Round eight saw some sides take revenge for losses last September and was an opportunity for other sides to shine. Here’s what you might have missed from round eight:
1. Sportsmanship at its finest
Every young footballer has their idols but the opportunity to play against them comes to only a few.
Geelong’s Cam Guthrie had the chance to play against Carlton’s Chris Judd, his footballing hero, and he decided to make the most of it.
In a move that is rather non-traditional in the AFL, Guthrie asked Judd if they could swap guernseys after the game.
Like a good sportsman, Judd accepted and the pair walked off the field with the other’s jumper.
Guthrie took to Twitter over the weekend to show his appreciation to Judd.
— Cameron Guthrie (@CamGu3) May 24, 2015
2. The Giants aren’t good, they’re great
The GWS Giants are finally making their mark on the AFL, proving they’re a side to be feared.
They recorded their third win in a row for the first time in club history, with an impressive win over the Adelaide Crows.
Through well planned drafting and clever trading, the side has so much talent that it’s difficult to pick just one stand out player.
Their game style of moving the ball in wave motions through the midfield, where the ball carrier is supported by running teammates, is proving to be very effective.
The Giants will only continue to improve and if they make finals this season, they could do some damage.
3. Swans take revenge
Sydney’s four point win over Hawthorn wasn’t just a great win, it was the perfect revenge after their Grand Final loss last year.
In a finals like game, the Swans had a 32 point lead early in the game and withstood a fight back from Hawthorn to collect the win.
The Swans were also able to claim the win with a goalless game from former Hawk, Lance Franklin.
The win takes a bit of the sting out of the Swans 63 point Grand Final loss last September.
4. Can the Dockers be stopped?
After their 73 point win over North Melbourne, Fremantle goes into round 9 without a loss.
Fremantle scored their second highest score in their latest win and also kept North Melbourne to the lowest score.
Like they have all season, the Dockers put goals on the board early in the game, dampening the hopes of their opposition.
Superstar Nat Fyfe collected a season high 37 disposals in his 100th game.
It will be the Crows this weekend that will try to stop Fremantle’s undefeated streak on Saturday night at Adelaide Oval.
5. No fairy tale finish for Kane Cornes
Kane Cornes has hung up his footy boots for the last time after his 300th game.
Unfortunately for him, the game didn’t go in his favour, with the Power going down to Richmond by 33 points.
For the Tigers, it was a sign of redemption for their disappointing Elimination Final against Port Adelaide last year.
The loss is the third in a row for the Power.
Cornes has retired from football to take up a position with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.
Written by Samantha Thomas.