Crows, Magpies get wings clipped

18 agosto 2012 15:05

Brisbane produced one of the shocks of the season when they posted a 10-point win over Adelaide at the Gabba, overcoming a 38-point deficit after going goalless in the first quarter.

In a stunning turnaround, the desperate Lions recovered from their shocking first quarter to outscore the Crows, who entered the round in second place on the ladder, by 13 goals to six after the first change.

The 13.17 (95) to 12.13 (85) result means Adelaide will now drop out of the top two should Hawthorn dispose of lowly Gold Coast on Sunday.

Star Adelaide trio Scott Thompson (32 disposals, eight clearances), Patrick Dangerfield (30 disposals, six clearances) and Sam Jacobs (37 hitouts) were all influential - and yet the visiting side still fell to a team in the AFL doldrums.

Brisbane midfielder Jack Redden, one of few Lions to stand tall during the club's recent slump, was unsurprisingly a key figure in the comeback victory with 30 disposals and seven clearances.

Collingwood, meanwhile, were put to the sword by one of the competition's in-form teams North Melbourne, going down by 30 points at Etihad Stadium.

The Magpies booted the first four goals of the match but the Kangaroos outgunned their more-fancied opponents for the rest of the game, kicking 13 majors to four to win 13.13 (91) to 8.13 (61).

It was a determined performance from the hard-running Roos and, along with victories over premiership contenders Adelaide and Geelong earlier this year, was their most significant under coach Brad Scott.

Onballers Brent Harvey (24 possessions), Ben Cunnington (19 including 10 tackles) and Andrew Swallow (19) led the way for the winners while in-form Collingwood midfielder Dayne Beams laid claims for best afield honours with 38 possessions, half of which were contested.

Fremantle moved into the top eight for the first time since Round 8 with a 22-point victory over Richmond at Patersons Stadium.

The 13.16 (94) to 11.6 (72) win means the Dockers move one win clear of ninth-placed Carlton while ending Richmond's finals hopes.

It did come at a cost for Fremantle with concerns for skipper Matthew Pavlich, who appeared to suffer discomfort in his upper right leg for the majority of the match.

Carlton kept their finals hopes alive and severely dented Essendon's with a 96-point belting at the MCG.

The Blues were slow out of the blocks but completely dominated an inferior Bombers outfit with 10 goals in the second term powering them to a 24.12 (156) to 8.12 (60) victory.

The win, which was their biggest over their rivals since 1936, came despite a relatively quiet game from returning captain Chris Judd.

And Melbourne notched their fourth win of the season over Greater Western Sydney in blustery conditions at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

The hard-fought 11.18 (84) to 9.5 (59) victory was never in doubt for the Demons, with GWS veteran Luke Power unable to enjoy his 300th game with a win.

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