Round 13 Report Card, highlights, grades, analysis, every club reviewed, video, best and worst, stats - bdsthanhhoavn.com

Round 13 Report Card, highlights, grades, analysis, every club reviewed, video, best and worst, stats

There were some very different losses this weekend – including one to be “proud” of.

But a lowly side continued its freefall with one aspect of its game “not at AFL standard”.

Every team’s performance (so far) analysed and graded in Foxfooty.com.au’s Round 13 Report Card.

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ADELAIDE CROWS

Adelaide had the bye.

BRISBANE LIONS

That’s more like it. The Lions looked much more like themselves in their 21-point win over St Kilda – and not just because it was yet another win at the Gabba in the home and away season, their 30th from 31 attempts. But their defence, so leaky in recent weeks, wasn’t an issue either as aside from two early Max King goals, the visitors were kept pretty quiet. It wasn’t the prettiest game of footy, and the result only looked safe late, but a win against a top four contender counts for plenty.

In the votes

Hard to go away from Hugh McCluggage as best on ground, the Lions star playing purely in the midfield and racking up 33 disposals and seven clearances. Joe Daniher (three goals) was a welcome sight in the forward 50, if more wayward then we saw from him earlier this season, while Lachie Neale (37 disposals) was typically busy. Keidean Coleman was one of the only sure-footed players on the park with 18 of his 19 disposals proving effective plus seven intercepts in one of his best AFL games.

Room for improvement

Both teams struggled to string play together at times though particularly in the latter stages, when the Saints tired, the Lions looked the classier side. Except in front of goal, where it was an unwelcome return to years gone by where Brisbane simply couldn’t kick straight. 10.18 had us flashing back to their meeting with the Saints in 2020, at the same ground, where their inaccuracy also kept the visitors in the contest.
Grade

B+

VFL mark of the year contender! | 00:27

CARLTON

Judging by his withering spray at three-quarter time, Michael Voss wasn’t overly impressed with the side’s performance at stages on Friday night, but the fact the Blues keep banking wins is something no fan would take for granted. The next three weeks will be huge in how they fare in the race for a top-four spot, taking on Richmond, Fremantle and St Kilda, but on current evidence they’ll be hard to stop. It’s a very, very impressive side that continues to conquer all roadblocks put before it.

In the votes

Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow are forming a brilliant combination, kicking five goals between them on Friday night but having a hand in several others. Sam Docherty was huge coming out of defence once again, while Nic Newman also helped rebound out of the defensive half. Patrick Cripps and Matthew Kennedy were good too.

Room for improvement

The three-quarter time spray from Michael Voss was due to the side going away from some of its staples, with ball movement a bit less methodical in the third term. They were actually well held at clearances barring stoppage and were given a good run in the contested possession count.

Grade

A

COLLINGWOOD

The Magpies face Melbourne on Monday afternoon.

Dons coach whacked for call | 02:52

ESSENDON

The pre-game ceremony to celebrate the club’s 150-year anniversary was an A+ but the game itself? Not so much. Effort is clearly better over the last fortnight at least, but it can’t mask the issues the side still faces systemically. The Bombers are either unable or unwilling to defend transition from the opposition, which led to the Blues using the corridor with alarming ease on multiple occasions. There was definitely some fight from them and they were far from disgraced, but they continue to look an incomplete side that won’t do much damage in the run home.

In the votes

Dylan Shiel has copped a lot of flak, but credit to him for standing up in a midfield that looks dour, particularly after Darcy Parish was subbed out with a leg concern. Dyson Heppell was rousing in his pre-game address and played to his maximum, even though that maximum is not what it once was. Zach Merrett was good, while Harrison Jones looked promising up forward. The side performed pretty well at clearance against a side that does a lot of damage in that department.

Room for improvement

Defending transition continues to be an issue. By halftime, Carlton were more than doubling the average for moving from defensive 50 to attacking 50. As Nick Riewoldt said on Fox Footy, “it’s effort without system” for Essendon at the moment. Given there was neither effort or system prior to their recent run of games, that’s at least some small hope to salvage heading into the backend of the season. The forward line looks stagnant and Jake Stringer looked well off the pace in his first game back from a hamstring injury.

