Hawthorn and Collingwood were the big winners from Sunday’s AFL action.
The Hawks’ huge 62-point win over the Bulldogs boosted their percentage enough to ensure they reclaimed top spot on the ladder.
Sydney and Geelong have been relegated to second and third spot respectively as a result.
That was Hawthorn’s 11th win on the trot at their home away from home in Launceston.
And the Magpies were all smiles too after they defeated Port Adelaide by a goal to re-enter the top eight.
Collingwood looked like they were on the skids last week as they lost to Adelaide and found themselves outside the top eight for the first time since Round 4.
But to the Magpies’ credit, they responded very well today to knock off a top-four aspirant in the Power.
And the result cuts both ways because Port Adelaide missed a chance to re-enter the top four after losing to Collingwood.
Ken Hinkley’s men have now lost five of their last seven matches and look a shadow of the side that stormed to the top of the ladder in Round 12 with a 10-1 win-loss record.
There’s no doubt that the Crows are the biggest losers of Round 19.
Their shock loss to West Coast on Saturday was compounded by wins to Gold Coast and Collingwood.
After starting the round in eighth spot, Adelaide are now 10th and are once again up against it to play finals footy this year.
Meanwhile, Etihad Stadium continues to be a graveyard for Melbourne.
Their 23-point loss to Brisbane today was their 19th in a row at the Docklands venue!
COLLINGWOOD 2.3, 6.6, 9.7, 11.10 (76)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.0, 5.7, 8.8, 10.10 (70)
Collingwood: Cloke 3, Broomhead 2, Sidebottom 2, Beams, Blair, Elliott, Dwyer
Port Adelaide: Hartlett 4, Schulz, Wingard, R.Gray, Boak, Monfries, Moore
Collingwood: Beams 32, Sidebottom 31, Adams 28, Pendlebury 27
Port Adelaide: O'Shea 28, Broadbent 27, Wines 25, Ebert 24
Q4 27 MIN, COLL 76 PA 70
Hombsch switches it to Broadbent who passes it to Wines.
Wines kicks it to Polec and he chips it to Moore.
From 40m out on a slight angle, Moore converts the set shot!
But there's only 4 seconds left in the match!
Q4 25 MIN, COLL 76 PA 64
Pittard and Westhoff combine to get it to Cornes whose chip kick to Schulz at centre-half forward is chopped off by Langdon. That will probably do it now for Collingwood
1:23 to go
Q4 24 MIN, COLL 76 PA 64
A chain of handballs involving Boak, O'shea, Lobbe and Boak ends up with Hartlett who centres it to the hot spot but Fasolo is the only one there and he marks in Port's forward line
2:15 to go
Q4 23 MIN, COLL 76 PA 64
Lobbe knocks it to Robbie Gray from the ball up but the latter's snap shot from 30m out misses to the right
3:42 to go
Q4 22 MIN, COLL 76 PA 63
Ebert's long kick forward to Monfries is punched out of bounds by Keeffe 50m around from Port's goal
4:09 to go
Q4 21 MIN, COLL 76 PA 63
Cloke takes O'Shea high on the wing
4:35 to go
Q4 20 MIN, COLL 76 PA 63
Schulz marks it 50m out from goal in a similar position to the last one but he fails to make the distance again and this time it's punched through for a rushed behind
5:34 to go
Q4 19 MIN, COLL 76 PA 62
Schulz is tackled by Frost without the ball and earns the free kick.
From 50m out on a 45-degree angle, the former Tiger's set shot falls JUST short and doesn't score!
6:12 to go
Q4 18 MIN, COLL 76 PA 62
The ball has been in Collingwood's forward half 72% of the time this quarter
7:16 to go
Q4 16 MIN, COLL 75 PA 62
Collingwood are running all over Port in this final term, they are leading inside 50s 11-4 since three-quarter time
Q4 16 MIN, COLL 75 PA 62
Cloke takes a huge contested mark but from 30m out on a slight angle, his set shot just misses to the right
Q4 15 MIN, COLL 74 PA 62
Leading disposals: Beams 29, Sidebottom 27, Adams 26, Pendlebury 26, Wines 24
Q4 14 MIN, COLL 74 PA 62
From 40m on a 45-degree, Elliott's set shot fades to the right
Q4 13 MIN, COLL 73 PA 62
Wingard unceremoniously pushes Goldsack into Port Adelaide's behind post and gives away the free kick
Q4 12 MIN, COLL 73 PA 62
Williams handballs it to Lumumba who drills the ball forward, it clears Cloke's outstretched hands, Sidebottom swoops on the loose pill and slams home his second goal from a few metres out!
Q4 11 MIN, COLL 67 PA 62
Armstrong switches it to Williams who runs to the 50m line and boots it out on the full
Q4 9 MIN, COLL 67 PA 62
Broadbent tackled Pendlebury without the ball 25m out from Collingwood's goal but the Magpies skipper wasn't paid the free kick!
Q4 7 MIN, COLL 67 PA 62
Cloke handballs it to Adams but his hurried shot on goal from 20m out bounces out of bounds for a throw-in next to the behind post
Q4 5 MIN, COLL 67 PA 62
White sends a long ball forward and Cloke takes a very strong mark against Carlile.
From 25m out in front, Cloke puts the Pies back in front
Q4 4 MIN, COLL 61 PA 62
Wines, Newton and Wingard combine to get it to Monfries who takes the mark 45m out from goal on a 35-degree angle and the ex-Bomber guides the set shot through the big sticks!
