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AFL Home and Away, Saturday, 3 May 2014 - Round 7 - Gabba

Time
Full Time
Team
Brisbane
Score
6.8.44
Team
Sydney
Score
18.15.123
Brisbane versus Sydney
Quarters 2.0.12 Q1 3.6.24
Quarters 3.5.23 Q2 8.8.56
Quarters 5.6.36 Q3 14.11.95
Quarters 6.8.44 Q4 18.15.123
Players Paparone (2.1), Green (1.2), Rockliff (1.1), Cutler (1.0), Lester (1.0), McGuane (0.1), Robertson (0.1), Zorko (0.1) Scorers Goodes (3.0), Jack (2.2), Kennedy (2.2), Jack (2.0), Parker (2.0), Jetta (1.3), Cunningham (1.2), McVeigh (1.1), Derickx (1.0), Lloyd (1.0), Reid (1.0), Shaw (1.0), Hannebery (0.2), Pyke (0.1)

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Brisbane vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute Sydney: Behind Harry Cunningham
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute Sydney: Goal Adam Goodes
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute Sydney: Goal Adam Goodes
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute Sydney: Goal Kieren Jack
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute Brisbane: Goal Ryan Lester
  16. 16 minute Sydney: Behind Kieren Jack
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute Sydney: Behind Harry Cunningham
  19. 19 minute
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute Sydney: Behind Josh Kennedy
  23. 23 minute Sydney: Behind Mike Pyke
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute Sydney: Behind Josh Kennedy
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute Brisbane: Goal Tom Rockliff
  28. QT Qtr time
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Brisbane vs. Sydney

Brisbane vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute Brisbane: Behind Marco Paparone
  2. 2 minute Brisbane: Behind Josh Green
  3. 3 minute Brisbane: Behind Dayne Zorko
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute Sydney: Goal Tom Derickx
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute Brisbane: Behind Tom Rockliff
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute Brisbane: Goal Josh Green
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute Brisbane: Behind Nick Robertson
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute Sydney: Behind Jarrad McVeigh
  19. 19 minute Sydney: Goal Harry Cunningham
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute Sydney: Goal Sam Reid
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute Sydney: Goal Josh Kennedy
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute Sydney: Behind Dan Hannebery
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute Sydney: Goal Jarrad McVeigh
  29. QT Qtr time
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute
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  33. 33 minute
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Brisbane vs. Sydney

Brisbane vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute Brisbane: Behind Luke McGuane
  6. 6 minute Sydney: Goal Kieren Jack
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute Sydney: Behind Kieren Jack
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute Sydney: Goal Rhyce Shaw
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute Brisbane: Goal Marco Paparone
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute
  16. 16 minute Brisbane: Goal Marco Paparone
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind
  19. 19 minute
  20. 20 minute Sydney: Goal Josh Kennedy
  21. 21 minute Sydney: Goal Luke Parker
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute Sydney: Goal Adam Goodes
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute Sydney: Rushed Behind
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute Sydney: Goal Brandon Jack
  30. QT Qtr time
  31. 31 minute
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
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  40. 40 minute

Brisbane vs. Sydney

Brisbane vs. Sydney

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute Brisbane: Behind Josh Green Sydney: Behind Lewis Jetta
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute Sydney: Goal Luke Parker
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute Sydney: Behind Dan Hannebery
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute Brisbane: Goal Tom Cutler
  13. 13 minute Sydney: Goal Brandon Jack
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute
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  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute Sydney: Goal Lewis Jetta
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute Brisbane: Rushed Behind
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute Sydney: Goal Jake Lloyd
  26. 26 minute Sydney: Behind Lewis Jetta
  27. 27 minute Sydney: Behind Lewis Jetta
  28. FT Full time
  29. 29 minute
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute
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Brisbane vs. Sydney

Statistics

Match Statistics
BrisbaneSydney

Jed Adcock

Craig Bird

James Aish

Harry Cunningham

Goal
1
Behind
2

Rohan Bewick

Tom Derickx

Goal
1

Justin Clarke

Adam Goodes

Goal
3

Tom Cutler

Goal
1

Heath Grundy

Darcy Gardiner

Dan Hannebery

Behind
2

Mitch Golby

Brandon Jack

Goal
2

Josh Green

Goal
1
Behind
2

Kieren Jack

Goal
2
Behind
2

Ryan Lester

Goal
1

Lewis Jetta

Goal
1
Behind
3

Sam Mayes

Josh Kennedy

Goal
2
Behind
2

Luke McGuane

Behind
1

Jeremy Laidler

Daniel Merrett

Jake Lloyd

Goal
1

Marco Paparone

Goal
2
Behind
1

Nick Malceski

Joel Patfull

Ben McGlynn

James Polkinghorne

Jarrad McVeigh

Goal
1
Behind
1

Andrew Raines

Luke Parker

Goal
2

Jack Redden

Mike Pyke

Behind
1

Nick Robertson

Behind
1

Dane Rampe

Tom Rockliff

Goal
1
Behind
1

Sam Reid

Goal
1

Lewis Taylor

Ted Richards

Trent West

Rhyce Shaw

Goal
1

Dayne Zorko

Behind
1

Nick Smith

Brisbane vs Sydney

  • Goals

    Brisbane 6
    25% 75%
    Sydney 18
  • Behinds

    Brisbane 8
    35% 65%
    Sydney 15
  • Scoring shots

    Brisbane 14
    29% 71%
    Sydney 34
  • Goals/scoring shots

    Brisbane 43%
    45% 55%
    Sydney 53%
  • Disposals

    Brisbane 320
    43% 57%
    Sydney 428
  • Kicks

    Brisbane 179
    43% 57%
    Sydney 235
  • Handballs

    Brisbane 141
    42% 58%
    Sydney 193
  • Contested Possessions

    Brisbane 106
    43% 57%
    Sydney 141
  • Uncontested Possessions

    Brisbane 216
    43% 57%
    Sydney 292
  • Marks

    Brisbane 95
    46% 54%
    Sydney 112
  • Tackles

    Brisbane 49
    45% 55%
    Sydney 59
  • Hit-outs

    Brisbane 38
    51% 49%
    Sydney 36
  • Clearances

    Brisbane 26
    41% 59%
    Sydney 38
  • Frees for

    Brisbane 14
    45% 55%
    Sydney 17
  • Frees against

    Brisbane 17
    55% 45%
    Sydney 14
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    Brisbane statistics
    Players D K M H CP UP T G B GB FF FA HO CL
    Jed Adcock 20 14 5 6 8 9 1 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    James Aish 20 13 4 7 7 14 2 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 1
    Rohan Bewick 4 1 0 3 1 3 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Clarke 10 7 5 3 3 7 1 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
    Tom Cutler 11 6 3 5 3 9 0 1 0 1.0 0 1 0 1
    Darcy Gardiner 7 5 2 2 0 8 1 0 0 0.0 1 1 0 0
    Mitch Golby 9 6 4 3 1 8 3 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
    Josh Green 16 9 3 7 7 10 0 1 2 1.2 0 2 0 3
    Ryan Lester 17 10 5 7 7 9 5 1 0 1.0 0 0 3 4
    Sam Mayes 20 11 8 9 8 13 2 0 0 0.0 2 0 0 0
    Luke McGuane 7 3 2 4 4 4 0 0 1 0.1 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Merrett 13 7 5 6 6 7 0 0 0 0.0 0 3 3 0
    Marco Paparone 18 12 9 6 1 17 1 2 1 2.1 1 0 0 0
    Joel Patfull 12 8 9 4 0 11 2 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0
    James Polkinghorne 9 6 1 3 3 5 2 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    Andrew Raines 22 12 4 10 8 14 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 4
    Jack Redden 17 9 3 8 6 11 2 0 0 0.0 0 1 1 3
    Nick Robertson 16 11 5 5 7 9 7 0 1 0.1 3 0 0 2
    Tom Rockliff 30 12 7 18 13 16 11 1 1 1.1 1 2 2 4
    Lewis Taylor 14 5 5 9 5 9 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 1
    Trent West 12 5 3 7 3 10 1 0 0 0.0 1 1 29 1
    Dayne Zorko 16 7 3 9 5 13 6 0 1 0.1 1 2 0 2
    Sydney statistics
    Players D K M H CP UP T G B GB FF FA HO CL
    Craig Bird 20 12 6 8 7 15 4 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 2
    Harry Cunningham 13 6 6 7 2 11 2 1 2 1.2 0 0 0 0
    Tom Derickx 13 7 3 6 5 9 2 1 0 1.0 0 2 26 2
    Adam Goodes 15 11 4 4 8 8 0 3 0 3.0 3 2 0 0
    Heath Grundy 16 9 6 7 2 13 2 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 1
    Dan Hannebery 31 16 6 15 13 19 6 0 2 0.2 1 1 0 6
    Brandon Jack 8 5 1 3 3 5 1 2 0 2.0 1 0 0 1
    Kieren Jack 26 17 6 9 15 13 1 2 2 2.2 1 0 0 1
    Lewis Jetta 22 17 5 5 8 15 4 1 3 1.3 1 0 0 2
    Josh Kennedy 34 14 5 20 12 22 2 2 2 2.2 0 1 0 2
    Jeremy Laidler 13 4 6 9 4 9 0 0 0 0.0 0 2 0 0
    Jake Lloyd 29 15 8 14 5 24 3 1 0 1.0 0 2 0 0
    Nick Malceski 21 15 2 6 6 15 3 0 0 0.0 2 1 0 2
    Ben McGlynn 24 8 2 16 13 10 7 0 0 0.0 1 1 0 8
    Jarrad McVeigh 35 16 7 19 10 25 2 1 1 1.1 0 0 0 5
    Luke Parker 25 8 6 17 7 18 3 2 0 2.0 0 1 0 2
    Mike Pyke 7 2 3 5 6 2 1 0 1 0.1 0 0 10 2
    Dane Rampe 21 18 10 3 1 19 6 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    Sam Reid 4 4 2 0 1 3 3 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0
    Ted Richards 11 5 6 6 2 8 1 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 0
    Rhyce Shaw 27 17 8 10 7 20 3 1 0 1.0 1 1 0 0
    Nick Smith 13 9 4 4 4 9 3 0 0 0.0 1 0 0 2

    Latest Comments

    • Hartung has sheer pace.

      jpierik | May 03, 2014, 3:38PM
    • Go Blues....but St Kilda is a bottom four club with second rate training facilities, Carlton with all it's wealth is supposed to be a top four club

      Saint Matthew | May 03, 2014, 6:40PM
    • They got beaten by 145 points and the clock beat them?! You're having a lend, right?

