Despite the list of intense games, the 13th round of the AFL was held exactly as one would expect in terms of winners and losers, with one major exception.
The long weekend and Thursday night led to six games in five days and forced fans to get everything they could.
Given the many new sides this season, the games you’ve had to miss over the years have suddenly caught your eye.
It turned out to be a decent football weekend, culminating in a Queens birthday classic that made a bottleneck out of the top eight.
Among the indigenous stars one fighter from Brisbane lifted to his side of the house, the Roo couple continued to stand above the rest, and one Porto midfielder, who raises many questions, turned him in the losing side.
Richmond 77 – 65 Port Adelaide – MCG, Melbourne
The real eight launched the first of three blockbusters in the House of Football.
Both sides looked better than their positions on the ladder going to the competition, and Port headed for an unlikely September campaign after a failed start to the year.
Stephen Motlop was quiet for power while teammates Jeremy Finlayson and Sam Powell-Pepper added on goal.
Lachie Jones claws some shapes back with 17 touches and Carl Amon returned to the best.
Amon was electric with 29 touches, a goal and a lot of effort in defense.
The best career of the season looks on the cards while the whisper grows Nunukkal man looking away from Albert Aval, despite doubts about his ability to trade.
His efforts against the Tigers nearly led to victory, though it simply wasn’t.
Richmond was in the lead at every break and experienced a late surge of visitors.
Marlion Picket and Daniel Rioli had a disposition in his teens at the time Shay Bolton missed a huge opportunity to show his presence at the competition.
Bolton finished without goals, five behind, but had to shy away from the fact that a team loss could direct him to shooting.
Esendan 54 – 80 Carlton – MCG, Melbourne
Friday’s iconic match could prove to be a competition in a tent round if the bombers withstood the challenge.
The celebration of the 150th anniversary of Esendan led to the fact that they faced four of the best “blues” who wanted to make up for the shock they had lost to Collingwood the week before, and no one was too eager to face historical rivals.
Old native stars Michael Long and Gavin Wanganin were on the list of club legends invited to pre-match ceremonies on the field.
That was not enough to defeat their side as Carlton early took control and fled with him at last.
Yavuru man Jack Martin had nine touches and a goal in the blue win.
Fremantle 95 – 82 Hawthorn – Optus Stadium, Perth
Freo experienced a huge fright from the hawthorn up and down on Saturday afternoon.
The competition went back and forth as the Hawks flirted with the frustration of another contender for the prime minister’s post after defeating Brisbane’s leader late last month.
The Dockers did enough to take off the nerves of home fans by turning on in the third quarter.
Michael “Sony” Walters received an absolute gift from one meter in the fifth minute of the semester and then performed a cool 30-meter dribble after connecting through the middle to double his contribution to the game shortly thereafter.
His influence on the victory was great, he scored 10 points for the team for participating in the match.
Chad Wingard made his part at the other end by scoring two of his own goals when his Hawks did their best against the recently reliable Fremantle.
Brisbane 78 – 57 St. Kilda – Gaba, Brisbane
Another clash of the top eight met fans on Saturday night when the Lions met with the Saints in Brisbane.
It was not long until the last term before the Lions proved their stocks in the round, which eventually led to them taking first place in the ladder.
31-gamer Keidean Coleman was maturing performance.
19 emissions of Dalabon and Javoin, nine marks and efforts in defense were huge in leaning the competition towards Brisbane.
Charlie Cameron did his thing and added one goal early.
Paddy Ryder, Bradley Hill and Jarod Lynert played a role for the saints at the time Jade Gresham continued its stellar 2022 year.
The 24-year-old had 21 touches and two goals in the losing side.
North Melbourne 53 – 102 GWS – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
It was the same old, the same for the hard North on the weekend.
Despite finishing ahead in a number of performance indicators, their disorganized defense and lack of depth meant another blow, this time at the hands of GWS.
Despite the losses, Ji Simpkin and Jed Anderson continue to be the club’s flag bearers, showing a good performance behind a solid performance since their late start to the season.
The pair had 31 and 24 touches respectively.
Collingwood 82 – 56 Melbourne – MCG, Melbourne
The culmination of the 13th round was a classic on the Queen’s Birthday.
In the middle of the third quarter Collingwood scored nine of the last 10 to give Melbourne a third defeat on the trot with 26 points.
The wheels seem to fall off for Dee.
While consistent losses are never good, this may be a reality check needed for big parties.
However, for the Premiers it may be a different story, as off-field incidents and poor form get sick in the middle of the season.
The prime ministers went all the way last year as the strongest side in the competition, but dropped to 17th on that list in 2022.
Autumn is best seen Kitty Picket. His eight removals on Monday along with his recent form have virtually no impact on the game.
Pickett managed to score on Monday after an uncharacteristic mistake by Pie defender Darcy Brown.
Round 14 begins with another blockbuster in Melbourne when Richmond hosts Carlton at the MCG on Thursday night.
Stairs leading to Lions, Collingwood, Kenguroos, Dockers, Hawthorn and Melbourne complete the weekend with a farewell week-long vacation.