SNAPSHOT OF AFL ROUND 23
THEY SAID IT: “I’d rather go out differently.” And so ends the coaching career of Paul Roos, with a 111-point loss to Geelong. Roos was able to muster a wry laugh after the biggest loss of his 12 seasons in a coaching box.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Patrick Dangerfield kicked the ball inside 50 a whopping 16 times on Saturday against Melbourne, equalling an AFL record. With the Cats now ensconced in the AFL’s top two, you get the feeling that whoever stops Danger might lift the flag.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Nick Riewoldt rolled back the years against Brisbane on Sunday, tallying the most goals and marks of anyone in 2016; nine majors and 21 grabs. It was a vintage performance that sent St Kilda out on a high.
TALKING POINT: What to make of North Melbourne’s week? On Wednesday coach Brad Scott announced the “heartbreaking” decision to end all-time games record holder Brent Harvey’s time at the club, along with club veterans Drew Petrie, Michael Firrito and Nick Dal Santo. The on and off-field response on Saturday night against GWS was poor. The Kangaroos lost by 37 points in front of their worst Melbourne home crowd of the year.
TRIBUNAL WATCH: West Coast’s Sharrod Wellingham’s high bump on Mitch McGovern could fall into the fines category given finals are around the corner. A lifting tackle from Sam Naismith of Sydney on Richmond defender Bachar Houli is a borderline case for a suspension.
KEY INJURIES: J Kolodjashnij (Gee, calf), J Macmillan (NM, hip), L Whitfield (GWS, ribs), M Bontempelli (WB, cut head).
WHAT’S NEXT: Anything but the AFL finals. Sydney will look for a spot in the trophy cabinet for their minor premiership, The E.J Whitten game, the women’s all-star game, the Rising Star and All-Australian awards will all occupy attention before the finals take centre stage.