      Baffled | May 03, 2014, 5:52PM
    • Saint Mathew. And you were bagging Carlton last week. Time for Saint Kilda to just play VFL

      Go Blues | May 03, 2014, 5:51PM
    • the Saints have got to stop having those slow starts. The clok ended up beating them again.

      Saint Matthew | May 03, 2014, 4:36PM

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    Top Players

    Goals
    Player name Adam Goodes 3
    Disposals
    Player name Jarrad McVeigh 35
    Kicks
    Player name Dane Rampe 18
    Handballs
    Player name Josh Kennedy 20
    Contested Possessions
    Player name Kieren Jack 15
    Uncontested Possessions
    Player name Jarrad McVeigh 25
    Marks
    Player name Dane Rampe 10
    Tackles
    Player name Tom Rockliff 11
    Clearances
    Player name Ben McGlynn 8

    Match Details

    Start time:
    7:40pm
    Weather:
    Clear
    Umpires:
    Craig Fleer, Matt Stevic, Andrew Stephens

    AFL Express: Saturday 3 May

    Date

    Ronny Lerner

     

    AFL boilover? ... Melbourne had a comfortable lead over Adelaide at half-time.

    Crow Blow: Melbourne caused a major upset by winning in Adelaide for the first time since 2001 Photo: Getty Images

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    Another interesting Saturday of footy has come and gone but the big highlights belong to Melbourne and Hawthorn.

    The Dees defied the odds to score their second win of the year in stirring fashion against Adelaide while the Hawks registered their fifth-highest ever win as they thumped St Kilda by a whopping 145 points and remind everyone just why they're the premiership favourites!

    The Bombers will be breathing a big sigh of relief too as they narrowly avoided their fourth loss in a row.

    FULL TIME

    ESSENDON     3.3, 3.6, 9.10, 10.13 (73)
    BULLDOGS     3.5, 5.8, 7.9, 9.11 (65)

    Goals
    Essendon: Watson 2, Goddard, Howlett, Daniher, Winderlich, Stanton, Chapman, Heppell, Dempsey
    Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 2, Macrae, Liberatore, Cooney, Jones, Higgins, Stringer, Hunter

    Disposals
    Essendon: Fletcher 25, Heppell 25, Hooker 24, Zaharakis 23
    Bulldogs: Higgins 35, Dahlhaus 32, Boyd 28, Cooney 26

    It wasn't a pretty game but in the end the Bombers did what they had to do to get a much-needed win and end their three-game losing streak.

    The Bombers were certainly challenged at half-time and were staring down the barrel of a fourth consecutive defeat as they trailed by 14 points.

    To that stage of the game, they were lacking run, creativity and imagination.

    But with their season well and truly on the line, the Dons responded to kick six of eight third-quarter goals and they were in control of the contest from then on.

    The Bombers have their defence largely to thank for tonight's win with Fletcher, Hooker and Hurley, who shut down Crameri, all playing magnificent games.

    Heppell was one of the real catalysts who turned the game around in the second half as well.

    The Dogs ended up with more inside 50s (50-46) but their method in going forward lacked a lot of thought.

    Instead of lowering their eyes, they continually pumped it long, particularly in the last quarter when the game was still up for grabs, and that played into the hands of Fletcher, Hooker and Hurley who picked off most of the forward forays.

    The Dogs' pressure in the first half was far superior and they completely deprived Essendon of their run.

    But they couldn't capitalise on the scoreboard when they had the ascendancy and they ultimately paid dearly for that.

    Dahlhaus and Higgins were the Dogs' best while Picken did a great tagging job on Stanton (13 touches).

    Boyd and Cooney stood out as well.

    But this match will go down as another that got away for the Dogs after they lost another winnable game last week against the Crows.

    FULL TIME

    BRISBANE LIONS       2.0, 3.5, 5.6, 6.8 (44)
    SYDNEY SWANS       3.6, 8.8, 14.11, 18.15 (123)

    Goals
    Brisbane Lions: Paparone 2, Lester, Rockliff, Green, Cutler
    Sydney Swans: Goodes 3, K.Jack 2, Kennedy 2, B.Jack 2, Parker 2, McVeigh, Derickx, Cunningham, Reid, Shaw, Lloyd, Jetta

    Disposals
    Brisbane Lions: Rockliff 30, Raines 22
    Sydney Swans: McVeigh 35, Kennedy 34

    Q4 26 MIN, ESS 73 WB 65

    Higgins' kick forward is marked by Hooker. Poor footy from the Dogs going forward.

    Q4 24 MIN, ESS 73 WB 65

    2:14 to go. Carlisle is now a loose man in defence. Essendon's intentions are obvious.

    Q4 23 MIN, ESS 73 WB 65

    Another throw-in will take place 60m around from Essendon goal.

    Q4 23 MIN, ESS 73 WB 65

    Throw-in on centre wing, three minutes of game time left.

    In a good sign for Essendon, Winderlich is now running up and down the boundary line.

    At the Gabba, the Swans are pummelling the Lions 115-44 at the 23-minute mark of the final quarter.

    Q4 21 MIN, ESS 73 WB 65

    Goddard's shot on goal from outside 50 is punched through for a behind.

    Q4 20 MIN, ESS 72 WB 65

    5:28 left in the game.

    Winderlich has left the ground and has gone up the race. Let's hope it's not another serious knee injury for him.

    Q4 19 MIN, ESS 72 WB 65

    Hocking's shot on goal from 50m hits the post! Oh boy!

    Q4 18 MIN, ESS 71 WB 65

    Sickening sight for Essendon. Jason Winderlich on the ground clutching his knee and he does not look in a good way.

    Q4 16 MIN, ESS 71 WB 65

    The Dogs are pumping it into their forward line often but the Bombers defence is holding firm and repelling most of them this quarter.

    The Dogs have to lower their eyes when going forward because Fletcher, Hurley and Hooker are picking everything off.

    Q4 15 MIN, ESS 71 WB 65

    Crameri roosts a torpedo deep into the Dogs forward line but Jones pushes Fletcher out and gives the Essendon veteran a free kick.

    Q4 12 MIN, ESS 71 WB 65

    The ball is booted forward for the Dogs but Michael Hurley marks strongly in front of Crameri.

    However, Hurley gives it off to Hibberd who takes a bounce and loses the ball!

    Luckily for Hibberd in the ensuing contest he is legged and paid the free kick.

    Q4 11 MIN, ESS 71 WB 65

    Liam Picken's kick forward is marked well by Lachie Hunter 20m out on a slight angle.

    Hunter lines up and makes no mistake.

    This a see-sawing contest!

    Q4 9 MIN, ESS 71 WB 59

    Jobe Watson grabs the spill from a marking contest, runs into an open goal and kicks his second major.

    The Swans now lead the Lions by 66 points (103-37) at the Gabba.

    Q4 8 MIN, ESS 65 WB 59

    Watson is taken high in the marking contest and from 35m out on a tight angle, the Essendon skipper kicks it out on the full.

    That was a stinker.

    Q4 5 MIN, ESS 65 WB 59

    Liam Jones kicks it to Will Minson who takes a strong contested mark 40m out directly in front.

    Minson lines up but pushes it to the right.

    Q4 4 MIN, ESS 65 WB 58

    Jake Stringer takes a mark and played on but Mark Baguley tackled him without the umpire blowing the whistle!

    The umpire pays a terrible 50-metre penalty which brings Stringer from outside 50 to within 15m and the young Dog kicks a goal.

    That is really disappointing from the officiating umpire.

    Q4 3 MIN, ESS 65 WB 52

    Jason Winderlich attempts a soccer goal under enormous pressure and can only manage a behind.

    Q4 2 MIN, ESS 64 WB 52

    The Bulldogs register a rushed behind.

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    ESSENDON     3.3, 3.6, 9.10 (64)
    BULLDOGS     3.5, 5.8, 7.9 (51)

    Goals
    Essendon: Goddard, Howlett, Daniher, Winderlich, Watson, Stanton, Chapman, Heppell, Dempsey
    Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 2, Macrae, Liberatore, Cooney, Jones, Higgins

    Disposals
    Essendon: Heppell 20, Zaharakis 18
    Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 25, Higgins 23

    Essendon needed a response after half-time and they delivered with six goals to two.

    They played a more contested, accountable brand of footy and their senior players really lifted which was crucial.

    Heppell was particularly instrumental that quarter as well.

    The Bombers led the inside 50s that quarter 18-10 to lead it overall 37-35 and the Dogs really struggled to get it out of their defence for long periods.

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    BRISBANE LIONS       2.0, 3.5, 5.6 (36)
    SYDNEY SWANS       3.6, 8.8, 14.11 (95)

    Goals
    Brisbane Lions: Paparone 2, Lester, Rockliff, Green
    Sydney Swans: Goodes 3, K.Jack 2, Kennedy 2, McVeigh, Derickx, Cunningham, Reid, B.Jack, Parker, Shaw

    Q3 31 MIN, ESS 64 WB 51

    Ben Howlett brilliantly beats two Bulldogs on the wing, goes for a run, boots it forward in front of Courtenay Dempsey who is pushed in the back as he kicks for goal.

    The ball goes through for a point, but the umpire pays Dempsey the free kick and he kicks a goal from 10m out.

    Fantastic work by Howlett further afield.

