Another big Saturday has come and gone and the headline story is Sydney.
The Swans welcomed first-placed Port Adelaide to the SCG and with the help of five Lance Franklin goals registered a memorable four-point win.
It was Sydney’s eighth victory in a row and it cut the Power’s lead at the top of the ladder to just one game.
But Ken Hinkley’s men were far from disgraced and would have lost no fans from their never-say-die performance.
The Dockers temporarily slipped into the top four with their comfortable win over Richmond and Gold Coast almost registered one of the wins of the season against West Coast.
After trailing by 39 points in the third quarter, the Suns stormed home to grab the lead late in the final term.
But the Eagles steadied to beat Gold Coast by just three points and if Essendon defeat Melbourne tomorrow the Suns will slip out of the top eight.
The Jekyll-and-Hyde Kangaroos struck again at Adelaide Oval tonight.
The Crows smacked North Melbourne by six goals and the Roos were never really in the contest.
Given how close the two sides are on the ladder, that really is an indictment on the Kangaroos who have shown many times this year how good they can be.
Brad Scott’s men now run the risk of being leapfrogged by the Bombers too.
And finally, GWS made some history by not only recording their biggest ever win (45 points) against the Brisbane Lions, but also their highest ever score (19.11.125)!
So congratulations to Leon Cameron and his Giants.
But where does that leave Brisbane?
Following two stirring wins in a row, they are back to square one after being embarrassed by the struggling expansion side at the Gabba.
The cherry on the cake for Brisbane was the fact that only 12,000 fans turned up.
Not a good look at all.
BRISBANE LIONS 4.2, 9.3, 12.3, 12.8 (80)
GWS GIANTS 4.3, 9.4, 15.6, 19.11 (125)
Brisbane Lions: Taylor 3, Zorko 3, Close 2, Brown 2, Gardiner, Green
GWS Giants: Cameron 4, Patton 3, Shiel 2, Treloar 2, Tomlinson 2, Whitfield, Hunt, Wilson, Scully, Hoskin-Elliott, Palmer
Brisbane Lions: Hanley 27, Redden 25, Paparone 24
GWS Giants: Whitfield 32, Ward 31, Scully 30
Q4 28 MIN, BL 80 GWS 125
Congilio boots it long to Palmer who strolls in and kicks a goal from point-blank range.
That is the Giants' highest-ever score and they will go on to record their biggest ever win too.
Records tumbling at the Gabba!
Q4 27 MIN, BL 80 GWS 119
Harwood spots up Adcock and from 50m out directly in front kicks it off line.
But Aish takes the grab and from a very tight angle in the pocket his checkside punt can only manage a behind.
Q4 23 MIN, BL 79 GWS 119
Greater Western Sydney are also on track to better their greatest winning margin of 37 points.
3:58 to go.
ADELAIDE 4.4, 8.7, 13.10, 16.13 (109)
NTH.MELB. 1.2, 4.3, 6.7, 10.13 (73)
Adelaide: Kerridge 4, Betts 3, Podsiadly 2, Walker 2, Jenkins 2, Wright, Smith, Mackay
Nth.Melb: Thomas 4, Harvey 2, Hansen, Greenwood, Bastinac, Petrie
Adelaide: Thompson 30, Smith 28, Sloane 25, Dangerfield 23
Nth.Melb: Greenwood 32, Harvey 31, Dal Santo 27, Swallow 26
Q4 19 MIN, BL 76 GWS 119
GWS need just six more points to better their highest ever score of 19.10.124.
They have over seven minutes to do so.
Q4 29 MIN, ADEL 109 NM 73
Harvey lets rip from 45 metres out and joins Thomas as the Kangaroos' only multiple goal scorers.
Q4 27 MIN, ADEL 109 NM 67
Thomas grabs the crumbs from his own marking contest but his hurried shot on goal from 40m out is off line.
Q4 26 MIN, ADEL 109 NM 66
Mackay runs to 40m out and gets the instant reply for Adelaide.
Q4 25 MIN, ADEL 103 NM 66
Petrie slams home his first goal of the night from 50m out directly in front. That was a lovely set shot.
Q4 24 MIN, ADEL 103 NM 60
The Dr Jekyll-Mr Hyde Kangas have been really disappointing tonight. Their up-and-down form must be a source of huge frustration for their fans.
Q4 24 MIN, ADEL 103 NM 60
Nahas' checkside attempt from 20m out in the pocket misses to the right.
Q4 11 MIN, BL 76 GWS 116
Game over at the Gabba!
Tomlinson bangs one home from the goal line and GWS will score an upset win tonight.
Q4 21 MIN, ADEL 102 NM 59
Laird hits up Brodie Martin but the latter fails to convert a very tough shot on goal from next to the boundary line 40m out.
Q4 20 MIN, ADEL 101 NM 59
Bastinac earns the free kick after being pushed in the back by Brodie Smith and the Kangaroo drills the set shot from 40m out directly in front
Q4 7 MIN, BL 76 GWS 109
Patton boots his third goal after snapping truly from 15m out and is just about all she wrote for the Lions.
The twin towers of Cameron and Patton now have seven majors between them.
Q4 5 MIN, BL 76 GWS 103
Cameron takes an impressive mark running back with the flight of the ball and drills his set shot from 20m out in front. It's going to be tough from here for the Lions.
Q4 15 MIN, ADEL 101 NM 53
Adelaide leading contested possessions 128-115. That will really sting North Melbourne who are a side that pride themselves on the contest.
Q4 13 MIN, ADEL 101 NM 53
Betts handballs it to Jenkins who throws the ball on his boot and it falls in between the big sticks from 35m out next to the boundary! Fantastic footy that.
Q4 11 MIN, ADEL 95 NM 53
Harvey's ambitious shot on goal from the nearly impossible angle misses.
Q4 8 MIN, ADEL 94 NM 52
Thomas earns a dubious free kick for copping front-on contact from Otten, according to the umpire, and drills his fourth goal from a set shot 20m out.
BRISBANE LIONS 4.2, 9.3, 12.3 (75)
GWS GIANTS 4.3, 9.4, 15.6 (96)
Brisbane Lions: Taylor 3, Zorko 3, Close 2, Brown 2, Gardiner, Green
GWS Giants: Cameron 3, Shiel 2, Treloar 2, Patton 2, Whitfield, Hunt, Wilson, Scully, Tomlinson, Hoskin-Elliott
Brisbane Lions: Hanley 23, Redden 21, Paparone 20
GWS Giants: Whitfield 24, Scully 24, Ward 23
Q4 5 MIN, ADEL 94 NM 45
Adams' set shot from 50m out on a tough angle goes across the face of goal.
Q4 3 MIN, ADEL 94 NM 44
Betts handballs it over to Walker who strolls in and from 25m out slots a checkside punt. It's getting embarrassing for the Roos now.
Q3 32 MIN, BL 75 GWS 96
Zorko runs in and from 25m out on a slight angle kicks his third goal.
Q4 1 MIN, ADEL 88 NM 43
Black's attempted shot on goal from 45m out next to the boundary doesn't score.
Q3 29 MIN, BL 69 GWS 96
Cameron takes a courageous mark in front of Maguire but can't convert the snap shot from next to the behind post.
Q3 27 MIN, BL 69 GWS 95
Shiel bangs it forward from the centre square, it clears the contest in the goal square, Cameron runs onto the loose ball and soccers through his third goal! This will be the Giants' biggest three-quarter-time score!
Q3 27 MIN, BL 69 GWS 89
In case you missed it, Jonathan Brown has been subbed out after taking a big hit to his head and Zac O'Brien is in the game.
Q3 25 MIN, BL 69 GWS 89
Patton takes a big mark in the goal square and bangs home his second major!
Trouble for the Lions!
ADELAIDE 4.4, 8.7, 13.10 (88)
NTH.MELB. 1.2, 4.3, 6.7 (43)
Adelaide: Kerridge 4, Betts 3, Podsiadly 2, Wright, Walker, Smith, Jenkins
Nth.Melb: Thomas 3, Hansen, Greenwood, Harvey
Adelaide: Smith 23, Sloane 20, Thompson 19
Nth.Melb: Greenwood 29, Dal Santo 20, Swallow 20
Q3 31 MIN, ADEL 88 NM 43
10 of Kerridge's 21 career goals have come against North Melbourne!
