchell had a subpar evening, ending with simply 14 disposals and 4 rating involvements, whereas Luke Breust was held to at least one aim from simply eight touches. After a surprising begin to the season, it appears Hawthorn has come again to the again.

Grade

C-

MELBOURNE

The Demons flexed their muscle tissues towards the Saints in arguably their most spectacular efficiency of the season to increase their total profitable streak to fifteen video games. Collingwood legend Nathan Buckley famous it was shades of the Demons’ unbelievable 2021 finals type, whereas Lions nice Jonathan Brown referred to as it a “flex” in a scary assertion to the remainder of the competitors. Simon Goodwin’s workforce arrange the victory behind a scintillating first half together with a four-goal burst within the second time period, earlier than withstanding St Kilda’s third-quarter fightback to in the end win by a snug 32-point margin.

In the votes

Ed Langdon (39 disposals, eight marks) was elegant on the MCG wings after being nicely held by the Hawks final week. Angus Brayshaw (31 touches, 13 marks) was additionally damaging off half again, whereas standard suspects Clayton Oliver (37 disposals) and Christian Petracca (36 possessions) had been once more on the peak of their powers collectively within the midfield. Up ahead, Kysaiah Pickett and Ben Brown booted three objectives apiece.

Room for enchancment

The Demons had been dominant in practically each aspect of the sport, though St Kilda ruck duo Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall most likely simply edged out Max Gawn and Luke Jackson — not that any of the quartet had been significantly dominant. But even simply to nullify the Saints’ combo is an enormous win.

Grade

A

Amon drawing curiosity from Dees & Hawks | 01:28

NORTH MELBOURNE

For the second time this season, the Kangaroos drew a WA workforce hampered by a Covid outbreak. But in contrast to the win over West Coast, the Dockers had the depth to face tall in Perth. North Melbourne had been belted in each aspect of the sport, with coach David Noble lamenting his facet’s repeat turnovers because the scoreline blew out. It was clear the match was between a contender and a facet rebuilding.

In the votes

Ben McKay’s defensive energy restricted the injury inflicted by the Dockers. The huge man had 4 intercept marks within the third time period alone earlier than he was subbed out with a knee harm. McKay ended up with 10 intercept marks – 5 of these contested. But he was a lone hand in stifling Fremantle’s ahead momentum.

Room for enchancment

Without the suspended Nick Larkey, North Melbourne’s ahead line appeared disjointed. Cam Zurhaar ended up with two of his workforce’s three objectives, however there was no skill to lock the ball in as soon as it bought ahead. The ruck duo of Todd Goldstein and Callum Coleman-Jones didn’t stamp any dominance on the match. Tempers from gamers threatened to spill over for a second successive week.
Grade

F

PORT ADELAIDE

It wasn’t essentially the most alluring of wins, but when there’s one factor Port Adelaide followers received’t take with no consideration after the opening 5 rounds, it’s the 4 factors. The Power scored with unbelievable frequency going inside 50 and the convenience with which they transitioned from defence to offence received’t be doable towards most different sides within the comp, however you possibly can solely beat who’s put in entrance of you. Injuries might’ve decimated the Dogs, however this was a powerful win and, extra importantly, three straight after the horror begin to the 12 months.

In the votes

Travis Boak continues to defy father time. This time, he completed with 30 disposals (14 contested), 10 rating involvements, a aim help and a aim of his personal. Jeremy Finlayson and Todd Marshall had loads of alternative in entrance of aim and Sam Powell-Pepper did a good bit of harm regardless of solely having eight disposals. Riley Bonner was flying earlier than getting injured within the second half.

Room for enchancment

Port Adelaide was dominated at clearance for a lot of the evening earlier than the numbers began to show following the Dogs’ accidents within the latter levels of the match. The skill to attain so often and simply saved them in the long run given how a lot they had been opened up initially within the match earlier than getting their counter-attacking sport going. For a second straight week, the Power couldn’t hit the facet of a barn door within the closing time period, though admittedly a good few posters contributed to that.

Grade

B+

Powerful third time period helps Port edge Dogs | 02:28

RICHMOND

Jason Dunstall labelled it an “old style” Richmond sport and that’s what it was – relentless stress within the ahead half and scores from turnover aplenty. Dustin Martin’s return was the story heading in, however by half-time it was all about Tom Lynch, who put in one of many extra extraordinary first half performances in current reminiscence. It was a cultured Richmond outfit that appears to be hitting its straps and nonetheless has Dion Prestia and Nick Vlastuin to return subsequent week. Good indicators after a shaky begin to the 12 months.

In the votes

Tom Lynch, take a bow. A whopping 18 disposals and 5 objectives within the first half, with a few different golden alternatives going begging. It was a sensational, match-winning efficiency from the important thing ahead. Jack Graham and Jayden Short racked up the footy, with Short persevering with his stint within the midfield. Trent Cotchin was nice on return, whereas it was superior to see Dustin Martin again and kicking objectives.

Room for enchancment

They by no means actually put Collingwood away till the tip of the sport regardless of having a number of probabilities to take action. Again, dominance within the hitouts didn’t essentially translate to clearance dominance regardless that they got here out on prime in that division. More than a few straightforward objectives went begging all through the match – typically Shai Bolton strikes too rapidly for his personal good!