Q4 1 MIN, COLL 61 PA 56
Broadbent engages in a one-two with Jonas on the wing and sends it long to Wingard who gives away a silly free kick for flying way too early over Goldsack's back
Q4 0 MIN, COLL 61 PA 56
Reid has been subbed out and Martin is in the game
COLLINGWOOD 2.3, 6.6, 9.7 (61)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.0, 5.7, 8.8 (56)
Collingwood: Cloke 2, Broomhead 2, Beams, Blair, Elliott, Dwyer, Sidebottom
Port Adelaide: Hartlett 4, Schulz, Wingard, R.Gray, Boak
Collingwood: Pendlebury 25, Beams 23, Sidebottom 23, Adams 21
Port Adelaide: Wines 22, Broadbent 21, Westhoff 20, Ebert 20
Q3 28 MIN, COLL 61 PA 56
Newton spears a brilliant kick that hits Monfries smack bang on the chest.
From 30m out on a 40-degree angle, his set shot is a shocker. It's off line, it falls short and a Collingwood defender takes the easy mark unopposed.
Q3 27 MIN, COLL 61 PA 56
Collingwood have out-tackled Port Adelaide this quarter 19-13
Q3 26 MIN, COLL 61 PA 56
White taps it to Sidebottom from the ball up, the latter breaks two tackles, runs to 40m out and bangs home one of the goals of the round!
Q3 25 MIN, COLL 55 PA 56
After leading the clearances 20-8 at one stage, Collingwood now only lead 27-23
Q3 23 MIN, COLL 55 PA 56
Paul Stewart has been subbed off and Newton is in the game
Q3 22 MIN, COLL 55 PA 56
Fasolo marks strong only centre wing and chips it to Lumumba who runs through the centre square and passes it to Witts.
Witts spots up Broomhead 35m out from goal on a 30-degree angle and the youngster splits the middle with a super set shot!
Q3 19 MIN, COLL 49 PA 56
Port Adelaide are leading the inside 50s this quarter 8-4
Q3 18 MIN, COLL 49 PA 56
Leading disposals: Pendlebury 21, Beams 21, Wines 21, Broadbent 20, Adams 19
Q3 16 MIN, COLL 49 PA 56
While the Pies are dominating the total clearance count, Port are winning it 6-3 this quarter which is a big reason behind their impressive third term to date
Q3 15 MIN, COLL 49 PA 56
Hartlett spins out of trouble and from the congestion he snaps a dribbler through the big sticks from 30m out! That's his fourth goal!
Port have now booted six of the last eight goals
Q3 15 MIN, COLL 49 PA 50
Collingwood still well on top in clearances 27-16 and centre clearances 11-2
Q3 12 MIN, COLL 48 PA 50
Cornes popped it up to Westhoff who takes the mark in between Frost and Williams!
The Hoff dishes it off to Hartlett who unloads from the 50m line and bangs home his third goal!
Q3 11 MIN, COLL 48 PA 44
Ebert kicks it long to the goal square but Frost punches it through for a rushed behind
Q3 10 MIN, COLL 48 PA 43
Broomhead is run down by Broadbent 60m out from Collingwood's goal. Crucial tackle, that!
Q3 7 MIN, COLL 48 PA 43
Dwyer drops the pass from Lumumba but he is good enough to gather the ball and snap a lovely goal from 30m out.
He was assisted by some strong shepherding on the goal line from Cloke on Carlile too
Q3 5 MIN, COLL 42 PA 43
A lightning quick chain of handballs involving Broadbent, Schulz, Wines, Wingard and Robbie Gray ends up with Hartlett who snaps truly from 25m out in the pocket!
That is one of the great team goals!
Q3 4 MIN, COLL 42 PA 37
Hartlett dishes it off to Boak whose snap shot from the pocket goes off the side of his boot and sails out of bounds on the full
Q3 3 MIN, COLL 42 PA 37
Ebert is tackled high by White in the Pies' forward pocket
Q3 2 MIN, COLL 42 PA 37
Beams kicks it forward and Reid takes a CRUNCHING mark against Hartlett 55m out from goal!
Great courage from both players there.
Reid lines up from directly in front but his set shot falls short
Top of the ladder Hawks sing the song proudly after the win! #gohawks #ALWAYS pic.twitter.com/cAJJWkWbrc — Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) August 3, 2014
Hawthorn 5.2, 7.6, 11.7, 16.11 (107)
W.Bulldogs 2.1, 2.5, 5.7, 6.9 (45)
Hawthorn: Roughead 6, Gunston 3, Lewis 2, McEvoy, Duryea, Breust, Hale, Simpkin
W.Bulldogs: Campbell 2, Dahlhaus, Higgins, Crameri, Stringer
Hawthorn: Suckling 28, Shiels 28, Birchall 27, Lewis 26
W.Bulldogs: Murphy 32, Macrae 31, Griffen 30, Liberatore 23
Q4 27 MIN, HAW 107 WB 45
Lewis kicks another one for the Hawks with 44 seconds left in the game.
Hawthorn have booted eight of the last nine majors
COLLINGWOOD 2.3, 6.6 (42)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.0, 5.7 (37)
Collingwood: Cloke 2, Beams, Blair, Broomhead, Elliott
Port Adelaide: Hartlett, Schulz, Wingard, R.Gray, Boak
Collingwood: Beams 20, Pendlebury 16, Adams 15, Dwyer 13
Port Adelaide: Wines 15, Broadbent 14, O'Shea 14, Polec 14
Q2 31 MIN, COLL 42 PA 37
Hombsch engages in a one-two with Ebert and chips it to Boak on the 50m line.
The Port skipper plays on and unloads a bomb on the siren! Port go to the break with all the momentum after they trailed by 21 points earlier in the second term!
