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Live AFL, Saturday May 19

Richmond's Jack Riewoldt battles with Essendon's Cale Hooker.

Richmond's Jack Riewoldt battles with Essendon's Cale Hooker. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

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Highlights from Saturday's games:

- Port Adelaide come from 32 points down with ten minutes to play against North Melbourne, winning after hitting the front with a minute to play. Jay Schulz boots 7.0.
- Richmond comes back from 42 points down early in the third quarter, hitting the front with ten minutes to play, before Essendon rallies to win by 19 points in front of 80,900 at the MCG.
- Melbourne hits a new low, going down to Sydney by 101 points at the SCG, with Liam Jurrah suffering a leg injury. Their only highlight? Jeremy Howe's frontrunner for mark of the year.
- The Bulldogs take three quarters to get in front of the Sunsbefore running away to a 38-point win in a  dour, low-scoring affair in Darwin.
- Hawthorn boots eight goals to two in the second quarter to cruise home against Fremantle in Launceston.

Richmond's Reece Conca tackled by Essendon's Sam Lonergan.

Richmond's Reece Conca tackled by Essendon's Sam Lonergan. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Today's results:

WESTERN BULLDOGS 1.3  2.6  6.12  9.18 (72)
GOLD COAST SUNS 1.5  2.9  3.10  4.10 (34)
Goals: Western Bulldogs: A Cordy D Giansiracusa J Grant L Dahlhaus L Jones L Picken S Higgins T Liberatore Z Skinner. Gold Coast Suns: D Prestia H Bennell T Lynch Z Smith.
Best: Western Bulldogs: M Boyd D Cross R Griffen B Lake T Liberatore. Gold Coast Suns: G Ablett D Stanley K Horsley D Prestia S Iles.
Official Crowd: 8,724 at TIO Stadium.

ESSENDON 6.2  12.7  16.9  19.14 (128)
RICHMOND 4.2  6.8  11.16  15.19 (109)
Goals: Essendon: P Ryder 4 A Monfries 3 B Stanton 3 A Davey 2 J Watson 2 L Jetta 2 B Howlett N Lovett-Murray S Crameri. Richmond: S Edwards 3 T Cotchin 3 D Martin 2 S Grigg 2 B Deledio B Miller D Jackson J Riewoldt R Nahas.
Best: Essendon: J Watson B Stanton C Hooker P Ryder D Heppell M Hurley B Howlett S Crameri. Richmond: B Deledio T Cotchin S Grigg S Edwards I Maric S Tuck N Foley.
Official Crowd: 80,900 at MCG.

The only high point for the Demons, a huge screamer from Jeremy Howe.

The only high point for the Demons, a huge screamer from Jeremy Howe. Photo: Getty Images

PORT ADELAIDE 5.1  6.2  8.6  14.11 (95)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.1  7.5  11.9  14.9 (93)
Goals: Port Adelaide: J Schulz 7 B Jacobs Brett Ebert J McCarthy J Westhoff K Cornes M Broadbent P Stewart. North Melbourne: D Petrie 5 D Wells 2 L Thomas 2 A Swallow B Harvey B Warren C Pedersen J Ziebell.
Best: Port Adelaide: J Schulz D Pearce J Surjan Brad Ebert D Pfeiffer M Broadbent. North Melbourne: A Swallow D Wells D Petrie R Bastinac S Thompson B Warren.
Injuries: Port Adelaide: B Renouf (dislocated finger). North Melbourne: S Thompson (cut head) A Edwards (general soreness) replaced in selected side by C Pedersen.
Reports: Nil.
Official Crowd: 14,508 at AAMI Stadium.

HAWTHORN 2.4  10.9  13.12  17.17 (119)
FREMANTLE 0.3  2.6  7.8  9.9 (63)
Goals: Hawthorn: J Roughead 4 C Rioli 2 L Breust 2 M Suckling 2 B Guerra C Young D Hale I Smith J Lewis L Franklin S Mitchell. Fremantle: H Ballantyne 2 C Mayne L Neale M Barlow M Johnson R Crowley Z Clarke Z Dawson.
Best: Hawthorn: C Young L Shiels C Rioli J Roughead B Sewell J Lewis S Mitchell J Gibson B Guerra. Fremantle: M Barlow S Hill A Sandilands L McPharlin.
Injuries: Hawthorn: Nil. Fremantle: C Pearce (concussion).
Reports: Nil.
Official Crowd: 12,959 at Aurora Stadium.

SYDNEY 7.1  11.4  16.9  21.12 (138)
MELBOURNE 0.3  1.5  2.7  5.7 (37)
Goals: Sydney: J Kennedy 3 K Jack 3 L Jetta 3 L Parker 3 B McGlynn 2 T Dennis-Lane 2 T Walsh 2 M Mattner R O’Keefe S Reid. Melbourne: N Jones 2 B Green C Sylvia J Bennell.
Best: Sydney: K Jack L Jetta R O’Keefe D Hannebery J Bolton M Mattner L Parker. Melbourne: N Jones J Watts S Blease M Clark.
Official Crowd: 20,818 at SCG.

Ryan O'Keefe marks.

