THERE are only two rounds remaining before we launch into the 2017 finals series. Results weren’t kind to the Bombers, Saints or Bulldogs, but the Swans and Cats continued their surge towards a flag. What else happened over the past weekend of AFL action?

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In A Nutshell

– A see-sawing first half made it look like we were set for a Friday night thriller. A second half onslaught by GWS saw them flog the Bulldogs by eight straight kicks. The Western Bulldogs trailed by just four points at the main break before the floodgates opened.

– FROM start to finish, the Sydney Swans put on a clinic touching up the Fremantle Dockers to the tune of 104 points. A 13.6.84 to 1.3.9 half time scoreline meant the game was over before it started, setting up a mouth watering match between the Swans and Crows this weekend.

– ONE of the most anticipated games of the round between Richmond and Geelong didn’t quite live up to the hype. A convincing win by the Cats saw them leapfrog the Tigers and move back into 3rd place on the ladder.

AFL Round 21 Wrap Up 1Image from twitter.com

– A late surge by Brisbane has seen them record a comfortable W against their cross-city rivals the Gold Coast Suns. The usual names starred for the Lions, while the season of woe reached an all-time low for Gold Coast in Dean Soloman’s first game as interim coach.

– IT should come as no surprise to anyone that the Adelaide Crows put Essendon away at Etihad Stadium. The Bombers put up a fight through one and half quarters only for the Crows to put their foot down and guarantee they hold top rung on the ladder.

– A gallant Carlton outfit couldn’t finish the job against a Kennedy-led Eagles team at Subiaco Oval. The new Coleman leader bagged six goals as West Coast moved back inside the top eight with a 17 point win.

– THE Melbourne Demons defeated the St Kilda Saints to also move back inside the top eight. The win leaves the Dees in a good position to make the finals for the first time since 2006, effectively ending St Kilda’s season in the process.

– LUKE Hodge farewelled Tasmania as a winning as the Hawks beat the Roos by 27 points at Launceston. North Melbourne did well to not go down by more trailing by over 50 points at one point only to kick nine of the last 14 goals of the game.

– AN irritating Collingwood didn’t go down without a fight against Port Adelaide in the final game of the round, but the Power hung on to get their 12th win of the season. With an intriguing game against the Bulldogs coming up for the 6th placed Port have their destiny in their own hands.

The Four Points

Dayne Beams Is Back To His Best
AFTER a few injury riddled seasons and dips in his form Brisbane skipper Dayne Beams is back! With averages of 31.2 touches, 6.7 marks, 4 tackles, 127.5 AFL Fantasy points and seven goals to his name in the last month, Beams is on fire with no signs of slowing down!

Kennedy Is A King
GOALS have been hard to come by in the past few seasons with an added focus on defense and zone setups, but Josh Kennedy hasn’t been troubled at all. The West Coast Eagle spearhead has won the past two Coleman medals and despite missing five games is in pole position for a 3rd straight medal. With matches against the Giants and Crows coming up though it will be tough for him to pull through with the goods. If anyone can though it will be him.

Goalkicking Issues End The Saints Season
JACK Billings had one of the best games of his young career on the weekend chalking up 30 touches and nine marks. The issue that plagued his game was the same one that hurt his game all season and the Saints chance of playing finals, as Billings kicked 1.3 for the day. They have kicked the second most points in the league (271) while scoring the fourth fewest goals (241). Enough said.

Toby Greene Is A Ticking Time Bomb
SAY what you will about Toby Greene, but his talents outweigh his ‘brainfarts’. The latest incident came on Friday night with Greene making contact with Luke Dahlhaus’ face via his foot. You do have to wonder if this would even be an issue should the incident not involve Toby Greene, but he can’t afford to make another dumb decision and cost his team come finals time.

Power Rankings

1. Adelaide Crows (level) – Clinical in the second half against the Dons.
2. Sydney Swans (Increase 1) –
Well and truly deserved place at #2.
3. Geelong Cats (Increase 1)) –
 Geelong needs to send a message this week and smash Collingwood.
4. GWS Giants (Increase 1) – Officially back on the rise and in real top four contention.
5. Richmond Tigers (Decrease 3) – Harsh to let them slip three spots, but all three who rose above them outshone the TIgers.
6. Port Adelaide Power (level) –
It wasn’t pretty but the Power took home the four points against the Pies.
7. Melbourne Demons (Increase  2) – The ‘F word’ can start being tossed around.
8. Essendon Bombers (level) – Their work is cut out for them from here on out.
9. Western Bulldogs (Decrease 2) – Premiership defense is in tatters with a tough game against Port coming up.
10. West Coast Eagles (Increase 1) – Make or break fortnight coming up.
11. St Kilda Saints (Decrease 1) – 
Done and dusted.
12. Hawthorn Hawks (Increase 1) –
Kids looked good in Tassie, the future is bright.
13. Collingwood Magpies (Decrease 1) –
Nothing new to report here.
14. Carlton Blues (Increase 2) –
Should have finished the job against West Coast.
15. Brisbane Lions (Increase 2) – Showed their kids are going to be scary should they all stick around.
16. North Melbourne (Decrease 1) – Clawed their way back, but still, couldn’t top a bottom eight side.
17. Fremantle Dockers (Decrease 3) – Yuk. No, wait. F*cking yuk.
18. Gold Coast Suns (level) –
They might manage to dodge the spoon, a virtual miracle.

YOU can understand why Fremantle slid three spots after a 100 point drubbing, but it’s a bit tough on the Tigers. Then again these rankings aren’t usually kind. Melbourne, Carlton and Brisbane all climbed multiple spots, but most of the spots remain relatively similar.

Fantasy +3

2066 – I am at a loss of what to do with my mess of a Fantasy team. I’m praying that Alex Witherden makes a return this week to help me field a near full strength squad as I ditch Mountford for any player I want. Then again, drama has been my friend all season, therefore, I will no doubt be forced to go back on my well-constructed plans once Thursday night’s teams are announced.

AFL Round 21 Wrap Up 2Image from abc.net.au

  • TEAMS will be bolstered by the return of Zach Merrett and *fingers crossed* Alex Witherden this week, allowing them to avoid playing a bench option. With just four trades remaining the time to go all out is now! It’s win or go home time.
  • AS mentioned above, Dayne Beams (143) is well and truly back and he posted the top score of the round as a result. Usual studs Patrick Dangerfield (130), Tom Mitchell (118) and Taylor Adams (128) all produced while less popular options Jack Gunston (127), Josh Jenkins (130) and Cameron Pedersen (125) all produced as well.
  • A pair of Bulldogs studs Jack Macrae (75) and Luke Dahlhaus (64) and the usually reliable Sam Docherty (78) were delivered the wrath of the Fantasy community for their underperformance. Two Dockers (Luke Ryan, 35 & Lachie Neale, 32) didn’t escape either after their abysmal output.