Richmond now have an even tighter grip on their top spot after defeating the Crows 15.13 (103) to 8.8 (56) at the MCG on Friday. Now with 17 consecutive wins at the MCG, the Tigers have made it clear just why they are at the top of the table. Richmond’s Jack Graham suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter which forced him to watch the rest of the game with his arm in a sling, while teammate Nathan Broad is set for some time on the sidelines after fracturing his cheekbone.
Hawthorn are up two spots to 8th after thrashing the Bulldogs 19.8 (122) to 9.5 (59) at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. Now with 10 losses for the season, the Bulldogs can say goodbye to any last finals hopes as they are officially out of the running.
Carlton are spending another week at the bottom after being crushed by 65 points by Brisbane. The Lions dominated throughout, winning disposals 442-297 and taking an incredible 24 marks inside 50 to Carlton's eight, despite having less entries (49-51). The Blues were dealt a number of injuries, with two calf injuries and a pulled hamstring, while young defender Caleb Marchbank was sent to hospital for tests on his elevated heartbeat.
Port Adelaide have risen to 4th this week after their comfortable defeat against the Saints, while Collingwood have held on to 2nd for the second week. Hawthorn have just scraped into the Top 8 this week, with Geelong up to 7th and Melbourne taking 6th. The Suns have continued their steady decline to take the second-to-last spot on the table, while the remainder of the bottom eight has stayed mostly the same.
Upcoming: Round 17
Thursday, July 12th
Adelaide vs. Geelong (Adelaide Oval)
Friday, July 13th
St. Kilda vs. Carlton (Etihad Stadium)
Saturday, July 14th
Hawthorn vs. Brisbane (UTAS Stadium)
Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs (MCG)
Gold Coast vs. Essendon (Metricon Stadium)
GWS vs. Richmond (Spotless Stadium)
Sunday, July 15th
Collingwood vs. West Coast (MCG)
North Melbourne vs. Sydney (Etihad Stadium)
Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide (Optus Stadium)
The One to Watch
Sunday’s clash between Collingwood and West Coast will see the 2nd and 3rd teams battle to keep their spot in the Top 3, and prove why they deserve a place in the finals.
When: Sunday, July 15th at 1:10PM AEST
Where: MCG, Melbourne
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