Q3 30 MIN, ADEL 88 NM 43
Kerridge makes the most of a terrible North Melbourne defensive turnover and snaps truly for his fourth goal
Q3 30 MIN, ADEL 82 NM 43
Martin's quick snap from the pocket is off line.
Q3 21 MIN, BL 69 GWS 83
Hoskin-Elliott restores the Giants' 14-point lead.
Q3 27 MIN, ADEL 81 NM 42
Nahas leaves the ground after taking a big blow to his head from Talia.
Q3 27 MIN, ADEL 81 NM 42
Tarrant has been subbed out and Anthony has been activated.
Q3 19 MIN, BL 69 GWS 77
Taylor gets one back for Brisbane with a lovely set shot and he is now the leading goalkicker in the game with three.
Q3 25 MIN, ADEL 81 NM 42
Sloane's kick from outside 50m clears the pack, the ball falls just short of the goal line and comes to a standstill.
Kerridge takes full advantage and soccers it through for his third goal.
Q3 23 MIN, ADEL 75 NM 42
Matt Crouch has been subbed off for Adelaide, Martin in the game.
Q3 15 MIN, BL 63 GWS 77
Cameron just slaps it on his boot without looking at where the goals are but manages to splits the big sticks! What a kick!
Q3 21 MIN, ADEL 75 NM 41
Great job by Greenwood (26 disposals) who has kept Dangerfield to just 13 touches.
Q3 21 MIN, ADEL 75 NM 41
The inside-50 count continues to be one-sided, Adelaide lead it 45-28.
Q3 19 MIN, ADEL 75 NM 41
Jenkins takes a grab 50m out on a tough angle and the former Bomber drills the set shot with a HUGE HOOF! What a kick!
Q3 10 MIN, BL 63 GWS 71
Zorko gets one back for the Lions. That's his second for the night.
Q3 17 MIN, ADEL 69 NM 41
Walker is back on the ground. Breathe that sigh of relief Crows fans!
Q3 9 MIN, BL 57 GWS 71
Treloar has kicked another major for the Giants and it's not looking for the Lions at this stage!
Q3 15 MIN, ADEL 69 NM 41
Tex Walker has left the ground with a leg injury. Hopefully it's not a knee.
Q3 15 MIN, ADEL 69 NM 41
Brodie Smith converts a long bomb from outside 50m and the Roos just can't get the margin under four goals.
Q3 5 MIN, BL 57 GWS 65
Tomlinson kicked the opening goal of the second half.
Q3 10 MIN, ADEL 63 NM 41
Harvey has kicked an incredible goal after evading a tackler, spinning on a dime and converting a ripper from 40m out.
Q3 10 MIN, ADEL 63 NM 35
Walker threw the ball and Dal Santo accepted the free kick in defence.
Q3 2 MIN, BL 57 GWS 58
Jonathan Brown in all sorts of trouble after copping a big hit to his head.
He is leaving the ground in the arms of the trainers and appears to be quite dazed.
It goes without saying he has quite a history with head/facial injuries, let's hope it's not too serious.
Q3 6 MIN, ADEL 63 NM 35
Petrie's pressured handball ends up with Greenwood but his running shot on goal from 40m out misses.
Q3 5 MIN, ADEL 63 NM 34
Jenkins handballs it to Kerridge who bends it around his body from 30m out and slots his second goal of the night.
Q3 2 MIN, ADEL 56 NM 33
Atley tears up the centre corridor, kicks it forward and it ends up on Thomas' chest at the top of the goal square.
Thomas kicks a very simple set shot from 15m out.
Perfect start for the Roos.
Q3 1 MIN, ADEL 56 NM 27
Mullett thumps Podsiadly's centring kick through for a behind.
Q3 0 MIN, ADEL 55 NM 27
Jenkins takes Hansen high as the Kangaroo dives for a mark in defence.
BRISBANE LIONS 4.2, 9.3 (57)
GWS GIANTS 4.3, 9.4 (58)
Brisbane Lions: Close 2, Taylor 2, Brown 2, Gardiner, Zorko, Green
GWS Giants: Shiel 2, Patton, Whitfield, Hunt, Wilson, Scully, Treloar, Cameron
Brisbane Lions: Hanley 19, Paparone 17, Redden 16
GWS Giants: Whitfield 17, Scully 16, Shiel 15
Q2 33 MIN, BL 57 GWS 58
Cameron lines up from 30m out and kicks the Giants' third goal in a row!
GWS are back in front.
Q2 32 MIN, BL 57 GWS 52
Patfull cops a big hit to his hip from Townsend and is coming from the ground in pain.
Q2 31 MIN, BL 57 GWS 52
Treloar grabs the loose ball, takes a few steps and kicks an absolute pearler from right next to the boundary 35m out! That was simply brilliant.
ADELAIDE 4.4, 8.7 (55)
NTH.MELB. 1.2, 4.3 (27)
Adelaide: Betts 3, Podsiadly 2, Wright, Walker, Kerridge
Nth.Melb: Thomas 2, Hansen, Greenwood
Adelaide: Smith 12, Thompson 12
Nth.Melb: Greenwood 16, Cunnington 15
Q2 30 MIN, ADEL 55 NM 27
Hansen gives away the free kick for holding Betts.
The former Blue goes back and, from 25m out in front, kicks the set shot on the siren.
Q2 28 MIN, ADEL 49 NM 27
McDonald chips it over to Thomas who runs in and, from 20m out in the pocket, dribbles through North's third goal in a row!
The Kangas have a pulse!
Q2 23 MIN, BL 57 GWS 46
Scully converts a set shot of his own from 40m out and the Giants are back to within two goals of the Lions.
Q2 25 MIN, ADEL 49 NM 21
Greenwood collects the loose ball and snaps a brilliant goal from 30m out under pressure.
Q2 21 MIN, BL 57 GWS 40
Josh Green converts his set shot from 20m out.
Q2 23 MIN, ADEL 49 NM 15
Petrie's soccer attempt from the goal square was touched.
Q2 22 MIN, ADEL 49 NM 14
Adelaide leading the inside 50 count by a staggering 16 (29-13).
Q2 21 MIN, ADEL 49 NM 14
North have had more disposals (147-141) but aren't doing a lot of damage with the ball.
Q2 15 MIN, BL 50 GWS 40
Brown bangs one home from outside 50! That restores the Lions' 10-point advantage.
Q2 13 MIN, BL 44 GWS 40
Wilson dobs one for the Giants from out wide and it's a four-point ball game.
Q2 16 MIN, ADEL 49 NM 14
Douglas' set shot from 50m out misses to the left.
Q2 14 MIN, ADEL 48 NM 14
Hansen wraps up Brown and pings him for holding the ball.
The big Kangaroo proceeds to convert the set shot from 15m out directly in front.
Q2 9 MIN, BL 44 GWS 33
Brown lines them up from 40m out directly in front and drills the set shot.
Q2 12 MIN, ADEL 48 NM 8
North Melbourne struggling badly to get it past halfway.
The ball has been in Adelaide's forward half 76% of the time!
Q2 9 MIN, ADEL 47 NM 8
Mackay's kick forward is a bullet which finds Podsiadly.
The premiership Cat lines up from 35m out right on the boundary and he snaps an absolute beauty!!
North were in a similar situation last week, but surely Adelaide are a better quality side than Richmond.
This is just about curtains already!
Q2 3 MIN, BL 38 GWS 27
Taylor does some good old-fashioned front-and-square crumbing and snaps his second goal! Lions on a roll here. They have six of the last seven goals.
Q2 2 MIN, BL 32 GWS 27
Close converts his second set shot of the night and the Lions are in front.
Q2 4 MIN, ADEL 40 NM 8
Kerridge lines up his set shot from 35m out and he nails Adelaide's third goal in a row.