Q2 30 MIN, COLL 42 PA 31
Wines handballs it to Moore who kicks it to the hot spot.
No one touches the ball, it bounces towards goal and a Collingwood defender gets a desperate fist on it in the goal square before it goes through for an embarrassing six-pointer!
Q2 28 MIN, COLL 42 PA 29
Williams takes the mark in Collingwood's back pocket and tells the umpire to replace the ball because it's flat!
Q2 27 MIN, COLL 42 PA 29
Cornes' checkside punt under enormous pressure from 20m out registers a minor score
Q2 26 MIN, COLL 42 PA 28
Westhoff has a ping from 40m out, it's a floater and goes the wrong side of the right goal post
Q4 18 MIN, HAW 100 WB 44
Leading disposals: Griffen 28, Macrae 28, Murphy 27, Suckling 24, Burgoyne 23, Birchall 23, Lewis 23
Q2 23 MIN, COLL 41 PA 27
Cloke goes up for the mark in the pack at the top of the goal square, he fails to grab it legally but the ball still ends up in his hands, he turns around and slams it home
Q2 22 MIN, COLL 35 PA 27
Monfries tackles Keeffe strongly and forces the spillage on Port's half-forward line.
Paul Stewart collects the loose ball, bangs it forward and Robbie Gray marks strongly in front of Langdon.
From 30m out on a slight angle, Gray bangs it home. Port have woken up!
Q2 21 MIN, COLL 35 PA 21
Wingard roves the pack, dodges Sidebottom and from 20m out on a very tight angle bangs home a brilliant left-footed snap shot! That was special!
Q2 19 MIN, COLL 35 PA 15
Collingwood caning Port Adelaide in the clearances 20-8
Q2 18 MIN, COLL 35 PA 15
Impey takes two bounces out of defence and kicks it to Westhoff in the middle of the ground.
Westhoff spots up Stewart on Port's half-forward line, Stewart launches it to Schulz in the goal square but Langdon comes over the top to rush a behind
Q4 10 MIN, HAW 86 WB 44
Simpkin runs to 40m out and slams home another one for the Hawks
Q2 16 MIN, COLL 35 PA 14
Elliott takes a lovely mark on the wing, sends a long ball forward, Hombsch drops the mark, Broomhead collects the loose ball but his snap shot from the pocket goes across the face
Q2 15 MIN, COLL 34 PA 14
Leading disposals: Beams 18, Pendlebury 12, Wines 12, Polec 12, Adams 11, Lumumba 11
Q4 7 MIN, HAW 80 WB 44
Jarryd Roughead takes the mark in the goal square and pops through his fifth major
Q2 13 MIN, COLL 34 PA 14
Wines earns the free kick after being shepherded out of the marking contest by Fasolo.
From 50m out on a tight angle, his set shot never looked like it and is lucky to sneak in for a point
Q4 4 MIN, HAW 74 WB 44
Stringer lines up from 30m out and finally kicks his first goal
Q2 11 MIN, COLL 34 PA 13
Goldsack chips it to Elliott who is unattended in Collingwood's forward line.
From 35m out in front, Elliott splits the high diddle diddles!
Q2 9 MIN, COLL 28 PA 13
Polec chips it to Wingard who spots up Monfries alone in the forward pocket.
The ex-Bomber attempts to pass it to Stewart who is by himself in the goal square but the kick had too much air time and Keeffe brilliantly punches it through for a rushed behind!
Q2 8 MIN, COLL 28 PA 12
Beams has already had 18 disposals and 8 clearances!
Q2 7 MIN, COLL 28 PA 12
Cloke marks strongly in front of Carlile on the 50m line.
Cloke pops it up to the goal square and Broomhead wins the free kick for being taken high by Moore.
Broomhead lines up and bangs home an easy goal
Q2 6 MIN, COLL 22 PA 12
Collingwood smashing Port Adelaide in the inside-50 count 19-7
Q2 4 MIN, COLL 22 PA 12
Blair pumps it forward and Sidebottom wins the free kick for front-on contact from Broadbent.
Sidebottom plays on, unloads from 50m next to the boundary line but his shot on goal falls short and is punched into the post
Q2 2 MIN, COLL 21 PA 12
Blair lines up from 40m out on a 30-degree angle and it's a beautiful set shot
Q2 1 MIN, COLL 15 PA 12
Wines kicks it long to an unattended Wingard on the 50m line.
Wingard spots Schulz who's also by himself deeper in attack, kicks it to the Port sharpshooter and Schulz strolls into the open goal.
HAWTHORN 5.2, 7.6, 11.7 (73)
W.BULLDOGS 2.1, 2.5, 5.7 (37)
Hawthorn: Roughead 4, Gunston 3, McEvoy, Duryea, Breust, Hale
W.Bulldogs: Campbell 2, Dahlhaus, Higgins, Crameri
Hawthorn: Suckling 21, Burgoyne 20, Birchall 20, Shiels 19
W.Bulldogs: Murphy 23, Griffen 21, Liberatore 20, Macrae 20
Q3 29 MIN, HAW 73 WB 37
Hale takes a very strong mark in front of Austin 40m out from goal and earns the 50m penalty after the Bulldog made unnecessary contact to the Hawks ruckman after the contest.
Suffice to say, Hale kicks the goal from 5m out directly in front.
