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AFL Round 4 Wrap


Jade Gresham of the Saints runs with the ball against the Hawks at the MCG on Sunday,

Thursday:

Port Adelaide 4.12 (36) lost to Melbourne 10.8 (68) Friday: Geelong Cats 11.14 (80) defeated Brisbane 11.4 (70)


Saturday: Sydney 13.8 (86) defeated North Melbourne 12.3 (75) Collingwood 10.14 (74) lost to West Coast 14.3 (87) Richmond 15.9 (99) defeated Western Bulldogs 7.19 (61) Fremantle 13.10 (88) defeated GWS Giants 8.6 (54) Sunday: Essendon 15.13 (103) defeated Adelaide 15.9 (99) Hawthorn 10.13 (73) lost to St Kilda 22.10 (142) Gold Coast 13.14 (92) defeated Carlton 8.14 (62)


THEY SAID IT:

"We have to put up our hand because I saw some real undisciplined acts from us. It gets you on the back foot. You can't defend ... a free kick gets reversed or a poor free kick (is given away) and they go straight away"

GWS coach Leon Cameron conceded his players needed to take responsibility for a 42-16 free-kick deficit against Fremantle.

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Jeremy McGovern. One of only four Eagles to play all four games this season, the key defender was massive in defence as severely depleted West Coast stunned Collingwood at Marvel Stadium.

KEY MOMENT: North Melbourne were five points down and a chance to cause a massive upset when Atu Bosenavulagi won a free-kick and 50-metre penalty that took him to the centre of the SCG with time running out. A long kick may have set up the chance for a match-winning goal but his short pass to Todd Goldstein was cut off and Sydney hung on for a nervous win.



TALKING POINTS: Preliminary final hosts last year, Port Adelaide now find themselves as the last team yet to win a game in 2022 after Essendon's triumph over Adelaide. There is no relief in sight for the Power or under-fire coach Ken Hinkley as they prepare to take on Carlton in Melbourne, staring at the prospect of an 0-5 record. It would be Port's worst start to an AFL season in club history.


STATS THAT MATTER: The Power were held goalless to halftime of an AFL match for the first time in their proud history in Thursday's 32-point loss to Melbourne. Their first goal didn't arrive until the 23-minute mark of the third quarter.


TRIBUNAL WATCH: Cat-turned-Lion Nakia Cockatoo should escape suspension despite being reported for rough conduct on former teammate Rhys Stanley. GWS ruckman Braydon Preuss caught Docker David Mundy with an elbow. Saints ruckman Paddy Ryder faces trouble over a late collision with Will Day that led to the inexperienced Hawk being substituted out with a concussion. Adelaide's Josh Rachele may also have a case to answer after punching Essendon's Devon Smith in the midriff an off-the-ball scuffle.


INJURIES: Q Narkle (Geel, ankle) Jamie Elliott (Coll, A/c joint) Luke Edwards (West Coast, groin) L Vandermeer (WB, hamstring), J Aish (Frem, ankle), L Franklin (Syd, broken finger), P Cripps (Carl, hamstring), J Farrar (GC, hamstring), W Snelling (Ess, calf), M Hinge (Adl, hip pointer).


WHAT'S NEXT: A five-day footy bonanza begins with Brisbane back in prime time hosting Collingwood, while the Good Friday double-header features Kangaroos-Bulldogs and Eagles-Swans clashes. Carlton can inflict more pain on Port Adelaide on Sunday while traditional rivals Hawthorn and Geelong wrap up round five on Monday.


Ladder:


Demons 16

Lions 12

Dockers 12

Saints 12

Cats 12

Swans 12

Blues 12

Magpies 8

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Suns 8

Tigers 8

Hawks 8

Crows 4

Giants 4

Bulldogs 4

Eagles 4

Bombers 4

Kangaroos 4

Power 0