Big dangers signs here for North Melbourne.
Q2 2 MIN, ADEL 34 NM 8
Jenkins bombed it long and Walker quite easily outbodied North's Scott Thompson to take the contested mark.
From 40m out in front, big Tex kicks his first goal.
BRISBANE LIONS 4.2 (26)
GWS GIANTS 4.3 (27)
Brisbane Lions: Gardiner, Zorko, Close, Taylor
GWS Giants: Shiel 2, Patton, Whitfield
Brisbane Lions: Paparone 10, Hanley 9
GWS Giants: Shiel 8, Whitfield 8
Q1 32 MIN, BL 26 GWS 27
Taylor marks it on the siren and from 25m out on a slight angle he slams home his set shot!
Q1 30 MIN, BL 20 GWS 27
Shiel gets the quick replier and he has now booted two goals for the night.
ADELAIDE 4.4 (28)
NTH.MELB. 1.2 (8)
Adelaide: Betts 2, Podsiadly, Wright
Adelaide: Thompson 7, Sloane 7
Nth.Melb: Cunnington 7
Q1 28 MIN, BL 20 GWS 21
Close converts his set shot from 35m out and the Lions have now booted the last three goals of the game.
Q1 25 MIN, ADEL 28 NM 8
Walker fends off two Kangaroos and handballs it to Betts who wins the free kick for being taken high by Hansen.
Betts' set shot from 40m out JUST clears the line and the Crows are up by 20 points.
Q1 23 MIN, ADEL 22 NM 8
Nahas wins the free kick for being held by Jaensch at the ball up 40m out from goal.
The ex-Tiger's set shot is off line and punched through for a rushed behind.
Q1 22 MIN, BL 14 GWS 19
Zorko converts his set shot and gets the Lions within five points of the Giants.
Q1 20 MIN, ADEL 22 NM 7
Nahas passes it off to Thomas who marks it at the top of the goal square and converts the easiest of set shots.
Q1 19 MIN, ADEL 22 NM 1
Adelaide's pressure has been fantastic so far. North have hardly given a yelp.
Q1 17 MIN, ADEL 22 NM 1
Wright takes a lovely diving mark 35m out from goal and he converts the set shot from directly in front.
Q1 15 MIN, ADEL 16 NM 1
How different things could be right now for North if either Petrie or Swallow converted their early set shots.
Q1 14 MIN, ADEL 16 NM 1
Betts kicks one of the goals of the year!! He roves the pack, keeps the ball in play and from the boundary line 48m out he kicks a checkside punt that splits the big sticks!! Incredible!
Q1 13 MIN, ADEL 10 NM 1
Adelaide have had 11 insides 50s in a row and lead the overall count 11-3.
But they only lead by nine points, they really have to make the most of this dominance otherwise the Roos will make them pay.
Q1 13 MIN, ADEL 10 NM 1
Podsiadly's soccer attempt goes through for a point.
Q1 12 MIN, ADEL 9 NM 1
Douglas handballs it to Podsiadly who unloads a checkside punt from 45m out in front and slots the opener! What a kick from the J-Pod!
Q1 11 MIN, ADEL 3 NM 1
Betts come from behind Dal Santo and cleverly takes the mark 35m out from goal but the former Blue fluffs the set shot!
Q1 11 MIN, BL 1 GWS 18
Shiel evades a couple of Brisbane tacklers and snaps the Giants' third goal! What a start!
Q1 10 MIN, ADEL 2 NM 1
Jenkins kicks it forward and Walker outmarks North's Scott Thompson.
Walker lines up from 50m out on a tight angle and it sneaks in for a behind.
Q1 10 MIN, BL 1 GWS 12
Whitfield gets another one for the Giants and they have a nice early lead.
Q1 8 MIN, ADEL 1 NM 1
Laird kicks it inside 50 but two Kangaroos defenders punch it out for a throw-in.
Q1 3 MIN, ADEL 1 NM 1
Betts kicks it towards the goal square but Firrito rushes a behind.
Q1 2 MIN, ADEL 0 NM 1
Swallow wins the free kick for beind held by Adelaide's Scott Thompson but his set shot from 40m out on a slight angle doesn't make the distance, is off line and is marked by Sam Jacobs.
Q1 2 MIN, BL 0 GWS 6
Patton kicks the first goal of the night at the Gabba after marking it on the behind line and snapping truly.
Q1 0 MIN, ADEL 0 NM 1
Nahas sends it forward and Petrie takes a lovely mark out in front of his eyes against Talia.
From 40m out on a slight angle, Petrie misses the set shot.
Greater Western Sydney have made two late changes up at the Gabba.
Tomas Bugg and Nathan Wilson both come in for Adam Kennedy and Aidan Corr.
Meanwhile, the Brisbane Lions have also suffered a late withdrawal with Michael Close replacing Daniel Merrett.
Zac O'Brien is the starting sub for the Lions and Stephen Coniglio is wearing the green vest for GWS.
There are no late changes at Adelaide Oval.
Brodie Martin is the starting sub for the Crows and Liam Anthony is wearing the green vest for the Kangaroos.
WEST COAST 4.3, 9.7, 14.10, 15.13 (103)
GOLD COAST 3.3, 6.4, 9.5, 15.10 (100)
West Coast: Kennedy 7, McGovern 3, Cripps, Hutchings, LeCras, Lycett, Wellingham
Gold Coast: Dixon 3, Lynch 3, Matera 2, Rischitelli 2, Hall, Bennell, Harbrow, Prestia, O’Meara
West Coast: Priddis 32, Wellingham 26, Hurn 26, Rosa 24
Gold Coast: Prestia 38, Ablett 33, O'Meara 22, Swallow 21
Q4 30 MIN, WC 103 GC 100
Lycett takes a huge grab on Gold Coast's forward flank and that will do it.
0:16 to go
Q4 29 MIN, WC 103 GC 100
Ball up 40m out from Gold Coast's goal
1:05 to go
Q4 28 MIN, WC 103 GC 100
Throw in on Gold Coast's forward flank
1:35 to go
Q4 28 MIN, WC 103 GC 100
Ablett's checkside punt from the pocket hits the post!!
1:41 to go
Q4 27 MIN, WC 103 GC 99
Ball up in Gold Coast's goal square!!
1:54 to go
Q4 27 MIN, WC 103 GC 99
Throw-in from Gold Coast's forward pocket.
2:32 to go
Q4 26 MIN, WC 103 GC 99
Throw-in on Gold Coast's forward flank
2:44 to go
Q4 25 MIN, WC 103 GC 99
Ball up 70m out from Gold Coast's goal.
3:13 to go
Q4 24 MIN, WC 103 GC 99
Harley Bennell outmuscles Jamie Bennell, collects the ball and his snap from 40m out misses.
3:42 to go
Q4 23 MIN, WC 103 GC 98
McGovern collects the crumbs from the marking contest and kicks the goal from 5m out. Eagles back in front!
4:31 to go.
Q4 22 MIN, WC 97 GC 98
Throw-in 60m from West Coast's goal
4:55 to go
Q4 21 MIN, WC 97 GC 98
O'Meara threw the ball on the Eagles' forward flank but it wasn't called! Ball up now.
5:52 to go.
Q4 20 MIN, WC 97 GC 98
Priddis drills it to Lycett who lines up his set shot from 50m out and it doesn't make the distance.
Throw-in 20m around from West Coast goal.
6:11 to go.
Q4 19 MIN, WC 97 GC 98
McKenzie kicks it to Shaw who roosts it forward and Lynch takes a fantastic pack mark four deep!!
Lynch lines them up from 30m out in front and nails it! Gold Coast are in front after trailing by 39 points!
The Suns have kicked six goals in a row!
6:55 to go.
Q4 17 MIN, WC 97 GC 92
Sexton collects the loose ball but his hurried snap on goal from 20m out misses.
Five points in it!
8:25 to go.
Q4 15 MIN, WC 97 GC 91
O'Meara gets in on the action now! He snaps truly from 40m out!