Grade

C

FREMANTLE

Fremantle held off a gallant Hawthorn outfit to prevail by 13 points in an Optus Stadium thriller in Nat Fyfe’s much-anticipated return to the field. But Fye revealed post-match he was simply happy to play his role for the team, telling Fox Footy: “I said to Caleb (Serong) and Andy (Brayshaw) ‘Treat me like a first-gamer, tell me where to go and set me up.’” It came after the Dockers were seriously challenged throughout the contest before using a six goal third-quarter blitz to surge ahead in the game. The only drawback for Freo on the day was a hamstring setback to Blake Acres amid a career-best season from the star winger.

In the votes

Andy Brayshaw was immense again in the midfield, racking up 37 disposals, six marks, six tackles and booting the game-sealing soccer goal to likely poll another three votes and boost his Brownlow chances. Hayden Young was also stellar off half bapefck with 31 touches, 10 marks and 585 metres gained, while Luke Ryan (27 disposals, 10 marks) and Jordan Clark (25 touches, eight marks) were busy. And before getting subbed out in the fourth term, Acres had turned in another big performance himself with 24 touches, 692 metres gained and a goal.

Room for improvement

Fox Footy pundits challenged Freo to be more daring with the ball at times and play through the guts if they head extra numbers there instead of constantly going down the line as they’ve done all season with great success. It was a clear strategy from Hawthorn to pressure Freo and dare it play more aggressively — a strategy that threw Justin Longmuir’s side off at times. Adding more layers their game and being able to adapt to different scenarios might be a focus of Fremantle’s in the second half of the season to ensure their ready for the challenges that finals can throw up.

Grade

B+

Fyfe return sparks Dockers win | 02:50

GEELONG CATS

Geelong had the bye.

GOLD COAST SUNS

Gold Coast had the bye.

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY

The Giants claimed their second win under Mark McVeigh in a clinical 49-point victory over North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium. GWS exploded out of the gates with the first five goals of the game in the opening term before stacking on another five in the second quarter to essentially put the game to bed by half-time. McVeigh’s changes since taking over are proving to pay massive dividends including the team playing a more attacking brand — much like its ‘Orange Tsunami’ style of years’ past — while the likes of Harry Himmelberg and Stephen Coniglio are flourishing in new (and old) roles in defence and the midfield respectively. The only sour spot was Harry Perryman getting sent to hospital after suffering a rib injury in a brutal collision with Flynn Perez in the second quarter.

In the votes

Himmelberg was simply immense for the Giants in arguably the best game of his career, racking up a personal best 37 touches (at 94 per cent efficiency) and 16 marks to go with 697 metres gained and one goal to reinvigorate his career as a defender. Coniglio, who’s back to some of his absolute best form that saw him get rewarded with his $7 million deal back in 2019, was also huge with 34 disposals and 3.2 in his return to the midfield, while it could’ve been a mammoth game has he kicked straighter. Lachie Whitfield (29 touches, 14 marks) was also brilliant in his first game back from injury, while Tanner Bruhn enjoyed a breakout performance with career-best 24 touches and two goals.

Room for improvement

The Giants dominated the contest in just about every facet, yet it came with Toby Greene and Josh Kelly down on some of their absolute best form, with the latter tagged by Kayne Turner. Although the pair have clearly set a high standard and were far from disappointing, it was a contest where Giants players were lining up for touches all around the field, and as such, the star duo could’ve done significant damage.

