Melbourne beats Sydney by nine points, Port Adelaide wins Showdown, Magpies beat Kangaroos by 18, GWS and St Kilda win

The Melbourne Demons remain the only unbeaten team in the AFL after a tough win over the Sydney Swans at the MCG.

In the Showdown at Adelaide Oval, Port Adelaide were convincing winners over cross-town rivals Adelaide by 49 points.

Earlier, Collingwood comfortably defeated North Melbourne at Docklands, and GWS and St Kilda earned narrow wins over Essendon and Gold Coast respectively.

It was not pretty but Melbourne have kept their unbeaten start to the AFL season alive, grinding their way past a determined Sydney at the MCG.

Demons on-baller Clayton Oliver won a game-high 35 disposals and 10 clearances in the dour slugfest, as new key forward pairing Ben Brown (three) and Tom McDonald (four) combined for seven goals.

The 10.7 (67) to 8.10 (58) win on Saturday night ensured the Dees moved to an 8-0 record for the first time in 56 years and maintained top spot on the ladder.

Christian Petracca (28 disposals), Christian Salem (27) and James Harmes (30) were all important contributors for Simon Goodwin’s side.

Sydney veteran Lance Franklin returned earlier than initially expected from a knee injury and set foot on the MCG for the first time in almost three years, but did not look his usual self.

The star forward lacked his trademark explosive power and was held goalless by All-Australian candidate Steven May from six just disposals after an early set shot from 52m fell short.

May led a resolute Demons defence but will be scrutinised for a bump on Franklin in the first term, when his elbow hit the Swan’s shoulder and slid up to make high contact.

Franklin hit the turf but did not appear seriously troubled by the glancing blow.

Sydney’s interrupted preparation due to coronavirus issues in their home city did not seem to have much of an effect as they kicked the opening two goals of the match.

They got the first through Justin McInerney inside a minute, but lacked a reliable key target close to goal with Franklin blanketed by May.

Both sides were guilty of slow ball movement as Oliver’s 18 disposals and five clearances helped Melbourne head to the main break with an 11-point lead.

Three times Sydney got within a goal during a second half of swinging momentum before McDonald’s huge pack mark and fourth goal in the final term gave the Demons breathing space once and for all.

Callum Mills (33 disposals) was one of the Swans’ best in his 100th game with Luke Parker (32) and Jake Lloyd (28) also busy.

Melbourne can extend their winning streak to nine matches against Carlton at the MCG next week, while Sydney host Collingwood at the SCG.

Port Adelaide vs Adelaide Crows

Port Adelaide ruckman Scott Lycett faces suspension for a sling tackle in his AFL side’s 49-point trouncing of an injury-hit Adelaide.

Forward Todd Marshall booted three goals in Port’s 12.15 (87) to 5.8 (38) win in Saturday night’s grudge match at Adelaide Oval.

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Todd Marshall (left) kicked three in Port Adelaide’s comprehensive Showdown win over the Crows at Adelaide Oval.(

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But Lycett is in tribunal trouble for a dangerous sling tackle which concussed Adelaide’s Ned McHenry in the first quarter.

The Crows lost McHenry and fellow small forward Lachlan Murphy (ankle) inside 22 minutes of the game.

And Port’s prolific ball-winner Dan Houston was subbed out with a shoulder injury in the third term.

Premiership fancies Port were largely untroubled by last year’s wooden-spooners, with Marshall’s scoring supported by two goals each to Charlie Dixon and Mitch Georgiades.

Celebrated Port trio Travis Boak, Robbie Gray and Ollie Wines and winger Karl Amon were all influential in slippery conditions.

Boak gathered 28 disposals and six clearances while Gray (26 touches), Wines (24) and Amon (27) found plenty of the ball.

Port’s defence ruled supreme with recruit Aliir Aliir (nine marks) and Todd Clurey blanketing a goal-less Taylor Walker for the Crows, whose only multiple goal-scorer was third-gamer Riley Thilthorpe (two goals).

Adelaide’s Paul Seedsman (29 disposals, nine inside 50s) and Rory Laird (36 touches) battled against the tide after Adelaide’s two early injuries.

McHenry wobbled off in the 12th minute after being slung by Lycett and just 10 minutes later Murphy’s right ankle horribly twisted in a marking contest.

Four minutes on, Crows captain Rory Sloane, making his comeback from a four-game absence following surgery to fix a detached retina in his left eye, departed the field with a nasty cut above the same eye – but he returned to action.