They trailed by 39 points in the third term! It's now just a six-point ball game!
9:10 to go
Q4 14 MIN, WC 97 GC 85
Prestia slots the goal from 50m on the run after accepting the handball from Russell!
This is incredible! Gold Coast trailed by six goals at three-quarter time!
9:32 to go
Q4 12 MIN, WC 97 GC 79
Ablett gets the centre clearance, boots it forward but Hurn takes the relieving mark for West Coast.
Q4 11 MIN, WC 97 GC 79
Matera ducks, weaves and handballs it to Lynch who passes it to Rischitelli 35m out on a tight angle.
And the former Lion nails it!! The local crowd is stunned! It's game on here!
11:10 left on the clock
Q4 9 MIN, WC 97 GC 73
Ablett accepts the handball from Harley Bennell but from 20m out on a tough angle can't kick the goal.
Q4 7 MIN, WC 97 GC 72
Ablett, in a rarity, turns the ball over to Lycett who bombs it deep into West Coast's forward line but Trent McKenzie spoils LeCras and rushes a behind
Q4 4 MIN, WC 95 GC 72
Harbrow runs to 45m out and kicks another one for the Suns.
Lynch dished off the handball under pressure maginficently.
Earlier on in the chain, Harley Bennell got the centre clearance.
Q4 4 MIN, WC 95 GC 66
Harley Bennell kicks the goal of the day!
Tight on the boundary with Eric Mackenzie closing in on him, he slots the goal from 45m out!
That was exceptional.
Q4 2 MIN, WC 95 GC 60
Harley Bennell goes for a run, takes a bounce and from 45m out on a very tight angle kicks a point.
Q4 1 MIN, WC 95 GC 59
Butler passes it to Darling who has a shot on goal from 50m but his attempt bounces through for a point.
Q4 0 MIN, WC 94 GC 59
Alex Sexton is in the game after Hall was subbed out.
WEST COAST 4.3, 9.7, 14.10 (94)
GOLD COAST 3.3, 6.4, 9.5 (59)
West Coast: Kennedy 7, McGovern 2, Cripps, Hutchings, LeCras, Lycett, Wellingham
Gold Coast: Dixon 3, Matera 2, Lynch 2, Rischitelli, Hall
West Coast: Priddis 23, Naitanui 19, Rosa, 18, Wellingham 18, Mackenzie 18
Gold Coast: Prestia 27, Ablett 23, Swallow 17, Shaw 16
Q3 30 MIN, WC 94 GC 59
Prestia's penetrating kick forward is marked well by Jamie Bennell against Hall.
Q3 28 MIN, WC 94 GC 59
Schofield's big roost forward goes off hands and through for a rushed behind.
Q3 26 MIN, WC 93 GC 59
11 of West Coast's 14 goals have been scored from marks.
They lead marks inside 50 17-4!
Q3 24 MIN, WC 93 GC 59
McGovern takes another impressive contested mark in between two Suns and from 50m out he guides his set shot home!
The Eagles have answered the challenge and it's back out to 34 points.
Q3 23 MIN, WC 87 GC 59
Kennedy spins around but his snap for goal from 20m out doesn't have enough power on it.
Lycett runs on to the loose ball but his mid-air soccer attempt from a few metres out on a tough angle hits the post.
Q3 22 MIN, WC 86 GC 59
Hurn finds Wellingham who runs to 35m out and from right next to the boundary lines threads the eye of the needle. That was outstanding by the former Magpie!
Q3 20 MIN, WC 80 GC 59
Harbrow kicks a beautiful pass forward which finds Lynch and from 50m out in front the latter converts the set shot!
That's three goals in a row for the visitors.
Q3 19 MIN, WC 80 GC 53
The umpire's now off the ground receiving treatment to his hamstring!
Q3 18 MIN, WC 80 GC 53
Gaff takes two bounces along the wing and kicks it to Kennedy.
Kennedy then spots up McGovern who lines up from 50m out and his set shot misses to the right.
Q3 16 MIN, WC 79 GC 53
Harley Bennell handballs it over to Hall in the forward pocket, Hall shrugs off Jamie Bennell's tackle, eludes Rosa and Schofield and drills a beauty!
Q3 14 MIN, WC 79 GC 47
Yeo has been subbed out and Butler is in the game.
Q3 13 MIN, WC 79 GC 47
Dixon marks on the wing and receives a 50m penalty after Wellingham encroached the mark.
The big Sun goes back and from 55m out kicks a beauty! That's his third goal.
But Gold Coast will need a lot more of that. They've been ordinary so far.
Q3 11 MIN, WC 79 GC 41
Ablett takes Hutchings too high and the Eagle accepts the free kick in defence.
Q3 10 MIN, WC 79 GC 41
Naitanui snaps for goal 30m out but doesn't connect properly and boots it out on the full.
Q3 8 MIN, WC 79 GC 41
Trent McKenzie kicks it to a loneseome Harbrow who runs to 45m out but his kick for goal is off line.
Q3 7 MIN, WC 79 GC 40
Kennedy receives a downfield free kick after Bennell was hit late by Matera after disposing of the ball.
The former Blue lines up from 45m out and drills his seventh goal.
It's probably game over now.
Kennedy eyeing off another double-figure bag!
Q3 4 MIN, WC 73 GC 40
Gaff runs down the wing and proceeds to pass it to Lycett who marks it 35m out from goal.
He is on a tightish angle but it doesn't faze him because he splits the big sticks.
Crunch time for Gold Coast.
Q3 1 MIN, WC 67 GC 40
Darling tackles May in West Coast's goal square, forcing him to kick it out on the full.
Masten brings it back into play and hits up Kennedy.
The stand-in skipper lines them up from 30m out on a slight angle and boots his sixth goal.
WEST COAST 4.3, 9.7 (61)
GOLD COAST 3.3, 6.4 (40)
West Coast: Kennedy 5, Cripps, McGovern, Hutchings, LeCras
Gold Coast: Matera 2, Dixon 2, Rischitelli, Lynch
West Coast: Priddis 17, Rosa, 14, Wellingham 14, Hurn 13, Naitanui 12
Gold Coast: Prestia 18, Ablett 11, Matera 10, Shaw, 10, Swallow 10
The Eagles dominated that second quarter and could probably be up by more than 21 points at half-time.
The margin got out to 28 points a few times in that term and the Eagles threatened to increase that significantly, but to Gold Coast’s credit they did stem the tide and managed to get a few goals of their own to stay in touch.
However, the Suns have been pretty underwhelming so far.
Apart from the fact that Josh Kennedy has torn their defence to shreds with five first-half goals, their midfielders have been shown up as well.
The Eagles are well on top in disposals (191-159), marks (58-30), clearances (26-17), centre clearances (11-4) and contested possessions (76-62).
And while West Coast are only just ahead in inside 50s (22-21), they've had 15 scoring shots to 10 which shows they have been a lot more efficient than the Suns when going forward.
That has been aided by the fact that they have taken a whopping 12 marks inside 50 compared to Gold Coast's paltry tally of three.
On top of that, Ablett (11), Swallow (10), Bennell (nine), Rischitelli (eight), O'Meara (seven) and Harbrow (five) have hardly touched the ball.
Perhaps coach Guy McKenna would view that as a positive as his side definitely has upside about it in the second half.
But after two quarters, Priddis, Rosa, Wellingham and Hurn have reigned supreme in the middle of the ground. Only Prestia can really hold his head high for the Suns in that part of the ground.
Q2 31 MIN, WC 61 GC 40
Matera chips it forward and Lynch takes an impressive mark running back with the flight of the ball against Schofield.
But Lynch's set shot from 25m out on a very sharp angle misses to the right.
Q2 29 MIN, WC 61 GC 39
Bennell handballs it to Prestia who decides to pass it to Lynch instead of having a shot on goal from 50m out.
Lynch lines up his set shot from 25m out in front and kicks truly.
Q2 26 MIN, WC 61 GC 33
McGovern off the ground having his right groin worked on.
Q2 25 MIN, WC 61 GC 33
Kennedy kicks it to LeCras who marks it 40m out right on the boundary line.