Ryan O'Keefe marks. Photo: Getty Images

FINAL SCORE Essendon 19.14 (128) v Richmond 15.19 (109)
Watched by 80,900, this was a game worthy of the Dreamtime event, a thriller decided in the final minutes and marked by a huge lurch of momentum. Richmond was 42 points down early in the third quarter before launching a comeback that saw it hit the lead in the last quarter. Such was Richmond's dominance of play that they should have been closer sooner, and it was little wonder their effort faltered in the final minutes. Essendon, helpless to stop the waves of Tiger attacks, did well to hold their nerve and keep attacking when their defenders rebounded, and their final five minutes spoke of a team filled with renewed self-belief. Their footy in the first half was much more efficient, and their forward line had more genuine threats.

Q4 1.24 Essendon 19.13 (127) v Richmond 15.19 (109)
Essendon are doing enough now, Richmond's forward thrusts being cut off by marking defenders.

Q4 3.00 Essendon 19.12 (126) v Richmond 15.19 (109)
GOAL. Bombers. Davey. Essendon rebound leaves Crameri and Davey loose inside 50. Davey passes to Watson in the square, but the ball floats over his head for a goal. 65 inside 50s to 46: Richmond have butchered too many chances in front of goal.

Ted Richards grapples with gravity.

Ted Richards grapples with gravity. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 3.40 Essendon 18.12 (120) v Richmond 15.19 (109)
Zaharakis shot rushed by Houli on the line.

Q4 4.55 Essendon 18.11 (119) v Richmond 15.19 (109)
Lunging tackle from Morris saves Richmond as Lovett-Murray ran into an open goal.

Q4 5.53 Essendon 18.10 (118) v Richmond 15.19 (109)
Long Ellis shot from 45 metres near the boundary goes through for a behind. Inside-50s this quarter 15-9 Richmond.

Port Adelaide came from the clouds to beat North Melbourne.

Port Adelaide came from the clouds to beat North Melbourne. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 6.32 Essendon 18.10 (118) v Richmond 15.18 (108)
Miller misses from directly in front, with plenty of space. He's played like a Demon tonight. The resulting kickout sends Essendon deep into attack, but Watson misses after taking a strong mark in the pocket.

FINAL SCORE Western Bulldogs 9.18 (72) v Gold Coast Suns 4.10 (34)

Q4 9.03 Essendon 18.9 (117) v Richmond 15.17 (107)
GOAL. Bombers. Monfries.
Watson set shot from 45 drops short, but as Richmond tries to rebound, Monfries intercepts 40 metres out. Essendon is rallying after being hit hard by the Tiger barrage. The noise is constant now, and the actionthrilling, end to end and fierce.

Hawthorn set up its win with a rampant second quarter.

Hawthorn set up its win with a rampant second quarter. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 11.20 Essendon 17.9 (111) v Richmond 15.17 (107)
GOAL. Bombers. Lovett-Murray.
Watson masterminds a rebound that ends in a foot race and a clump of players over the ball 30 metres from goal. From the resulting stoppage, Lovett-Murray curls a snap from the pocket, Essendon's first chance for minutes.

Q4 12.20 Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 15.17 (107)
GOAL. Tigers. Cotchin.
The MCG erupts as the Tigers hit the front. Risky decision to go through the corridor backfires, with Richmond sending it straight back towards goal. Richmond has kicked the past four goals, and they have dominated since half-time.

Q4 14.08 Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 14.16 (100)
Two Tigers for one Bomber at a lot of contests now.

Indigenous stars Shane Edwards of Richmond (left) and Leroy Jetta of Essendon.

Indigenous stars Shane Edwards of Richmond (left) and Leroy Jetta of Essendon. Photo: Paul Rovere

Q4 15.09 Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 14.16 (100)
GOAL. Tigers. Edwards. R
ichmond out-tackle Essendon in midfield and send the ball forward yet again. Edwards  gets free and takes a mark twnety metres out. Massive comeback from the Tigers, they have all the momentum now.

Q4 16.54 Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 13.16 (94)
Martin caught holding the ball as he was about to snap for goal. Richmond pressing forward with apssion, not precision, but it's a more instinctive, less controlled game now.

Q4 16.57 min gone Western Bulldogs 9.16 (70) v Gold Coast Suns 4.10 (34) No multiple goalkickers.

Can Richmond's Jack Riewoldt find his best form on the big stage?

Can Richmond's Jack Riewoldt find his best form on the big stage? Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Q4 18.54 Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 13.16 (94)
GOAL. Tigers. Cotchin.
50-metre penalty brings Cotchin within range, and he squeaks it home from directly in front. The crowd is involved in every bounce of the ball now.

Q4 19.30 Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 12.16 (88)
GOAL. Tigers. Edwards.
Snap from the pocket after first centre clearance was won by the Tigers.

Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 11.16 (82)
Essendon assistant coach Mark Thompson says of the third quarter: "Richmond just outplayed us".

James Frawley spoils Tommy Walsh.

James Frawley spoils Tommy Walsh. Photo: Getty Images

Q4 9.48 min gone Western Bulldogs 8.15 (63) v Gold Coast Suns 4.10 (34) Possessions: Dogs: Boyd, Griffen 24; Wallis 22. Suns: Ablett 25; Horsley, Caddy, Stanley 23.

THREE QUARTER TIME Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 11.16 (82)
5.8 to 4.2 that term for the Tiges. Lack of finishing poise cost them dearly, and it remains to be seen if they can sustain another thirty minutes of that draining effort to make up the margin. The late goal to Howlett was crucial for the Bombers, who stopped winning enough of the footy that quarter. 19 inside-50s to nine that quarter for Richmond.