Port led 2.4 to 1.0 at quarter-time and created a 21-point lead midway through the second stanza before Adelaide rallied, only to be cruelled by missing three late goal chances.

The Power were 20 points up at half-time with the Crows scoring just one goal – from a first-term free kick to Jimmy Rowe – in the half.

Adelaide showed some pluck to sneak within 13 points some 10 minutes into the third term but it was the closest they got thereafter.

Port overcame Houston’s injury to score four of the last five goals for the term to hold a defining 35-point lead at three-quarter-time.

The Power then booted three goals to one in the last term while restricting the Crows to their second-lowest score against Port, just surpassing their 5.5 (35) when beaten by 75 points last year.

Win over North a relief for Magpies

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Jordan De Goey answered the critics with a six-goal haul to help his Collingwood team beat North Melbourne.(

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Collingwood has snapped a five-game AFL losing streak, downing winless North Melbourne by 18 points to take some heat off under-pressure coach Nathan Buckley.

Only a victory at Docklands on Saturday was going to suffice, and despite a productive burst from North early in the third quarter, the Magpies never looked in danger of losing.

Talismanic forward Jordan De Goey recaptured his best form, setting the tone for the Magpies’ second win of the season with four first-half goals to finish with a career-best 6.3.

Collingwood’s four-goal run late in the second quarter, which set-up a 30-point half-time lead, was the difference as the Magpies did enough to win 14.10 (94) to 11.10 (76).

North won the inside-50 count 55-52, even dominating possession in the final quarter, but let the Magpies off the hook with numerous wasted opportunities in front of goal.

After three games up forward, Darcy Moore was thrown back and the All-Australian defender had a field day bringing down a career-high 19 marks and gathering 28 disposals.

Darcy Cameron (three goals) and Brody Mihocek (two), as well as a two-goal cameo from captain Scott Pendlebury, ensured the Magpies still had enough forward threats to win the game.

Former Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson kicked 2.2 in his first game against his old club but also produced a diabolical turnover that resulted in a crucial Magpies goal in the third term.

North coach David Noble was upstaged by his son — Magpies defender John — with the pair becoming only the third father-son duo in VFL/AFL history to compete against each other.

Both sides experienced injury concerns, with Kangaroos defender Aiden Bonar subbed out in the third quarter with an ankle injury, while Magpies full-back Jordan Roughead was assessed for concussion.

North captain Jack Ziebell headed down to the rooms in the last quarter with a suspected shoulder injury.

The Kangaroos have now lost 16 games in a row, dating back to round 10 last year — their worst winless streak since 1971-72.

The result sees Collingwood jump ahead of Hawthorn on the ladder into 16th, while North sit in 18th, two games and significant percentage behind the Hawks.

Giants keep climbing with narrow Dons win

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Josh Kelly kicked a goal for GWS in the final term, then the Giants held on grimly to beat the Bombers in Sydney.(

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GWS has pipped Essendon by two points at Giants Stadium, where Kyle Langford threatened to snatch victory after kicking two goals in the final two minutes of a dramatic AFL clash.

The Giants started strongly, steadied after a second-quarter slump then held on during a frantic goal-laden finish to triumph 16.11 (107) to 16.9 (105), making it four wins in five weeks for Leon Cameron’s side.

Essendon led briefly after Peter Wright booted an opening-minute goal then conceded six consecutive majors as they struggled to deal with the home side’s rapid ball movement.

The Bombers, having woken up at dawn to ensure they could fly in and out of Sydney on the same day because of the city’s recent COVID-19 cases, responded with multiple epic comebacks.

The visitors, who were forced to substitute star Jake Stringer in the third quarter because of a leg injury, finished strongly and kicked four of the game’s final five goals.

But they ran out of time, with Langford’s third of the game coming with just four seconds remaining in the match.

A contentious umpiring call to not award key forward Cale Hooker a free kick in the final stages is already being hotly debated among pundits.

Langford also trimmed GWS’s buffer to two points with two minutes remaining, only for GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper to nail a snapped goal that effectively secured the four competition points.

Jeremy Finlayson proved sinner and saviour for the home side.

He supplied two steadying goals in a dominant third term, stepping up alongside Toby Greene.

Finalyson’s composed third quarter was in sharp contrast to his undisciplined elbow in the first quarter.

The key forward was reported for felling Zach Merrett after the midfielder kicked the ball, meaning he is at risk of missing the Giants’ round-nine clash with Richmond at Docklands.

“One week for dumbness,” Gerard Healy quipped in the Fox Sports commentary box.