It will take one hell of a kick to score a goal from here but LeCras makes it look easy!
What a magnificent goal.
Q2 20 MIN, WC 55 GC 33
Dixon pinches the ball off Masten and from an incredibly tight angle in the left pocket he splits the big sticks! Great effort from the big Sun.
Q2 18 MIN, WC 55 GC 27
Wellingham drills it into McGovern 45m out on a severe angle.
The young Eagle lines them up but kicks a point.
Q2 16 MIN, WC 54 GC 27
West Coast leading the centre clearances 10-3. That's a smashing!
Q2 15 MIN, WC 54 GC 27
Rosa pumps it back inside 50 and Kennedy takes the grab out in front of his eyes.
The stand-in captain lines them up and kicks his fifth goal from straight in front.
The Suns are in big trouble here.
Q2 14 MIN, WC 48 GC 27
Ellis intercepts a Gold Coast kick but his set shot from 48m out is punched through for a rushed behind.
The Suns just hanging on here.
Q2 13 MIN, WC 47 GC 27
Priddis' set shot from 40m out is ugly. It's off line, it doesn't make the distance... But McGovern takes the mark!
The youngster lines them up on a very tight angle 20m out but misses to the left.
Q2 12 MIN, WC 46 GC 27
Some of Gold Coast's key players Ablett (five disposals), Swallow (five), O'Meara (six) and Bennell (four) have hardly touched it
Q2 9 MIN, WC 46 GC 27
Eric Mackenzie does Dixon for holding the ball 45m out from Gold Coast's goal.
Q2 8 MIN, WC 46 GC 27
Thompson concedes a rushed behind.
West Coast have all the momentum at the moment, can they make the most of it though?
Q2 6 MIN, WC 45 GC 27
Sheppard spears a laser-guided 35m bullet into Kennedy's chest.
The big forward lines up from just inside the 50m line and converts his fourth goal!
Q2 4 MIN, WC 39 GC 27
Kennedy pushes Thompson out of the way, collects the ball in the pocket and from 35m out threads the eye of the needle! What a snap shot!
Q2 3 MIN, WC 33 GC 27
Rischitelli accepts the quick handball from Swallow, bangs it on his boot and slams home a goal from 35m out.
Q2 3 MIN, WC 33 GC 21
Ablett's snap on goal from 35m out uncharacteristically goes out of bounds for a throw in. He is human after all!
Q2 0 MIN, WC 33 GC 21
Hutchings runs to 48m out and boots the first goal of the quarter.
In case you missed it earlier, West Coast made two late changes to their selected side.
Sam Butler and Sharrod Wellingham replaced Luke Shuey and Scott Selwood respectively.
Butler is the Eagles' sub and Alex Sexton is wearing the green vest for Gold Coast.
WEST COAST 4.3 (27)
GOLD COAST 3.3 (21)
West Coast: Kennedy 2, Cripps, McGovern
Gold Coast: Matera 2, Dixon
West Coast: Priddis 10, Hurn 9, Naitanui 9
Gold Coast: Prestia 12, Broughton 7
Q1 29 MIN, WC 27 GC 21
O'Meara handballs it to Swallow but his checkside attempt on the run from 25m out is off line.
Q1 28 MIN, WC 27 GC 20
Naitanui grabs the ball from the re-start, handballs it to Hutchings who passes it to Kennedy.
Kennedy lines up from outside 50m directly in front and boots his second goal.
Q1 26 MIN, WC 21 GC 20
McGovern chops off O'Meara's pass intended for Ablett and from 50m out in front drills the set shot!
Q1 25 MIN, WC 15 GC 20
Darling does the roving but his shot on goal from 10m out somehow hits the post!
Q1 23 MIN, WC 13 GC 20
Yeo is off the ground with some kind of arm injury.
Q1 22 MIN, WC 13 GC 20
Priddis spots up Gaff who has a running pot shot on goal 40m out right on the boundary that is punched through for a rushed behind.
Q1 20 MIN, WC 12 GC 20
McKenzie roosts it forward, Matera smartly pushes Schofield under the ball, runs on to the loose ball and soccers through a super goal from 20m out under pressure! That's his second major.
Q1 19 MIN, WC 12 GC 14
Broughton is taken too high and earns the free kick in defence.
Q1 17 MIN, WC 12 GC 14
Dixon earns the free kick after Mackenzie makes front-on contact without any eyes on the ball.
From 25m out in front, Dixon puts Gold Coast back in front.
Q1 13 MIN, WC 12 GC 8
Cripps gets the immediate reply for West Coast.
Q1 12 MIN, WC 6 GC 8
Matera kicks Gold Coast's first goal from 25m out.
Kennedy kicked the opener for the Eagles.
SYDNEY SWANS 2.8, 6.12, 11.13, 14.14 (98)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.2, 6.5, 9.10, 13.16 (94)
Sydney Swans: Franklin 5, Goodes 3, McVeigh 2, K.Jack, Jetta, Kennedy, Hannebery
Port Adelaide: Schulz 4, Monfries 3, White 2, Wingard 2, Ebert, Westhoff
Sydney Swans: Shaw 30, K.Jack 26, Bird 25, McVeigh 25
Port Adelaide: Ebert 39, R.Gray 35, Wines 26, Boak 25
Q4 32 MIN, SYD 98 PA 94
Ebert wins the centre clearances, boots it to Boak, Boak drills it forward to a pack and it's punched through for a rushed behind!
That will be it!
0:01 to go
Q4 31 MIN, SYD 98 PA 93
Westhoff boots it forward, hits the chest of Schulz and he drills the goal from 30m out in front!
0:17 to go
Q4 30 MIN, SYD 98 PA 87
Neither side willing to give up an inch! Amazing contested footy this!
Throw-in on centre wing.
0:58 to go.
Q4 28 MIN, SYD 98 PA 87
Throw-in 65m around from Port's goal
2:45 to go
Q4 27 MIN, SYD 98 PA 87
Mitchell's quick attempt over his head from 20m out misses to the right.
3:04 to go
Q4 25 MIN, SYD 98 PA 86
Lobbe roosts it forward and Westhoff takes the chest mark.
From 45m out on a slight angle, Westhoff misses to the left.
4:08 to go.
Q4 25 MIN, SYD 98 PA 85
Grundy outmuscles Westhoff and takes the relieving mark in Sydney's defence.
5:00 to go.
Q4 23 MIN, SYD 98 PA 85
Incredibly, Hannebery is back on the ground. He is one tough hombre!
6:22 to go.
Q4 21 MIN, SYD 98 PA 85
Lance Franklin has torn this game to shreds!!
After dropping the mark, he eludes Carlile and Jonas and from 50m out he drills his fifth goal!!! Incredible virtuoso performance this!
7:21 to go.
Q4 19 MIN, SYD 92 PA 85
Kennedy's shot on goal from 35m out goes out on the full.
8:25 to go
Q4 17 MIN, SYD 92 PA 85
Franklin roosts it off one step from 70m out AND DOBS IT!!! What a monster goal!
That is four goals for Buddy now and they've all come in the second half!
Q4 17 MIN, SYD 86 PA 85
Wines spins out of trouble and spots up Mitchell 40m out on a tight angle.
Mitchell lines up for goal and misses to the right.
Q4 15 MIN, SYD 86 PA 84
Hombsch's kick across goal is no good, it's collected by Lloyd who has snap shot on goal from 35m out but misses to the left.
Q4 14 MIN, SYD 85 PA 84
Huge blow for Sydney. Hannebery leaves the ground in the arms of the trainers after twisting his right ankle.
Q4 13 MIN, SYD 85 PA 84
Westhoff soccers a goal from 5m out after some brilliant work by Wingard who beat Smith to the ball and tapped it into the dangerous zone for Port Adelaide!
Q4 12 MIN, SYD 85 PA 78
Franklin lays a huge tackle on Pittard and earns the free kick for holding the ball.
From 50m out directly in front, Buddy drills a huge goal! They need that, Sydney.