Q3 0.35  Essendon 16.9 (105) v Richmond 11.16 (82)
GOAL. Bombers. Howlett.
Hocking is caught holding the ball, but no free kick is paid and the Bombers keep pushing forward, Howlett finishing well on the run from 40 metres. Crucial late goal. Tigers fans getting something to boo about.

Q3 1.30  Essendon 15.9 (99) v Richmond 11.16 (82)
GOAL. Tigers. Jackson.
Long rebound kick from 65 metres after a kickout eludes everyone and keeps rolling, and goes through for a goal.

Q3 2.00  Essendon 15.9 (99) v Richmond 10.16 (76)
King gets a high tackle from Dempsey and misses the very gettable set shot free kick, 30 metres out. That's 4.8 this quarter for Richmond, they should have been almsot level.

Q4 1.26 min gone Western Bulldogs 6.12 (48) v Gold Coast Suns 3.10 (28)

Q3 4.17  Essendon 15.9 (99) v Richmond 10.13 (73)
Richmond soaks up plenty of forward pressure from Essendon, and has an open forward line when it breaks out, but Deledio is pressured just enough for his 45 metre drop punt to miss. Fletcher is back on the ground, but appears hampered. Then King finds Foley right in front, but he hits the post from 30 metres out. Tigers can't afford to miss any more chances

Q3 6.41  Essendon 15.9 (99) v Richmond 10.12 (72)
GOAL. Bombers. Crameri.
The left footer does the job from 45 metres. Essendon has begun redressing the balance in the last couple of minutes after the Tigers dominated the start of this term.

Q3 7.53  Essendon 14.8 (92) v Richmond 10.12 (72)
GOAL. Tigers. Grigg.
Momentum is with the Tigers! After hammering away with lots of effort but not much system, the scores have started to come, and Essendon has barely been forward in the last ten minutes.

Q3 9.01  Essendon 14.8 (92) v Richmond 9.12 (66)
GOAL. Tigers. Deledio.
Richmond gets a quick reply to the contentious Essendon goal with a long range drive from Deledio after  they win the centre bounce clearance. Dustin Fletcher is being treated for groin soreness.

Q3 9.40  Essendon 14.8 (92) v Richmond 8.12 (60)
GOAL. Bombers. Stanton.
Shocking holding the ball free kick paid against Maric, then he is pinged for abuse and the 50-metre penalty puts Stanton right in front of goal. There goes your momentum, Tigers?

Q3 10.19  Essendon 13.8 (86) v Richmond 8.12 (60)
GOAL. Tigers. Miller.
Superb tap-on from Riewoldt and Miller can't miss from 15 metres out. The Tigers have had seven of the last eight inside 50s as they belatedly rally. The Tiger fans have found voice again.

Q3 10.50  Essendon 13.8 (86) v Richmond 7.12 (54)
Richmond is making a last stand in an attempt to get back in the game, but they are not getting socreboard reward for effort. Miller drops a handpass in the corridor: Martin misses from directly in front.

Q3 13.21  Essendon 13.8 (86) v Richmond 7.10 (52)
Trent Cotchin has had 7 touches in this quarter. Jake King has had two for the entire game. Miller's shot at goal from 45 metres doesn't make the distance.

Q3 20 min gone Western Bulldogs 4.11 (35) v Gold Coast Suns 2.10 (22).

Q3 15.19  Essendon 13.8 (86) v Richmond 7.8 (50)
GOAL. Tigers. Edwards.
Persistent tackling from Richmond deep in the forward line, and Edwards snaps nicely over his shoulder from 20 metres out to get one for the Tigers against the fllow of play.

Q3 17.42 Essendon 13.8 (86) v Richmond 6.8 (44)
GOAL. Bombers. Ryder.
Turnover from kickout, and the Bombers find Ryder 40 metres out directly in front. He converts with a perfect kick for his fourth goal. Pretty quiet at the 'G despite the big crowd, as for now, the Bombers are in a different league to the Tigers, and everyone knows it.

Q3 18.20 Essendon 12.8 (80) v Richmond 6.8 (44)
Flecther, 70 out, finds Hurley in space 40 out. His set shot hits the left behind post.

Q3 9 min gone Western Bulldogs 3.9 (27) v Gold Coast Suns 2. 9 (21). Goal to Giansiracusa. Young Bulldog Mitch Wallis has won 18 possessions.

HALF-TIME Essendon 12.7 (79) v Richmond 6.8 (44)
Possessions:
Ess: Watson 20; Stanton 17; Howlett 13, Heppell 12. Rich: Deledio 19; Cotchin 15; Grigg 14; Maric, Martin 13.
Disposals: Ess 212, Rich 181
Contested Possessions: Ess 72, Rich 54
Clearances: Ess: 22, Rich 9
Inside 50s: Ess 28, Rich 29
tackles: Ess 20, Rich 29

Q3 3min gone Western Bulldogs 2.8 (20) v Gold Coast Suns 2. 9 (21). The Dogs are tackling more; the Suns are stacking up more possessions.

HALF-TIME Essendon 12.7 (79) v Richmond 6.8 (44)
A really impressive half from Essendon. Their ball use was crisp, and their forward line potent. The Tigers put in the effort, but were comparatively laboured in their movement of the ball from defence, and their forward line is lacking convincing targets.

HALF-TIME Essendon 12.7 (79) v Richmond 6.8 (44)
GOAL. Bombers, Stanton.
Stanton hits the post from 20 metres out, then he gets another chance moments later from 50 metres out and his bomb floats through for his second goal. A deserved lead for the Bombers at the main break.

