AFL 2021 Round 7: Dockers delight, Unstoppable Demons, Lions end SCG hoodoo, Kennedy 700th goal

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Fremantle showcased that they look to be the real deal this season as they travelled interstate and got up over Geelong, in a thriller, at their fortress GMHBA Stadium.

The Dockers have struggled on the road, in recent times, but produced a gutsy display, full of resilience, which saw their defence really tested; they had to stand up in the closing stages, as the Cats got on a late surge, but managed to hold out.

Speaking post-match, a delighted Justin Longmuir (coach) said “I don’t know where it stacks; as a coach you don’t really sit around rating them. We fought and that’s become a part of our brand is we just keep fighting and we were able to do that.”

He continued “We’re playing a really strong, defensive, contested game and we’re able to adapt in games. But we haven’t done anything as a footy club yet, or this year anyway. We’ve got plenty of work ahead of us and this game’s got a real knack of pulling you into line if you get too far ahead of yourself.”

Despite being hit by Covid in the lead up and behind at the end of the opening quarter, for the first time this year, reigning Premiers Melbourne remain top of the ladder, at seven-zip, but were certainly given a stern test by an improving Hawthorn.

The Demons lost the quintet of Luke Jackson, Kysaiah Pickett, Alex Neal-Bullen, Tom Sparrow and Harrison Petty due to the protocols but with the depth of their squad were able to rely on those coming into the line-up to help get the job done.

Tom Lynch marked his 200th appearance with a seven-goal haul as Richmond ran riot in the west and recorded their biggest winning margin in over eight years.

The 109-point mauling of West Coast, in an extremely one-sided affair, handed the Eagles their biggest-ever loss at Optus Stadium and heaviest defeat since 2008.

There wasn’t a lot for the home fans to cheer on the night, although the sight key forward Josh Kennedy scoring his 700th career goal brought everyone to their feet.

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Two sides expected to be there at the pointy end in September clashed, with Brisbane claiming their first success at the SCG in 13 years by defeating Sydney.

Despite losing marksman Joe Daniher to a shoulder injury at half-time, the Lions turned it up in the second half and went on to pull away and run out the match well.

Coach Chris Fagan (pictured below) lauded his players in the presser – he said “When good teams play each other, sometimes you have to win the game a few times and that was the case tonight. I was just really proud of our guys that when Sydney did come at us, we were able to steady ourselves and kick away.”

“It’s only round seven but a sign of good maturity is when a team can do that. We’ve been striving for that level of maturity for a while now and tonight it really came out.”

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The Western Bulldogs put a very difficult week to one side as they chalked up a 32-point triumph, in Josh Dunkley 100th appearance, over Essendon at Marvel Stadium.

An investigation by ABC Sport has revealed the story of Adam Kneale, a young football fan who was sexually abused in the club’s administrative offices for seven years between 1984 and 1990 by room steward and now deceased Graeme Hobbs.

Doggies Chief Executive Ameet Bains released a statement in response “We have been shocked and dismayed to learn about the terrible abuse suffered by Adam Kneale in the 1980s, the confronting details of which were set out in the ABC article.”

“Football clubs should be a safe and enjoyable place for all people, especially children, so Adam’s experiences and the fact that elements of this abuse occurred at the hands of a Footscray Football Club volunteer are simply devastating.”

Robbie Gray was the hero, scoring a minor with just 34 seconds remaining, as Port Adelaide came from behind to get the chocolates in a nail biter against St.Kilda.

In what proved to be a very low scoring encounter, both teams struggled to adapt to the wet and slippery conditions, in Cairns, which led to a tense and exciting finale.

Speaking on ground to Channel 7, the 34-year-old said “It was a pretty hectic last couple of moments. We were up, they were up. I thought our backs stood up under pressure down there all night. Yeah, kept our composure late and get up.”

He added “We knew it was going to be a slog up here. It is slippery. We never felt out of the game even though we were down a couple early. Tough to score but the boys fought hard. We were able to get up. The boys are happy.”

Greater Western Sydney responded to their critics in the best possible way as they went to South Australia and thrashed Adelaide, by 59 points, on their home deck.

The Giants have under-performed so far and with the decision to leave coach Leon Cameron’s contract talks until the end of the season, the club have been firmly in the spotlight. However, they will be hoping that this result gives them the morale boost and platform they desperately need to get themselves back on track.

Collingwood recorded their highest score of the campaign to date as they managed to fend off the challenge of a plucky Gold Coast, in a bit of a shootout, at the MCG.

With main ruckman Brody Grundy out for three months, having suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury, the Magpies gave a debut to Aiden Begg – their second pick in the 2021 Mid-Season Rookie Draft – following his recent good form in the VFL.

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Harry McKay booted four majors as Carlton enjoyed a straightforward evening in romping away to a 50-point success over bottom side North Melbourne.

Co-captain Patrick Cripps along with half-backs Adam Saad and Sam Docherty all played important roles for the Blues while defender Jacob Weitering was even able to get forward and on the scoresheet by notching his first snag in 1,491 days.

Round 7 Results

West Coast 8.8 (56)
Richmond 25.15 (165)

Geelong 10.6 (66)
Fremantle 10.9 (69)

Adelaide 8.6 (54)
GWS 17.11 (113)

Melbourne 13.13 (91)
Hawthorn 11.15 (81)

St.Kilda 4.18 (42)
Port Adelaide 5.13 (43)

Carlton 17.12 (114)
North Melbourne 10.4 (64)

Collingwood 17.13 (115)
Gold Coast 14.6 (90)

Western Bulldogs 16.7 (103)
Essendon 10.11 (71)

Sydney 13.11 (89)
Brisbane 17.11 (113)

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