Q3 28 MIN, HAW 67 WB 37
Breust centres it to Hale who lines up from 50m out directly in front but his set shot falls short
Q3 24 MIN, HAW 66 WB 37
Breust draws the man, handballs it over the top to Gunston in the goal square and the ex-Crow could have kicked that goal blindfolded if he wanted to
COLLINGWOOD 2.3 (15)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.0 (6)
Collingwood: Cloke, Beams
Port Adelaide: Hartlett
Collingwood: Beams 13, Pendlebury 10, Dwyer 9, Lumumba 8
Port Adelaide: Hartlett 9, Polec 9, Wines 8, Cornes 8
Q1 27 MIN, COLL 15 PA 6
Frost drills it to Sidebottom who takes the chest mark on the 50m line next to the boundary line.
But instead of having a shot on goal he chips it to Pendlebury and the pass didn't travel the required 15m so the Pies skipper isn't paid the mark, is tackled and the ball goes out of bounds for a throw-in!
Q3 21 MIN, HAW 60 WB 37
Lewis dances around Stevens and Minson on the 50m line, handballs it to Shiels who hacks it forward under pressure and Breust takes a strong chest mark.
From 20m out with hardly any angle to speak of, Breust makes no mistake with the set shot
Q1 24 MIN, COLL 15 PA 6
Beams is tackled high by Polec and wins the free kick.
From 45m out on a 20-degree angle, Beams sneaks it home!
Q1 22 MIN, COLL 9 PA 6
Adams chips it delightfully to Witts 50m out from goal.
Witts handballs laterally to a lonesome Pendlebury, the Collingwood skipper charges towards goal and handpasses it to Dwyer who snaps from 30m out but misses to the left
Q1 22 MIN, COLL 8 PA 6
Reid perhaps unlucky not to receive a free kick for having his arms chopped by Hombsch
Q3 17 MIN, HAW 54 WB 37
Leading disposals: Griffen 20, Macrae 19, Murphy 18, Liberatore 18, Burgoyne 18, Birchall 18
Q1 20 MIN, COLL 8 PA 6
Elliott takes a bounces, sends the ball deep and Cloke outmarks Carlile.
The Collingwood forward lines up from 20m out and kicks the Pies' first goal
Q3 15 MIN, HAW 54 WB 37
Crameri unleashes a long bomb from 55m and it's good!!
Q3 14 MIN, HAW 54 WB 31
Campbell takes a very strong mark in front of Hale and from the top of the goal square with hardly any angle to speak, the big Dog atones for his terrible miss moments earlier.
Q3 13 MIN, HAW 54 WB 25
Stringer hacks it forward and Spangher gives away the free kick for holding Campbell in the marking contest.
From 25m out directly in front, Campbell hits the post! He HAD to do better there!
Q3 11 MIN, HAW 54 WB 24
Hale drops the mark in the forward pocket but Jarryd Roughead is there waiting to snap up the crumbs, runs to 15m out and slots his fourth goal
Q1 16 MIN, COLL 2 PA 6
Dwyer chips it to the pocket and Cloke marks strongly in front of Pittard.
From 40m out on a 50-degree angle, the set shot never looked like it.
Q1 14 MIN, COLL 1 PA 6
Leading disposals: Beams 9, Lumumba 5, Cornes 5, Wines 5, Hartlett 5
Q1 11 MIN, COLL 1 PA 6
Cloke's long bomb from inside the centre square fails to make the distance
Q1 9 MIN, COLL 1 PA 6
Langdon tackles Wingard and the Power star is penalised for throwing the ball
Q3 3 MIN, HAW 48 WB 24
Macrae kicks it forward and Campbell marks strongly in front of Gibson
From 45m out on a slight angle, Campbell drills the Bulldogs' first goal since the opening quarter!
Q3 1 MIN, HAW 48 WB 18
Boyd's shot on goal misses to the left. They cannot buy a goal, the Dogs
Q1 5 MIN, COLL 1 PA 6
Beams is taken high and earns the free kick.
He lines up from 30m out in front and the usually reliable goalkicker misses to the left!
Q1 4 MIN, COLL 0 PA 6
Macaffer is leaving the ground with what appears to be an ankle injury
Q1 3 MIN, COLL 0 PA 6
Westhoff and Ebert combine to get it to Hartlett who unloads from 50m on the boundary line and converts an sensational goal!
Q1 2 MIN, COLL 0 PA 0
Wines earns another free kick, this time he is taken high on the wing by Cloke
Q1 2 MIN, COLL 0 PA 0
Wines is pushed in the back on the Power's half-forward flank
Here we go! #AFLPiesPower #weareportadelaide pic.twitter.com/Pyqm9e7Q2A — Port Adelaide FC (@PAFC) August 3, 2014
Port Adelaide preparing for the big game. They could re-enter the top four if they win.
Retired Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell bids farewell to his fans
There are no late changes at the MCG.
Kyle Martin (Collingwood) and Ben Newton (Port Adelaide) are the subs.
HAWTHORN 5.2, 7.6 (48)
W.BULLDOGS 2.1, 2.5 (17)
Hawthorn: Roughead 3, Gunston 2, McEvoy, Duryea
W.Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Higgins
Hawthorn: Birchall 15, Suckling 15, Burgoyne 14
W.Bulldogs: Macrae 16, Murphy 15, Liberatore 14
Q2 26 MIN, HAW 48 WB 17
Shiels tackles Murphy and the veteran Bulldog throws the ball.
Shiels wins the free kick, handballs it to Suckling who loads up from 40m out and misses
Q2 21 MIN, HAW 47 WB 17
Gunston dribbles it along the carpet checkside-style and that is going to hurt the Bulldogs after all the chances in front of goal that they frittered away this quarter
Q2 20 MIN, HAW 41 WB 17
The Bulldogs are leading the hitouts 24-17. Minson has 18 of them.