Q2 1.28 Essendon 11.6 (72) v Richmond 6.8 (44)
Conca, Cotchin and Martin miss easy chances to get Richmond back in the game. Martin's miss came from 20 metres on the run under no pressure.

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 2.6 (18) v Gold Coast Suns 2. 9 (21) Possessions: Dogs: Boyd 15; Cross, Lake 14. Suns: Stanley 18; Prestia, Hunt 16.

Q2 4.04 Essendon 11.6 (72) v Richmond 6.4 (40)
GOAL. Bombers. Monfries.
Crameri barges through at half forward and delivers a pass to Monfries alone in the goal square. Crameri is having a huge impact, and the loss of key back Grimes won't help Richmond counter him.

Q2 5.09 Essendon 10.6 (66) v Richmond 6.4 (40)
GOAL. Bombers. Stanton.
Essendon gets the goal it has been missing for eight minutes, with a long set shot from 50 metres.

SUBSTITUTION: Richmond Ellis on for Grimes, who appears to have severely damaged his hamstring.

Q2 6.19 Essendon 9.6 (60) v Richmond 6.4 (40)
Richmond fail to convert despite getting the footy within ten metres of goal, then Essendon rebounds into an empty forward line. Bellchambers gets a long pass from Hurley in the forward pocket but misses badly once more from close range.

HALF-TIME Western Bulldogs 2.6 (18) v Gold Coast Suns 2. 9 (21)

Q2 8.30 Essendon 9.5 (59) v Richmond 6.4 (40)
GOAL. Tigers. Martin.
Incredible mistakes. Nahas tries a difficult pass despite having a set shot 35 metres out. hardigham intercepts. Then he tries a tricky passin the corridor. Martin intercepts. He stops the rot by going back and drilling his second goal from 40 metres out.

Q2 10.20 Essendon 9.5 (59) v Richmond 5.3 (33)
Davey misses from close range after good work from Jetta and Zaharakis.

Q2 27.00 gone Western Bulldogs 2.5 (17) v Gold Coast Suns 2. 9 (21) Stanley 18 disposals, Boyd 15.

Q2 12.20 Essendon 9.4 (58) v Richmond 5.3 (33)
Jetta sets the forward line alight again, and Hurley takes a strong contested mark near the boundary. He centres a pass for Bellchanbers, who misses a set shot from directly in front. The Bombers  are close to opening this game right up, Richmond badly needs a goal.

Q2 13.05 Essendon 9.3 (57) v Richmond 5.3 (33)
GOAL. Bombers. Jetta.
The Tigers fail to get numbers to a contest 50 metres from the goal they are defending and the ball comes straight back for Jetta to mark 5 metres from goal.

Q2 14.08 Essendon 8.2 (50) v Richmond 5.3 (33)
GOAL. Tigers. Cotchin.
Efficient rebound from the Tigers after Melksham tried to do too much for the Bombers. Deledio and Cotchin run hard the latter finishes off on the run from 40 metres to keep the Tigers in touch.

Q2 20.00 gone Western Bulldogs 2.4 (16) v Gold Coast Suns 2. 9 (21). Goal to Harley Bennell.

Q2 16.25 Essendon 8.2 (50) v Richmond 4.3 (27)
GOAL. Bombers. Watson.
Free kick for a high tackle converted from 40 metres out. Contentious umpiring has helped create some niggle in what was a free-flowing game.

Q2 17.41 Essendon 7.2 (44) v Richmond 4.3 (27)
GOAL. Bombers. Jetta.
Small forward runs into an open goal, then skites and acts for a free when bumped by opponent Steven Morris.

QUARTER-TIME Essendon 6.2 (38) v Richmond 4.2 (26)

Q1 2.00 Essendon 6.2 (38) v Richmond 4.2 (26)
GOAL. Tigers. Riewoldt.
Consecutive contentious marks to Richmond. Riewoldt spears his set shot through from the boundary line 40 metres out.

Q2 3.30 gone Western Bulldogs 2.3 (15) v Gold Coast Suns 1. 5 (11).Goal to Liam Jones.

Q1 3.20 Essendon 6.2 (38) v Richmond 3.1 (19)
GOAL. Bombers. Watson.
Good foot skills out of defence, as Zaharakis finds Crameri, who hits Watson on the lead 40 metres out. Essendon's rebound from defence has been superior.

Q1 5.40 Essendon 5.2 (32) v Richmond 3.1 (19)
GOAL. Tigers. Nahas.
A dropped mark from Hardingham lets Richmond in. Tuck and Edwards combine to find Nahas 20 out and the speedster runs it in.

QUARTER-TIME Western Bulldogs 1.3 (9) v Gold Coast Suns 1. 5 (11). The game is being played in perfect conditions - not too hot or humid - in Darwin. Ablett has had nine touches for the Suns, Griffen nine for the Dogs.

Q1 8.05 Essendon 5.1 (31) v Richmond 2.1 (13)
GOAL. Bombers. Monfries.
On the run from 40 metres after being granted advantage after a free kick was paid to Michael Hurley. Essendon all over Richmond early.

Q1 9.45 Essendon 4.1 (25) v Richmond 2.1 (13)
Monfries misses a set shot after winning a free kick 30 metres from goal.

Q1 11.53 Essendon 4.0 (24) v Richmond 2.1 (13)
GOAL. Bombers. Ryder.
Third major to the tall Bomber, this time on the run from 30 metres, right forward flank. Essendon is clearing out its 50-metre arc to give him space one-out with Alex Rance. Essendon looks more dangerous up forward and surer in its ball use.

