Round 3 AFL Results
It was a much-needed 14-point win for the Western Bulldogs against Brisbane on Thursday night.
In the scrappy affair, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan responded emphatically to the racist remarks he received in the week before, kicking five of his team’s 10 goals. Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli led the way collecting 28 disposals, as Brisbane skipper Lachie Neale was his teams best kicking a goal along with his 31 disposals.
Collingwood held off a plucky Richmond side on Friday winning by 14 points. In the slippery conditions, Collingwood stars Jordan De Goey, Nick Daicos, and Scott Pendlebury all showed their class leading the Magpies to a 3-0 start to the season.
Sam Mitchell defeated his former coach Alastair Clarkson as Hawthorn held off North Melbourne by 19 points, Dylan Moore kicked 3 goals from his 26 disposals to be the star of the game.
The Saturday afternoon game between Carlton and Greater Western Sydney was a slog with the Blues holding on by 10 points. A controversial dissent call gave Carlton the lead halfway through the last quarter. Carlton captain Patrick Cripps dominated the contest gathering 42 disposals and 13 clearances willing his team to an away win.
Showdown 53 had Adelaide outlasting Port Adelaide to win by 31 points. Crows skipper Jordan Dawson won the showdown medal as best player on the night, but high-profile recruit Izak Rankine (17 disposals and 4 goals) and Riley Thilthorpe (5 goals) were vital in the Crows’ win.
Essendon came back from six goals down to St Kilda tying the game in the last, all to be run over in the final 10 minutes losing by three goals. St Kilda celebrated 150 years on the night with small forwards Dan Butler and Jack Higgins providing the goals with four each to get the Saints over the line.
Reigning premiers Geelong is the only side without a win this year losing to Gold Coast by 19 points. Jeremy Cameron tried his best for the Cats kicking three, but the Suns had too many contributors with leaders Jarrod Witts and Touk Miller controlling the midfield. Forward Jack Lukosius had a career game kicking five goals including a set shot bomb from 65 metres out.
Melbourne powered past Sydney at the MCG winning by 50 points. Stars Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca dominated the game while debutant Jacob Van Rooyen impressed with three goals.
The Western derby had Fremantle defeat West Coast by 41 points in a rampant final quarter display. West Coast battled wilfully, but injuries to five players left no one on the bench for rotation. Dockers star Caleb Serong was judged best afield gathering 35 disposals, while opposite midfielder Tim Kelly had 33 and was easily West Coast’s best.
Red Bull racer Max Verstappen claimed victory in Melbourne winning the Australian Grand Prix.
Verstappen overcame pressure from Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso who finished second and third. Several safety cars impacted the race early on with the race being stopped three times with red flags.
The final two stoppages occurred in the last five laps with a full-race re-start happening with two laps to go, leading to multiple cars crashing and being ruled out.
Arsenal take control of EPL
Arsenal has taken an eight-point lead in the EPL defeating Leeds United 4-1. The result came after Manchester City dismantled Liverpool 4-1.
With just nine league games remaining Arsenal sit on 72 points while second place. City have 64 with a game in hand.
The end of April sees Arsenal travel to Manchester City in a game that could be crucial in determining the league winners.
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