Q2 20 MIN, HAW 41 WB 17
Schoenmakers takes Macrae high in the Hawks' forward line
Q2 19 MIN, HAW 41 WB 17
Both sides have only managed a combined 1.7 this quarter
Q2 19 MIN, HAW 41 WB 17
Roughead, Gunston and Breust combine to get it to Suckling whose shot on goal from 50m out misses to the right
Q2 18 MIN, HAW 40 WB 17
Burgoyne's snap shot from 25m out in the pocket bounces across the face and hits the behind post
Q2 17 MIN, HAW 40 WB 17
Picken's shot on goal is off line but Dahlhaus wins the free kick on the behind line after being taken high by Spangher!
Dahlhaus lines up on a severe angle in the pocket and he sends another shot on goal through for a behind.
Q2 15 MIN, HAW 40 WB 16
Hunter spots up Dahlhaus all by himself up forward and the latter loads up from 40m out on a tough angle but pushes another Bulldogs goalscoring chance across the face.
The Dogs simply have to take their chances against a champion side like Hawthorn.
Q2 14 MIN, HAW 40 WB 15
Hodge's shot on goal over his head from 20m out misses to the right
Q2 14 MIN, HAW 39 WB 15
Suckling runs along the wing, kicks it long and Gunston takes an audacious, contested one-handed mark.
Gunston then chips it to Jarryd Roughead who lines up from 45m out on a slight angle but fluffs his set shot.
Q2 13 MIN, HAW 38 WB 15
Liberatore's kick is a laser-guided missile which lands on Stringer's chest.
From 40m out on a 50-degree angle, Stringer's set shot is terrible and goes out of bounds on the full
Q2 11 MIN, HAW 38 WB 15
Crameri dishes it off to Macrae who passes it to Hunter.
From 40m out directly in front, Hunter pulls it to the right.
Q2 10 MIN, HAW 38 WB 14
The Bulldogs have only had one mark inside 50 from 15 forward entries
Q2 7 MIN, HAW 38 WB 14
Hill should have been pinged again for holding the ball after being wrapped up by Austin!
Q2 4 MIN, HAW 38 WB 14
Duryea's pass is a beauty and Jarryd Roughead takes the easy mark on his chest while diving on his knees.
From 50m out with hardly any angle to speak of, Roughead bangs home his third goal.
Q2 3 MIN, HAW 32 WB 14
Campbell is shoved in the back and earns the free kick on the half-forward flank.
Campbell handballs it to Griffen who kicks long from outside 50 to a pack, the ball spills free, Hill picks it up and is penalised for holding the ball by Stringer.
From 25m out on a tough angle, Stringer's set shot misses to the right.
HAWTHORN 5.2 (32)
W.BULLDOGS 2.1 (13)
Hawthorn: Roughead 2, McEvoy, Duryea, Gunston
W.Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Higgins
Hawthorn: Stratton 7, Birchall 7, Suckling 7, McEvoy 7, Duryea 7
W.Bulldogs: Macrae 7, Higgins 6, Murphy 6
Q1 31 MIN, HAW 32 WB 13
Puopolo kicks it long in the Jarryd Roughead direction and the big Hawk wins the free kick after being held by his cousin Jordan Roughead in the marking contest.
From 20 out directly in front, Jarryd nails his second goal.
Q1 29 MIN, HAW 26 WB 13
Schoenmakers shoves Morris in the back in the centre square
Q1 28 MIN, HAW 26 WB 13
Hawthorn owning the ball, they've had 42 more disposals (97-55)
Q1 24 MIN, HAW 26 WB 13
Boyd sends a long ball forward, Bontempelli struggles to gather it, Higgins collects it and snaps truly from 25m out
Q1 23 MIN, HAW 26 WB 7
Minson's pressured chip for goal from the top of the goal square is a floater and is punched through for a rushed behind
Q1 22 MIN, HAW 26 WB 6
Leading disposals: McEvoy 7, Stratton 7, Duryea 6, Lewis 6, Macrae 6, Suckling 6
Q1 20 MIN, HAW 26 WB 6
Hunter marks it on the 50m line and passes it to Stringer deep in the Dogs' forward pocket.
Stringer lines up from 30m out on a difficult angle, opens up the angle and his kick goes off the side of the boot and floats across the face of goal.
Q1 18 MIN, HAW 26 WB 6
Dahlhaus runs to 40m out and finally gets the Dogs' first score of the game!
MELBOURNE 3.3, 4.8, 5.13, 6.15 (51)
BRIS.LIONS 3.3, 4.3 5.6, 11.8 (74)
Melbourne: Kent 2, Frawley, N.Jones, Tyson, Bail
Bris.Lions: McStay 3, Close 2, Beams, Hanley, Merrett, Adcock, Harwood, Taylor
Melbourne: N.Jones 30, Tyson 27, Vince 26, Terlich 25
Bris.Lions: Rockliff 32, Bewick 27, Hanley 24, Martin 24
Q4 30 MIN, MELB 51 BL 74
Taylor adds some very tasty icing to the Brisbane with a magnificent snap shot from 25m out next to the boundary line! That was precision!
Brisbane have booted the last six goals of this contest!
0:49 to go
Q4 30 MIN, MELB 51 BL 68
Merrett takes a big overhead mark on the wing and it's all over.
1:21 to go.
Q1 11 MIN, HAW 25 WB 0
Gunston and Jarryd Roughead have just gone BANG BANG!
Q4 28 MIN, MELB 51 BL 68
Zorko releases Crisp who runs to 50m out but kicks it out on the full
2:25 to go.
Q4 27 MIN, MELB 50 BL 68
Taylor, McGrath, Adcock and Aish combine to get it to Harwood who runs to 40m out and ices the contest!
That's five goal in a row for Brisbane and they are running all over Melbourne now!
