Round 11 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition is in the books.
The halfway point has been reached and Round 11. Every club had a match in Round 11, with the Gold Coast Suns and the Port Adelaide Power having had their byes the week prior.
The Sydney Swans and the Carlton Blues led the fixture off and no one was surprised that the Swans had an easy time of it, with a 91 – 61 win at Sydney Cricket Ground. The Blues led at the main break, but the Swans responded to a third quarter challenge from Carlton and simply had to bide their time until the sad Blues justified their bottom rung status.
The Melbourne Demons continued to feast of the soft fixture they are enjoying this season, preying on the hapless Western Bulldogs in a 100 -51 win at Etihad that must half felt to spectators something like kissing your cousin through a screen door.
If there was a surprise in Round 11, it would have to be the 64 – 61 defeat of the Power by Hawthorn in front of the crickets at the University of Tasmania Stadium.
Geelong Cats mangled the Gold Coast Suns like Sylvester finally succeeding in getting his claws on Tweety, handing the Suns a 121 – 36 eclipsing.
The Essendon Bombers were shot down by the Richmond Tigers, 114 – 43, with the biggest surprise being the almost-Grand Final-sized crowd of 81,000 at MCG.
The West Coast Eagles out sinned the St. Kilda Saints 101 – 88 at Optus, further proof that Western Australia is getting its money’s worth out of the new facility.
North Melbourne beat the Brisbane Lions 141 – 87, but at least the Lions were not completely tame.
The Collingwood Magpies took full advantage of a match with the Fremantle Dockers, winning in a walkover at MCG, 138 – 77.
The Adelaide Crows have played themselves down to the ninth rung by losing to the GWS Giants 97 – 81 in front of 44,000 at the Adelaide Oval, so home ground proved not panacea for the ills that plague the Crows of 2018.