    It's a rout up at the Gabba, Brandon Jack puts the Swans up by 59 points against the Lions (95-36) at the 29-minute mark of the third quarter.

    Q3 27 MIN, ESS 58 WB 51

    Johannisen's shot on the run from 50m is off line.

    Q3 26 MIN, ESS 58 WB 50

    Shaun Higgins lines up from 50m out and slots a beautiful set shot! The Dogs needed that one against the flow.

    Heppell has been enormous this quarter, one of the big catalysts behind Essendon's revival.

    Q3 24 MIN, ESS 58 WB 44

    Ryder taps it down to Heppell who evades two opponents in heavy congestion and drills a magnificent goal from 40m!

    Sydney smashing Brisbane 88-36. They've gone 23 minutes in the third quarter.

    Essendon leading inside 50s this quarter 16-5.

    The Bulldogs haven't been inside forward 50 for 11 minutes.

    The Dogs struggling to get the ball out of defence.

    Q3 20 MIN, ESS 52 WB 44

    Dyson Heppell marks it on the 50m line near the boundary and spots up Brendon Goddard who lines up from 50m out in front but misses to the left.

    Q3 18 MIN, ESS 51 WB 44

    Heppell dishes it off to Chapman and from 50m out on the run the triple-premiership star makes no mistake this time!

    Essendon leading inside 50s this quarter 12-5.

    Stanton is now playing up forward in an attempt to break the very strong Liam Picken tag.

    Picken has kept Stanton to just 10 touches.

    Q3 16 MIN, ESS 45 WB 44

    Brendon Goddard's bullet-like pass finds Brent Stanton.

    From 35m out directly in front, Stanton kicks truly and the Bombers are back in front!

    Essendon's Jackson Merrett (cork) is subbed out and Jason Ashby is in the game now.

    Q3 13 MIN, ESS 39 WB 44

    Jake Carlisle's bouncing shot on goal is rushed through for a behind.

    Q3 12 MIN, ESS 38 WB 44

    Tom Liberatore hits up Liam Jones and, from 45m out on a tight angle, he nails it! Dogs back in front.

    Sydney kicking clear of Brisbane at the Gabba, the Swans lead 69-24 at the 11-minute mark of the third term.

    Essendon's senior players are getting involved now.

    Q3 9 MIN, ESS 38 WB 38

    Watson bangs it forward from 50m out, it clears the pack and goes through for a goal! Scores are level.

    Q3 8 MIN, ESS 32 WB 38

    Michael Hibberd kicks it forward and Paul Chapman takes a lovely mark 30m out from goal.

    Chapman lines up with hardly any angle to speak and pulls it! Hard to believe he missed that one.

    Unfortunately for the Dogs, despite their dominance of general play, they only lead by seven points.

    Q3 6 MIN, ESS 31 WB 38

    Jobe Watson boots if forward, Jason Winderlich collects the loose ball, runs clear of Rob Murphy and snaps a ripper from the pocket.

    That is Essendon's first goal since the 11-minute mark of the first term

    Q3 5 MIN, ESS 25 WB 38

    Ryan Griffen's shot from 40m out goes out of bounds on the full.

    The Bulldogs' pressure is far superior to Essendon's. If this continues, the Bombers are no hope.

    Q3 1 MIN, ESS 25 WB 38

    Brendon Goddard's flying shot on goal is a point.

    Hurley starts the second half in defence and Carlisle off the ground.... Interesting...

    It's all happening up at the Gabba...

    Up at the Gabba, Mike Pyke has been subbed out with a hamstring injury. Brandon Jack is in the game.

    HALF-TIME

    ESSENDON     3.3, 3.6 (24)
    BULLDOGS     3.5, 5.8 (38)

    Goals
    Essendon: Goddard, Howlett, Daniher
    Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 2, Macrae, Liberatore, Cooney

    Disposals
    Essendon: Zaharakis 16, Fletcher 13, Heppell 12
    Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 19, Cooney 15, Griffen 13

    The Bulldogs have certainly come to play tonight and after conceding the first three goals, they have kicked the last five to lead by 15 points at half-time.

    The Dogs are doing a good job of maintaining possession and sharing the ball around.

    But they're doing a GREAT job of bottling it up and not allowing Essendon to get their running game going.

    Brendan McCartney's men are doing it ugly, but pretty if you're a Dogs fan, with repeat stoppages and keeping the ball in their forward half.

    Conversely, Essendon look flat as a tack and you wouldn't think they're a side playing as if their season is on the line.

    They are completely stagnant and are bereft of run.

    This game has taken on a familiar story for the Bombers this year - a quick start followed by a dramatic lull and the meek handing over of ascendancy.

    It's easy to see why the Dogs have the lead given they are on top in disposals (175-166), clearances (18-12), inside 50s (25-19) and contested possessions (64-48).

    Given the Bombers have prided themselves on their possession game style, the Dogs will be particularly happy with the fact they've won more of the ball so far.

    HALF-TIME

    BRISBANE LIONS      2.0, 3.5 (23)
    SYDNEY SWANS       3.6, 8.8 (56)

    Goals
    Brisbane Lions: Lester, Rockliff, Green
    Sydney Swans: Goodes 2, K.Jack, McVeigh, Kennedy, Derickx, Cunningham, Reid

    Disposals
    Brisbane Lions: Green 13, Raines 13, Adcock 11
    Sydney Swans: McVeigh 20, Kennedy 20, Hannebery 16

    Essendon's skipper Jobe Watson personifies his team right now - he has only had eight disposals nearing half-time.

    The Bulldogs have had 10 of the last 13 inside 50s but have only managed 1.3. Bombers being let off the hook.

    Q2 24 MIN, ESS 24 WB 38

    Robert Murphy takes out of bounds deliberately and Paul Chapman kicks it to Brent Stnaton.

    From 50m, Stanton's big bomb hits the post.

    Up at the Gabba, the Swans have kicked clear and lead Brisbane 49-26 at the 25-minute mark of the second quarter.

    Q2 23 MIN, ESS 23 WB 38

    Liam Jones lines up from 50m out but his shot on goal is punched through for a point by Baguley.

    Q2 22 MIN, ESS 23 WB 37

    Winderlich spots up Stanton but from 48m his shot is punched through for a behind.

    Essendon are completely stagnant. No run whatsoever.

    Q2 18 MIN, ESS 22 WB 37

    Liam Picken has a shot from inside 50 but can't goal. The Bombers are on the ropes and are lucky to be only 15 points down.

    Essendon not playing like a side with their season on the line.

    No imagination but plenty of lethargy.

    Q2 18 MIN, ESS 22 WB 36

    Shaun Higgins roosts it forward, Luke Dahlhaus backs back and takes a lovely contested mark at the top of the goal square. Dahlhaus kicks his second goal and the Dogs now have five in a row!

    The Bulldogs are bottling it up and not allowing Essendon to get their running game going.

    Q2 15 MIN, ESS 22 WB 30

    Luke Dahlhaus' quick snap misses.

    The Bulldogs are doing it ugly, but pretty if you're a Dogs fan, with repeat stoppages and keeping the ball in their forward half. It's effective.

    Up at the Gabba, Josh Green gets on the board and the Lions only trail Sydney by eight points (30-22) at the 14-minute mark of the second quarter.

    Essendon have scored a goal for a quarter. Bulldogs doing a great job.

    The Bulldogs are doing a good job of maintaining possession and sharing the ball around.

    Meanwhile, Essendon look flat as a tack.

    Q2 10 MIN, ESS 22 WB 29

    Dale Morris beats Goddard in a one-on-one 10m out from Essendon's goal and the Bulldogs veteran rushes a behind. Great work by Morris.

    Meanwhile up at the Gabba, the Swans lead Brisbane 30-16 at the nine-minute mark of the second term.

    Tom Derickx is the only goal kicker of the quarter.

    Something to think about from our man at the Gabba...

    Dustin Fletcher might have a nervous wait over the weekend with the match review panel sure to scrutinise his attempted trip of Lachie Hunter.

    Q2 4 MIN, ESS 21 WB 29

    Adam Cooney marks it 15m out and makes no mistake! The Dogs have come to play.

    Q2 3 MIN, ESS 21 WB 23

    Daniher gathers the spill from his own marking contest and his bouncing attempt on goal from the pocket goes across the face for a throw-in

    Q2 2 MIN, ESS 21 WB 23

    Courtenay Dempsey runs to 40m and his shot doesn't even make the distance and is marked by a Bulldogs defender.

    QUARTER-TIME

    ESSENDON     3.3 (21)
    BULLDOGS     3.5 (23)

    Goals
    Essendon: Goddard, Howlett, Daniher
    Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Macrae, Liberatore

    Disposals
    Essendon: Hooker 8
    Bulldogs: Dahlhaus 9

    As they did in the previous two weeks, Essendon started on fire with the first three goals.

    But, again, like they did in the previous two weeks, the Bombers gave up the ascendancy as the Dogs kicked the next three majors to take a slight quarter-time lead.

    It's easy to see why the Dogs have the lead given they are on top in disposals (82-73), clearances (10-6), inside 50s (10-9) and contested possessions (29-19).

    Given the Bombers have prided themselves on their possession game style, the Dogs will be happy with the fact they've won more of the ball so far.

    QUARTER-TIME

    BRISBANE LIONS       2.0 (12)
    SYDNEY SWANS       3.6 (24)

    Goals
    Brisbane Lions: Lester, Rockliff
    Sydney Swans: Goodes 2, K.Jack

    Disposals
    Brisbane Lions: Aish 8, Mayes 6
    Sydney Swans: McVeigh 14, K.Jack 10

    Q1 29 MIN, ESS 21 WB 23

    Crameri has a shot from 50m out but hits the post!

    Essendon need more from Stanton (1), Goddard (2) and Chapman (2) who have had hardly any disposals.

    Q1 26 MIN, ESS 21 WB 22

    Courtenay Dempsey's kick is a shocker, Tom Liberatore intercepts and from 45m in front converts the set shot.

    Dempsey has had a shocking few minutes.

