HIGHLIGHTS FROM ROUND FOUR IN THE AFL
THEY SAID IT: “You don’t rate St Kilda? Well they play alright.
You don’t rate Melbourne? They play alright. You rate us? We haven’t played that well.” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley
STATS THAT MATTER: No team has made the AFL finals from a 0-4 since it became the top eight. Remember, Fremantle were minor premiers last season
MAN OF THE ROUND: A toss-up between North Melbourne onballer Jack Ziebell and Fremantle’s Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe. They will share the top votes after starring in Sunday’s ripping match
KEY MOMENT: St Kilda key forward Paddy McCartin took a great mark late in the Launceston game and could have put his side back in front. But he missed the shot at goal and Hawthorn won by three points
TALKING POINT: Damaging losses this weekend mean Collingwood, Fremantle, Port Adelaide and Richmond are all in crisis.
TRIBUNAL WATCH: The match review panel surely refers Gold Coast defender Steven May directly to the tribunal for his monster bump on Brisbane’s Stefan Martin. West Coast’s Scott Lycett was booked for striking Richmond’s Ty Vickery and Western Bulldogs onballer Lin Jong was reported for high contact. Port Adelaide recruit Charlie Dixon is in trouble for a striking GWS co-captain Phil Davis.
KEY INJURIES: J Johannisen (WB, hamstring) T Boyd (WB, shoulder) M Suckling (WB, ankle) D Astbury (Rich, ankle) S Hampson (Rich, leg) J Laverde (Ess, shoulder) B Reid (Coll, knee) B Sinclair (Coll, concussion) T Cloke (Coll, elbow) S Martin (Bris, concussion)
WHAT’S NEXT: The Anzac Day blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon will collectively feature two wins from eight games so far this season. Hawthorn host Adelaide in a Friday night special. Sydney at home against West Coast is another highlight and North Melbourne will aim to keep their perfect start alive on the Gold Coast. At the other end of the ladder, Fremantle or Carlton will end their winless streak when they play.