AFL 2022 Round 16: Magpies win thriller, Oliver’s mega contract, Naitanui returns, Rising Star D’Ambrosio

AFL Premiership 2022

Will Hoskin-Elliott scored the winner as Collingwood pulled off a sensational comeback to make it six in a row and defeat Gold Coast in a thrilling contest.

The Magpies coming strong in the latter stages, with a three goal burst in the space of five minutes, to get up and put a serious dent in the Suns’ September aspirations.

Charlie Cameron booted four majors as Brisbane avenged last year’s Prelim heartache with a comfortable 41-point success over the Western Bulldogs.

The Lions had to recover from a slow start and weren’t helped with both captain Dayne Zorko and defender Daniel Rich forced off due to first half hamstring injuries.

Eric Hipwood was sent straight to the tribunal for an incident in which he appeared to push Doggies’ Ryan Gardner into the path of umpire Jacob Mollison but with many expecting a suspension, the forward escaped with a $2,500 fine for his actions.

Down in South Australia, ladder leaders Melbourne continue to lead the way as they overcame the challenge of a plucky Adelaide, in Bayley Fritsch’s 100th, by 29 points.

Clayton Oliver (pictured below) showcased just why the Demons offered him a seven-year contract extension, rumoured to be worth $7million and which will keep him at the club until 2030, with a best on ground display (36 disposals, 13 tackles and seven clearances).

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Geelong remain in second place and boosted their percentage as they handed bottom side North Melbourne their heaviest loss of the year in a 112-point mauling.

This result couldn’t have come at a worse time for Kangas coach David Noble and his staff with the Arden Street side going through a review, led by former CEO Geoff Walsh, after appearing to have hit rock bottom and in need of a complete re-build.

Rory Lobb kicked a career-high five snags as Fremantle got over the line but only after surviving a few tense moments from a fast finishing Port Adelaide outfit.

The Dockers had a healthy 34-point lead heading into the last change but then lost the momentum as the Power hit back and even had chances to pinch it at the end.

Richmond moved themselves back into the all-important eight as they came out on top in a high scoring affair against a much improved West Coast at the MCG.

In a bit of a first, Tigers key forward Jack Riewoldt was mic’d up for the match with edited highlights to be played across Fox Footy and offer fans a unique experience.

Although they came out on the wrong side the of the ledger, one piece of good news for the Eagles was the return of their star ruckman Nic Naitanui, following a three-month absence with medial ligament injury, who made a noticeable impact (19 disposals, 26 hit-outs and six clearances); Jack Darling lined up for his 250th.

St.Kilda ended a run of three straight defeats and put themselves firmly back in the finals picture after pulling off a bit of an upset with a hard fought victory over Carlton.

It did come at a bit of a cost as the Saints lost Hunter Clark and Dan Butler in a nasty clash of heads incident as well as defender Dougal Howard due to a knee issue.

Before a crowd of 43,163 at the ‘G’, Essendon recovered from a disastrous opening to go and then put on their best performance of the season as they bested Sydney.

Defender Massimo D’Ambrosio, a product of the Western Jets and only recruited by the Bombers during the mid-season draft, won this round’s Rising Star nominee.

Callum Brown had an afternoon to remember, scoring a career-high four majors, in only his fourth appearance for Greater Western Sydney as they downed Hawthorn.

The 21-year-old Irishman, who played Gaelic football for County Derry, was only brought in as a late replacement for Lachlan Keeffe but certainly made the most of the opportunity which will give coach Mark McVeigh a nice selection headache.

Round 16 Results

Brisbane 16.12 (108)
Western Bulldogs 9.13 (67)

Carlton 10.18 (78)
St.Kilda 14.9 (93)

Essendon 15.5 (95)
Sydney 12.14 (86)

Adelaide 10.5 (65)
Melbourne 14.10 (94)

Geelong 21.18 (144)
North Melbourne 5.2 (32)

Gold Coast 8.14 (62)
Collingwood 9.13 (67)

Richmond 20.8 (128)
West Coast 13.15 (93)

GWS 11.6 (72)
Hawthorn 7.8 (50)

Fremantle 15.9 (99)
Port Adelaide 14.7 (91)

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