AFL Round 13 Key Takeouts and Match Review News

Judging by his post-match comments, he’s certainly willing to sit back. Playing what the Dockers wanted is a nearly 50-50 midfield/forward split, Fyfe’s 21 disposals, 10 goals, one assist and 1.2 is proof that he can play a key role in fortifying the club to a historic flag. He will only improve after his first senior game in nearly 11 months. At the very least, he will bolster a forward line that was the weakest part of the ground for the Dockers.


Jai Newcombe has plenty of work to do if he is to bridge a staggering rise from the mid-season concept to the Rising Star winner. The Hawks midfielder was far from the worst for his team in their 13-point loss, but doesn’t have the same impact with the ball as he did earlier in the year. Will the judges reward him for his approach to pressure on some large numbers of? Nick Daicosor Sam De Koning’s big jobs in defense? Both are moving fast and have the advantage of playing for clubs that are still in the final. Newcombe has been instrumental in some of the Hawks’ upset victories. He will need two or three more big games leading up to home to maintain his top bill.
Andrew Wue

Brisbane v St Kilda, Gabba

The farewell couldn’t have come at a better time for the Lions, who looked bad for much of the night despite coming in. the match against St Kilda at full strength. The race committee may also need to take a breather after choosing ruckman Darcy Fort as a medical replacement. Fort was unlucky to be dropped, but after giving way to Joe Daniher, it left the Lions behind for too long when an extra runner was needed. They then face the prime ministers; for now they will be very happy to escape with the four points against a top eight contender. St Kilda was very unlucky and might have won with a full line-up on the bench.
– Andrew Stafford

North Melbourne v Greater Western Sydney, Marvel Stadium


It can’t get any worse for the Kangaroos, but a suspension to Jason Horne-Francis would certainly add to the misery of North Melbourne. The 18-year-old will certainly be quoted for waving arm around Josh Kelly early in the third term of Sunday’s loss† The frustrated midfielder only had eight touches after de Roos fell to 47 points at half-time, only to lose by 49 points. Jaidyn Stephenson did not affect his return to the side, Hugh Greenwood and Jack Ziebell were also very quiet, as the Roos didn’t take advantage of the hit-out dominance of Todd Goldstein and Tristian Xerric

The Giants enjoyed a field day from a possession perspective. They had 128 more divestments and 80 more marks, with Harry Himmelberg a productive game in defense with 37 disposals, 16 points and a goal. Stephen Coniglio looks rejuvenated, Tanner Bruhn pulled out his best game, and Lachie Whitfield played with the run and dash that makes him one of the league’s most dangerous players at his best. The only real concern for injuries was: Harry Perryman, who was taken to hospital with suspected rib damage. The Giants have won two of their three games under Mark McVeighalbeit against the Roos and Eagles.
– Damien Ractliffe

Melbourne v Collingwood, MCG

There are two important stories about Queen’s Day. Most importantly, Melbourne’s stumble over the past three weeks, following a week of turmoil in which: Steven May was suspended. The Dees are too dependent on Clayton Olivera dependency underlined by Max Gawn‘s injuries and the struggle to both defend and score the transition. The second development – just as unexpected – is the rise of Collingwood, with the Pies toppling Fremantle, Carlton and now Melbourne in a month’s time. Mason Cox and Darcy Cameron have more than covered for Brodie Grundywhile Jack CrispBrody Mihocek and Jamie Elliott were excellent again. The Pies are better than anyone else – possibly including themselves – and can certainly play finals even if they are short of a few good players to the best teams – most of whom have still beaten.
– Jake Niall

Jason Horne-Francis is in hot water after North’s loss to GWS.Credit:Getty Images

Match Review Officer news

No.1 concept choice Jason Horne-Francis has been given a two-game ban for his high attack on Giants star Josh Kelly during the Kangaroos’ heavy loss to GWS on Sunday.

A frustrated Horne-Francis collected Kelly late with a swinging right arm after the Giants midfielder tossed the ball in Roos’ 49-point defeat, prompting Kelly’s Giants teammates to protest.

Horne-Francis, who last year ranked No. 1 in last year’s national roster, endured a rough day against the Giants, limited to just eight disposals. Match review officer Michael Christian said the strike “was assessed as intentional conduct, medium impact, [and] high contact”, and the 18-year-old South Australian can accept a two-game suspension with an early plea.

The Kangaroos, who finish in second place with one win from the opening 13 rounds, have a bye next weekend and are only ahead of West Coast in percentage terms. After the defeat to the Giants, coach David Noble admitted that Horne-Francis was frustrated. “He’s a young man learning the caper,” Noble said. “He has high standards, high expectations, so there’s some frustration, no doubt about that. But I don’t think it’s limited to him.”

In other match overview news, North’s Lachie Young was offered a one-game suspension for rough behavior against Giants tagger Matt de Boerand the Giants Jake Stein was fined $2000 for rude behavior against Luke Davies Uniacke during the last quarter. Giants key position player Harry Himmelberg was fined $1500 for hitting Kangaroo Nick Larkey

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