Grade

A

Giants TAKE OVER North Melbourne | 01:05

HAWTHORN

Hawthorn lost no admirers in a spirited effort from Sam Mitchell’s side where it genuinely looked like topping Fremantle at stages and went down swinging until the dying minutes. Although the Hawks ultimately didn’t get the result they wanted — largely due conceding six goals in the third term as their pressure dropped away slightly — it continued their competitive form in 2022 include narrow losses to the likes of Collingwood (4 points), Melbourne (10 points), Carlton (1 point). Demons great Garry Lyon told Fox Footy Hawks fans would be “proud” of their performance, to which ex-Magpies coach Nathan Buckley concurred. “If you’re a Hawthorn supporter and you’re seeing this, you’re thinking: ‘We’ve exceeded expectations for the year and we’re putting in performances like that. Even though we’re not getting the wins, we’re pretty happy.’”

In the votes

Jaeger O’Meara never stopped trying in the midfield, finishing with 30 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles. James Sicily racked up plenty of footy across defence with 22 touches, nine marks and 642 gained, while Dylan Moore was an X-factor in attack with 18 disposals and two goals.

Room for improvement

It’s hard to be too critical of a young Hawks side that nearly caused an interstate upset over a flag contender in a great coaching performance from Mitchell and co, while outside of the third quarter they were arguably the more impressive side. while Mitchell was left “frustrated” post-match by his team’s inability to maximise opportunities in the front half. “We actually won centre bounces for the first time for the year, but then they kick 4.4 against our centre bounces. We get the ball inside 50, 61 times, but we can’t put them away. A different set of challenges. I guess that’s to be expected with a growing group, but that doesn’t make it less frustrating for me,” he said.

Grade

B+

MELBOURNE

The Demons face Collingwood on Monday afternoon.

Burgoyne bags a double for Dalyson! | 01:07

NORTH MELBOURNE

Another disappointing result for the Roos where they never really looked up for the fight at any stage in a 49-point loss to the Giants and their 11th-straight defeat overall. Conceding 10 of the first 12 goals of the game, the contest was all but put out of reach for David Noble’s side at half-time as it again searches for answers ahead of its mid-season bye. The result was further marred by prized pick 1 Jason Horne-Francis coming under scrutiny for several incidents in the game including arguing with Todd Goldstein and catching Giants star Joh Kelly high with a swinging arm.

In the votes

Luke Davies-Uniacke battled hard in the midfield with 33 touches, 16 contested, one goal and 574 metres gained. Todd Goldstein (33 hittouts, two goals) and Jy Simpkin (31 disposals) were also solid on the ball, while Kayne Turner limited Josh Kelly’s influence in an effective shutdown role.

Room for improvement

Unfortunately the Roos have several areas of concern right now. A number of senior players continue to let them down, with the likes of Jaidyn Stephenson, Jack Ziebell, High Greenwood and Aaron Hall all quiet, albeit in the latter’s return game from an extended layoff with a hamstring injury. Fox Footy’s pundits also noted during the game coverage how North was too conservative with the ball at times instead of taking risks and going down the corridor more given how well the likes of Harry Himmelberg and Isaac Cumming were set up behind the ball. And Roos great Davis King on First Crack called for Jason-Horne Francis to “pull his head in,” while dual All-Australian Leigh Montagna said the club’s defence is “not AFL standard.”

Grade

F

PORT ADELAIDE

The Power’s season is officially “done” following the loss to Richmond, according to Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall. But the performance wasn’t without highlights as Port Adelaide were able to take the lead in the final term – despite coughing up six straight goals early in the match. The decision to go into the clash without a recognised ruckman is sure to be reviewed as Port were smashed in the hitouts. But they got back into the match through their clearance work – finishing +7. Port Adelaide took more marks inside forward 50, laid an equal number of tackles and had more disposals than the Tigers but couldn’t find the match winner when it mattered.

In the votes

Todd Marshall continues to impress with his accuracy in 2022, jumping out to 21.5 for the year. His three goals in the first half kept Port Adelaide in the contest when it was Richmond who had all the run. Sam Powell-Pepper put his body on the line repeatedly late in the match, while Karl Amon did his contract talks no harm with a brilliant 29-disposal performance in front of Victorian recruits. Travis Boak again defied his age by racking up nine clearances – four more than the nearest teammate, while Dan Houston racked up 12 intercepts and five score involvements from defence.