    Q1 25 MIN, ESS 21 WB 16

    Matthew Boyd pings Courtenay Dempsey for holding the ball on the Dogs' centre-half forward position.

    Boyd then spots up Luke Dahlhaus who lines up from 35m but misses to the left.

    Q1 23 MIN, ESS 21 WB 15

    Chapman's centring kick is marked strongly by Jake Carlisle but from 40m in front the defender-cum-forward sprays it.

    Q1 22 MIN, ESS 20 WB 15

    Adam Cooney lines up from a very tight angle but his shot doesn't make the distance.

    Jake Carlisle dropped what he should have taken, Heppell handballs it to Hooker who kicks it out on the full.

    Jack Macrae takes the free kick and kicks an absolute ripper from the boundary.

    Carlisle should have just thumped it through for a behind. Not very smart there.

    Former team-mates Stewart Crameri and Michael Hurley getting stuck into each other on the wing. Great to see!

    Q1 19 MIN, ESS 20 WB 9

    Koby Stevens runs onto the loose ball inside forward 50 but he is caught by Cale Hooker and pinged for throwing the ball. Great work by Hooker.

    Q1 17 MIN, ESS 20 WB 9

    Michael Hibberd collected Liam Picken high and the Bulldog lines up from 50m but his shot on goal is rushed through for a behind

    Ryan Lester gets the Lions' first goal and they now trail Sydney 19-6 at the 16-minute mark of the first term.

    Meanwhile, up at the Gabba the Swans lead Brisbane 19-0 after 15 minutes.

    Goodes (two) and Kieren Jack the goal scorers.

    Q1 14 MIN, ESS 20 WB 8

    Luke Dahlhaus kicks the Dogs' first goal after drilling a set shot from directly in front.

    Boyd (1), Dahlhaus (1), Minson (1), Stevens (1), Macrae (1), Liberatore (1), Higgins (2), Murphy (2) have seen hardly any of the ball.

    Q1 12 MIN, ESS 20 WB 2

    Lachie Hunter's running shot on goal is a behind.

    Q1 12 MIN, ESS 20 WB 1

    Time in forward half (%): Essendon 74-26 Bulldogs

    Q1 11 MIN, ESS 20 WB 1

    Joe Daniher was held without the ball by Michael Talia and from 20m out in front the big Bombers makes no mistake. Good start by the Dons.

    Essendon being allowed to play on with ease by the Bulldogs and also use the centre corridor.

    Q1 9 MIN, ESS 14 WB 1

    Robert Murphy plays on from the kick out, stuffs it up and is forced to rush a behind under enormous pressure from Winderlich! That could have been embarrassing!

    Q1 9 MIN, ESS 13 WB 1

    Joe Daniher takes a big overhead mark but from 30m out misses to the left.

    Q1 7 MIN, ESS 12 WB 1

    David Zaharakis and Jobe Watson have started well early with four touches apiece.

    Q1 6 MIN, ESS 12 WB 1

    David Zaharakis spots up Ben Howlett who lines up from 45m out and makes no mistake.

    Q1 5 MIN, ESS 6 WB 1

    Essendon have won the first three clearances

    Q1 4 MIN, ESS 6 WB 1

    Throw-in next to Essendon's behind post.

    Q1 4 MIN, ESS 6 WB 1

    Adam Cooney lines up from just inside 50m and his shot goes through for a behind.

    Q1 1 MIN, ESS 6 WB 0

    Jake Carlisle handballs it over to Brendon Goddard who kicks an easy goal from the goal square.

    Match-ups

    Hurley v Crameri

    Hocking v Griffen

    Jake Carlisle is starting up forward and Jake Stringer will man him.

    We now turn our attention the last two games of the day - Essendon v Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium and Brisbane Lions v Sydney at the Gabba.

    In case you missed it earlier, Jonathan Brown is a late withdrawal for the Lions and he has been replaced by Mitch Golby.

    Golby is the starting sub for the Lions and Brandon Jack will wear the green vest for Sydney.

    There are no late changes in the Bombers-Dogs clash with Jason Ashby and Marcus Bontempelli starting the game as the sub for the Dons and Dogs respectively.

    FULL TIME

    ADELAIDE       1.1, 2.4, 5.10, 9.13 (67)
    MELBOURNE     4.0, 7.2, 8.4, 11.4 (70)

    Goals
    Adelaide: Jenkins 2, Dangerfield 2, Podsiadly 2, Thompson, M.Crouch, Petrenko
    Melbourne: Dawes 3, Bail, Kennedy-Harris, Salem, Watts, Viney, N.Jones, Jamar, Tyson

    Disposals
    Adelaide: Smith 30, Thompson 29, Dangerfield 24, Laird 22, Mackay 22
    Melbourne: Tyson 29, Vince 26, Kennedy-Harris 25, Viney 23, Howe 23

    What a brilliant win by Melbourne!

    They have improved so much under Paul Roos and that improvement continued again tonight.

    They showed once again that they're not an easy team to beat anymore and it took some serious grit from them to hang on for their three-point win.

    After trailing by 36 points in the second term, the Crows came charging at Melbourne in the second half and booted eight of the last 12 goals.

    The Demons of old may have folded like a house of cards when confronted with that kind of challenge but not the Demons of new!

    They displayed grit and composure to clinch the win in the end.

    Melbourne looked like they were going to run the risk of sitting back too much in the second half and allowing the Crows to gradually chip away at their sizeable deficit.

    But the Demons proved in the final term that they are also capable of scoring when they have to and super goals from co-captain Nathan Jones, Mark Jamar and Dom Tyson sealed the deal for them.

    The defensively-minded Melbourne kept their opponents to less than 70 points for the second week in a row and Chris Dawes, who has straightened them right up in attack as well, starred with three majors.

    To a degree, Adelaide only had themselves to blame.

    They did most the attacking in the second half and had a whopping 22 more inside 50s (63-41)!

    But their inaccuracy, coupled with Melbourne's disciplined backline, conspired against them.

    For most of the encounter, Melbourne found it easier to hit targets too and Adelaide's turnovers killed them - especially in the first half when Melbourne cut loose.

    Melbourne led the disposals (377-339), clearances (40-37) and contested possessions (155-148).

    Ironically, Vince gets the crucial centre clearance! 13 seconds left!

    Everyone is behind the ball here!

    Q4 31 MIN, ADEL 67 MELB 70

    Melbourne have flooded their backline but it can't stop James Podsiadly from snapping a goal!!

    22 seconds left!!

    Q4 31 MIN, ADEL 61 MELB 70

    Hartigan's kick from 50m out goes out on the full. Melbourne hanging on admirably here!

    Q4 30 MIN, ADEL 61 MELB 70

    Talia roosts it forward but Melbourne's defence is good enough to clear the danger again!

    Q4 29 MIN, ADEL 61 MELB 70

    2:23 left on the clock! Adelaide gotta get a move on!

    Q4 26 MIN, ADEL 61 MELB 70

    Petrenko dishes it off to Podsiadly who snaps it from a tight angle 30m out but can only manage a behind.

    Paul Roos has now shifted James Frawley back... And I cannot believe this but Adelaide fans are streaming out of the ground! Oi! Your team can still win this! Go back to your seats!!

    Q4 25 MIN, ADEL 60 MELB 70

    Jared Petrenko lines up from 35m out and gets one back for Adelaide. Do the Crows have two more goals left in them?

    Q4 23 MIN, ADEL 54 MELB 70

    Dom Tyson grabs the ball from the stoppage, shrugs a tackle and with the outside of the boot kicks an brilliant goal!!

    Q4 23 MIN, ADEL 54 MELB 64

    Chris Dawes marks it and from 55m out near the boundary line centres the ball but no-one can mark it and we will have a ball up 30m out from Melbourne's goal.

    Q4 22 MIN, ADEL 54 MELB 64

    Dean Terlich marks strongly in defence and James Podsiadly gives away a 50-metre penalty for encroachment! That will infuriate Brenton Sanderson!

    Q4 21 MIN, ADEL 54 MELB 64

    Jack Watts receives a free kick on the 50m line, lines them up and his kick is marked by Mark Jamar just outside the goal square!

    Jamar goes around the corner and snaps truly! The Dees respond! It's back out to 10 points!

    Q4 19 MIN, ADEL 54 MELB 58

    Josh Jenkins passes it to Patrick Dangerfield on the 50m line but Jack Grimes spoils brilliantly and the ball goes out of bounds!

    Q4 17 MIN, ADEL 54 MELB 58

    Patrick Dangerfield grabs the ball, bursts through the pack, applies a strong fend-off and kicks a brilliant goal! What a champ!

    Q4 15 MIN, ADEL 48 MELB 58

    Nathan Jones was taken high, lines up from 25m out on a very tight angle and Dees co-skipper kicks and absolute ripper!

    And what a timely goal that was! Boy did the Dees need that? Jones, leading from the front as usual.

    Margin 10 points again and Melbourne have some much-needed breathing space.

    There's so much time left in this match, the Dees have to be more proactive here. They seem to have shut up shop and that is not the right attitude to be taking at the 13-minute mark of the last term with just four points in it.

    Q4 12 MIN, ADEL 48 MELB 52

    Brodie Smith's long shot for goal is touched on the line! Dees hanging on by the skin of their teeth here!

    Crucially, James Podsiadly has left the ground with some kind of leg injury.

    Q4 11 MIN, ADEL 47 MELB 52

    Rory Sloane wins the free kick but his set shot from 35m out hits the post! Less than a kick in it now!

    Q4 10 MIN, ADEL 46 MELB 52

    Jack Watts weaves through the traffic, and his high shot on goal is marked by Talia on the goal line!

    James Frawley comes in late and gives away a dubious 50-metre penalty which automatically relieves the pressure for Adelaide.

    Q4 8 MIN, ADEL 46 MELB 52

    Neville Jetta's shot from 55m out was a shocker and it goes out on the full.

    Q4 8 MIN, ADEL 46 MELB 52

    Jack Viney was taken high 45m out but was not paid the free kick! Come on ump!