Q1 14.11 Essendon 3.0 (18) v Richmond 2.0 (12)
GOAL. Tigers. Grigg.
Crameri's right foot snap goes out on the full after an inspired handball sequence from the Bombers. The Tigers then rush the ball the length of the ground, Maric marking and handing to deledio who finds Grigg with a long handball. In plenty of space, he runs to the 50-metre line and bombs a long goal. Plenty of space and fluent ball movement early, few stoppages.

Q1 18.04 gone Western Bulldogs 1.1 (7) v Gold Coast Suns 1. 3 (9). Liberatore the goal for the Doggies; Tom Lynch for the Suns.

Q1 16.27 Essendon 3.0 (18) v Richmond 1.0 (6)
GOAL. Bombers. Ryder.
The full-forward starts in front, then uses his pace to chest mark a hurried kick dropping short. Easy conversion from 25 metres out.

Q1 17.16 Essendon 2.0 (12) v Richmond 1.0 (6)
GOAL. Bombers. Davey.
Davey preys on a poor short pass out of defence and kicks the goal from 48 metres.

Q1 18.52 Essendon 1.0 (6) v Richmond 1.0 (6)
GOAL. Bombers. Ryder.
The kick forward from the second centre bounce is marked low down by Ryder running out from full-forward, who kicks truly from 30 metres out.

Q1 19.36 Essendon 0.0 (0) v Richmond 1.0 (6)
GOAL. Tigers. Martin.
Deledio wins the ball from the first bounce, and Martin pounces on the loose ball deep in attack, snapping truly on his right from 30 metres.

Q1 10.00 gone Western Bulldogs 1.0 (6) v Gold Coast Suns 0. 1 (1)

Q1 Essendon 0.0 (0) v Richmond 0.0 (0)

Q1 3.07 gone Western Bulldogs 0.0 (0) v Gold Coast Suns 0. 1 (1)

PORT ADELAIDE 5.1  6.2  8.6  14.11 (95)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.1  7.5  11.9  14.9 (93)
Goals: Port Adelaide: J Schulz 7 B Jacobs Brett Ebert J McCarthy J Westhoff K Cornes M Broadbent P Stewart. North Melbourne: D Petrie 5 D Wells 2 L Thomas 2 A Swallow B Harvey B Warren C Pedersen J Ziebell.
Best: Port Adelaide: J Schulz D Pearce J Surjan Brad Ebert D Pfeiffer M Broadbent. North Melbourne: A Swallow D Wells D Petrie R Bastinac S Thompson B Warren.
Injuries: Port Adelaide: B Renouf (dislocated finger). North Melbourne: S Thompson (cut head) A Edwards (general soreness) replaced in selected side by C Pedersen.
Reports: Nil.
Official Crowd: 14,508 at AAMI Stadium.

HAWTHORN 2.4  10.9  13.12  17.17 (119)
FREMANTLE 0.3  2.6  7.8  9.9 (63)
Goals: Hawthorn: J Roughead 4 C Rioli 2 L Breust 2 M Suckling 2 B Guerra C Young D Hale I Smith J Lewis L Franklin S Mitchell. Fremantle: H Ballantyne 2 C Mayne L Neale M Barlow M Johnson R Crowley Z Clarke Z Dawson.
Best: Hawthorn: C Young L Shiels C Rioli J Roughead B Sewell J Lewis S Mitchell J Gibson B Guerra. Fremantle: M Barlow S Hill A Sandilands L McPharlin.
Injuries: Hawthorn: Nil. Fremantle: C Pearce (concussion).
Reports: Nil.
Official Crowd: 12,959 at Aurora Stadium.

SYDNEY 7.1  11.4  16.9  21.12 (138)
MELBOURNE 0.3  1.5  2.7  5.7 (37)
Goals: Sydney: J Kennedy 3 K Jack 3 L Jetta 3 L Parker 3 B McGlynn 2 T Dennis-Lane 2 T Walsh 2 M Mattner R O’Keefe S Reid. Melbourne: N Jones 2 B Green C Sylvia J Bennell.
Best: Sydney: K Jack L Jetta R O’Keefe D Hannebery J Bolton M Mattner L Parker. Melbourne: N Jones J Watts S Blease M Clark.
Official Crowd: 20,818 at SCG.

FINAL SCORE Sydney 21.12 (138) v Melbourne 5.7 (37)

Q4 2.00 Sydney 21.11 (137) v Melbourne 5.7 (37)
Another 50-metre penalty gives Melbourne a chancce to score, but the fluent Swans resist with ease, sharing the ball and switching play from flank to flank. Jurrah, who seemed to hurt a finger five minutes ago, has now been helped off the ground with a leg injury. Not an auspicious comeback game for the forward star - 12 touches and no score.

Q4 4.23 Sydney 21.11 (137) v Melbourne 5.7 (37)
GOAL. Demons. Bennell.
A 50-metre penalty for abuse puts sub Bennell on the goal-line. Two of Melbourne's five goals have come via such decisions - it's as good a scoring strategy as they have had tonight. 70 inside-50s to 32 for the Swans tells the story - there has been absolutely no intensity in this final term, this is a glorified training run for Sydney now.

7.08pm: Ross Lyon has bemoaned the lack of output from his midfielders after Hawthorn crushed Fremantle in Launceston this afternoon.

