AFL Round 16: Five things you may have missed

Round 16 of the AFL season was one of heightened emotions and some big individual performances. Fiasco Sports looks at the five things you may have missed.

Source: James Elsby - AFL Media

Source: James Elsby – AFL Media

Tex and Trav’s guernsey swap

 

The 39th Showdown was one that will be hard to forget.

 

The two cross town rivals joined together in order to honour Phil Walsh, a man that had a profound impact on both clubs.

 

Before the ball was bounced, the two teams ran through a joint banner featuring the words ‘get the job done’, a frequent instruction of Walsh’s towards both clubs.

 

The game was played at a high intensity with the Crows leading all day.

 

The Power had an almighty fightback in the last quarter and a goal to Robbie Gray with just over a minute remaining made it seem like Port Adelaide could pinch victory.

 

However Adelaide managed to hold on by three points and the result was very fitting of the occasion, a tight and intense contest with Adelaide just getting over the line.

 

After the game, a special moment was shared between captains Taylor Walker and Travis Boak, when they swapped their playing guernseys on the ground.

 

The moment was lost within the presentations and the minute of applause, but it was just another great gesture that capped off an emotional game.

 

Inaccurate kicking is a real issue

 

Many people are suggesting that reducing stoppages is the way to make the game more fluent and high scoring, and therefore more entertaining.

 

However, improving the inaccurate goal kicking throughout the competition may just be the simple solution to the problems.

 

At Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, West Coast and Collingwood kicked a combined total of 18.35.

 

Collingwood were only trailing by seven points at three quarter time, despite West Coast having 10 more scoring shots midway through the term.

 

Instead of taking their opportunities and stealing the lead, the Magpies kicked five behinds in the last quarter as West Coast went on to win by 31 points.

 

West Coast and Collingwood aren’t the only offenders of bad goal kicking, it has plagued the competition for the entire season.

 

All teams will be hoping to improve this part of their game in the lead up to the finals.

 

Goldstein could be Fyfe’s main challenger for the Brownlow

 

Many football fans think the Brownlow race is only being ran by one man, Nathan Fyfe.

 

However, North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein could be his biggest competition.

 

On Friday night, Goldstein dominated Essendon’s part time ruckman Shaun McKernan, and was the difference between the two sides.

 

He had 55 hit-outs, 27 disposals, six marks and a goal, along with earning a massive seven free-kicks for.

 

Goldstein has not only been North Melbourne’s best player during the year, but one of the best in the competition.

 

He might give Fyfe a run for his money.

 

Franklin kicked his 700 goal on the weekend

 

A big milestone got lost in the massive 89 point win the reigning premiers Hawthorn had over their fellow grand finalists Sydney.

 

Lance Franklin kicked his 700th goal, becoming the 21st player in AFL/VFL history to do so.

 

Starting the game on 698 goals, he kicked two in as many minutes to notch up the milestone.

 

Hawthorn spoilt the celebrations however, dominating the rest of the game.

 

Hogan the only highlight in a forgettable clash

 

The Melbourne versus Brisbane game at the MCG on Sunday afternoon was a low scoring and low intensity affair.

 

It was error riddled contest that failed to entertain, however one young man did stand out.

 

Jesse Hogan kicked four goals, took 11 marks and was the most influential player on the ground.

 

Hogan is in contention for the NAB Rising Star Award this year, and if he wins it, he’d be a deserving recipient of the award.

 

Written by Kirralee Thomas @kirralee_thomas

 

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