Monday sports round-up

22 May 2023

Written by: Campbell Leo

It was an action packed Sir Doug Nicholls Round in the AFL, the Melbourne Storm get over the line and Chelsea close in on another WSL title

Round 10 of the AFL

Sir Doug Nicholls Round kicked off on Friday night in Adelaide with a highly anticipated match-up between Port Adelaide (Yartapuulti) and Melbourne (Narrm).

The Power controlled the first half thanks to the efforts of star midfielder Zak Butters playing in career-best form.

But the match completely shifted following the main break as Melbourne would gain the lead heading into the final quarter.

However, in front of their home crowd, Port would not disappoint and three last-quarter goals including a winner from Connor Rozee would give the Power a 4-point win.

On Saturday night, Essendon came up against Richmond in the annual “Dreamtime at the ‘G” match.

Both sides came into the match looking to salvage their season and make a push for the top eight.

It was a back-and-forth contest for the majority of the match, but early in the last quarter, Richmond had got out to a 19-point lead and looked to pick up all four points.

However, the Bombers fought back and kicked three of the next four goals and brought the match to within a kick.

And with less than a minute to go, Sam Durham kicked the winner, giving Essendon the win and snapping a 13-game Richmond win streak over the Bombers.

On Sunday, it was match-up of the round with arguably the biggest rivalry in the league taking place, Carlton vs Collingwood.

The last time these two sides met, it produced a spectacular match which resulted in the Magpies taking bragging rights and Carlton just missing out on finals.

However, this match would not produce the same excitement as Collingwood hit the ground running, scoring nine of the first 11 goals and having a lead of 44 points at one stage.

This lead would be too much for Carlton, with Collingwood winning by 28 points and cementing themselves at the top of the ladder.

Storm earn first win over Dolphins

The Melbourne Storm took on the Dolphins on Saturday night, the first-ever meeting between these two sides.

It was a highly anticipated matchup with four former Storm players facing their former side for the first time.

Felise Kaufusi was one of those former Storm players who found himself sin-binned only one minute into the match.

Melbourne dominated the first half, going into the break up 24-4 thanks to tries from Will Warbrick, Cameron Munster, Eliesa Katoa, and Reimis Smith.

However, the second half was all Dolphins who managed to keep the Storm scoreless and score two tries of their own.

However, it wasn’t enough with Melbourne coming away as victors in a 24-16 win.

Chelsea inch closer to title

Chelsea are one game away from a fourth successive Women’s Super League (WSL) title following a 2-0 win over their rivals Arsenal.

The Blues scored first through Guro Reiten in the 22nd minute before Magdalena Eriksson doubled the lead just before the break.

The second half would see no further scoring with Chelsea coming away with the three crucial points.

Aussie Sam Kerr kept her fine form going, picking up an assist in the two-goal win.

Chelsea play bottom place Reading next with a win confirming them as champions.

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