Q4 11 MIN, SYD 79 PA 78
Monfries takes a sensational overhead mark over Smith and from 45m out kicks his third goal! There's just a point in it!
Q4 8 MIN, SYD 79 PA 72
Cornes feeds it out to Robbie Gray from the ball up but Gray's audacious right-footed checkside attempt 30m out from the left-hand side of the goalface hits the right goal post!
Q4 7 MIN, SYD 79 PA 71
In case you missed it earlier, Hartlett had to be subbed out due to an ankle injury.
Q4 7 MIN, SYD 79 PA 71
Brandon Jack has been subbed out and Rohan is now in the game. His leg speed will be crucial in trying to combat Port's famed late fitness and run.
Q4 6 MIN, SYD 79 PA 71
Braodbent's kick intended for Schulz is spoiled by Richards and there'll be a throw-in 30m around from Port's goal.
Q4 2 MIN, SYD 79 PA 71
What a monumental stuff-up from Sydney's kick in!
Malceski's kick to his team-mate 15m out form Port's goal is spoiled, the ball ends up with Wingard who boots the goal from point-blank range!
RICHMOND 1.3, 5.9, 7.11, 12.13 (85)
FREMANTLE 3.1, 7.5, 13.8, 16.9 (105)
Richmond: Deledio 2, Petterd 2, Maric, Riewoldt, Miles, Batchelor, Foley, Ellis, Newman, Martin
Fremantle: Ballantyne 6, Pavlich 3, Barlow 2, Spurr, Mundy, D.Pearce, Clarke, Fyfe
Richmond: Miles 30, Rance 29, Ellis 29, Martin 28
Fremantle: Fyfe 32, Mundy 25, Hill 24, Barlow 23
Q4 29 MIN, RICH 85 FRE 105
Martin slots one home from outside 50m on the final siren.
Q4 27 MIN, RICH 79 FRE 105
Ballantyne lines up from outside 50m, gives it everything and kicks a magnificent goal!
That's his sixth!
0:28 to go.
SYDNEY SWANS 2.8, 6.12, 11.13 (79)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.2, 6.5, 9.10 (64)
Sydney Swans: Goodes 3, McVeigh 2, Franklin 2, K.Jack, Jetta, Kennedy, Hannebery
Port Adelaide: Schulz 3, Monfries 2, White 2, Ebert, Wingard
Sydney Swans: K.Jack 23, Bird 23, Franklin 18, Shaw 18
Port Adelaide: Ebert 27, R.Gray 23, Broadbent 21, Boak 20
Q4 24 MIN, RICH 79 FRE 99
Pavlich boots the set shot from 45m out in front and that is probably the end of Richmond's gallant last-quarter challenge.
2:55 to go.
Q3 31 MIN, SYD 79 PA 64
Wingard kicks a much-needed goal for Port Adelaide 40m out on the run with just 22 seconds left in the quarter.
Robbie Gray set it up, he has been great.
Q4 23 MIN, RICH 79 FRE 93
Throw-in on Fremantle's forward flank.
3:40 to go.
Q4 22 MIN, RICH 79 FRE 93
Throw in 75m around from Richmond's goal.
4:10 to go
Q4 20 MIN, RICH 79 FRE 93
It's game on at the MCG!
Petterd boots a magnificent goal for Richmond and it's just 14 points the difference!
They trailed by 38 early in the last!
5:41 to go.
Q3 25 MIN, SYD 79 PA 58
Franklin takes the chest mark against Westhoff and, from 45m out on a tight angle, Buddy swings on his left foot and kicks his second goal.
The Swans have lots of breathing space now.
Q3 22 MIN, SYD 73 PA 58
That was a calamity!
Three Port defenders go to ground, allowing Franklin to run onto the loose ball and kick the easy goal from the point-blank range.
Q3 22 MIN, SYD 67 PA 58
Robbie Gray was perhaps unfairly penalised for holding the ball by Smith. Gray hardly had any time to get rid of the ball.
Q3 20 MIN, SYD 67 PA 57
The ball goes over the back of the pack in Port's forward line and Smith beats Robbie Gray in a foot race to rush a behind. In fact, there was no score as Gray gave away a free kick for pushing the Swans defender in the back in the goal line scramble.
Q3 19 MIN, SYD 67 PA 57
Hartlett has been subbed out, Young is in the game now.
Q4 11 MIN, RICH 72 FRE 93
Newman makes it three in a row for Richmond and there is a pulse!
Q3 17 MIN, SYD 67 PA 56
Grundy tried to do too much and was pinged for holding the ball by Westhoff.
Monfries took the advantage, passed it to Schulz who split the big sticks with his set shot from 20m out to become the equal leading goalkicker on the ground with three.
Q4 8 MIN, RICH 66 FRE 93
Martin dishes it off to Ellis who snaps truly from 20m out.
Q3 14 MIN, SYD 66 PA 50
Schulz marks the ball right next to the behind but his snap shot floats up in the air and is punched through for a rushed behind.
Q3 12 MIN, SYD 66 PA 49
Schulz dishes it off to Wines who handballs it to Pittard but his shot on goal from 50m out is punched through for a behind.
Q4 4 MIN, RICH 54 FRE 92
It's officially curtains at the MCG. Ballantyne boots his fifth goal from 5m out and it's back out to 38 points the difference.
Q3 10 MIN, SYD 66 PA 48
Hannebery wins the free kick for being taken high by Mitchell, lines up his set shot from outside 50 and steers it home!
Swans have their biggest lead of the game now. Back over to you Port Adelaide!
Q3 8 MIN, SYD 60 PA 48
Jetta handballs it to Kennedy who should have been tackled by Mitchell but the Power midfielder opted to bump him!
Mitchell bounces off Kennedy and the former Hawk runs to 35m out, kicks it along the ground, the ball appeared destined for a behind but took a few wicked bounces and came back for a goal!
Really ordinary stuff from Mitchell at such a crucial stage of the game.
Q3 6 MIN, SYD 54 PA 48
Broadbent's snap under pressure from 50m out goes out for a throw-in right next to the Power's behind post.
Q3 5 MIN, SYD 54 PA 48
Wines and Robbie Gray combine to get it to Ebert and the ex-Eagle kicks a clever goal from 15m out under pressure.
RICHMOND 1.3, 5.9, 7.11 (53)
FREMANTLE 3.1, 7.5, 13.8 (86)
Richmond: Deledio, Maric, Riewoldt, Miles, Batchelor, Petterd, Foley
Fremantle: Ballantyne 4, Pavlich 2, Barlow 2, Spurr, Mundy, D.Pearce, Clarke, Fyfe
Richmond: Miles 23, Rance 22, Foley 22, Cotchin 20
Fremantle: Fyfe 22, Hill 22, Barlow 18, Spurr 16
Q3 1 MIN, SYD 54 PA 41
McVeigh collects the ball on the bounce, shrugs off the Impey tackle and under pressure from Ebert, the Sydney co-captain converts a brilliant goal from the pocket! What a start to the second half!
Q3 31 MIN, RICH 53 FRE 86
Foley catches up with Sutcliffe and pings the Docker for holding the ball.
The Richmond midfielder lines up from 20m out in front and makes no mistake.
Great stuff from Foley.
Q3 28 MIN, RICH 47 FRE 86
Fyfe has 13 contested possessions - four more than anyone else on the ground.
He also has 22 disposals and four clearances
Q3 28 MIN, RICH 47 FRE 86
Suban lobs it forward and Fyfe takes a super overhead mark against Batchelor and Houli.
Fyfe goes back and drills the set shot from 45m out directly in front.
What a piece of play. What a player.
Q3 27 MIN, RICH 47 FRE 80
Pavlich tries to take them all on but he is stopped in his tracks by Houli in the Freo goal square.
Q3 24 MIN, RICH 47 FRE 80
Grimes has been subbed out, Lennon is now in the game.
Q3 23 MIN, RICH 47 FRE 80
Petterd ends Freo's run of seven consecutive goals.
Q3 23 MIN, RICH 41 FRE 80
Newman kicks a magnificent pass that hits Riewoldt on the chest 40m from goal on a tight angle.