Stand-in skipper Greene had a hand or foot in the majority of his side’s most impressive moments, teeing up a couple of goals and kicking two himself.

Veteran Callan Ward also starred on the day he became GWS’s all-time games record holder, while defender Sam Taylor’s game-high 12 intercepts were also decisive.

GWS midfielders Ward, Tim Taranto, Josh Kelly and Tom Green tallied a combined 110 disposals, while Essendon on-ballers Merrett and Darcy Parish were also dominant.

Saints late run eclipses Suns at Carrara 

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St Kilda trailed for most of the day, but the Saints were the ones celebrating at the end on the Gold Coast.(

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St Kilda have extended their dominance over Gold Coast Suns with a gutsy nine-point AFL win at Carrara, launching a final term comeback after a half-time melee.

The Saints sealed back-to -back wins with the 8.15 (63) to 7.12 (54) result, registering their fifth straight victory over the Suns to maintain a winning run that stretches back to 2016.

The visitors outlasted the Suns, reeling in a 15-point final-term deficit to keep themselves in touch with the top eight with a 4-4 record.

After holding a three-point lead in the third term, the Saints did not get in front again until Paddy Ryder kicked truly midway through the final quarter to give the visitors a 57-53 advantage and set the stage for a thrilling finish.

In the end the Saints held on after launching a final-term resurgence with goals by Jack Billings, Jack Higgins, Ryder and Brad Crouch.

It was a memorable end to a game marred by a fracas after the half-time siren.

As the dust settled on a scrappy first half, frustrations appeared to boil over when Saints ruckman Ryder floored Sam Collins.

It escalated quickly after Gold Coast’s 100-game milestone man Sean Lemmens crash tackled Dan Butler, with every player except Saint Jack Higgins at one stage involved in the resulting fracas.

Both teams face a nervous wait to see whether they will cop fines for the drama, in which Collins and Saints’ Zac Jones featured heavily.

It was yet another nail-biter between the two sides with St Kilda notching their fifth successive victory by nine points or fewer against the Queensland club.

St Kilda would have been backing themselves to extend their dominance over the Suns after making just one change to the line-up that thrashed Hawthorn last round, with Mason Wood coming in for Seb Ross who was a late withdrawal after his wife gave birth to twins on Friday.

However they appeared on the back foot from the outset in a scrappy first term in which Ben King kicked the only major to give the hosts a 10-3 buffer at the opening interval.

The game was locked up at 3.7 (25) to 3.7 (25) at the main break before the visitors grabbed the lead early in the third 35-32.

However, Gold Coast hit back with goals by Josh Corbett, Nick Holman and Lachie Weller to grab a 7.9 (51) to 4.12 (36) buffer at the final interval.

For St Kilda, Crouch and Jones had 30 touches each while Billings kicked two goals and had 25 disposals.

For Gold Coast (3-5 record), King won the family battle with his twin — Saints forward Max — scoring three goals to his brother’s one in only his second game against his sibling.



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G.Coast 1.4, 3.7, 7.9 (51)
St Kilda 0.3, 3.7, 4.12 (36)

G.Coast: King 3, Rankine, Corbett, Holman, Weller
St Kilda: Steele 2, Billings, King

G.Coast: Miller 27, Swallow 24, Ellis 18
St Kilda: Jones 24, Billings 20, Crouch 20, Steele 19, Wilkie 19, Hill 18

The Saints have had more disposals 296-292, clearances 27-24, tackles 45-44, contested possessions 102-93, free kicks 16-11 and hitouts 42-10, yet find themselves down by 15 points.

It’s been an extremely frustrtaing and wasteful afternoon for the Saints who are playing a very safe brand of footy. The need to take the game on more in the final term.

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AFL live: Collingwood v Gold Coast, Adelaide v GWS, St Kilda v Hawthorn, Brisbane v Port Adelaide, Sydney v Geelong live scores, stats and results

Collingwood is in desperate need of a win to get their season going, but Gold Coast will be out to make a statement at the home of footy.

Later, the Crows host the Giants,  St Kilda plays Hawthorn, the Lions and Power meet at the Gabba and Sydney look to get back on track against Geelong.

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Hawthorn Hawks overrun St Kilda Saints after trailing by 63 at Waverley Park; AFL 2021

Playing across half forward in the second quarter, Smith began to work his way into the game. His disposals were erratic, but at least he was getting the ball. At the 19-minute mark, he offered a reminder of why Hawthorn had waved a $400,000 three-year contract at him, exchanging rapid handballs on the wing before sending a kick down Paul Salmon’s throat in the goal square. The passage may well have saved his day, as moments later he was headed to the interchange bench before being sent back.

