AFL Round Eight: Five things we learned

Dylan Shiel, Jeremy Cameron and Tim Mohr of GWS celebrate their win. Source: Matt King/AFL Media

Dylan Shiel, Jeremy Cameron and Tim Mohr of GWS celebrate their win. Source: Matt King/AFL Media

Sun sets over Gold Coast

After their promising 3-0 start to the season – their best in the club’s history – more misery was piled on the Gold Coast Suns with a 91-point defeat at the hands of the GWS Giants at Spotless Stadium on Saturday.

 

Pressure is mounting on coach Rodney Eade after their fifth consecutive loss since round three.

 

With key players such as Matt Rosa (hamstring) and Michael Rischitelli (shoulder) still a few weeks away, the Suns’ task does not become any easier as they host Adelaide on Saturday before travelling to Perth to take on West Coast the following week.

 

Carlton’s blues finally over?

Carlton are within striking distance of the eight after a thrilling comeback and a two-point win against Port Adelaide.

 

The win was Carlton’s fourth on the trot, giving fans a glimmer of hope for their recently troubled side.

 

They have recently found some consistent form under new coach Brendon Bolton with reigning best and fairest Patrick Cripps starring in the midfield.

 

A blockbuster clash with the undefeated Kangaroos awaits them next week as they attempt to show the league that their dark days are over.

 

Richmond prove they can match it with the best

Sam Lloyd’s kick after the siren gave Richmond the win in an early match-of-the-year contender against the Sydney Swans on Saturday night at the MCG.

 

Coach Damien Hardwick would be pleased with the win and proving they can match it with the competition’s best teams.

 

19-year-old Daniel Rioli particularly impressed for the Tigers, kicking two vital goals in the space of five minutes during the final quarter, helping his team get over the line.

 

Bulldogs will be playing in late September

After their heartbreaking loss to Adelaide in last year’s elimination final, the Western Bulldogs finally look like they will make a major push for the club’s first premiership since 1954.

 

With midfielder Tom Liberatore equalling a VFL/AFL record with 19 tackles throughout the 32-point win against Melbourne.

 

The Bulldogs won the contested possession count against the fourth ranked Demons 155-126, subsequently putting the league on notice with their high-pressure style.

 

GWS winning the expansion battle

Following their debut in 2012, the Greater Western Sydney Giants look to be developing a lot faster than fellow expansion team Gold Coast.

 

The Suns looked to be rising after a stellar 2014 season which saw them just miss out on a maiden finals appearance.

 

However, after their 91-point win against the Suns, the Giants sit third on the ladder with a 6-2 record under their name.

 

With matches against the Western Bulldogs, Adelaide and Geelong coming up, the Giants will look to solidify their finals intentions.

 

Written by Michael Barbaro

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