AFL Round 19 wrap
A look at round 19 of the AFL season, where Richmond blew their chance of victory for the third straight week.
THEY SAID IT:
"I actually didn't hear the siren go. I kicked it pretty sweet. It felt good off the boot."
Collingwood forward Jamie Elliott was full of emotion following his after-the-siren winner against Essendon.
PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Jamarra Ugle-Hagan delivered on his promise as a No.1 draft pick by kicking a career-best five goals in the Western Bulldogs' stunning 10-point upset of Melbourne. It was already a memorable performance, but landing the game-sealing goal from the boundary in the dying seconds capped off a night to savour.
THE MOMENT: For the third week in a row, Richmond found themselves in a bizarre nail-biter. After Jake Aarts inexplicably played on in the dying stages against North Melbourne last week, young forward Noah Cumberland was the culprit in the clash with Fremantle on Friday night. With scores tied, Cumberland marked just outside 50m, but played on just as the siren sounded, leaving the Tigers to settle for a draw in a match they dominated.
THE MOMENT PART II: Essendon looked set to hang on against Collingwood until the Magpies went coast-to-coast in the final minute. The ball found its way into the arms of Jamie Elliott about 42m out near the boundary line. Elliott's kick after the final siren - from about 48m - sailed through for a goal, sealing a pulsating four-point win for the Magpies.
TALKING POINT: Will Melbourne regain their mojo in time for the finals? The Demons were hot favourites to win the flag after opening the season with 10 straight wins. But five losses in their past eight games have cast major doubts about the defending premiers.
STATS THAT MATTER: Melbourne's stingy defence finally cracked on Saturday night, conceding 110 points against the Western Bulldogs - the first time a team has kicked more than 100 points against the Demons since round 19, 2019.
INJURIES: C Ballard (Gold Coast, knee), Daniel Rich (Bris, concussion), N Fyfe (Frem, hamstring), A Treloar (Bulldogs, calf), R Stanley (Geel, knee), D Houston (PA, concussion), S McAdam (Adel, corked quad), S Walsh (Carl, ankle), J Weitering (Carl, corked thigh). J Billings (SK, back)
WHAT'S NEXT: Round 20 kicks off with a Friday night blockbuster in Perth, where Fremantle host Melbourne in a crucial battle. Port Adelaide will be fighting to keep their finals hopes alive when they take on Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday, while Geelong's match against the Western Bulldogs that night is a high-stakes affair. Brisbane will be aiming to end their 10-match losing run at the MCG when they play Richmond on Sunday.