    44,216 fans at Adelaide Oval. Another sensational crowd for the redeveloped stadium.

    Q4 4 MIN, ADEL 46 MELB 52

    Scott Thompson sends the ball long and James Podsiasly marks strongly in the goal square before kicking the easiest of goals.

    The Dees are being challenged here, can they recapture that attacking brand of footy they displayed in the first half?

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    ADELAIDE       1.1, 2.4, 5.10 (40)
    MELBOURNE     4.0, 7.2, 8.4 (52)

    Goals
    Adelaide: Jenkins 2, Dangerfield, Thompson, M.Crouch
    Melbourne: Dawes 3, Bail, Kennedy-Harris, Salem, Watts, Viney

    Disposals
    Adelaide: Smith 24, Thompson 20, Dangerfield 19
    Melbourne: Tyson 22, Viney 19, Howe 19

    The Crows came back hard in that quarter, cutting their 36-point deficit to just six late on.

    But a Chris Dawes major right before the siren restored the Dees' 12-point lead.

    Adelaide did all the attacking that quarter and they are dominating the inside 50s 44-31.

    But unfortunately for them they have been woefully inaccurate and only have five goals on the board to show for it.

    The Crows were prepared to work harder after an ordinary first half and they even lifted their aggression levels after Melbourne were masters in that department in the opening two quarters.

    If Adelaide are to win, they could well do with a lift from Eddie Betts who has only managed six disposals.

    Melbourne can't afford to hang back and absorb what Adelaide was dishing up like they did that quarter because they will be overrun.

    The Dees still have to be prepared to put score on the board as they did in the first half.

    Q3 31 MIN, ADEL 40 MELB 52

    Chris Dawes win a free kick for being held and from 40m out on a slight angle makes no mistake.

    He's a beautiful shot for goal isn't he? That's his third goal.

    Q3 28 MIN, ADEL 40 MELB 46

    Josh Jenkins collects the loose ball and kicks another goal from point-blank range!

    Good comeback this by the Crows, they trailed by 36 points at the 19-minute mark of the second term.

    Q3 28 MIN, ADEL 34 MELB 46

    Petrenko's dribbler is punched through for a rushed behind by Tom McDonald.

    Adelaide doing all the attacking but they only have two goals to show for it after 26 minutes in this third quarter.

    Melbourne holding on well with the momentum clearly against them.

    Q3 25 MIN, ADEL 33 MELB 46

    Rory Sloane turns around and finds Eddie Betts.

    Betts lines up from 45m but cannot convert.

    Alex Georgiou has now been subbed out for good by Melbourne.

    Christian Salem unleashed. Could he prove the difference?

    Adelaide leading inside 50s 14-7 this quarter but have only managed two goals.

    From that perspective, Melbourne have done very well even though they've only managed two behinds this term.

    Q3 22 MIN, ADEL 32 MELB 46

    Adelaide leading the quarter 2.4 to 0.2.

    Low-scoring affair.

    Q3 21 MIN, ADEL 32 MELB 46

    David Mackay grabs the ball, has a snap from 35m out but it strays left.

    Q3 19 MIN, ADEL 31 MELB 46

    James Frawley takes two bounces, runs to the 50m line but his shot on goal JUST misses to the left-hand side! That was close.

    Q3 19 MIN, ADEL 31 MELB 45

    Jared Petrenko roves the pack beautifully, runs to 35m on a tight angle but can't split the big sticks.

    Q3 18 MIN, ADEL 30 MELB 45

    James Podsiadly cleverly keeps the ball in play with a nice thump forward, Josh Jenkins collects the ball from the pocket after dispatching of Georgiou and runs into an open goal.

    It's game on now!

    The Crows now lifting their aggression levels after Melbourne were masters in that department in the first half.

    Q3 14 MIN, ADEL 24 MELB 45

    Neville Jetta receives an off-the-ball free kick.

    That's a relief for Melbourne because the umpire was about ball it up 35m in front of Adelaide's goal.

    Adelaide have started the second half in better fashion and they finally get rewarded with a goal.

    Melbourne have to be careful here not to be too complacent.

    Q3 11 MIN, ADEL 24 MELB 45

    Sam Kerridge centres it and the mark is taken by Matt Crouch.

    Crouch lines up from 40m in front and drills it.

    Important goal that one.

    Q3 10 MIN, ADEL 18 MELB 45

    Jack Watts hits up Rohan Bail right on the 50m line.

    Bail goes back but decides to pass it to Nathan Jones, but Kerridge intercepted the kick and the Crows clear the danger.

    Disappointing for Melbourne, that could have been a genuine scoring chance.

    Q3 9 MIN, ADEL 18 MELB 45

    Melbourne's first score for the second half is a rushed behind.

    Q3 7 MIN, ADEL 18 MELB 44

    A Melbourne defender kicks it out of bounds on the full but from 50m out, Sctott Thompson's shot on goal goes across the face.

    Q3 6 MIN, ADEL 17 MELB 44

    Patrick Dangerfield shrugs the tackle from his old team-mate Bernie Vince, runs to 50m near the boundary but can't kick the goal.

    Tom Lynch has been officially subbed out now. Mitch Grigg activated as a result.

    Jaensch might not be able to return to the field with that hip injury of his.

    HALF-TIME

    ADELAIDE        1.1, 2.4 (16)
    MELBOURNE     4.0, 7.2 (44)

    Goals
    Adelaide: Dangerfield, Thompson
    Melbourne: Dawes 2, Bail, Kennedy-Harris, Salem, Watts, Viney

    Disposals
    Adelaide: Dangerfield 14, Smith 14, Laird 14, Thompson 13
    Melbourne: Kennedy-Harris 15, M.Jones 14, Tyson 13, Viney 13

    Melbourne on top in disposals (192-167) and tackles (36-31), they've been really impressive so far and thoroughly deserve this 28-point lead.

    Matt Jaensch (hip) and Jack Watts (back) have picked up injuries.

    Q2 23 MIN, ADEL 16 MELB 44

    Patrick Dangerield bursts forward, unleashes from 50m but Tom McDonald gets a fingernail on it.

    Q2 22 MIN, ADEL 15 MELB 44

    Matt Wright handballs it to Scott Thompson who baulks one and snaps truly. That ends Melbourne's run of seven goals in a row.

    Q2 21 MIN, ADEL 9 MELB 44

    Rory Sloane dishes it off to Eddie Betts but his shot on goal can only manage a behind.

    Q2 19 MIN, ADEL 8 MELB 44

    Dom Tyson's snap under pressure is off line.

    Adelaide holding on by the skin of their teeth here.

    Q2 17 MIN, ADEL 8 MELB 43

    Chris Dawes marks strongly and from 40m out in front he kicks another goal! That's seven in a row for Melbourne! Is it game over here? I don't know, because it's Melbourne who are leading! But gee whiz, if they keep playing like this, the Crows are no hope!

    Q2 16 MIN, ADEL 8 MELB 37

    Jack Viney strolls into an open goal! That came about after yet another Adelaide turnover, this time Brodie Smith's kick under pressure comes unstuck.

    Alarm bells ringing for the Crows here.

    That is six goals in a row for the Dees!

    Melbourne's growing reputation as a very defensively-minded side is on show today. Adelaide have kicked just the one goal at the 13-minute mark of the second term.

    Q2 12 MIN, ADEL 8 MELB 31

    David Mackay's kick deep into the forward line is marked beautifully by Jeremy Howe.

    Adelaide's turnovers are killing them at the moment. They are going at 47% by foot. Terrible.

    Q2 11 MIN, ADEL 8 MELB 31

    Shannon Byrnes' kick finds Jay Kennedy-Harris deep in the right forward pocket.

    JKH lines up from right next to the fence 30m out but can't convert.

    Good news for Melbourne, Georgiou has passed his concussion test and is back in the game.

    Although that does mean Christian Salem has to return to the bench! #MixedEmotions

    Incredibly, Chris Dawes is the leading disposal getter on the ground with 11!

    He is giving young Talia the runaround.

    Melbourne are hitting targets easier than Adelaide are.

    Q2 7 MIN, ADEL 8 MELB 30

    Mitch Grigg wraps up Neville Jetta but after winning the free kick, his set shot from 50m out goes out to the right.

    Just to clarify, Lynch and Georgiou are temporary subs at the moment.

    They could return to play, presumably, if they pass concussions tests.

    Q2 6 MIN, ADEL 7 MELB 30

    Brodie Smith's centring ball in defence is a shocker and is intercepted by Chris Dawes!

    Dawes goes back and from 50m out kicks a ripping set shot! He is becoming one of the game's best shots for goal Dawes.

    That's five goals in a row for Melbourne!

    Q2 3 MIN, ADEL 7 MELB 24

    Patrick Dangerfield shrugs a tackle but as he has as hot on goal from 25m out he is tackled again and the ball slews off the side of his boot.

    Bernie Vince is really up for this one against his old team! Throwing his weight around and making his presence known. Great stuff.

    QUARTER-TIME

    ADELAIDE       1.1 (7)
    MELBOURNE    4.0 (24)

    Goals
    Adelaide: Dangerfield
    Melbourne: Bail, Kennedy-Harris, Salem, Watts

    Disposals
    Adelaide: Thompson 9, Laird 8, Jaensch 8
    Melbourne: M.Jones 9, Dunn 8, Terlich 8

    What a start by the Dees!

    They've continued the decent form they've shown in the last three weeks by booting the final four goals of the first term after Dangerfield kicked the first one inside the first minute.

    The Dees' forward line are all over Adelaide's backline which looks quite nervous whenever the ball comes in.

    Paul Roos' men have also brought great energy to the contest and are taking it right up to their more-fancied opponents with their physicality.

    Melbourne are on top in disposals (106-87), clearances (11-7), contested possessions (40-32), tackles (21-18) and inside 50s (13-11).

    Dees fans can't really ask for much more than that!

    Tom Lynch has also been subbed out of the match following that big head clash with Georgiou.

    Mitch Grigg now in the game for Adelaide.

