AFL Round 3 Wrap
Western Bulldogs 9.17 (71) defeated Sydney 9.6 (60)
Melbourne 14.15 (99) defeated Essendon 10.10 (70); Adelaide 15.6 (96) defeated Port Adelaide 13.14 (92)
GWS Giants 12.11 (83) defeated Gold Coast Suns 8.9 (57)
Collingwood 13.13 (91) lost to Geelong 16.8 (104)
Brisbane 23.18 (156) defeated North Melbourne 7.6 (48)
Carlton 11.8 (74) defeated Hawthorn 11.7 (73)
St Kilda 18.9 (117) defeated Richmond 13.6 (84)
West Coast 7.5 (47) lost to Fremantle 15.12 (102)
THEY SAID IT:
"Pretty embarrassing. It's really poor, on our standards, that we're trying to create. There's got to be consequences around training. Consequences around skill errors. Close to 80 points on turnovers, it's just unacceptable"
- North Melbourne coach David Noble pulled no punches when asked if he'd had a long post-game debrief with his players following a 108-point hiding at the hands of Brisbane.
PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Brisbane's Lincoln McCarthy kicked a career-best five goals in the Lions' rout of North at the Gabba on Saturday. It continues the 28-year-old small forward's dramatic career turnaround after moving to Queensland in 2019 after an injury-ravaged time at Geelong.
KEY MOMENT: Jordan Dawson was the hero for Adelaide in Showdown 51 when his goal after the siren sunk crosstown rivals Port Adelaide. The Crows' prized recruit looked to have pushed his left-foot kick wide to the right but it swung back late to sail through for the match-winning major. Lachlan Murphy won a free when he was crunched high by Port's Sam Mayes but was unable to take his kick, leaving Dawson to have the final say.
Brisbane, Melbourne, Carlton (12 pts)
Hawthorn, Fremantle, Collingwood, Geelong, Sydney (8 pts)
St Kilda (8 pts)
Gold Coast, Richmond, Western Bulldogs, GWS Giants, Adelaide, North Melbourne (4 pts)
Port Adelaide, West Coast, Essendon (0 pts)