AFL: Recapping The Comebacks

Brisbane, Port and Melbourne made it worth watching

Robert Whiteby Robert White

AFL Round 10 didn't originally look to feature many good games with at least six of the matchups likely reaching blowout status, but a few upsets saved what should have been uninteresting viewing.

Melbourne won their first game of the season by defeating second placed Essendon in a low scoring affair at the MCG, 8.10(58)-6.16(52).

All the midweek talk had been about footy experts essentially anointing the Bombers as premiership favourites just nine weeks into a long season. Jobe Watson kicked a late goal but a Colin Garland missed shot gave the Demons a six-point lead with just 1:42 remaining, enough to steal the win.

Also on Saturday night, Port toppled a freefalling Carlton 14.15(99)-6.9(45). Port started the season pretty poorly with just one win from their first seven games, but have now won three in a row, saving coach Matthew Primus’ career.  Carlton on the other hand were red hot to begin the year but have fallen off after a number of injuries to key players. Now, Brett Ratten finds himself under the pump from the coaches box.

Even without Simon Black the Lions shocked league leaders West Coast by two-points 16.6(102)-15.10(100). An eight goal to five final term, including a James Polkinghorne bouncing torpedo with 90 seconds remaining, saved the Lions who won in front of just 15,000 fans. It was Brisbane’s first win against a top-eight side in two years.

St Kilda and Richmond produced the game of the round with the Tigers running away eight-point winners. Jack Riewoldt kicked eight goals, matched only by Buddy Franklin’s 13 in Hawthorns 174-59 demolishing of the Kangaroos.

Three weeks of bye-rounds kick off next week with Adelaide, North Melbourne, Brisbane, West Coast, GWS and the Western Bulldogs are all getting the weekend off.