    Q1 26 MIN, ADEL 7 MELB 24

    Patrick Dangerfield's shot on goal goes out of bounds on the full.

    Melbourne have brought a great energy to this game and are taking it right up to Adelaide with their physicality.

    Very positive signs from Melbourne so far, the Dees forward line well on top of Adelaide's backline.

    Q1 23 MIN, ADEL 7 MELB 24

    Jack Viney gets the centre clearance and hits Jay Kennedy-Harris on the chest.

    JKH lines up on a slight angle but from 30m out shanks it badly and it goes out on the full.

    Q1 22 MIN, ADEL 7 MELB 24

    Jack Watts runs on to the loose ball, burns Brent Reilly and drills another one for Melbourne!!

    That's four goals in a row! The Dees looking very sharp today.

    Q1 21 MIN, ADEL 7 MELB 18

    And Salem makes an instant impact! His first touch is a brilliant goal from 35m out.

    He picked up the ball under enormous pressure, running away from goal and slots it through!

    Incredible stuff from the second-gamer!

    Unfortunately for Melbourne, Georgiou has not recovered from that big head clash with Lynch and has been subbed out.

    The good news is that exciting Christian Salem gets injected into the game early after his promising debut last week.

    Q1 17 MIN, ADEL 7 MELB 12

    James Podsiadly takes a magnificent pack mark 30m out, but goes back and shanks it.

    FULL TIME

    GWS GIANTS       3.4, 5.4, 9.6, 15.7 (97)
    PORT ADELAIDE    5.3, 10.6, 15.9, 20.12 (132)

    Goals
    GWS Giants: Smith 3, Palmer 2, Patton 2, Hoskin-Elliott 2, Cameron, Lamb, Giles, scully, Shiel, Kelly
    Port Adelaide: Schulz 6, White 3, Monfries 3, Polec 3, Wingard 3, R.Gray, Impey

    Disposals
    GWS Giants: Ward 40, Smith 27, Shiel 23
    Port Adelaide: R.Gray 30, Polec 30, Cornes 29

    Huge collision! Jack Viney comes through with a big bump that sandwiches Tom Lynch between Viney and Alex Georgiou. Lynch's head jolts back into Georgiou's head and both players leave the field in some trouble.

    Q1 12 MIN, ADEL 6 MELB 12

    Jay Kennedy-Harris up and about early! He accepts the handball from James Frawley, sells some candy, spins out of trouble and kicks an absolute ripper from 40m out! The Dees have come to play it seems!

    Q1 10 MIN, ADEL 6 MELB 6

    Jay Kennedy-Harris spots up Rohan Bail and from a tight angle 45m out he kicks a beautiful goal! Scores level early.

    Melbourne on top in disposals (45-33), clearances (4-3) and inside 50s (5-3) early.

    Q1 8 MIN, ADEL 6 MELB 0

    Dean Terlich has a ping from 50m but it goes out of bounds on the full

    Q1 8 MIN, ADEL 6 MELB 0

    David Mackay runs to 50m but his kick into the forward is poor and Melbourne clear the danger.

    Jon Giles boots a goal from point-blank range for GWS after being helped by a 50-metre penalty.

    The Giants now trail the Power 126-96 at the 31-minute mark of the final term.

    Back-to-back goals from Jay Schulz extends Port Adelaide's lead to 35 points (125-90) at the 26-minute mark of the final term.

    Schulz now has five goals.

    Q1 0 MIN, ADEL 6 MELB 0

    Patrick Dangerfield went up for a mark in a big pack, keeps his feet, grabs the ball from mid-air and with amazing balance kicks a fantastic goal from 20m out. What a goal!

    Josh Kelly kicks another one for the Giants and they trail Port Adelaide 113-90 at the 25-minute mark of the final term.

    Goals to Devon Smith and Jed Lamb have shaved the deficit to 29 points (113-84) but it's a case of too little too late for the Giants against Port Adelaide.

    The last quarter is now 23 minutes old.

    At the Adelaide Oval, there are no late changes.

    Mitch Grigg is the sub for Adelaide and Christian Salem is wearing the green vest for Melbourne.

    Meanwhile up in Canberra, Port Adelaide are doing it easy now with a 41-point lead over GWS (113-72) at the 16-minute mark of the final term.

    FULL TIME

    HAWTHORN        6.2, 11.7, 21.9, 27.13 (175)
    ST KILDA            2.3, 2.3, 3.4, 4.6 (30)

    Goals
    Hawthorn: Schoenmakers 4, Roughead 4, Breust 4, Gunston 4, Rioli 2, Puopolo 2, Hale 2, Burgoyne 2, Hill, Hartung, Lewis
    St Kilda: Stanley, Montagna, Billings, Steven

    Disposals
    Hawthorn: Birchall 34, Burgoyne 33, Hodge 33, Suckling 31
    St Kilda: Montagna 39, Steven 29, Hayes 24, Ray 24

    Whichever way you look at it, this was an absolute obliteration.

    It was ultimately Hawthorn's biggest ever win against St Kilda and their fifth-greatest win of all time.

    Hawthorn's frontal pressure and superior ball use were features all day while the Hawks' defence picked off the ball on the rare occasion it did go in Saints forward line - with Gibson leading the charge.

    The only sour notes for Hawthorn were injuries to Sam Mitchell (hamstring) and Brian Lake (calf) while St Kilda were dealt a blow with Jarryn Geary appearing to badly injure his elbow.

    Burgoyne, Hodge, Birchall and Suckling were fantastic for Hawthorn as well while Schoenmakers, Roughead, Breust and Gunston combined for 16 goals.

    The game was played almost exclusively in the Hawks' forward half as theys kicked 16 of the game's last 17 goals and led the inside 50s 68-25.

    That was St Kilda's equal-lowest tally of inside 50s ever.

    In fact after quarter-time, Hawthorn won the inside 50 count 57-13.

    As you'd expect Hawthorn also dominated disposals (478-329), uncontested possessions (332-194) and marks (113-62).

    And given the Hawks are one of the most skilled teams in the competition, that uncontested possession disparity in particular was reflected in the final score.

    Hawthorn's percentage jumped from 155.3 to 181.3 while St Kilda's dropped from 85.3 to 67.8

    Ryan Schoenmakers is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal during the opening quarter.

    Ryan Schoenmakers is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal during the opening quarter. Photo: Getty Images

    Q4 29 MIN, HAW 175 STK 30

    Gunston waltzes into an open goal.

    Q4 27 MIN, HAW 169 STK 30

    Jack Steven finally gets one back! Ending the 15-goal run from Hawthorn.

    Q4 27 MIN, HAW 169 STK 24

    Jordan Lewis marks a clever pass from Luke Breust.

    And in his 200th game, Lewis lines up from 30m out in front and makes no mistake.

    That is some fitting icing on a mightily impressive cake.

    That is 15 goals in a row now to Hawthorn.

    Q4 25 MIN, HAW 163 STK 24

    Cyril Rioli kicks a behind from a stoppage.

    Q4 25 MIN, HAW 162 STK 24

    Luke Hodge's kick forward is marked by Cam Delaney.

    St Kilda have only had 24 inside 50s today (12 of which came in the first quarter). Their lowest tally ever is 25.

    Q4 23 MIN, HAW 162 STK 24

    Hawthorn concede a rushed behind. St Kilda will take it gladly!

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    GWS GIANTS       3.4, 5.4, 9.6 (60)
    PORT ADELAIDE    5.3, 10.6, 15.9 (99)

    Goals
    GWS Giants: Palmer 2, Patton 2, Hoskin-Elliott, Cameron, Smith, scully, Shiel
    Port Adelaide: White 3, Monfries 3, Polec 3, Wingard 3, Schulz 2, R.Gray

    Power have gone bang bang bang! Wingard kicks his third major and they now lead GWS 98-60 at the 31-minute mark of the third quarter.

    Matt White kicks another one for the Power and they now have a comfortable 92-60 lead over GWS in the shadows of three-quarter time.

    Q4 16 MIN, HAW 162 STK 23

    Jack Gunston takes a diving mark in the forward pocket and from 50m out misses to the left.

    Chad Wingard gives Port more breathing space with another goal that extends their lead over GWS to 26 points (86-60) at the 28-minute mark of the third term.

    That was St Kilda's first score in 46 minutes of playing time.

    Q4 14 MIN, HAW 161 STK 23

    Nick Riewoldt marks it on a tight angle and from 50m out his set shot goes across the face and rushed through for a behind.

    Q4 13 MIN, HAW 161 STK 22

    Sean Dempster drops a chest mark, Luke Breust picks up the crumbs and from the top of the goal square kicks his fourth goal.

    Q4 12 MIN, HAW 155 STK 22

    Jarryd Roughead's snap shot misses.

    Jon Patton kicks another goal for GWS and they trail Port 80-60 at the 23-minute mark in the third quarter.

    In Canberra, Tom Scully has kicked a goal for GWS and they trail Port 80-54 at the 22-minute mark in the third quarter.

    Q4 9 MIN, HAW 154 STK 22

    Jarryd Roughead lines up from 50m on a slight angle but his shot goes out to the left.

    The Hawks have now gone past their record winning margin against St Kilda (129) which was set in 1983.

    Hawthorn's sights now set on their greatest ever winning margin which was achieved against Port Adelaide in 2011 (165 points).

    Q4 6 MIN, HAW 153 STK 22

    Jack Gunston accepts the pass and his set shot from 50m out in front goes straight through.

    Q4 4 MIN, HAW 147 STK 22

    Luke Breust waltzes into an open goal. This is like a train wreck. I want to look away, but I can't.

    Polec has kicked another goal for Port Adelaide and they lead GWS 79-48 at the 15-minute mark of the third quarter.

    Q4 2 MIN, HAW 141 STK 22

    Shaun Burgoyne picks up the ball and on his left snaps a beauty. Unfortunately for St Kilda, there doesn't appear to be a let-up in sight.

    In Canberra, the Power are doing it easily over the Giants 73-36.