Q4 6.52  Sydney 21.11 (137) v Melbourne 4.7 (31)
GOAL. Swans. Kennedy. S
omehow, four Swans were on their own 25 metres from goal. Understandably, Dennis-Lane chose to kick the footy to that piece of real estate.

Q4 8.41  Sydney 20.11 (131) v Melbourne 4.7 (31)
GOAL. Swans. Mattner.
Mattner passes to Reid, keeps running, gets the handpass and drills a 55 metre drop punt.

Q4 10.15  Sydney 19.9 (123) v Melbourne 4.7 (31)
GOAL. Demons. Sylvia.
Classic crumbing from Sylvia, who takes the spoil from Grundy before it hits the ground, and snaps truly from 25 metres.

Q4 11.30  Sydney 19.9 (123) v Melbourne 3.7 (25)
Swans substitution: Bird on for Johnson.
Jack Watts has had 33 touches as a loose man in defence for Melbourne. Liam Jurrah looks to have hurt a finger.

Q4 12.56  Sydney 19.9 (123) v Melbourne 3.7 (25)
GOAL. Swans. McGlynn.
Pressure in the midfield causes a turnover, O'Keefe's well weighted kick over the zone allows McGlynn to run towards goals with no opponent in front of him. Instead of picking the ball, he waits until it bounces shin-high, and volleys it through from 15 metres out.

Q4 13.48  Sydney 18.9 (117) v Melbourne 3.7 (25)
GOAL. Swans. Dennis-Lane.
McGlynn leads hard and marks 40 out on the boundary. Dennis Lane does the same and marks 15 metres out. He curls the set shot through for his second major. Massive precentage-booster in the offing for the Swans.

Q4 14.20  Sydney 17.9 (111) v Melbourne 3.7 (25)
Possessions: Sydney: Jack 29, Hanneberry 28, O'Keefe 27. Melbourne: Watts 33, Blease 24, Frawley 21.

Q4 15.54 Sydney 17.9 (111) v Melbourne 3.7 (25)
McVeigh leads into a hug gap at centre half forward and marks on his chest, but uncharacteristically sprays his set shot.

Q4 16.49 Sydney 17.9 (111) v Melbourne 3.7 (25)
GOALS. Demons. Jones.
The game midfield battler gets a high tackle 40 metres out and converts the free kick for his second goal.

Q4 17.33 Sydney 17.9 (111) v Melbourne 2.7 (19)
GOAL. Swans. Reid.
Roberts-Thomson kicks to the lead of Reid from 70 out, and the key forward marks untouched 35 metres out, 10 metres in from the boundary. Perfectly straight set shot gives him his first goal.

Q4 19.23 Sydney 16.9 (105) v Melbourne 2.7 (19)
Commentators are talking about a lack of leadership from Melbourne's senior players, and the lack of voice from their players on the field. It's another dark day for the embattled club, with just two goals in three quarters in perfect conditions, against a team which had lost its previous two games and possessed a dodgy forward line.

THREE QUARTER TIME Sydney 16.9 (105) v Melbourne 2.7 (19)

Q3 4.03  Sydney 16.8 (104) v Melbourne 2.7 (19)
GOAL. Swans. Jetta.
Speculative 60 metre drop punt is not tocuhed in a big goal-square pack. Terrible defensive error again from the Demons, who didn't protect the most dangerous position. Aaron Davey has had three touches, Jack Trengove nine.

Q3 5.04  Sydney 15.8 (98) v Melbourne 2.7 (19)
GOAL. Swans. Jack. Inside 50s 48-24.
The Swans go coast to coast from the kick-in after a Jones behind. His opponent Jack takes a mark running with the flight of the ball, keeps running and delivers the goal from 25 metres.

Q3 7.33  Sydney 14.8 (92) v Melbourne 2.6 (18)
GOAL. Swans. Dennis-Lane.
Superb long kick on the run from Hanneberry finds the sliding Dennis Lane on the flank. His long kick from a 45 degree angle is spot-on. Six touches for the medium forward, and one goal.

6.26pm: Fuming North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has labelled his side’s sudden late collapse in their two-point AFL loss to Port Adelaide as a disgrace.

Q3 12.00  Sydney 13.7 (85) v Melbourne 2.6 (18)
GOAL. Demons. Green.
Strong mark on 50, plus 50-metre penalty, and the former skipper delivers a major. The players and crowd seemed to still be distracted by the astonishing screamer from Howe.

Q3 12.40  Sydney 13.7 (85) v Melbourne 1.6 (12)
Hanger! Demon high-flyer Jeremy Howe takes a massive screamer on the wing, hanging in the air over Heath Grundy and falling backwards. That is mark of the year. if it is not, we will see one of the greatest marks ever to top it.

Q3 13.38  Sydney 13.7 (85) v Melbourne 1.6 (12)
GOAL. Swans. Parker.
Centreing pass from Jetta is marked uncontested 15 metres out by the impressive midfielder. Three goals now for Parker.

Q3 14.35  Sydney 12.7 (79) v Melbourne 1.6 (12)
GOAL. Swans. Walsh.
Smart long kick from Malceski gives Walsh best position, and he outmarks Watts 20 metres out. Encouraging signs this quarter from the former Saint, playing his first AFL game.

Q3 15.25 Sydney 11.7 (73) v Melbourne 1.6 (12)
Bad miss from Alex McDonald, set up by fine work at the stoppage 70 metres out.

