SNAPSHOT OF ROUND 14 IN THE AFL
THEY SAID IT: “This is a crisis unprecedented, there is no rule book, and we are dealing with it.” Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman on the horrific death of their coach Phil Walsh.
STATS THAT MATTER: St Kilda’s 110-point demolition of Essendon is their highest winning margin over the Bombers and their first 100-plus winning margin in three years. Essendon also had 144 less disposals than St Kilda – that’s the worst for the Bombers since Champion Data started keeping AFL statistics.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury went close to the perfect midfield game on Friday night – 37 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 10 tackles, 10 clearances. Coach Nathan Buckley says it was as good as he has seen Pendlebury play.
TALKING POINT: Once again, North Melbourne are under the pump after a surprise loss to Gold Coast. Remember, this is a season where they are supposed to be gunning for the top four.
TRIBUNAL WATCH: The Giants’ Toby Greene surely will be fined for spitting during an confrontation with Richmond’s Anthony Miles. Richmond ruckman Ivan Maric was reported for striking and his captain Trent Cotchin will also face scrutiny. Collingwood defender Travis Varcoe was booked for high contact with Hawthorn opponent Cyril Rioli and Port Adelaide’s Jay Schulz might be in trouble for the tackle he laid on Sydney’s Ted Richards. Essendon’s Mark Baguley will come under scrutiny for contact with St Kilda’s Jack Lonie.
KEY INJURIES: G Rohan (Syd, hamstring) T Richards (Syd, head) L Breust (Haw, groin) I Smith (Haw, eye) B Griffiths (Rich, shoulder) J Roughead (WB, back) T McLean (WB, shoulder) D Morris (WB, jaw) A Everett (Carl, knee) J Cripps (Carl, ankle) A Brayshaw (Melb, neck) A Cooney (Ess, adductor) J Winderlich (Ess, shin).
UNDER PRESSURE: Essendon are just not this bad. But they are now a rabble – in free-fall with five-straight losses and no obvious short-term solutions. Roll out the stock phrase “growing pressure on coach James Hird”.