The Wrap-Up (AFL Round 4)
Melbourne Demons scored a big upset win over a poor Richmond in wet conditions on Friday night whilst St Kilda were undone in New Zealand by a Carlton side that picked up their first win of the campaign, no doubt pleasing coach Mick Malthouse.
The ANZAC clash between Essendon and Collingwood was won by an in-form Pies outfit. In front of nearly 90,000, the black and white stripes pulled away from a gallant Essendon side and moved into third withe the 69-49 win.
The GWS Giants recorded one of their finest ever wins in a 66 point demolishing of their fellow expansion rivals Gold Coast at Canberra's Startrack Oval. The Greater Western Sydney side are now in second position on the AFL ladder.
Hawthorn almost pulled off a massive comeback win against Port Adelaide but the Power were too strong at Adelaide Oval as they moved up to 13th. Fremantle made it four from four with a big win over the Sydney Swans. The Dockers are certainly the form team in the AFL at the moment.
Brisbane slumped to another big loss, this time at home to the West Coast Eagles whilst Geelong's poor form continued with a home loss to North Melbourne, the Kangaroos pulling away in the fourth quarter. And finally, the Western Bulldogs continued their good form with a win against the Crows at Etihad Stadium.
By the way, I thought Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson's actions against a Port Adelaide fan yesterday were justified. From what I saw the fan got in Clarkson's face and was rightfully brushed aside. Then the fan continued to harass the coach and was grabbed by an angry Clarkson.
Maybe grabbing him by the throat was a bit much but I don't think Clarkson deserves any sort of punishment. The idiotic fan was just trying to be a smartass and get a reaction and that he did.
*Update: It seems Clarkson won't be punished. Good call.