Smith’s best contribution of the day came in the first 30-seconds of the third quarter, when he took a handball from Aaron Lord, wheeled around and chipped delicately into the path of Nathan Thompson. Thompson goaled and, suitably encouraged, the Hawks turned the match with a 10-goal period.

Paul Salmon celebrates with team mates.Credit:Joe Armao

As the fourth quarter unfolded, Jones was sent forward, Matthew Young and then McLaren moving on to Smith. The real action was elsewhere, however. At the 28-minute mark, Nick Holland kicked his fifth goal to seal Hawthorn’s stunning 13-point win. Smith bounded up, ruffled Holland’s hair and ran back to the top of the centre square.

Streaming in after the bounce, he had to alter direction sharply to avoid an attempted shirtfront from Peter Everitt. When the ball was killed, he jogged over to Everitt, whispered a few words in his ear and patted his stomach. Just “Spider” having a bit of harmless fun, Smith smiled later.

When the siren sounded, Smith jumped on to the pack surrounding Paul Salmon and clung tight. He then hugged everyone he could find in a brown and gold guernsey. Eighteen possessions to Smith and four points to his club amounted to a fair day’s work.

In the raucous rooms afterwards, Smith described it more excitedly. It was “one of the greatest wins” he’d ever been involved in. That it came against StKilda was incidental.

Last night, Smith was heading to Fitzroy Street for dinner with Jones and Tony Brown. It was uncertain who’d be paying. It was clear who’d enjoy the food most.



Peter Everitt talks with umpire David Howlett.

Peter Everitt talks with umpire David Howlett.Credit:Joe Armao

1.1 4.4 14.4 17.7 (109)


9.4 11.6 14.7 14.12 (96)


Hawthorn: Holland 5, Thompson 3, Salmon 2, Harford 2, Lord, Rock, Lekkas, Collica, Dixon.

St Kilda: Loewe 3, Hall 2, Harvey 2, Peckett, A Thompson, Mitchell, Young, McLaren, Heatley, Everitt.


Hawthorn: Holland, Salmon, Thompson, Croad, Crawford, Harford.

StKilda: Harvey, Burke, Brown, Jones, Young.


Hawthorn: Salmon (cut head), Barlow replaced in selected side by Turvey.

St Kilda: Peckett (bruised ribs).


Howlett, Rowe, Williams.



36,381 at Waverley Park.


The clock read nine minutes 40 seconds in the final quarter when Hawthorn planted its nose in front for the first time in the game, having come from 63-points down in the second quarter. Nick Holland, just inside 50 metres and almost straight in front, drove through the goal with a sharp, deliberate kick, and Waverley Park erupted.


Thompson (Hawthorn) v Hudghton/Elliott (StKilda): with the game spiralling out of Hawthorn’s grasp in the first half, the move to bring on Nathan Thompson was rewarded with a spectacular three goals in 18 minutes in the third quarter. He had the aerial skills, height and running skills to comprehensively beat both his opponents.

Holland (Hawthorn) v DWakelin (StKilda): Wakelin restricted Holland to one goal in the first half, but St Kilda had restricted every Hawthorn player at that stage. Holland turned in a magnificent second half with four goals and 12 marks for the game, providing a focus so desperately needed.

Harvey (St Kilda) v Crawford (Hawthorn): Harvey was on song for best-on-ground for his first quarter in which he kicked two goals and created two more, with Crawford left only with memories of how he restricted Harvey the previous time the two met. But the Hawks’ captain came back into the game and worked tirelessly, and Harvey was his side’s best.



Ken Judge (Hawthorn): “It might sound surprising, but our blokes thought they could win at half-time … it’s the best comeback I’ve been involved in as a coach and I’d like to think it’s a win that will help us grow as a club.”

Tim Watson (St Kilda): “When you have a lead like we did, you wouldn’t expect that you’d surrender a lead like that … we probably allowed ourselves to be hunted by the Hawks in that third term.”

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Collingwood Magpies v Gold Coast Suns; Adelaide Crows v GWS Giants; Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide Power; St Kilda Saints v Hawthorn Hawks; Geelong Cats v Sydney Swans; round seven; results, new, fixtures, odds, tipping, teams, draw;

ADELAIDE 3.3 3.7 8.7 8.11 (59)
GWS 1.1 3.3 6.3 7.5 (47)

Adelaide: McAdam 2, Himmelberg 2, Crouch, Sloane, Stengle, Walker.
GWS: Finlayson 2, Shaw, Caldwell, Cameron, Hill, Jacobs.