But Riewoldt's set shot goes across the face of goal.
Q3 21 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 80
Believe it or not, Richmond lead inside 50s 33-26. The Dockers' extraordinary efficiency on show yet again.
Q3 20 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 80
Fyfe handballs it to Sheridan but his bouncing attempt on goal from 25m out is off line.
Q3 19 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 79
Sylvia has been subbed on for his first game for Freo after 157 for Melbourne.
Danyle Pearce has been thrown the red vest.
Q3 18 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 79
Mayne kicks a beautifully-weighted pass in Ballantyne's direction and the goal sneak takes a chest mark backing back towards goal without having to break stride.
Ballantyne makes no mistake with his set shot from 20m out on a tight angle and he now has four goals.
That's seven majors in a row for the Dockers.
Q3 17 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 73
Foley goes for a run along the Southern Stand wing and kicks it to Hampson 40m out from goal.
The former Blue lines them up and kicks an absolute stinker. It misses everything and goes out for a throw-in.
Q3 15 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 73
Hampson gives away a free kick for pushing Clarke out at the boundary throw-in and the Freo ruckman kicks an easy goal from 25m out. That's six goals in a row for Freo and the margin has blown out now.
Q3 11 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 66
Barlow converts his set shot from just inside 50m and that is five goals on the trot for the Dockers.
SYDNEY SWANS 2.8, 6.12 (48)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.2, 6.5 (41)
Sydney Swans: Goodes 3, K.Jack, McVeigh, Jetta
Port Adelaide: Monfries 2, White 2, Schulz 2
Sydney Swans: K.Jack 18, Bird 15, Grundy 15
Port Adelaide: Ebert 19, Broadbent 16, Boak 15, R.Gray 15
Q2 33 MIN, SYD 48 PA 41
Westhoff lines up from 50m out on a 63-degree angle but his set shot is punched through for a rushed behind.
Q2 31 MIN, SYD 48 PA 40
Goodes beats Pittard and Hombsch and runs into an open goal. All three of his goals have come in this quarter!
Q3 8 MIN, RICH 40 FRE 59
Pavlich boots another one and that is four goals in a row for the Dockers.
Q2 29 MIN, SYD 41 PA 40
Jetta kicks it back to Bird and from outside 50m his kick to the top of the goal square is punched over the boundary line for a throw in 10m around from Sydney's goal.
Q2 28 MIN, SYD 41 PA 40
Ebert runs through the corridor, engages in a one-two, and chips it to Schulz 40m out from goal.
The former Tiger makes no mistake with his set shot. He joins Monfries and White as Power players with two goals.
Q2 27 MIN, SYD 41 PA 34
Franklin lines up from 35m out on a 60-degree angle and boots his fourth behind. No goals yet for the two-time premiership Hawk.
Q2 25 MIN, SYD 40 PA 34
Reid dishes it off to Kieren Jack who kicks it in Franklin's direction but the ex-Hawk can't cope with the 1-on-2 and Impey marks the ball.
Q3 2 MIN, RICH 39 FRE 53
Pavlich opens up the second half with a lovely set shot from 50m out.
Q2 24 MIN, SYD 40 PA 34
Port Adelaide lead inside 50s this quarter 15-7
Q2 23 MIN, SYD 40 PA 34
McVeigh passes it to Jetta and from 55m out he converts a sensational long bomb! Swans back in front!
Q2 22 MIN, SYD 34 PA 34
White burns McVeigh but his shot on the run from 50m out next to the boundary goes across the face and out of bounds for a throw-in.
Q2 21 MIN, SYD 34 PA 34
Westhoff runs towards the 50m line but is tackled from behind by Shaw and kicks it out on the full.
Q2 20 MIN, SYD 34 PA 34
Malceski bombs it forward but Franklin can't take the mark and Port Adelaide clear the danger.
Q2 19 MIN, SYD 34 PA 34
Kennedy roosts it forward and Reid takes a magnificent pack mark floating across.
He lines them up from 45m out on a very tight angle and pushes his set shot to the left.
Q2 14 MIN, SYD 33 PA 34
Port Adelaide lead centre clearances this quarter 5-1, Robbie Gray has won three of them.
Q2 13 MIN, SYD 33 PA 34
Monfries, White and Goodes have each kicked two goals in this quarter.
Q2 12 MIN, SYD 33 PA 34
Goodes chops off a Cassisi handball and from 40m out on a very tough angle snaps an absolutely beautiful goal! Great stuff from the veteran and a much-needed momentum halter for the Swans.
Q2 10 MIN, SYD 27 PA 34
Wingard handballs it over to White who kicks another one on the run from 50m out! What a response from the Power!
Q2 10 MIN, SYD 27 PA 28
Monfries' centring kick finds White and the ex-Tiger runs onto his right boot and kicks an absolute ripper from 35m out! Power in front!
It was all set up by Wingard who beat Jetta in a one-on-one contest on the wing.
Q2 9 MIN, SYD 27 PA 22
Lobbe earned the free kick from the re-start for being shoved and then was awarded a 50m penalty after Kieren Jack failed give the ball back properly to him!
But from 40m out directly in front, Lobbe misses a sitter!
Q2 7 MIN, SYD 27 PA 21
Wingard pops it over to a solitary Monfries in the forward line and the ex-Bomber strolls into the open goal. That's his second.
Q2 6 MIN, SYD 27 PA 15
Mitchell kicks it forward to Ebert who spots up an unmarked Broadbent 45m out from goal but his set shot never looked like it.
Q2 3 MIN, SYD 27 PA 14
Goodes ends Sydney's run of nine behinds in a row by roving a ball up and snapping a beautiful goal from 20m out.
RICHMOND 1.3, 5.9 (39)
FREMANTLE 3.1, 7.5 (47)
Richmond: Deledio, Maric, Riewoldt, Miles, Batchelor
Fremantle: Ballantyne 3, Spurr, Mundy, Barlow, D.Pearce
Richmond: Miles 18, Rance 18, Foley 16, Cotchin 16
Fremantle: Fyfe 15, Hill 14, Barlow 13, Spurr 13
Q2 2 MIN, SYD 21 PA 14
Parker has a shot from outside 50m but can only manage Sydney's ninth consecutive behind!
Q2 1 MIN, SYD 20 PA 14
Monfries crumbs the pack and snaps truly from 25m out! Great start to the term for the Power.
Q2 27 MIN, RICH 38 FRE 47
Bad news for Richmond, Riewoldt is leaving the ground with some kind of leg injury after marking 50m out from goal... He must be really injured if he gave up the chance to kick a goal!
Q2 26 MIN, RICH 38 FRE 47
And Ballantyne kicks his third goal for the quarter after crumbing a pack and slotting a checkside punt from 25m out! Good response from Freo.
Q2 24 MIN, RICH 38 FRE 40
Ballantyne responds with a lovely running goal from 45m out and becomes the game's first multiple goal scorer.
SYDNEY SWANS 2.8 (20)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.2 (8)
Sydney Swans: K.Jack, McVeigh
Port Adelaide: Schulz
Sydney Swans: Grundy 11, K.Jack 9
Port Adelaide: Broadbent 9, Ebert 9
Q1 30 MIN, SYD 20 PA 8
Wingard chips it to Robbie Gray but after the siren he can't convert the set shot from 45m out on a tough angle.
Q1 28 MIN, SYD 20 PA 7
Franklin's ping on goal from 50m out veers to the left. That's now eight behinds in a row for the Swans. They could be up so much more. And it's risky leaving the door ajar for a side like Port Adelaide.
Q1 27 MIN, SYD 19 PA 7
Parker handballs it to Malceski whose shot on goal from 50m out is marked on the goal line by a Power defender.
Q1 27 MIN, SYD 19 PA 7
And the Swans register another rushed behind!
Q1 26 MIN, SYD 18 PA 7
Franklin's dribbled attempt from tight on the boundary is rushed through.
That is six behinds in a row for Sydney.
Q1 26 MIN, SYD 17 PA 7
Kennedy wastes a decent shot on goal on the run from 40m out.
