SNAPSHOT OF ROUND 13 AFL ACTION
THEY SAID IT: “The umpires told our players, ‘Well, he’s a ducker, so we don’t pay high free kicks to Lindsay’. They told our guys that. That’s clearly a pre-conceived idea.” – fired-up North Melbourne coach Brad Scott during an eventful post-match press conference following his side’s loss to Hawthorn.
STATS THAT MATTER: 155 – the new AFL record for the number of tackles laid in a game, set by Sydney in their 55-point thumping of Melbourne in driving rain at the SCG. The Demons managed 89 in response.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Patrick Dangerfield most likely bagged another three Brownlow votes with a star turn in the Cats’ 57-point demolition of fellow top-four hopefuls the Western Bulldogs. The superstar midfielder racked up 37 possessions and kicked two goals in yet another eye-catching master class.
KEY MOMENT: Greater Western Sydney were in danger of suffering a shock loss to the hapless Bombers when they trailed at halftime at Etihad Stadium. Essendon held GWS at bay until late in the third quarter when young Giant Matthew Kennedy seized a key moment in his AFL debut to kick his first career goal to give his side the lead then quickly follow it up with a stunning second major.
TALKING POINT: The most common question asked by football fans this weekend? “Did you hear what Brad Scott said?!” The North Melbourne coach is a fiery character who doesn’t take a backward step in defending his players and his club, but he went off half-cocked on Friday night and will cop his whack from the AFL this week. At least it rekindled the debate over what constitutes a high tackle in the AFL.
TRIBUNAL WATCH: Should be a busy Monday for the AFL match review panel. Plenty of North Melbourne and Hawthorn players will be fined after their fiery Friday night clash, with Jack Ziebell’s bump on Sam Mitchell also to come under scrutiny. Brent Harvey’s errant leg might cost him a fine after he made contact with Jordan Lewis in the same match. Melbourne’s Bernie Vince is in danger of missing the Demons’ clash with his old side Adelaide after he bumped Sydney’s Luke Parker high.
KEY INJURIES: J Caddy (Geel, knee), J Stringer (WB, hand), L McDonald (NM, hamstring), D Wells (NM, ankle), M Priddis (WC, broken nose), R Harwood (Bris, knee), D Howard (PA, knee), T Smith (Fre, hamstring), P Davis (GWS, foot), N Haynes (GWS, back).
WHAT’S NEXT: There’s no let up for North, who travel to Adelaide to take on the Crows in the match of the round on Thursday night. The knives will be out for Nathan Buckley and Damien Hardwick if Collingwood and Richmond drop games to Fremantle and Brisbane respectively. Port Adelaide, the Western Bulldogs, Sydney, West Coast, Essendon and Melbourne have byes.