Q3 17.23 Sydney 11.6 (72) v Melbourne 1.6 (12)
The Swans have dominated possession without seriously threatening to score a goal in the first three minutes of the third term. Melbourne has gone forward once, care of a 50-metre penalty. McDonald's long drop punt well off-line. The exciting Demons defender has been a fine contributor, blanketing much-vaunted Swan key forward Sam Reid.

HALF-TIME Sydney 11.4 (70) v Melbourne 1.5 (11)
Warwick Capper is hosting an eighties fashion competition on the SCG in the main break. The contenders are mostly facsimiles of his sprayed-on shorts style in the 1980s. The Swans can afford frivolity tonight - nothing grim is going to happen on the field. Despite working hard, Melbourne devoid of coherence and confidence, unable to put any pressure on the Swans when they win the ball, and prone to terrible lapses in defence. Moloney, Jones, Magner, Sylvia, Trengove, Morton, Davey and McKenzie either aren't getting enough of the footy or are not using it well enough. Their midfield counterparts at Sydney have been both prolific and creative by comparison, and dangerous near goals. The only Swan on-baller who has not had more than 10 possessions is Jude Bolton, who has spent time in the forward line. Ten of the 11 Swans goals have come from middfielders.

HALF-TIME Sydney 11.4 (70) v Melbourne 1.5 (11)
Possessions: Sydney: O'Keefe 21, Hanneberry 17, Jack 16, Jetta 14. Melbourne: Watts 17, Blease 15, Moloney 14, Frawley 12, Grimes 12.

Q2 4.41 Sydney 11.4 (70) v Melbourne 1.4 (10)
GOAL. Swans. O'Keefe. T
he Swans midfielder is somehow allowed to mark uncontested a metre from the goal-line, then kick the goal without having to go back over his mark. Ten players within five metres had no effect on the play. Melbourne coach Mark Neeld apoplectic at that slack defensive effort from the Demons.

Q2 8.21 Sydney 10.3 (63) v Melbourne 1.4 (10)
GOAL. Demons. Jones.
The midfielder makes something out of nothing from a stoppage 30 metres out, snapping hard  over his shoulder with the right foot.

Q2 9.43 Sydney 10.3 (63) v Melbourne 0.4 (4)
GOAL. Sydney. Walsh.
First goal, on debut, for Walsh, who gets on the end of a miskick just outside the goal square. Why he was all alone in such a loccale is a mystery to be solved in the Demons post-mortem.

Q2 10.40 Sydney 9.3 (57) v Melbourne 0.4 (4)
Howe marks strongly, 20 metres out directly in front, but the umpire refuses to pay it. That's all the Dees need!

Q2 12.42 Sydney 9.3 (57) v Melbourne 0.4 (4)
GOAL. Swans. Parker.
The third Swans goal from an inside-50 stoppage, Parker snapping truly on his right from 25 metres, despite Jamar winning the tap. Melbourne needs an entire midfield. O'Keefe has 18 disposals already for the Swans.

Q2 14.20 Sydney 8.2 (50) v Melbourne 0.4 (4)
Jack's clever rebounding kick sets up Parker. Overlap passes with McGlynn deliver the footy Bolton, who has run hard to be an extra man in attack, 30 metres out. His set shot is the first miss by a Swans midfielder tonight.

Q2 15.24 Sydney 8.1 (49) v Melbourne 0.4 (4)
GOAL. Swans. Jetta.
Sydney finally clears their defence, leaving their forward line unmanned, with Jetta running from the centre of the ground and delivering a 55 metre bomb for a now trademark major.

Q2 18.27 Sydney 7.1 (43) v Melbourne 0.4 (4)
Jurrah pinpoints Clark on the boundary line and the big man spots up Magner 40 metres out. The on-baller's shot at goal is accurate, but is touched on the goal line by an uncontested Swan defender. Melbourne has its best minutes of the game as they hold the ball in their half for the first three minutes of the second quarter.

QUARTER-TIME Sydney 7.1 (43) v Melbourne 0.3 (3)
Possessions: Sydney: O'Keefe 13, Jack 11, Hanneberry 10. Melbourne: Watts 9, Blease 8, Grimes 7.
Inside 50s: Sydney 20, Melbourne 9
Contested Possessions 40-40.
Tackles: Sydney 24, Melbourne 11.
Clearances: Sydney 14, Melbourne 9.

The only thing Melbourne did well that quarter was keep the contested possession count level. Their ball use was inferior, with each of their hard-won disposals having less impact than those of Sydney. Jack, Kennedy, Parker and Hanneberry were rampant, and small forwards or midfielders kicked all seven goals.

Jack Watts started as a loose man in defence, but was soon manned up. The Demons need someone to step up in their midfield and not just win theball, but use it well enough to give their forwards some opportunities.

This afternoon's results:
HAWTHORN 2.4  10.9  13.12  17.17 (119)
FREMANTLE 0.3  2.6  7.8  9.9 (63)

PORT ADELAIDE 5.1  6.2  8.6  14.11 (95)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.1  7.5  11.9  14.9 (93)

Q1 0.23  Sydney 7.1 (43) v Melbourne 0.3 (3)
GOAL. Swans. McGlynn.
Malceski's scrambled kick is marked 12 metres out by McGlynn, inexplicably left alone by the Demon defence.

Q1 1.28  Sydney 6.1 (37) v Melbourne 0.3 (3)
GOAL. Swans. Kennedy.
Opportunistic snap from a boundary throw-in stoppage by the hard-to-shift Kennedy. The Swans midfield is rampant.