Q1 25 MIN, SYD 16 PA 7
Goodes takes a big chest mark 25m out from goal on a 40-degree angle, but misses his set shot to the right.
Q2 16 MIN, RICH 30 FRE 34
Miles kicks Richmond's third goal in a row and they trail by just four points now!
Q1 23 MIN, SYD 15 PA 7
Trengove leaves the ground with blood coming from his nose.
He copped a stray elbow from Kieren Jack.
Q2 13 MIN, RICH 24 FRE 34
Riewoldt makes it two goals in a row for Richmond after drilling his set shot from 40m out on a slight angle
Q2 11 MIN, RICH 18 FRE 34
Maric stops the rot with a lovely set shot on a tight angle 35m out.
Q2 10 MIN, RICH 12 FRE 34
Martin is pinged for deliberately rushing a behind and Danyle Pearce makes Richmond pay.
That's five goals in a row for the Dockers.
Q1 17 MIN, SYD 15 PA 6
Schulz wins the free kick for being held by Richards in the goal square and the Power sharpshooter makes no mistake from point-blank range.
Finally, Port Adelaide are on the board!
Q1 15 MIN, SYD 15 PA 0
McVeigh kicks it in front of Jetta's path, the speedster runs onto the ball with Impey hot on his hammer, has a ping from 40m out but misses.
Q1 13 MIN, SYD 14 PA 0
Sydney applying enormous pressure on Port Adelaide, denying them run and carry.
Swans leading contested possessions 23-9.
Q2 4 MIN, RICH 9 FRE 27
Hayden Ballantyne lines them up from 40m out on a tough angle and drills Fremantle's fourth goal in a row.
Q1 10 MIN, SYD 13 PA 0
Hombsch gives away the free kick to Franklin for grabbing the key Swan's jumper 35m out from goal in a marking contest.
But the former Hawthorn superstar sprays his set shot.
Q1 7 MIN, SYD 12 PA 0
Westhoff has gone down back to try and halt Sydney's momentum.
Q1 6 MIN, SYD 12 PA 0
Sydney have started this game with all guns blazing. They lead inside 50s 6-0!
Q1 5 MIN, SYD 12 PA 0
Reid hits the pack hard, collects the ball, dishes it off to Kennedy but the former Hawk's snap from 40m out goes out on the full.
Q1 3 MIN, SYD 12 PA 0
Jarrad McViegh smothers Carlile's kick, runs towards the boundary line and from 30m out kicks a ripper after clean-bowling Trengove in the goal square! Trengove should have done better there.
RICHMOND 1.3 (9)
FREMANTLE 3.1 (19)
Fremantle: Spurr, Mundy, Barlow
Richmond: Miles 12, Foley 11
Fremantle: Spurr 8, Hill 8
Q1 1 MIN, SYD 6 PA 0
Kieren Jack snaps truly from 25m out and gets his 150th game off to a great start!
Q1 25 MIN, RICH 9 FRE 19
Barlow kicks a goal on the goal line with just seconds remaining in the first quarter. That's gotta hurt Damien Hardwick!
Q1 22 MIN, RICH 9 FRE 13
Richmond leading inside 50s 12-6, but trail by four points.
Q1 20 MIN, RICH 9 FRE 13
Silvagni in a lot of pain after a marking contest with Aaron Edwards and is leaving the ground.
He copped a knee to the solar plexus.
Q1 18 MIN, RICH 9 FRE 13
Martin marks it right on the boundary 45m out from goal.
He has a decent crack at the goal but he hits the post! Bad luck there.
Q1 17 MIN, RICH 8 FRE 13
Silvagni's sloppy tackle on Cotchin gifts the Richmond skipper a free kick for too high 75m out from the Tigers' goal.
If Silvagni tackled him properly the Docker probably would have earned the free for holding the ball.
Q1 16 MIN, RICH 8 FRE 13
Sheridan drills it forward and finds Barlow 45m out on a tough angle but his set shot drifts to the right.
Q1 16 MIN, RICH 8 FRE 12
Freo have settled and the game is on their terms now.
They are kicking at 86% efficiency.
Q1 14 MIN, RICH 8 FRE 12
Hampson's kick forward finds Martin 50m out from goal and the latter chips it to Riewoldt 25m out on a slight angle.
Riewoldt lines them up and hits the post.
Q1 12 MIN, RICH 7 FRE 12
Barlow wins the free kick from the re-start.
He kicks it wide to Spurr who passes it further afield to Ballantyne.
Ballantyne spots up Mundy 45m out on a slight angle and the star midfielder makes no mistake with his set shot.
Dockers in front.
Q1 10 MIN, RICH 7 FRE 6
Dea dishes off a terrible handball to Cotchin who is gobbled up by Danyle Pearce and penalised for holding the ball.
Pearce kicks back inside 50 and finds Spurr 35m out from goal.
Spurr converts the set shot.
So after all that good work from Richmond, they now only lead by one point.
Q1 9 MIN, RICH 7 FRE 0
Fremantle have entered their forward 50 for the first time after nearly 10 minutes.
Q1 8 MIN, RICH 7 FRE 0
Richmond leading disposals 33-10 and disposal efficiency 73%-40%.
Q1 7 MIN, RICH 7 FRE 0
Fremantle haven't got it inside their forward 50 yet.
Q1 5 MIN, RICH 7 FRE 0
Richmond out-tackling Fremantle 10-3. The Tigers have brought the right attitude so far.
Q1 4 MIN, RICH 7 FRE 0
Aaron Edwards chips it to Riewoldt who marks the ball in an identical position to where Deledio kicked the first goal from.
But the angle gets the better of Riewoldt on this occasion.
Meanwhile, at the SCG, Sydney have made a late change.
Mike Pyke has been replaced by Gary Rohan who is also the starting sub.
Aaron Young will wear the green vest for Port Adelaide.
Q1 1 MIN, RICH 6 FRE 0
Houli chips it to Deledio who marks in front of Crowley 45m out on a very tight angle.
But it doesn't faze Deledio who drills a ripper and gets Richmond off to the perfect start!
Chaplin v Pavlich
Dawson v Riewoldt
Fyfe v Cotchin
Maric v Sandilands
Leading from the front all day #AFLTigersFreo #gofreo pic.twitter.com/0dnmTFkV6Z — Fremantle Dockers (@Fremantle_FC) June 14, 2014
Fremantle have won 3 of their last 15 games at the MCG.
Richmond have won 2 of their last 9 games at the MCG.
We've arrived on the 'G' #AFLTigersFreo #gofreo pic.twitter.com/5hftsgy99C — Fremantle Dockers (@Fremantle_FC) June 14, 2014
Great to have the champ @samkingsoliman at the President's Function today pic.twitter.com/jOTXGH0mLf — Richmond (@Richmond_FC) June 14, 2014
Boys are getting ready #gotiges pic.twitter.com/cSDL9A9bYU — Richmond (@Richmond_FC) June 14, 2014
There are no late changes to speak of at the MCG.
Ben Lennon is the starting sub for Richmond and Colin Sylvia is wearing the green vest in his long-awaited first game for Fremantle.
The last time Richmond and Fremantle played was at the MCG last year and the Tigers won that match by 27 points!
How times have changed. What the Tigers would do to re-visit that kind of form...
Fremantle have to beat Richmond to keep in touch with the top four.
A loss for the Tigers would see them slip closer to the bottom four.
After six rounds, AFL Express is firing on full cylinders again!
We are about to experience our first five-match Saturday since Round 7.
The action kicks off at the MCG at 1.45pm where the struggling Tigers host top-four fancies Fremantle.
At 2.10pm, the match of the round takes place between the high-flying Swans and Power at the SCG.
We then turn our attention to Patersons Stadium at 4.40pm (AEST) where West Coast face Gold Coast in what looms as a very interesting encounter.
And the day caps off with a simultaneous double-header that will see Adelaide host North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval and the Brisbane Lions meet GWS at the Gabba.
Both of those matches begin at 7.40pm (AEST)