    Jack Gunston marks infront of Tom Simpkin.

    Jack Gunston marks infront of Tom Simpkin. Photo: Getty Images

    THREE-QUARTER TIME

    HAWTHORN        6.2, 11.7, 21.9 (135)
    ST KILDA             2.3, 2.3, 3.4 (22)

    Goals
    Hawthorn: Schoenmakers 4, Roughead 4, Breust 2, Gunston 2, Rioli 2, Puopolo 2, Hale 2, Burgoyne, Hill, Hartung
    St Kilda: Stanley, Montagna, Billings

    Disposals
    Hawthorn: Burgoyne 26, Hodge 26, Birchall 26, Gibson 24
    St Kilda: Montagna 29, Steven 26, Hayes 17, Ray 17

    The scoreline pretty much sums it up.

    This has been an absolute demolition, and unfortunately for St Kilda there is still another quarter to go.

    How ugly is this going to get? Hawthorn's biggest ever win against the Saints was by 129 points in 1983, so that is well and truly in danger.

    But you'd have to think the Hawks' greatest ever victory (by 165 points against Port Adelaide in 2011) would also have to be under threat.

    That's how one-sided this contest has been!

    After kicking the first goal of the third quarter, Hawthorn booted the next 10 in a row! They've also kicked 15 of the last 16 majors.

    In fact the Saints went 29 minutes without entering their forward 50!

    Since quarter-time, Hawthorn have led the inside 50s 37-9 and had 17-4 in the third term.

    All up the Hawks lead that tally 48-19.

    Whichever way you look at it, this has been ugly for St Kilda.

    Q3 32 MIN, HAW 135 STK 22

    There's a shining light for St Kilda. Jack Billings takes a superb contested mark but from 35m in front, misses to the left.

    Hawthorn have now kicked 10 goals in a row and 15 of the last 16.

    Q3 31 MIN, HAW 135 STK 21

    Paul Puopolo spots up a David Hale who takes an uncontested mark and from 25m out on a slight angle makes no mistake. This has the potential to become a monumental demolition.

    Q3 29 MIN, HAW 129 STK 21

    Jack Gunston handballs it to Paul Puopolo who runs into an open goal for the Hawks.

    Hawthorn's biggest win against St Kilda was by 129 points in Round 3, 1983.

    They're going to give that a nudge today given they already lead by 102!

    Since quarter-time, Hawks have led the inside 50 count 33-5 and are leading it 13-2 this quarter.

    In total, Hawthorn have had 27 more (44-17).

    Q3 24 MIN, HAW 123 STK 21

    From a standing start, Cyril Rioli drills a laser-guided left-footed bullet through the big sticks from 40m out on a slight angle.

    The Hawks now have 10 goalkickers to St Kilda's three (who are all individuals).

    Q3 22 MIN, HAW 117 STK 21

    Billy Hartung runs to 40m out and from a slight angle kicks his first AFL goal! Great set-up by Luke Hodge.

    St Kilda haven't been inside 50 for 20 minutes.

    Q3 21 MIN, HAW 111 STK 21

    James Gwilt takes a courageous diving mark and is cleaned up by Ben McEvoy in the process. Trainers surround Gwilt to gauge if he is okay or not. But he isn't, Gwilt leaves the ground a little dazed and bleeding.

    Q3 19 MIN, HAW 111 STK 21

    Cyril Rioli bursts out of the middle, and after combing for a one-two, runs to 35m out and from the pocket kicks an absolutely brilliant goal. The Saints just have no answers.

    Hawthorn have led the inside 50s since quarter-tim 29-5.

    Q3 18 MIN, HAW 105 STK 21

    Birchall kicks a long ball forward, it goes over the pack, Jack Gunston collects the loose ball and runs into an open goal.

    Q3 16 MIN, HAW 99 STK 21

    The Hawks score a rushed behind.

    St Kilda have a monumental task ahead of them to avoid a 100-point-plus loss here. They are just getting absolutely smashed. Serious case of boys against men.

    Q3 14 MIN, HAW 98 STK 21

    Jarryd Roughead accepts the handball from Isaac Smith and unselfishly passes the ball to Luke Breust.

    From 15m out in front, Breust kicks an easy goal.

    Q3 13 MIN, HAW 92 STK 21

    Jarryd Roughead accepts the handball and on the run from 30m out kicks a lovely goal from the pocket. That's Roughead's fourth major.

    Q3 11 MIN, HAW 86 STK 21

    Jarryd Roughead spots up Luke Hodge whose shot on goal from 50m out stays left.

    More bad news for Hawthorn, Brian Lake is limping from the ground with some kind of leg injury. Looks like a calf injury and the Norm Smith Medallist goes to the rooms.

    HALF-TIME

    GWS GIANTS       3.4, 5.4 (34)
    PORT ADELAIDE    5.3, 10.6 (66)

    Goals
    GWS Giants: Palmer 2, Hoskin-Elliott, Cameron, Smith
    Port Adelaide: Monfries 3, Polec 2,  Schulz 2, R.Gray, White, Wingard

    Disposals
    GWS Giants: Ward 15, Kelly 14, Hoskin-Elliott 12
    Port Adelaide: Cornes 17, Polec 16, P.Stewart 15

    Q3 7 MIN, HAW 85 STK 21

    Cyril Rioli drills the pass to Jarryd Roughead who takes an incredibly courageous mark in front of Simpkin who threw his body at the contest attempting the spoil.

    Roughead goes back from 30m out and drills the goal.

    Q3 4 MIN, HAW 79 STK 21

    Mitch Hallahan spots up Ryan Schoenmakers who, from 50m in front, extends his career-best haul to four goals!

    Having entered the game with just five career goals to his name, he has almost doubled his tally in one day!

    In Canberra, Rhys Palmer has kicked his second goal and GWS trail Port Adelaide 34-60 at the 28-minute mark of the second term.

    Q3 2 MIN, HAW 73 STK 21

    Jack Billings wins a free kick and from a very tight angle in the pocket kicks a fantastic goal! Boy, this kid is talented.

    Q2 24 MIN, GWS 28 PA 60

    Justin Westhoff can only manage a point with that attempt.

    Q2 22 MIN, GWS 28 PA 59

    Debutant Ben Newton passes it to Ollie Wines but from 45m out in front, his set shot hits the post.

    Callan Ward has left the ground with a shoulder complaint.

    Q2 21 MIN, GWS 28 PA 58

    Jared Polec is the leading disposal-getter on the ground with 15

    Q2 18 MIN, GWS 28 PA 58

    Angus Monfries kicks his third goal in his return game from a hamstring injury.

    In Canberra, the Power have awoken from their slumber to boot the last seven goals of the game and lead GWS comfortably now 52-22 at the 13-minute mark of the second term.

     

    HALF-TIME

    HAWTHORN        6.2, 11.7 (73)
    ST KILDA             2.3, 2.3 (15)

    Goals
    Hawthorn: Schoenmakers 3, Roughead 2, Burgoyne, Hill, Hale, Puopolo, Breust, Gunston
    St Kilda: Stanley, Montagna

    Disposals
    Hawthorn: Burgoyne 19, Hodge 19, Birchall 19
    St Kilda: Montagna 17, Steven 17, Hayes 14

    Well if the contest wasn't over at quarter-time, it certainly is now!

    The second quarter was completely owned by the Hawks as they piled on 5.5 to the Saints 0.0.

    It was the Saints first scoreless quarter against the Hawks since 1986 and 2.3 is their lowest half-time score against the Hawks since 1960.

    The second term was virtually played in Hawthorn's forward half for its entirety.

    Hawks had the first 16 inside 50s after quarter-time and led the count for the period 20-3.

    The match tally reads 31-15 in the Hawks' favour.

    Incredibly, the Hawks had the first 41 forward-half possessions of the term and it took St Kilda 15 minutes to finally register their first one for the term - and it was ineffective!

    With their army of silky-skilled players, Hawthorn are using the ball much better than the Saints too which is a big factor behind the 58-point margin.

    On top of that, St Kilda's forward entries for the most part are just being picked off by Hawthorn's defenders with ease.

    Thirteen Saints players did not register an effective kick in the second quarter.

    The Hawks are dominating disposals (226-175) and marks (58-30) too.

    Q2 29 MIN, HAW 73 STK 15

    Jack Gunston takes a fantastic contested chest mark against Simpkin and makes no mistake from 25m out in front.


    St Kilda haven't been held scoreless by Hawthorn in a quarter since 1986.

    Q2 24 MIN, HAW 67 STK 15

    Burgoyne spots up Birchall and from 50m out his shot on goal never looked like it.

    QUARTER-TIME

    GWS GIANTS       3.4 (22)
    PORT ADELAIDE    5.3 (33)

    Goals
    GWS Giants: Hoskin-Elliott, Palmer, Cameron
    Port Adelaide: Polec 2, Monfries 2, Schulz

    Disposals
    GWS Giants: Ward 8
    Port Adelaide: P.Stewart 13

    17 St Kilda players have failed to register an effective disposal this quarter.

    Hawthorn leading the quarter 28-0.

    Q2 21 MIN, HAW 66 STK 15

    Luke Breust marks it 50m out on a very tough angle but that doesn't faze the sharpshooter and the Hawks now lead by 51 points.

    The fat lady is well and truly roaring now!

    Burgoyne has had 11 disposals this quarter.

    He, Birchall and Gibson lead all comers with 16 apiece for the match.

    Hawthorn leading inside 50s this quarter 13-0.

    The overall count is in favour of the Hawks 24-12.

    Q2 17 MIN, HAW 60 STK 15

    Gunston marks it and from 40m on a tough angle he misses his set shot.

    It's taken 15 minutes, but St Kilda have finally had their first touch in their forward half for the quarter! Astonishing.

    In Canberra, Jared Polec has put the Power in front of GWS 25-22 at the 27-minute mark of the first term.

    Schoenmakers has kicked a career-high three goals.

    His previous best was two achieved on two occasions against Gold Coast (Round 21, 2012) and the Bulldogs (Round 16, 2012).