Adelaide: Laird, McAdam, Himmelberg, B Crouch, Sloane, M Crouch.
GWS: Whitfield, Hill, Finlayson, Taranto.

GWS: Langdon (illness) replaced in selected side by Hately, Corr (ankle).

Fisher, Broadbent, Williamson.

12,436 at Adelaide Oval.

It took him 14 defeats to find his first win as a senior coach. Now Matthew Nicks has two in a row, and his former employers Greater Western Sydney have a serious problem.

Nicks guided Adelaide to an upset 12-point win on Tuesday, a massive boilover that dislodges the Giants’ destiny from their own grasp and blows the race for the AFL’s top eight wide open.

GWS came into this game knowing that wins in their last three games would lock in a finals appearance for a fifth successive year. Against the bottom-placed Crows, this looked the easiest of the lot.

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AFL 2021: St Kilda Saints vs Hawthorn Hawks

This view was shared elsewhere in the league. It was noted that the Saints’ contested and ground-ball numbers were well down on the same point of last season. St Kilda have won the contested possession count just once in six rounds in 2021, in their stirring comeback win over West Coast in round four.

A theme from the rival views espoused was that the Saints had been drawn towards the ball too much and not paying enough respect defensively to their opponents. While a lack of cohesion – Crouch is only four games into his St Kilda career – was identified as part of the explanation, there was also a suggestion that the Saints’ midfielders looked overly focused on themselves and not in playing their part in a system.

St Kilda’s contested ball

The Saints have lost the contested possession count in five of six games this season.

Opposition (result)  Con Poss

Port Adelaide (L)      -9

Richmond (L)           -19

West Coast (W)       +23

Essendon (L)            -4

Melbourne (L)         -14

GWS (W)                  -30

Source: Champion Data

Hill, understandably, has been the Saint most squarely in focus on the back of consecutive 10-disposals matches (one of which was ended slightly early with an Achilles concern). The view from one rival club was that Hill – unarguably an outside player – would be performing much better at a team that was winning (see Ed Langdon at Melbourne) but also that Hill needed to do more to help himself, and couldn’t rely on being fed by his teammates. The incident in which he spilled a chest mark and then failed to vigorously chase Richmond’s Marlion Pickett in round five was not looked upon kindly.

Then there is the uncontested possession count, which the Saints lost by 141 against Port having already copped a triple-figure hiding in that statistic against Essendon. Ratten publicly rejected an assertion that workrate was to blame for such disparities, but that view was not shared among those questioned about the numbers for this story.


Perhaps the strongest theme from these discussions was that the Saints’ lack of accountability meant the ball was spending way too much time in their defence, meaning St Kilda had to work even harder to get the ball back, generally in their back half, meaning they have had less energy to exert in attack and were easier to defend against.

It is a vicious cycle, in contrast to that of the high-flying Western Bulldogs, whose midfield dominance has helped protect an arguably vulnerable back line.

For all that the ground-level players are under the microscope, one opposition coach pointed out that barely having an AFL-quality ruckman for five weeks hadn’t helped. But with Marshall and Ryder now back, there can be no excuses.

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Essendon Bombers v Collingwood Magpies; Hawthorn Hawks v Adelaide Crows; Port Adelaide Power v St Kilda Saints; Anzac Day; round six; results, new, fixtures, odds, tipping, teams, draw; Riley Thilthorpe; Jacob Koschitzke

Essendon has prevailed over Collingwood by 24 points as Anzay Day returned to the MCG and 73,118 supporters but it’s clear both these sides have much to improve on.

The Bombers deserved their win although they couldn’t shake the young Magpies until late in the final term.

Darcy Parish is an emerging star, he showed this on the big stage with 42 touches and two goals while Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti was also a match-winner with five goals and six tackles. There are few better pressure forwards in the AFL.

Jack Crisp and Scott Pendlebury both had 30 disposals and showed plenty while Darcy Cameron had the biggest game of his young career with three goals and 21 touches.

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St Kilda Saints get Friday night time slot against Geelong despite poor form, AFL wait for Anzac Day capacity lift

The AFL will resume with a Friday night blockbuster when last year’s preliminary finalists, the Brisbane Lions and Richmond, play at the Gabba in a rematch.

It will be the first time the Tigers will return to the venue since they won the flag against Geelong in late October.