3:12 to go
Q4 26 MIN, MELB 50 BL 62
The Lions register a crucial rushed behind. Melbourne must now score three times to win.
3:55 to go
Q1 8 MIN, HAW 13 WB 0
Duryea unloads from 50m out and bangs home another one
Q4 24 MIN, MELB 50 BL 61
Bewick kicks the ball to the hot spot and McStay takes a sensational pack mark!
From the top of the goal square, McStay boots his game-high third goal!
That's four goals on the trot for the Lions!
4:35 to go
Q1 6 MIN, HAW 7 WB 0
McEvoy opens Hawthorn's account in Launceston after taking a lovely pack mark in the goal square
Q4 21 MIN, MELB 50 BL 55
Dunn's kick from defence goes straight to Clarke who launches from inside the cetnre square, it falls short, Howe drops mark, Green collects the crumbs chips it backwards to Hanley who marks 50m out on a tight angle.
Hanley's set shot is off line, falls short and eventually goes out for a throw in
5:45 to go.
Q4 20 MIN, MELB 50 BL 55
Close boots it forward but Jetta spoils Green and we'll have a throw-in 25m around from Brisbane's goal
7:08 to go
Q4 18 MIN, MELB 50 BL 55
Leading disposals: Rockliff 26, Bewick 24, Terlich 24, N.Jones 23, Howe 23, Vince 23
Q4 17 MIN, MELB 50 BL 55
Jamar gives away the free kick after crossing the centre circle line at the re-start.
Martin chips it to Patfull who kicks it to Close and the young Lion takes a very good mark.
From 40m out on a 45-degree angle, Close puts it through and the Lions are in front!
That's three goals on the trot to the visitors!
Q4 15 MIN, MELB 50 BL 49
Clarke switches to Maguire on the opposite wing.
The ex-Saint chips it to Adcock who takes a bounce, evades a would-be tackler, unloads from 50m out and kicks a magnificent goal!!!
Q4 13 MIN, MELB 50 BL 43
Harwood chips it to Aish who marks 40m out directly in front.
He was perhaps unlucky not to be awrded a 50m penalty after Kennedy-Harris came crashing into him fractionally late.
Aish lines up the set shot and hits the right post!
Q4 9 MIN, MELB 50 BL 42
Hanley is taken high and earns the free kick on Brisbane's 50m line next to the boundary.
Hanley chips it to the hot spot and Merrett takes the strong overhead mark in front of Dunn.
From 20m out in front, Merrett pops it through to a chorus of boos from the Melbourne faithful following his hit on Pedersen moments earlier.
Q4 7 MIN, MELB 50 BL 36
Vince's set shot from 45m out next to the fence misses to the right
Q4 6 MIN, MELB 49 BL 36
Pedersen backs back with the flight of the ball, takes the mark and is flattened by Merrett coming the other way on Brisbane's 50m line!
Merrett's forearm splits Pedersen's nose open and it could very well be broken.
Pedersen is coming off the ground and Merrett has been reported.
Q4 4 MIN, MELB 49 BL 36
McStay marks it in front of Watts on Brisbane's half-forward line.
He makes Close work for it with the pass but Close manages to pull it in with the one hand just inside the boundary line.
Close lines up from a very acute angle 40m out and his set shot is off line and fails to make the distance
Q4 2 MIN, MELB 49 BL 36
Bail is tackled high by Patfull and earns the free kick 40m out from goal on a 50-degree angle.
Bail lines them up and converts!
That's the biggest margin of the day!
MELBOURNE 3.3, 4.8, 5.13 (43)
BRIS.LIONS 3.3, 4.3 5.6 (36)
Melbourne: Kent 2, Frawley, N.Jones, Tyson
Bris.Lions: McStay 2, Beams, Close, Hanley
Melbourne: Howe 22, N.Jones 21, Terlich 21, Tyson 19
Bris.Lions: Bewick 22, Rockliff 20, Adcock 19, Martin 19
This has been one of the worst games of footy this year.
I reckon the Melbourne and Brisbane footy clubs should apologise to the fans who have attended Etihad Stadium and everyone else watching at home!
The skill level has been atrocious.
And the Lions will be scratching their heads at how they trail by seven points.
They have had 16 more inside 50s (43-27) but their forward entries have been sub-standard and their kicking for goal has been even worse!
Brisbane have managed just 11 scoring shots from their 43 inside 50s while the Demons have had 18 from 27!
The Lions just cannot score and Melbourne are 'rope-a-doping' expertly.
Q3 26 MIN, MELB 43 BL 36
Vince's short chip forward is marked well overhead by Tyson.
The siren sounds, the ex-Giant lines them up from 40m out on a tough angle and sneaks in Melbourne's only goal for the quarter!
Q3 25 MIN, MELB 37 BL 36
Pedersen is pushed in the back by Clarke and wins the free kick.
The ex-Kangaroo finds Kent on the 50m line.
Kent gets on his bike, ignores Dawes at the top of the goal square by himself, has a shot on goal from 40m out and misses!
Dawes will be furious with Kent!
Q3 24 MIN, MELB 36 BL 36
Bewick's flying shot on goal from 40m out never looked like it.
Q3 22 MIN, MELB 36 BL 35
Tapscott and Lester have both been subbed out for Kennedy-Harris and McGrath respectively
Q3 22 MIN, MELB 36 BL 35
Riley's quick snap from 15m out misses to the right
Q3 21 MIN, MELB 35 BL 35
Brisbane have had a whopping 17 more inside 50s (41-24) but still don't find themselves in front!
Q3 16 MIN, MELB 35 BL 35
Crips takes three bounces, runs to 50m out, kicks it forward and McStay takes another nice grab.