Grade

B+

Tigers dominate the Pies | 02:26

ST KILDA

Sometimes you’ve simply bought to acknowledge the brilliance of a terrific facet. The Saints misplaced no admirers in a 32-point loss to the Demons on the MCG and can come away with loads of positives. Although there have been levels the place it seemed like Melbourne would run away with it — main by as a lot at 47 factors within the second time period — St Kilda held its nerve to struggle again into the sport and even challenged the Demons within the second half in an total optimistic efficiency from Brett Ratten’s troops. “What they’ve been able to do is really match it with the best team in the competition…. I think it’s really encouraging,” Collingwood nice Nathan Buckley advised Fox Footy through the name.

In the votes

Brad Crouch (27 disposals, 9 tackles) continued his stellar second season for the Saints as their finest midfielder on the day. Dougal Howard (18 disposals, 10 marks) was key within the third quarter in standing up behind the ball and organising the Saints the opposite means, whereas there was in any other case an excellent unfold of contributors.

Room for enchancment

The Saints bought proper on prime of the competition within the third quarter however couldn’t capitalise, kicking two objectives to Melbourne’s one. Their forwards had been additionally nicely down on their regular output, most notably Tim Membrey (one aim) and Jack Higgins (goalless).

Grade

C+

SYDNEY SWANS

The Swans’ SCG hoodoo towards the Suns continued — the place Sydney has now misplaced three of the golf equipment’ final 4 conferences on the venue. It’s an enormous blow for a Swans workforce that was only some brief weeks in the past being talked about as a respectable flag contender. But they’ve not solely failed an enormous take a look at towards Brisbane final week, but in addition dropped a sport they couldn’t afford to towards Gold Coast. What’s extra, it got here on the day the Swans celebrated their 10-year premiership reunion as a number of greats had been welcomed again to the membership.

In the votes

Paddy McCartin (17 disposals, 10 marks) performed arguably his finest sport for the Swans after every week lay-off from concussion, taking a number of intercept marks as a wall Gold Coast couldn’t get previous at instances. Jake Lloyd (26 disposals) and Nick Blakey (25 touches) had been additionally busy off half again and Chad Warner (19 disposals, seven tackles) was most likely the Swans’ finest midfielder.

Room for improvement

There had been a number of Swans stars down on type on the day together with Callum Mills (20 disposals), Isaac Heeney (13 disposals, no objectives) and Buddy Franklin (11 disposals, no objectives) in comparison with their regular output. Expect a response from them towards Essendon subsequent week.

Grade

F

WEST COAST EAGLES

It was billed as a David v Goliath battle on the Gabba because the undermanned Eagles headed to Brisbane. And it was clear from the opening minutes that the Lions weren’t going to permit a West Coast miracle upset. The Eagles had been smashed -35 for inside 50s and -45 for hitouts, however they managed to be simply -1 for clearances because the thrown-together midfield actually set to work. West Coast solely went down -2 for contested possessions for the whole match in an indication the gamers had been up for the struggle.

In the votes

Shannon Hurn doesn’t quit. The veteran defender saved his workforce a aim with a determined deal with on Charlie Cameron, he had 15 disposals to half time and continued to throw his 34-year-old physique into each contest. He had eight intercepts, three of these contested marks, and two rating involvements to go together with his 27 touches – and went at nearly 93% disposal effectivity within the moist. Jake Florenca was spectacular on debut with 19 disposals – 13 of these contested in making an attempt situations, and 4 tackles.

Room for enchancment

The skill to discover a goal inside 50 is lacking from West Coast in 2022. Liam Ryan might have kicked three of his workforce’s 4 objectives, however only one got here from a mark inside 50. Josh Kennedy was missed by foot a number of instances and Tom Barrass was compelled to go into assault in a bid to discover a marking goal. The ruck children Callum Jamieson and Harry Edwards had been monstered, dropping the hitout depend -45 for the match. Tim Kelly’s disposal effectivity continues to let him down for such an skilled participant, going lower than 60% towards the Lions.

Grade

C-

West Coast livid after nightclub go to | 02:56

WESTERN BULLDOGS

The Dogs are in a world of ache figuratively and actually. Injuries are decimating them, however they had been picked aside with alarming ease even earlier than these accidents struck on Friday evening towards Port Adelaide. There’s some important star energy lacking, however the best way they’re taking part in suggests even the cattle coming again isn’t the panacea. Something wants to alter for the Dogs and rapidly, or they face a staggering fall from grand finalists to finals no-shows.

In the votes

Aaron Naughton did every part he might with 4 objectives, two behinds and 15 disposals, whereas Bailey Smith ran exhausting all evening and kicked a few stylish objectives. Jackson Macrae as soon as once more surpassed the 30-disposal mark, whereas Adam Treloar was serviceable.

Room for enchancment

Port Adelaide scored 60 factors from its defensive half, which might be of great concern to Luke Beveridge given the defence is already beneath stress sufficient as it’s. Caleb Daniel wasn’t allowed to do what he often does and completed with simply 13 disposals and minimal impression. As at all times this season, it was Naughton or bust. Injuries to Cody Weightman and Laitham Vandermeer are solely going to extend the reliance on him.

Grade

C-



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