The Western Bulldogs play St Kilda on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium in round 10 while the Magpies will host Port Adelaide at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

The fixture for rounds 11 and 12 will be released next week before the AFL moves to releasing matches in four-week blocks, subject to continued stability in the number of COVID-19 cases in Australia.

Marcus King, the AFL’s head of broadcasting and scheduling, said rounds nine and 10 offered a good spread of competitive clashes.

“We have a few weeks until rounds nine and 10 are upon us, but they appear to be a potential nightmare for tipsters,” King said.

“Looking ahead, we plan on releasing rounds 11 and 12 next week, followed by, subject to any COVID setbacks, a minimum four-week block to provide further certainty for clubs and fans.”


Round nine

Friday, May 14

  • St Kilda v Geelong, Marvel Stadium (SEVEN), 7:50pm

Saturday, May 15

  • Sydney v Collingwood, SCG (FOX), 1.45pm
  • Hawthorn v North Melbourne, University of Tasmania Stadium (FOX), 2.10pm
  • Gold Coast v Brisbane Lions, Metricon Stadium (FOX), 4.35pm
  • Richmond v GWS, Marvel Stadium (FOX), 7.25pm
  • Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Oval (SEVEN), 7:40pm

Sunday, May 16

  • Essendon v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium (FOX), 1.10pm
  • Melbourne v Carlton, MCG (SEVEN), 3.20pm
  • West Coast v Adelaide, Optus Stadium (FOX), 4.40pm

Round 10

Friday, May 21

  • Brisbane Lions v Richmond, Gabba (SEVEN), 7.50pm

Saturday, May 22

  • Carlton v Hawthorn, MCG (FOX), 1.45pm
  • Geelong v Gold Coast, GMHBA Stadium (FOX), 2.10pm
  • Adelaide v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval (FOX), 4.35pm
  • Western Bulldogs v St Kilda, Marvel Stadium (SEVEN), 7.25pm
  • Fremantle v Sydney, Optus Stadium (FOX), 7.40pm

Sunday, May 23

  • GWS v West Coast, Giants Stadium (FOX), 1:10pm
  • Collingwood v Port Adelaide, MCG (SEVEN), 3.20pm
  • Essendon v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium (FOX), 4.40pm 

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Carlton Blues and St Kilda Saints struggled in round five

It was a race in two for the worst performance of round five.

But while St Kilda were bad on Thursday night, the circumstances at Carlton and their loss to Port Adelaide meant they took the title.

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Sam McClure discuss the Blues and where they sit in season 2021. Have they made progress since sacking Brendon Bolton as coach? Are they playing enough youngsters, and in the right positions? Will Liam Stocker play against the Lions this weekend – and will he bring the aggression they have lacked?

A debate is looming about whether the issues at Carlton stem from the coaching, or the talent on their list. Plus, are the leaders in Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty being asked to do too much? And are their flaws being exposed because they are trying too hard?

St Kilda are not off the hook for their efforts, though they were dealing with injuries to key players. But since they played Richmond in the finals last year they have fallen away dramatically. And there are two stats out of last Thursday’s loss that should be of particular concern for the Saints.

Also this week, in the wake of Brisbane’s upset grand final win over Adelaide, the debate turns to expansion in AFLW. Should more teams be added as soon as possible, or is it better to wait until there is more talent that has grown up playing the game to draw from? And how much will off-field matters – including interest from club sponsors – have an impact on the league’s decision?

Plus: the Cats still haven’t had a definitively good performance this season, why no one should be tipping the Bombers this weekend, the Demons are proving themselves and there’s a stat that shows they are having their best defensive start to a season since 1965, and should the Pies keep playing Darcy Moore forward?

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Port Adelaide Power vs St Kilda Saints Tips, Odds and Teams – AFL ANZAC Day 2021

Adelaide Oval will play host to Sunday”s
Round 6 AFL game between Port Adelaide Power and
St Kilda Saints. The game kicks off at 6:40 pm with Port Adelaide Power heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Port Adelaide Power vs.
St Kilda Saints
game and give you our free tips and bets.

When: Sunday April 25, 2021 at 6:40 pm

Where: Adelaide Oval

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Port Adelaide Power vs St Kilda Saints Preview

Port Adelaide weren’t at their brilliant best against Carlton last week but were still far too good for the Blues.

St Kilda once again showed that they can’t be trusted after being thumped by Richmond on Thursday night.

There are no excuses for St Kilda here who have a much longer break between games but Port Adelaide at home should be too good for them here.

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