From 10m out on a slight angle, McStay finally kicks the first goal of this quarter!
Q3 15 MIN, MELB 35 BL 29
Taylor chips it to Lester whose penetrating kick forward is marked superbly by McStay in front of Jetta.
From 25m out in the pocket, McStay sends it out of bounds on the full.
Q3 14 MIN, MELB 35 BL 29
Kent is penalised for disposing of the ball incorrectly after being tackled by Adcock on Melbourne's half-forward flank.
Q3 13 MIN, MELB 35 BL 29
Leading disposals: Bewick 20, Rockliff 19, Howe 19, N.Jones 19, Martin 17
Q3 12 MIN, MELB 35 BL 29
Just two goals have been scored since quarter-time. 'Spectacle' is not the right word to use when describing this contest.
Q3 10 MIN, MELB 35 BL 29
Merrett has a ping from 40m out but his shot on goal goes slightly to the right
Q3 9 MIN, MELB 35 BL 28
Kent tackles Bewick too high and concedes the free kick.
It's fair to say this game won't make it to the time capsule.
Q3 8 MIN, MELB 35 BL 28
Nathan Jones rushes a behind under pressure from Green
Melbourne are making a lot of defensive errors but Brisbane haven't been good enough to make them pay
Q3 7 MIN, MELB 35 BL 27
Close handballs it to Lester who has a shot on goal from a standing start 35m out in front and boots it out on the full!
It's almost as if these two sides have forgotten how to kick a goal!
Q3 6 MIN, MELB 35 BL 27
Blease takes a bounce, puts the afterburners on and strides up the corridor.
He passes it to Frawley who attempts to pass it to Kent but Patfull punches it through for a rushed behind.
Q3 5 MIN, MELB 34 BL 27
Aish was tackled by Riley without the ball but isn't paid a free kick!
Q3 3 MIN, MELB 34 BL 27
Frawley pinpoints a pass to Tyson who marks in between a pair of Lions.
From 25m out in the poicket, Tyson pushes his set shot across the face.
Melbourne wasting a host of goalscoring chances.
They've now booted 4.10.
Q3 2 MIN, MELB 33 BL 27
Frawley bangs it long and Dawes takes a strong overhead mark on the 50m line.
Dawes kicks it to the top of the goal square and McKenzie takes the mark after the ball cleared the pack!
McKenzie lines up from 10m out AND MISSES!! Good Lord!
MELBOURNE 3.3, 4.8 (32)
BRIS.LIONS 3.3, 4.3 (27)
Melbourne: Kent 2, Frawley, N.Jones
Bris.Lions: Beams, McStay, Close, Hanley
Melbourne: N.Jones 17, Howe 14, Tyson 13, Terlich 13
Bris.Lions: Bewick 15, Rockliff 15, Hanley 14, Martin 14
Q2 25 MIN, MELB 32 BL 27
The inside-50 discrepancy has widened in favour of Brisbane (28-19).
Lions coach Justin Leppitsch will be furious that Melbourne have scored 12 times (4.8) from just 19 entries.
Q2 23 MIN, MELB 32 BL 27
Zorko roves the pack but his checkside dribbler from the pocket goes across the face and out of bounds for a throw-in
Q2 21 MIN, MELB 32 BL 27
Dawes attempts a miracle soccer attempt from next to the behind post and it goes nowhere near the goal face
Q2 20 MIN, MELB 31 BL 27
Howe chips it to Kent on the Demons' half-forward flank.
Kent roosts it long, it clears the pack, Vince toepokes it forward, runs onto the loose ball, handballs it to Jamar in the goal square but the ruckman can't convert under pressure!
Q2 19 MIN, MELB 30 BL 27
Maguire tackles Frawley clumsily and concedes the free kick on the wing.
Q2 18 MIN, MELB 30 BL 27
It's a tight affair, just one goal each this quarter
Q2 16 MIN, MELB 30 BL 27
Bail takes the mark on the 50m line right next to the boundary line and the severe angle proves too much for him
Q2 15 MIN, MELB 29 BL 27
Brisbane will disappointed by the fact that they are leading the inside-50 count convincingly 22-14, yet trail by two points
Q2 13 MIN, MELB 29 BL 27
Leading disposals: N.Jones 13, Bewick 11, Rockliff 11, Martin 11, Adcock 10, Howe 10, Tyson 10
Q2 12 MIN, MELB 29 BL 27
Nathan Jones is tackled high by Rockliff and wins the free kick.
From 40m out on a tricky angle, the Melbourne co-captain makes magnificent contact with the ball and there was only ever going to be one result from that moment!
Q2 10 MIN, MELB 23 BL 27
Pedersen handballs it to Riley who fends off a would-be tackler and gives it off to Kent who has a ping from a very tight angle 35m out but can only manage a point
No late change for the Western Bulldogs.
The subs are Jonathon Simpkin (Hawthorn) and Koby Stevens (Dogs).
Sam Mitchell and Isaac Smith are late omissions from the Hawthorn side today. They will be replaced by Will Langford and Taylor Duryea. — Real Footy (AFL) (@RealFooty1) August 3, 2014
Q2 7 MIN, MELB 22 BL 27
Pedersen gives it off to Blease but his shot on goal from 40m is horrible!
It falls short by about 10m and Adcock takes the easy mark unattended
Q2 6 MIN, MELB 22 BL 27
Bewick takes three bounces along the wing but his long ball forward goes only as far as Howe
Q2 4 MIN, MELB 22 BL 27
Gardiner gives off the quick handball to Hanley who runs to 35m out in front and nails it!