Q1 2.25  Sydney 5.1 (31) v Melbourne 0.3 (3)
Green delivers a long pass from 65 out to the leading Clark, who marks strongly, but his set shot from the pocket misses to the left.

Q1 5.51  Sydney 5.1 (31) v Melbourne 0.2 (2)
GOAL. Swans. Kennedy. Reid competes in the air, then gets the handpass to Kennedy, who snaps truly from 20 metres. Thrashing alert: this one is already a belting, Melbourne just not getting their hands on the footy.

Q1 6.45 Sydney 4.1 (25) v Melbourne 0.2 (2)
GOAL. Swans. Jetta.
Parker sets ups the speedster who finishes from 45 with a low drop punt in an open forward line. It's all Sydney - they are dominating in all statistical categories.

Q1 11.40 Sydney 3.0 (18) v Melbourne 0.1 (1)
GOAL. Swans. Parker. The Swans win the ball from a stoppage 40 metres from goal and Parker snaps truly from the back of the pack.

Q1 12.30 Sydney 2.0 (12) v Melbourne 0.1 (1)
GOAL. Sydney. Jack. Another perfect running shot from the in-form midfielder, who already has six touches. Melbourne have hardly gone forward, Davey booting a behind from one of their few inside 50s.

Q1 16.30 Sydney 1.0 (6) v Melbourne 0.0 (0)
GOAL. Swans. Jack Swans midfielder snaps truly from 30 metres.

HAWTHORN 2.4  10.9  13.12  17.17 (119)
FREMANTLE 0.3  2.6  7.8  9.9 (63)
Goals: Hawthorn: J Roughead 4 C Rioli 2 L Breust 2 M Suckling 2 B Guerra C Young D Hale I Smith J Lewis L Franklin S Mitchell. Fremantle: H Ballantyne 2 C Mayne L Neale M Barlow M Johnson R Crowley Z Clarke Z Dawson.
Umpires: Justin Schmitt, Troy Pannell, Andrew Mitchell.
Official Crowd: 12,959 at Aurora Stadium.

Match report: click here.

Before today's games, the highlight of an intriguing Saturday's footy appeared to be the much-anticipated Dreamtime clash at the MCG between Essendon and Richmond.

Then this happened:

PORT ADELAIDE 5.1  6.2  8.6  14.11 (95)
NORTH MELBOURNE 4.1  7.5  11.9  14.9 (93)
Goals: Port Adelaide: J Schulz 7 B Jacobs Brett Ebert J McCarthy J Westhoff K Cornes M Broadbent P Stewart. North Melbourne: D Petrie 5 D Wells 2 L Thomas 2 A Swallow B Harvey B Warren C Pedersen J Ziebell.
Umpires: Scott Jeffery, Dean Margetts, Gary Fila.
Official Crowd: 14,508 at AAMI Stadium.

Match report: click here

Port Adelaide was down by 32 points 8 minutes into the final term, having been outplayed for most of the day. At thst stage, North Melbourne had gone inside 50 54 times to 36. Then Power threw caution to the wind, drilled the ball long through the corridor and gave blitzing forward Jay Schulz a chance to continue the dominance that netted him three first quarter goals. He ended up booting four majors for the final term. Paul Stewart put the rampant hosts in front with a minute to play, and Port then held on in a frantic finish.

Coverage tonight:

Sydney v Melbourne

Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast Suns

Essendon v Richmond

7 comments

  • Lovely ducking into the oncoming player for the free Essendon. And glorious diving again displayed by Monfries. Will be interesting to see if Matthew Lloyd will mouth words of concern over his old team's tactics.

    Commenter
    Jenz
    Date and time
    May 19, 2012, 9:14PM
    • Yeh, nice mark to Bellchambers given to the second up and another given to Riewoldt that was dropped. So it's all a conspiracy and the umpires fault eh???! Watson had just picke dup the ball and got tackled front on 1 step later and thats always a free kick. Monfries given a dodgy free kick. BOO HOO it happens a lot get over it.

      Commenter
      Andy
      Date and time
      May 19, 2012, 11:51PM
  • I watched the first half. With no preference in the outcome of the match, I couldn't believe the way the umpiring favoured Essendon. Quite a few goals for Essendon were based around dubious decisions.

    Commenter
    Toot
    Location
    Geelong
    Date and time
    May 19, 2012, 11:10PM
    • Great biased commentary team from channel 7 tonight. BT and Richo, you must be kidding.......oh, the upire has let that one go.....no problem with that throw(from Richmond)...... and good old Jack claiming a mark that he never held and kicking a goal......

      brings back memories of the cheater tigers continually giving away points to beat the mighty Bombers before they changed the rules.

      Commenter
      Go Dons!!!!!!!!! Great to beat bandwagon, cheater Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      May 19, 2012, 11:50PM
      • Oh dear ,another honourable loss to Richmond.Didn't Hardwick say there would be no more of these.

        Commenter
        Brad
        Location
        Highett
        Date and time
        May 20, 2012, 12:03AM
        • Gotta bend over to pick up the ball Jenz

          Commenter
          Bombers yeah baby
          Location
          Mile End
          Date and time
          May 20, 2012, 12:04AM
          • Keep the excuses coming. Defensive perhaps?

            Commenter
            Jenz
            Date and time
            May 22, 2012, 12:45AM
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