Port Adelaide were forced to surrender their five-game winning streak on Sunday night, losing 8.11 (59) to 7.8 (50) against Fremantle. The first half was particularly poor for both teams, with just two goals on the board for Freo at half time, and the Power unable to score even a point in the second quarter. Two of the Power’s biggest stars are likely to miss at least the next round, with Paddy Ryder injuring his hip, and teammate Robbie Gray knocked out cold when his head hit the ground in a tackle.
GWS have moved back up the ladder to 7th after defeating Richmond by just two points on Saturday night. It was a shaky final quarter for the Giants but they managed to hold on, handing the Tigers their fourth loss of the season. It should be an easy Round 18 for Richmond though, up against the 15th placed St Kilda, while the Giants will have an eight-day break before taking on the Power at Adelaide Oval.
Adelaide have kept their finals dreams alive after defeating Geelong by 15 points at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night. Crows coach Don Pyke noted that the re-signing of vice-captain Rory Sloane had a definite impact on the team’s positive performance, now just one win outside of the eight.
It was another disappointing week for Gold Coast and Carlton fans, with both teams unable to break their losing streaks and further cementing their places in the bottom two. The Eagles have moved up to 2nd, closely trailing the Tigers in a battle for the top spot. Hawthorn weren’t able to hold on to their place in the top 8 for more than a week, falling to 10th once again. Collingwood are down one spot to 3rd, Sydney up one to 4th, and Port Adelaide down to 5th.
Upcoming: Round 18
Friday, July 20th
St Kilda v Richmond (Etihad Stadium)
Saturday, July 21st
Collingwood v North Melbourne (MCG)
Sydney v Gold Coast (SCG)
Essendon v Fremantle (Etihad Stadium)
Brisbane v Adelaide (The Gabba)
Geelong v Melbourne (GMHBA Stadium)
Sunday, July 22nd
Carlton v Hawthorn (Etihad Stadium)
West Coast v Western Bulldogs (Optus Stadium)
Port Adelaide v GWS (Adelaide Oval)
The One to Watch
Saturday night’s clash between Geelong and Melbourne will see the Cats determined to hold on to 8th, but can the Demons fight back and dominate for the third week in a row?
When: Saturday, July 21st at 7:25pm AEST
Where: GMHBA Stadium, Geelong
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