So what's it mean for each team? Well obviously the Saints get the week off and that will do them wonders after a tough match, but I do question whether the Saints just played their Grand Final? As for the Cats they face the Freo, and all the sudden the pressure is on them for Freo has nothing to lose. Could the impossible happen and they go out in straight sets?
Freo d Hawks by 30 points. Those that live by the sword die by the sword. Last week the Hawks won because the Pies didn't capitalise on their scoring opportunities, this week it was the Hawks that failed to capitalise. They had significantly more inside 50s, and more contested ball, yet where they failed Freo was magnificent. They used the big ground masterfully and used their runners to spread the Hawks and get themselves a lot of uncontested marks that allowed them to play quick free flowing footy. On top of that, when they went inside 50, because it was quick transition, they scored. Great win!
So what's it mean for each team? Freo faces the Cats! Nasty, but hell they deserve to play in the semi and the inevitable loss will be a great lesson. Interstate teams must finish top 4 to make an impact (to get a home final in the semi or prelim), and Freo didn't so they'll bow out, most likely belted, but they'll learn. As for the Hawks, it was a bridge to far for them. A great effort to even make the finals after being 1-6 after 7 rounds, and they showed when they are up and running they can match anyone. However they need list revisions, in particular speed through the middle. Their ball movement is too slow and that impacts the big boys, Roughy and Franklin.
Pies d Dogs by 62 points. Well it pretty much went to script. Pies dominated everything. Dogs were just not good enough. And of course the Pies missed a bucketload of shots. However, you get inside 50 that often and get that many shots, more often than not you'll win.
So what's it mean for each team? The Pies can take it easy and nurse their sore legs obtained from too much running and kicking. They'll face the Cats (its almost a cert) and they'll need to bring their very best to the prelim. The Dogs, the face Sydney/Carlton and frankly are up for a fight. They could very well be a clean sweep, because their injuries and mental state mean they could be easy picks for a desperate side.
Swans d Blues by 5 points. The Swannies had this game in complete control at the half, leading by 24 and having increased their quarter time lead. However the Blues were spurred to right their poor first half and came out blazing, not only erasing the lead but having one of their own (7 points) at 3 quarter time courtesy of a 5 goal to nil quarter. It was a desperate final term, that saw behinds a plenty early before the Swans kicked 1 13 minutes into the term to level the scores and followed it up with 2 goals later to seal the win, although the Blues kicked one more themselves and Garlett had a shot in the dying seconds but the Swans fairytale continues.
So what's it mean for each team? Well the Swans are off to play the depleted Dogs in a match, even though it is in Melbourne, they would fancy themselves in. In fact if they do win that they have the Saints in the prelim and amazingly they match up and play well against the Saints. Can this truly be a fairytale? As for the Blues, well they showed a lot of fight in this game and whilst beaten by the better side on the day, they have a side that they can work with. Careful drafting and shrewd recruiting will help this side develop.