Other than the spectacular Thursday night affair that led off Round 17 of the 2016 AFL season, the week mostly stuck close to form, with the top teams that were supposed to win against bottom teams doing exactly that.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Dockers kept the Cats relatively tame, holding them to 78 points. Unfortunately, they could muster only 61 themselves.
The Tigers beat the Bombers 102 – 83 in front of 45,000 at MCG, a nice turnout given the fortunes of both teams this season.
The Kangaroos continue to slide, this time losing to the Port Adelaide Power 105 – 77. The Roos have dropped to eight on the ladder.
The Dogs had no stress before a scant crowd of 8,500 at Cazalay’s Stadium by the score of 107 – 59.
The Crows moved up to number 2 on the ladder and trail the Hawks by just one game and four premiership points with an as expected win over the Magpies 97 – 69.
The West Coast Eagles and Carlton Blues also drew a nice crowd to MCG when the two sides played Sunday, and those spectators were treated to an entertaining 82 – 75 Eagles’ victory.
The St. Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons went into the round tied with identical won-loss records, so the 110 – 74 victory by the Saints left them 10th on the ladder, with finals aspirations not extinguished.
GWS Giants saw only 10,000 Brisbane supporters turn up at Gabba and many of those probably departed early, as it was the Lions sacrificed this time, mercilessly, by the score of 146 – 67.