    Unsurprisingly the Hawks are dominating the inside 50s too 21-12.

    Hawthorn are leading disposals in the forward half this quarter 41-0!

    That's right... 41-0!!!

    Q2 12 MIN, HAW 59 STK 15

    Ryan Schoenmakers adopts the role of 'opportunist', collects the loose ball from the pack and kicks a clever goal along the ground from 20m out. That's his third major!

    Q2 11 MIN, HAW 53 STK 15

    Hartung collects the loose ball but from 20m out misses the goal! Like Acres, he too fluffs his chance to join the first kick-first goal club!

    Geary has now been subbed out for St Kilda due to that elbow injury.

    Josh Saunders has been activated.

    Q2 8 MIN, HAW 52 STK 15

    St Kilda give away another free kick directly in front of Hawthorn's goal.

    This time Paul Puopolo is the beneficiary and from 20m out he kicks the Hawks' eighth major.

    Biggest lead of the game now.

    Monfries kicks another one! And Port Adelaide now trail GWS 20-19.

    Q2 5 MIN, HAW 46 STK 15

    Jarryd Roughead wins the free kick after getting clobbered by Luke Delaney.

    And from 20m out directly in front, Roughead kicks his second goal.

    Angus Monfries has got one back for Port Adelaide and they now trail GWS 20-13 after 16 minutes of the first quarter in Canberra.

    Q2 4 MIN, HAW 40 STK 15

    Brad Hill runs into an open goal but from 25m out hits the post!

    Jarryn Geary is leaving the ground in considerable pain clutching his elbow.

    Q2 3 MIN, HAW 39 STK 15

    Matt Suckling's kick from inside the centre square bounces the wrong side of the goal post.

    The rain is now tumbling down at the MCG.

    After 11 minutes in Canberra, the Giants lead Port Adelaide 19-7! Wowser!

    Hoskin-Elliott, Palmer and Cameron are the goal scorers for the Giants.

    Schulz is the Power's solitary goal kicker.

    Bad news for Hawthorn, Sam Mitchell has been subbed out with what appears to be a hamstring injury and debutant Billy Hartung gets his first taste of AFL footy earlier than expected.

    QUARTER-TIME

    HAWTHORN        6.2 (38)
    ST KILDA           2.3 (15)

    Goals
    Hawthorn: Schoenmakers 2, Burgoyne, Roughead, Hill, Hale
    St Kilda: Stanley, Montagna

    Disposals
    Hawthorn: Gibson 13, Suckling 10, Hodge 10, Birchall 9
    St Kilda: Hayes 11, Geary 8, Steven 8, Ray 8

    The Hawks started off with a bang by booting the first five goals and it appeared as though the contest was already over.

    And while some will argue it probably is, the Saints did well to fight back and boot two of the last three goals to trail by 23 at the first change.

    Hawthorn are in the position they find themselves due to the great forward pressure they're applying while they're also leading the uncontested ball 84-66.

    And given they are the most skilled team in the comp, that is not going to be a good thing for any opposition team.

    On top of that, St Kilda's forward entries for most of that term were just being picked off by Hawthorn's defenders with ease.

    Q1 30 MIN, HAW 38 STK 15

    Leigh Montagna marks the ball and drills a goal from 40m out in front after the siren.

    It's all even in Canberra with GWS and Port locked on 1.0.6.

    Jay Schulz and Rhys Palmer the goal scorers.

    Josh Gibson having an absolute field day with 13 touches. What a year he is having.

    Sam Mitchell comes from the ground favouring his right leg and is now in the rooms.

    Q1 28 MIN, HAW 38 STK 9

    Bradley Hill spots up Ryan Schoenmakers who, from 15m out, lines up and slots his second goal of the afternoon.

    Q1 26 MIN, HAW 32 STK 9

    Nick Riewoldt tried to gatheer the loose ball near the goal square but he was immediately tackled and the ball trickles through for a rushed behind.

    Hawthorn have taken the foot off the pedal slightly, but can St Kilda take advantage of this?

    St Kilda enjoying their best period of the game because they're finally applying pressure in their forward line.

    Q1 23 MIN, HAW 32 STK 8

    Lenny Hayes scores a behind for St Kilda.

    Q1 22 MIN, HAW 32 STK 7

    Jack Steven goes on a dashing run from the centre, takes a bounce, gets clipped high, takes the advantage, but his shot from 50m is out on the full.

    Q1 22 MIN, HAW 32 STK 7

    Rhys Stanley marks the ball tight on the boundary at the City End and from 50m out he threads the eye of the needle. What a fantastic kick that was!

    Meanwhile, at StarTrack Oval in Canberra, there are two late withdrawals for Port Adelaide with Alipate Carlile and Hamish Hartlett making way for Paul Stewart and Ben Newton.

    Jarman Impey is the sub for the Power and Jed Lamb is wearing the green vest for the Giants.

    Hawthorn is doing all this damage with Sam Mitchell having just one disposal next to his name. Tom Curren doing a great job at least for the Saints on that front.

    Q1 17 MIN, HAW 32 STK 1

    Cyril Rioli's 30m pass to David Hale was absolutely brilliant.

    It hit Hale on the chest and the former Kangaroo lines up from 35m out and his set shot is true.

    The fat lady is warming up her vocal cords.

    Hawthorn leading intercept marks 5-1... four of those intercept marks have led to scores.

    Q1 16 MIN, HAW 26 STK 1

    Ryan Schoenmakers takes the mark and from 40m out directly in front, the defender kicks his sixth career goal.

    And he gets absolutely swamped by his team-mates! Great scenes.

    Ryan Schoenmakers is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal during the opening quarter.

    Ryan Schoenmakers is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal during the opening quarter. Photo: Getty Images

    St Kilda's forward entries are just being picked off by Hawthorn's defenders. This could be a very frustrating afternoon for Nick Riewoldt. The Saints are all at sea.

    Hawthorn have played on 10 times while St Kilda have only done so once.

    Q1 14 MIN, HAW 20 STK 1

    James Gwilt kicks it straight to Jarryd Roughead.

    Roughead then dishes it off to Grant Birchall and from 35m out in front, pulls his set shot.

    Lucky let-off there for Gwilt and the Saints.

    Q1 13 MIN, HAW 19 STK 1

    Ryan Schoenmakers has a ping on goal but misses.

    Josh Gibson (7) and Luke Hodge (6) are leading the disposals.

    Leigh Montagna hasn't had a touch yet. He has averaged 27 a week so far this year. Another big win for Hawthorn.

    Great forward pressure from Hawthorn, this contest has the potential to be over by quarter-time.

    Q1 10 MIN, HAW 18 STK 1

    Luke Breust collects the ball close to the behind post, handballs it to Hill in the goal square and the Hawks score an easy goal.

    St Kilda going at 53% by foot while Hawthorn are 75%. Sums the contest up early so far.

    Q1 9 MIN, HAW 12 STK 1

    Brian Lake takes a strong mark on the Southern Stand wing and cops a smack across the chops from Newnes for his troubles! The Norm Smith Medallist taking his time getting up.

    Ryan Schoenmakers has started in the forward line for Hawthorn.

    Hawthorn leading uncontested ball 21-6, it doesn't read well for St Kilda early

    Some match-ups for you: Delaney v Roughead, Curren v Mitchell, Steven v Smith, Webster v Rioli

    Hawthorn are going at 87% efficiency by foot at the moment.

    Q1 5 MIN, HAW 6 STK 1

    Luke Hodge kicks it to Ben McEvoy but he also drops a relatively easy chest mark and the ball goes out of bounds 35m from the Hawks' goal.

    Q1 4 MIN, HAW 6 STK 1

    Blake Acres drops a simple chest mark and his snap from 35m out is punched through for a rushed behind. If Acres held on to the pill he'd be lining up to join the first kick-first goal club!

    Q1 1 MIN, HAW 6 STK 0

    Jarryd Roughead gives off the handball to Shaun Burgoyne who drills the goal from 50m out. Hot start for the Hawks.

    Hawthorn have won their last three games against the Saints by an average of 37 points.

    It's been quite some time since St Kilda has defeated Hawthorn. In fact Round 19, 2009 was the last time that happened.

    The closest the Saints have come in that time was a draw in Round 17, 2010 when then-St Kilda ruckman Ben McEvoy (who now plays for the Hawks) kicked a grubber goal late on to level things up.

    There's one late change to Hawthorn's team for today's game. Ben Stratton (corked hip) has been replaced by Angus Litherland. Litherland will start on the bench alongside Bradley Hill and Mitch Hallahan. Hawthorn's substitute is Billy Hartung. St Kilda's man in the vest is Josh Saunders with Jack Newnes, Shane Savage and Maverick Weller on the interchange.

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    Hello and welcome to our rolling coverage of all the Saturday AFL action for round seven. Hawthorn and St Kilda clash in the opening game at the MCG from 1.45pm AEST.

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    • One great team. Three good teams. Two decent sides and the rest are ordinary. 175 to 30! And they are not even the worst team. The gap between the best and the rest is embarrassing.

      Time for the comp to take a serious look at at how teams are developed. If Port can pick themselves up from the floor - why not other teams? They are not exactly filled with stars.

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      Andy
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      May 03, 2014, 9:07PM
    • Envious of Hawks Depth of Talent

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      Go Blues
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      May 03, 2014, 6:27PM
    • the Saints have got to stop having those slow starts. The clok ended up beating them again.

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      Saint Matthew
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      May 03, 2014, 4:36PM
      • Saint Mathew. And you were bagging Carlton last week. Time for Saint Kilda to just play VFL

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        Go Blues
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        May 03, 2014, 5:51PM
      • They got beaten by 145 points and the clock beat them?! You're having a lend, right?

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        May 03, 2014, 5:52PM
      • Go Blues....but St Kilda is a bottom four club with second rate training facilities, Carlton with all it's wealth is supposed to be a top four club

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        Saint Matthew
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    • Hartung has sheer pace.

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      May 03, 2014, 3:38PM

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