SNAPSHOT OF WHAT HAPPENED AROUND THE AFL IN ROUND FIVE:
THEY SAID IT: “I wouldn’t mind some of our players playing the way (rugged Gold Coast defender) Steven May played, to be honest. At least he actually cared and did something about their previous performances. Our blokes didn’t.” – Furious Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch after the Lions were belted by the Suns in the Queensland derby.
STATS THAT MATTER: Six goals for West Coast’s Josh Kennedy and five for another ex-Carlton favourite in Crow Eddie Betts have them at the pointy end of the race for the Coleman Medal. How Mick Malthouse would love to still have them in his goal-shy navy Blue lineup.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Essendon speedster Travis Colyer burns off several Saints defenders to kick the match-winner in a pulsating two-point win over St Kilda.
TALKING POINT: How well are the Western Bulldogs travelling? Luke Beveridge’s outfit backed up their big win over Adelaide with a thrilling upset over Sydney on the Swans’ home deck.
TRIBUNAL WATCH: Hawthorn superstars Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis face extended stints on the sidelines for incidents involving North duo Andrew Swallow and Todd Goldstein in Saturday night’s fiery clash at Etihad Stadium.
KEY INJURIES: Lachie Henderson (Carlton, hamstring), James Kelly (Geelong, split testicle), Jarrod Garlett (Gold Coast, ankle), Seb Tape (Gold Coast, knee), Brent Staker (Brisbane, hamstring) Tom Rockliff (Brisbane, concussion/jaw), Josh Gibson (Hawthorn, head knock), Andrew Swallow (North Melbourne, head knock), Josh Kennedy (West Coast, elbow), Will Schofield (West Coast, ankle), Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle, concussion) Michael Walters (Fremantle, concussion), Christian Salem (Melbourne, concussion).
UNDER PRESSURE: Everyone at Carlton after the Blues stunk it up against Collingwood on the night Mick Malthouse broke the record for most games coached.