Room for improvement

Charlie Dixon may be just two games back, but he is yet to show he is anywhere near his best to finish with just the one goal – coming after the half time siren. In Dixon’s defence, the forward 50 entry was described as “abominable” by Jason Dunstall and the “worst imaginable” for a forward. On at least five occasions, the ball was kicked directly to a Richmond opponent, while other times the kicker picked out the lose man in defence, giving Dixon and his fellow forwards no chance to attempt to bring the ball to ground. Steven Motlop managed just three touches and failed to hit the scoreboard in slippery conditions that were better suited to his skills than a big forward. Veteran Robbie Gray (six touches and -24m gained) just couldn’t get into the contest.

Grade

C

Smith apologises after photos emerge | 00:56

RICHMOND

The Tigers of old are back! Led by a desperate Liam Baker, Richmond fought off Port Adelaide’s comeback to keep their finals dream alive in 2022. But it was the way the Tigers got the job done in the slippery conditions – with no Tom Lynch (injured) and just two goals coming from tall targets Jack Riewoldt and Noah Balta. Richmond showed they have scoring options across the ground, dominated in the air and “embraced the chaos” as Leigh Montagna calls it. The Tigers finished +23 in hitouts, +5 in contested marks in a win described by coach Damien Hardwick as “ugly”.

In the votes

Liam Baker threw himself into every contest, especially late in the match. He finished with 26 touches – a team high, five clearances, nine score involvements and a goal. Judson Clarke stepped up on debut to kick two first quarter goals and finished with 11 disposals and three tackles. Defensive quartet Nick Vlastuin, Robbie Tarrant, Nathan Broad and Dylan Grimes had a combined 35 intercepts between them to stifle Port’s push forward. Dustin Martin may have had just 13 disposals, but he continues to be a game changer – kicking two last quarter goals when the match went on the line.

Room for improvement

Shai Bolton could have easily kicked a handful of goals against the Power but had a wayward radar on Thursday night. The West Aussie finished with five behinds from his 19 disposals and three frees against – including a costly holding the ball that gifted Port Adelaide the lead just one minute into the final term. The slippery conditions weren’t ideal for big men, but Noah Balta struggled to get into the match. He finished with just 11 touches – and was chased down by Port’s Aliir Aliir when he opted against giving the hands to debutant Judson Clarke who could have potentially strolled into goal.

Grade

B+

ST KILDA

It’s always hard to beat Brisbane at the Gabba – there’s a reason only one team has done it in the home and away season since April 2019 – and the Saints were in the game almost all night. But even when they led by two goals at the long break, you felt like they weren’t doing enough to cement the win, and sure enough Brisbane was the much better side after halftime. Their Max King-centric attack failed to fire from there on, with just six scoring shots in two quarters as an exhausted outfit slumped over the line.

In the votes

Brad Crouch did a bit of everything with 26 disposals, 10 tackles, four clearances, five inside 50s and a goal, while Jack Sinclair’s 639 metres gained from 30 disposals were important, and Jade Gresham’s two goals from 21 disposals were a solid return. Dan Butler rated remarkably highly on the Official AFL Player Ratings for having just 10 disposals and a goal, though he also had two goal assists – Max King (2.3, seven score involvements) was the better forward despite being double and triple-teamed at times.

Room for improvement

You’ll rarely win a game with 41 inside 50s and the scoreline somewhat flattered the Saints, given they had just 17 scoring shots to Brisbane’s 28. Max King was targeted early and often, and early it worked but often it didn’t, with the predictable high balls being constantly neutralised by the Lions’ defenders. When you’re only getting 41 chances you’ve got to make the most of them and they didn’t.
Grade

C+

Fyfe kicks return goal! | 00:41

SYDNEY SWANS

Sydney had the bye.

WEST COAST EAGLES

West Coast had the bye.

WESTERN BULLDOGS

The Bulldogs had the bye.

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