Snapshot of AFL Round Eight

SNAPSHOT OF WHAT HAPPENED AROUND THE AFL IN ROUND SEVEN

THEY SAID IT: “We probably didn’t see today coming.” Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge after their shock 39-point loss to Melbourne. Rewind the clock three weeks and the Dogs were 4-1 after a stunning win at the SCG. Now they’re 4-4 and in a scrap to play finals.

STATS THAT MATTER: Nat Fyfe’s 100th game was one to remember. The Brownlow Medal favourite had 37 disposals in another sterling display from the Fremantle on-baller.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Others gathered more of the ball but few had the impact of Swans captain Jarrad McVeigh. The Sydney veteran pulled his team off the canvas with two final-term goals before finding Luke Parker who kicked the winner in the grand final rematch with the Hawks.

TALKING POINT: Just how good are the Giants? Their 24-point win over Adelaide improved their record to 6-2 and pushed them into the top four. At this rate, they’re finals-bound and who knows how high they can finish.

TRIBUNAL WATCH: On his way to a six-goal haul, Bomber Joe Daniher struck Brisbane’s Allen Christensen late in a marking contest. Whether it merits more than the 50m penalty awarded will be up to the match review panel.

KEY INJURIES: B Gibbs (Carl) back, J Webster (St K) concussion, S Fisher (St K) hamstring, S Kerridge (Adel) ankle, R Laird (Adel) head, D Prestia (GC) knee, T McKenzie (GC) hip, J Frost (Coll) leg, B Lake (Haw) knee, M Pavlich (Frem) hip, P Chapman (Ess) hamstring, B Goodes (WB) broken arm, J Trengove (Port) leg), T Vickery (Rich) knee.

UNDER PRESSURE: Coach Mick Malthouse and anyone connected with Carlton are feeling the heat this week after a 77-point demolition by Geelong. With Sydney looming on Friday night, the crisis at Visy Park – and Malthouse’s future – is set to intensify.

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