Snapshot of round seven in the AFL


THEY SAID IT: At times it feels like you are sort of on the treadmill and treading water a little bit.” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley after his side’s upset loss to Carlton.

STATS THAT MATTER: After leading by 12 points midway through the second quarter on Friday night, Richmond conceded 12 of the last 15 goals against Hawthorn.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Sydney star Lance Franklin’s six goals against Essendon has him one in front of Gold Coast key forward Tom Lynch for the Coleman Medal. Franklin’s teammate Isaac Heeney also starred with five goals.

KEY MOMENTS: Adelaide only trailled by three points with less than two minutes left on Saturday night. Marcus Bontempelli capped a great game for the Western Bulldogs by kicking a booming 50m goal that sealed their win. Todd Goldstein’s behind after a controversial free kick with less than two minutes left broke the deadlock in North Melbourne’s seven-point win over St Kilda.

TALKING POINT: Gold Coast are investigating an incident where an irate fan blasted the team as they were leaving the field following their 73-point capitulation against Melbourne. Captain Gary Ablett went over to talk to the furious Suns supporter. The Crows are also furious after a 28-11 free kick count against them in the Bulldogs loss

TRIBUNAL WATCH: Geelong’s Rhys Stanley is on report for rough conduct.

KEY INJURIES: S Mitchell (Haw, calf) B Reid (Coll, shoulder) T Broomhead (Coll, ankle) J Simpkin (Ess, hamstring) A Sexton (GC, broken arm) M Rosa (GC, hamstring) P Davis (GWS, hamstring) D Armitage (StK, hamstring)

WHAT’S NEXT: Adelaide host Geelong in a massive Friday night clash, with Patrick Dangerfield playing against his old team for the first time. Resurgent Melbourne face a big test on Sunday when they play the Bulldogs at the MCG.

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