Q2 2 MIN, MELB 22 BL 21
Bail dishes it off to Tyson on the wing and he passes it beautifully to Tapscott.
From 50m out on a slight angle, Tapscott's set shot drifts across the face.
Q2 1 MIN, MELB 21 BL 21
Taylor is penalised for holding the ball after being dragged to ground by Terlich even though the young Lion got a handball away!
Q2 0 MIN, MELB 21 BL 21
Jetta pings Green in Melbourne's backline and the Brisbane small forward gets up limping.
It looks like Green hurt his ankle in that tackle.
MELBOURNE 3.3 (21)
BRIS.LIONS 3.3 (21)
Melbourne: Kent 2, Frawley
Bris.Lions: Beams, McStay, Close
Melbourne: Tyson 8, Terlich 7
Bris.Lions: Martin 9, Bewick 8, Rockliff 8
Q1 29 MIN, MELB 21 BL 21
Hanley chips to Lester in the middle of the ground, Hanley gives it back to Hanley running past and the Irishman spears a ripping pass to Close before the siren sounds.
From 30m out directly in front, Close levels the scores at quarter-time!
Q1 27 MIN, MELB 21 BL 15
Rockliff handballs it to Hanley but the Irishman runs to 40m out and misses a fairly simple shot on goal by his lofty standards
Q1 25 MIN, MELB 21 BL 14
Kent takes a bounce, he's too fast for Clarke, he runs to 30m out and from the pocket kicks an absolute ripper!
That's two spectacular goals already from Kent today!
He should have three goals, don't forget he missed a sitter from 20m out in front earlier
Q1 24 MIN, MELB 15 BL 14
Merrett appeared to have tackled Jetta high deep in Brisbane's forward line, but nothing doing!
Q1 23 MIN, MELB 15 BL 14
Gardiner chips it to Green who sprints along the forward pocket boundary and his shot on goal hits the post! Great effort from the 50-gamer!
Q1 22 MIN, MELB 15 BL 13
Tyson's penetrating kick is marked by Frawley who is probably lucky not to concede the free kick for pushing Maguire in the back.
From 40m out on a tight angle, Frawley just misses to the left. Perhaps justice prevails.
Q1 19 MIN, MELB 14 BL 13
After having 92 disposals between them last week, Rockliff and Hanley only have three touches each so far.
Q1 18 MIN, MELB 14 BL 13
Leading disposals: Martin 8, Bewick 5, McStay 5, Mayes 5, Tyson 5
Q1 17 MIN, MELB 14 BL 13
Jamar bombs it forward and Frawley takes a magnificent pack mark three deep.
From 40m out on a tough angle, Frawley splits the big sticks! That is great footy from Frawley
Q1 16 MIN, MELB 8 BL 13
Gardiner kicks it straight to Howe in Brisbane's backline!
Howe handballs it to an unmanned Kent but the latter cannot convert the snap shot from 20m out directly in front!
Lucky let-off for Gardiner and the Lions!
Q1 15 MIN, MELB 7 BL 13
Jamar roosts a long ball forward and Riley takes a super pack mark!
From 40m out on a slight angle, he pushes it slightly across the face
Q1 14 MIN, MELB 6 BL 13
Adcock handballs it to Bewick in centre square and the latter drills a beautiful pass to McStay.
From 40m out on a slight angle, McStay makes no mistake.
Q1 10 MIN, MELB 6 BL 7
Brisbane smashing Melbourne in the clearances 7-1
Q1 9 MIN, MELB 6 BL 7
Close's quick snap from the forward pocket is touched and goes through for a behind
Q1 8 MIN, MELB 6 BL 6
Jones switches it across the ground to Howe on the half-back flank.
Howe's kick further afield to Pedersen isn't great but the ex-Roo manages to gather the ball and pass it to Kent deep in the pocket.
From 30m out on an incredibly difficult angle, Kent curls it around magnificently!
Q1 7 MIN, MELB 0 BL 6
Martin already has seven disposals at 100% efficiency
Q1 3 MIN, MELB 0 BL 6
Martin chips it forward, Merrett leaps into the air and takes the chest mark.
From 45m out on a tough angle, Merrett's set shot is a shocker.
It goes across the face and fails to make the distance
Close takes the mark but is penalised for pushing Dunn in the back in the process.
Q1 1 MIN, MELB 0 BL 6
Beams charges at a loose ball, dismisses two Melbourne tacklers and slams it home from the goal square! That was tough stuff from the young Lion!
Melbourne are aiming to end an 18-match losing streak at Etihad Stadium.
They haven't won there since Round 19, 2007.
Dayne Zorko gets some video bombing out of his system before the match!
Claye Beams and Tom Rockliff kick some sausage rolls in preparation for the clash with Melbourne
Feeling the love between @rockwiz38 and @JLeppitsch pre-game in the rooms pic.twitter.com/1HsBBFhV8a — Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) August 3, 2014
Daniel Cross prepares for his first game back after fracturing his leg in Round 14
Brisbane are aiming to beat Melbourne five times in a row for the first time ever today.
There are no late changes at Etihad Stadium.
Jay Kennedy-Harris (Melbourne) and Ashley McGrath (Brisbane Lions) are the subs.
Welcome to another big edition of AFL Express!
First cab off the rank is a battle between in-form cellar dwellers Melbourne and Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium.
Then at 3.20pm (AEST), Hawthorn will be aiming to reclaim top spot on the ladder when they host the Western Bulldogs at Aurora Stadium.
And best is saved for last in today's twilight match whichi will be played between Collingwood and Port Adelaide at the MCG.
The Magpies are aiming to return to the top eight while the Power hope to re-enter the top four.