Round-up: Hawks upset Pies charge
Eurosport - Sat, 28 Aug 22:22:00 2010
Hawthorn Hawks remain in the hunt for a home final after a thrilling upset three-point AFL win over minor premiers Collingwood Pies at the MCG on Saturday.
The Hawks, for whom best-afield Lance Franklin (pictured) finished with six goals, scored the last four majors of the match to surge to the line with their noses in front - 15.8 (98) to 13.17 (95).
Collingwood youngster Dayne Beams had the chance to win the game for the Pies with a set shot from 30 out, directly in front in the closing seconds after being held off the ball by Brad Sewell.
But Beams tugged his shot left to the despair of the Magpie Army which made up the majority of the crowd of more than 76,000.
A brilliant performance by Gary Ablett led Geelong Cats to a 16.16 (112) to 10.8 (68) win over bottom AFL side West Coast Eagles.
Despite only leading by four at half-time, Cats switched Ablett to a forward role and he kicked four goals and had 33 possessions, while Cam Mooney and Steve Johnson contributed three goals each.
St Kilda coach Ross Lyon has admitted his AFL side didn't play to win against Adelaide.
The finals-bound Saints refused to attack in the last quarter of Adelaide's 9.11 (65) to 5.7 (37) triumph at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.
St Kilda Saints scored just two points in the last stanza in a 9.11 (65) to 5.7 (37) defeat to Adelaide Crows.
Saints coach Ross Lyon has admitted his side did not play to win.
"Certainly at three quarter-time, we wanted to take the tempo off the game and try and not lose anybody, so that probably diminished our chances of winning," Lyon said. "But that is certainly not being disrespectful, Adelaide were on top.
"But there wasn't much point stretching the envelope as far as it could go because we certainly need to come home fit and healthy, and I think we achieved that, touchwood."
The Sydney Swans secured a home final against Carlton after disposing of the Brisbane Lions by 38 points on the back of a dominant second half at the Gabba.
After a seesawing start, Brisbane led by a single point at half-time, but the home side were blown away in the third and after managing just two points for the quarter the result was all but sealed.
The Swans, who now take a four game winning streak into the finals, seemed to find an extra gear after the major interval, and the final score-line of 16.10 (106) to 10.8 (68) was a fair indication of Sydney's greater class.
The visitors' strong all-round performance was highlighted by goals to twelve different players and more than 20 disposals to another eight.
Malceski was highly-active in the middle of the park for the Swans, while Kieran Jack and Trent Dennis-Lane deserved to lead all scorers with three goals apiece.
Essendon Knights did little to ease the scrutiny on coach Matthew Knights, ending their difficult AFL season with a 29-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Young forward Jarrad Grant starred with six goals for the Bulldogs, while Barry Hall kicked four in an ugly 17.5 (107) to 11.12 (78) victory at Etihad Stadium.