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Jack Darling kicked six for West Coast because the Eagles had a forged win over Richmond in Perth. (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
West Coast ahead Jack Darling booted a career-best six objectives to boost his workforce to a crushing 47-point victory over Richmond in Sunday’s top-of-the-table conflict at Perth Stadium.
The win capped a large Sunday of soccer that incorporated a shocking win for Brisbane over Hawthorn, and a thrashing for Carlton by the hands of Melbourne.
Darling kicked 6.2 and snared 15 marks (six contested) to encourage West Coast to the 20.10 (130) to 12.11 (83) win in entrance of 57,616 enthusiasts — a brand new document for the venue.
Josh Kennedy and Mark LeCras chipped in with 3 objectives every, whilst Jeremy McGovern starred in defence to lend a hand lengthen West Coast’s successful run to 8 suits.
Elliot Yeo shook off an early knee damage to complete with 29 disposals and 10 clearances.
West Coast at the moment are a recreation transparent on peak of the ladder, placing the Eagles in high place to release an attack at the flag.
The Tigers have been left to rue a sequence of neglected probabilities in the second one time period, once they gained the inside-50m depend 23-Four however may just best organize Four.Five for the time period.
Rankings have been stage at half-time, with West Coast sealing the win courtesy of a seven-goal 3rd quarter.
Richmond ahead Jack Riewoldt toiled onerous for 5 objectives, whilst Dustin Martin completed with 26 disposals and 8 clearances.
However the Tigers have been outclassed for many of the fit towards a hungry West Coast outfit.
Darling booted two objectives and arrange every other for Kennedy to offer West Coast a 22-point lead at quarter-time.
Richmond ruled play in the second one time period, however a bunch of deficient mistakes in assault price them dearly.
A freak football target from Riewoldt overdue within the quarter and Jason Castagna’s close-range effort ensured Richmond levelled the rankings through half-time.
However from there it used to be all one-way site visitors as West Coast flexed their muscle.
With Darling unstoppable up ahead and Yeo dominant in the course of the midfield, West Coast surged to a 49-point lead.
West Coast’s tackling strain used to be immense, with Richmond not able to maintain the warmth.
Any hopes of a Richmond comeback have been snuffed out early within the ultimate quarter as West Coast went on every other target blitz.
Lions destroy their duck with win over Hawks
Brisbane left it to spherical 9 to get a primary win of the yr, however the Lions did it in taste towards Hawthorn. (AAP: Darren England)
Brisbane has stormed house to thump Hawthorn through 56 issues for his or her first AFL win this season, with former Hawk Luke Hodge instrumental within the disappointed.
Hodge’s younger Lions gave the look of being blown off the park when Hawthorn kicked 4 simple objectives within the first 10 mins on Sunday.
However the Lions rallied within the Gabba shoot-out, sprinting transparent within the 3rd time period and appearing no nerves regardless of 8 losses to begin the yr to thump the powerhouse membership 20.nine (129) to 11.7 (73).
The Lions kicked 4 instantly objectives in a decisive 3rd quarter, with Hugh McCluggage’s profession recreation powering the hosts ahead.
Eric Hipwood (4 objectives), Tom Cutler (3) and Charlie Cameron (two) have been the foremost benefactors.
Cameron bumped into an open target after McCluggage (27 disposals) cut up the pack sooner than captain Dayne Beams’ set shot moments later helped the Lions to a 27-point lead on the ultimate destroy.
Hodge rebounded expertly and his teammates did the remainder regardless of every other 46-disposal corridor from Hawks ball magnet Tom Mitchell and 4 objectives to Jack Gunston.
The previous Hawthorn premiership captain soaked up the instance, two times interviewed through Channel 7 at the sideline all through play in an AFL first.
The Hawks, 5th at first of the spherical, fell to Five-Four this season.
The Lions have been shut in six in their 8 earlier losses this season however there used to be no repeat this time, with 28-year-old rookie defender Matt Eagles capping a really perfect night time along with his first AFL target.
Former Adelaide Crow Cameron’s strain used to be immense and he used to be rewarded with a snapped target early because the 20,628-strong crowd began to imagine.
The Hawks depended on long-range efforts from James Sicily and Isaac Smith to stick shut in the second one quarter.
However Beams completed a fantastic collection in the course of the hall to lend a hand his aspect to an 11-point half-time lead, each groups having kicked a correct 7.1 at one level.
The environment friendly Lions defied the statistics within the first quarter, protecting inside 5 issues regardless of the Hawks notching greater than double the volume of disposals and just about double the tackles.
Gunston nonetheless ensured a quick get started, kicking two and putting in every other because the guests kicked 4 in 10 mins.
Cameron’s hanger in defence used to be an indication of items to come back regardless that, as Hipwood kicked a handy guide a rough couple.
Then Dayne Zorko, who had 30 touches and 11 tackles, goaled to get the Lions rolling.
Demons make existence hell for Blues at MCG
Melbourne ruled lawsuits towards Carlton to expire 109-point winners on the MCG. (AAP: Julian Smith)
Melbourne has dished up a history-making shellacking of Carlton, defeating the Blues through 109 issues on the MCG.
The Demons moved into the highest 4 through destroying their younger warring parties 25.nine (159) to 7.eight (50) on Sunday.
After rising transparent of a first-quarter tussle, the foremost focal point temporarily turned into Melbourne’s successful margin.
To the pride of the Dees enthusiasts amongst 44,122 on the MCG, they earned a primary triple-figure win through kicking the ultimate seven objectives of the sport.
Tom McDonald kicked 4 first-half objectives and through fulltime he used to be joined through 4 different more than one goal-kickers.
Jake Melksham tallied 5 majors and Alex Neal-Bullen used to be filled with run and completed with 4 himself.
Greater than 1/2 of Melbourne’s aspect featured at the goalkickers record — regardless that spearhead Jesse Hogan left his run overdue and joined them with the ultimate target of the sport.
Now and then their dominance bordered on brutal.
Between Patrick Cripps’ second-term target and Jed Lamb’s lengthy bomb within the 3rd time period, Melbourne tallied seven instantly objectives to hit the century and rip the competition clear of the Blues.
Carlton presented pressure-free soccer in an important setback for Brendon Bolton’s growing aspect after a season-first win ultimate week towards Essendon.
It used to be Bolton’s worst loss as an AFL trainer.
Patrick Cripps (31 disposals, 8 tackles) by no means stopped attempting however the Demons have been rampant.
Max Gawn gained his duel with Matthew Kreuzer, Angus Brayshaw (12 tackles) shined and Nathan Jones led from the entrance.
The margin used to be Melbourne’s largest win on the MCG since a 1993 belting of Richmond, then coached through John Northey.
However Demons enthusiasts are being used to seeing those form of effects.
The demolition activity used to be Melbourne’s fourth large win in a row and got here after a 69-point belting of Gold Coast at the highway ultimate week.
Whilst they’re going to play various aspects higher than the Blues between now and spherical 23, it sort of feels positive that the Demons are certain for a primary finals look in 12 years.