AFL Round 9
Richmond and Geelong opened the round with the Tigers needing a win to keep their season alive. It was the Tigers leaders that stepped up with Dustin Martin booting four goals and Trent Cotchin having his best game this season kicking three to help Richmond win 16.6 (102) to 11.12 (78). It stops a five-game winning streak from the Cats to put them just inside the top 8.
Saturday night at Marvel stadium had Carlton up against the Western Bulldogs. The Blues came into the game under extreme pressure losing three of their last four games.
It was a slow first half with Carlton managing just one goal and 10 points. It got worse as the Dogs controlled the third quarter eventually extending the lead to 32 points before a switch turned for Carlton. Their ball movement quickened up to trouble the Dogs and a goal from Sam Walsh with seven minutes to go put them in front.
However, the Dogs stormed home with dynamic pair Arthur Jones and Cody Weightman showing their brilliance in the final five minutes to give the Dogs a 20-point win. It leaves the Dogs on a four-game win streak while Carlton faces a week of pressure building once again.
Mother’s Day opened with Adelaide hosting St Kilda in a top-eight clash. The Saints came in with the best defence in the AFL but the Crows flexed their firepower dismantling the Saints 19.7 (121) to 10.9 (69). Taylor Walker led the way kicking five goals with captain Jordan Dawson following him having 33 disposals himself.
FA Cup victory for Chelsea
Sam Kerr has led Chelsea to a third consecutive FA Cup win scoring the lone goal.
77,390 people attended the game at Wembley, the most ever for a women’s domestic club match. It was 17,000 more than the previous record and 30,000 more than last year’s final.
Kerr’s 68th-minute strike was the difference in the match and keeps Chelsea in the running to win the league and cup double.
Craig Bellamy stays on for another year
Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has informed the club he is staying for the 2024 season.
The 63-year-old will remain at the club for a 22nd season in a shock move for many in the rugby league world.
Melbourne Storm football manager Frank Ponissi said it was fantastic that Bellamy would be staying.
“Last November, while we were in Glasgow visiting Ange Postecoglou at Celtic, Craig told me in confidence 2023 would be his last season,” Ponissi said.
“It’s tremendous for the club that he has changed his mind.”
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