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Round 7 AFL Wrap

A look at round seven of the AFL season, where a mark not paid to Geelong forward Jeremy Cameron in the dying seconds against Sydney became a big talking point.

They said it:

"I suspect they'll have a look at it and go, 'the Swans made some blues, the Cats made some blues ... we might have made some blues as well'," Geelong coach Chris Scott was proven correct, with the AFL confirming a day later that Jeremy Cameron should have been paid a mark in the final seconds.

Stats that Matter: 

Collingwood's 1-6 record represents their worst start to a season under Nathan Buckley and worst since a five-win season in 2005.

Player of the Round:

 Hugh Greenwood attracted plenty of negative external attention when he accepted a big-money offer from Gold Coast but is paying back the Suns in spades. His 26-disposal effort against Collingwood included 12 clearances, 10 tackles, one spectacular high mark and a goal as the Suns recorded a rare win at the MCG.

Key Moment:

 Jeremy Cameron looked like he earned the right to take an after-the-siren shot at victory, having seemingly clutched a mark deep in Geelong's forward pocket. But the umpire called play on, believing the ball hadn't travelled 15 metres. The following day, the AFL confirmed it was an error from the whistleblower.

Talking Point:

 Collingwood is adamant they will not make a call on Nathan Buckley's position as coach until the second half of the year. But speculation is rife that a five-match losing streak and 1-6 start to the season could bring forward a decision on the out-of-contract club great.

Key Injuries:

Gryan Miers (Geelong, leg), Lewis Melican (Sydney, hamstring/groin), Adam Tomlinson (Melbourne, knee), Jack Viney (Melbourne, toe), Aiden Bonar (North Melbourne, corked thigh), Ryan Burton (Port, rib), Brent Daniels (GWS, hamstring) Sam Reid (GWS, hamstring) Matt Buntine (GWS, concussion), Heath Chapman (Frem, shoulder), Ethan Hughes (Frem, shoulder), Jarrod Brander (WC, ankle)

What's Next:

  • Richmond and Geelong kick off the round on Friday night with a grand final rematch at the MCG.

  • North Melbourne host Collingwood in a clash of the battlers on Saturday,

  • while Melbourne will be aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they host Sydney.

  • Port Adelaide take on the Crows in a Showdown on Saturday night.

  • Fremantle host Brisbane at Optus Stadium on Sunday, but whether a crowd will be allowed to attend remains to be seen following Perth's recent COVID-19 scares. 

-- with AAP