The Newsroom recaps the second week of the AFL NAB Challenge.
Magpies come back to stun Cats
Collingwood surged to victory after an 11-goal third quarter to defeat Geelong by eight points in a high scoring NAB Challenge match at Simonds Stadium. After trailing Geelong by 21 points at half-time the Magpies dominated the third term scoring nine straight goals to snatch the lead from the Cats. Geelong kicked five of the last six goals to bring the margin back to 8-points. The Pies hung on for the win, with Alex Fasolo bagging a five-goal haul. The Cats’ high-profile recruit Patrick Dangerfield scored three goals and tallied 28 disposals.
Geelong 126.96.36.199 v Collingwood 0.21.5.131
Richmond punish Hawks in dominant win
Four goals from Shane Edwards helped Richmond thrash reigning premiers Hawthorn by 71 points in a second-round match at Beaconsfield. Responding to a 10-goal loss to Fremantle last week, Damien Hardwick fielded a much stronger Tigers outfit including skipper Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin, and Alex Rance. Jack Riewoldt played a large role in Richmond’s win scoring a goal and a super goal. Martin, Brandon Ellis and Anthony Miles dominated the midfield for a total of 80 disposals. Hawthorn suffered two injuries: new recruit Jack Fitzpatrick appeared to hyper-extend his knee and premiership hero Cyril Rioli copped a knock to his calf,
Richmond 188.8.131.52 v Hawthorn 0.4.9.33
Bombers defy critics as Carlton fall at home
Essendon’s top-up players surprised the footballing community by claiming a 60-point win at Carlton’s suburban home ground, Ikon Park. New Bombers Ryan Crowley and Sam Michael were unveiled alongside fellow top-ups Jonathan Simpkin and Sam Grimley. Carlton, who missed key rovers Bryce Gibbs, Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy, and Patrick Cripps, showed no enthusiasm, allowing the Bombers to find the scoreboard easily. Brendon Goddard and Joe Daniher scored three goals each to help Essendon cruise home. – Anthony Johnston
Carlton 184.108.40.206 v Essendon 220.127.116.11
Greater Western Sydney 0.11.7.73 v Western Bulldogs 18.104.22.168
Port Adelaide 22.214.171.124 v Melbourne 0.15.5.95
Fremantle 126.96.36.199 v Adelaide 0.8.19.67
Photo of Collingwood player Steele Sidebottom from Geelong Cats’ official Facebook page.