Snapshot of round four of AFL season


THEY SAID IT: “I think this one is extreme provocation. He’s been provoked, they were heavily intoxicated and these guys had altercations with a number of guests at the hotel.” – Hawthorn CEO Stuart Fox has plenty of sympathy for his coach Alastair Clarkson who reacted angrily after being goaded by a member of the public after the loss to Port.

STATS THAT MATTER: 14. Lifelong Collingwood fan Paul Seedsman was a unanimous winner of the Anzac Medal for his key role in the win over Essendon for a game that included a remarkable 14 inside 50s.

MAN OF THE ROUND: More like man of the month. Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe has put together an extraordinary April and with 27 possessions, eight clearances, a goal and a huge mark in the final quarter was pivotal in the win over Sydney.

TALKING POINT: The Western Bulldogs are winning more admirers by the week, with the bandwagon now full to overflowing following the 57-point smashing of Adelaide.

TRIBUNAL WATCH: Shapes as a quiet week for the match review panel, although they will have a look at an elbow from big Bulldog Ayce Cordy which caught Crow Rory Laird in the head.

KEY INJURIES: Dean Kent (Melbourne, hamstring), Ben Griffiths (Richmond, calf) Nathan Drummond (Richmond, knee), Paul Chapman (Essendon, corked knee), Jack Martin (Gold Coast, ankle), Brian Lake (Hawthorn, knee), Paul Puopolo (Hawthorn, hamstring), Isaac Heeney (Sydney, hamstring), Luke Shuey (West Coast, ankle).

UNDER PRESSURE: Damien Hardwick was right in describing the effort by the Richmond players against Melbourne as “insipid”, but it’s the sixth-year coach who will be most under the pump this week in the lead-up to the match against Geelong, one of the Tigers’ bogey teams.

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