Round four of the 2015 AFL season has been run and won and there were many talking points to come out of the weekend’s fixtures.
Richmond star Bachar Houli allegedly labelled a ‘terrorist’ by prominent media figure
Sydney Swans coach John Longmire calls for increased security following Alastair Clarkson incident
Hawthorn defend coach Alastair Clarkson after post-match scuffle with Port Adelaide fan
Melbourne kicked things off with a superb upset win over Richmond, while ANZAC Day brought out the best in a young Collingwood outfit.
But just what did we learn?
Find out below:
Hawthorn remain premiership favourites despite another loss
Hawthorn might be 2-2, but there’s no doubt that Alastair Clarkson’s men should still be considered premiership favourites.
The Hawks started poorly at Adelaide Oval, allowing the Power to race out to a 58-point lead in the second quarter.
The reigning premiers’ fight-back was brilliant however, narrowly missing out on victory.
If Clarkson’s side can keep up the self-belief shown in the second half of Saturday’s match, they’ll be hard to stop.
Pressure eases on Mick Malthouse…for now
Carlton got its first win of the season against the Saints in windy Wellington, and it was a much needed four points for coach Mick Malthouse.
Malthouse has had to answer countless questions about his future with the club over the past few weeks, but a win is sure to quieten critics for at least a week.
A big clash against former club Collingwood awaits…
Young Collingwood outfit impress on the grandest of stages
Collingwood’s youngsters stepped up to the plate in front of a full house at the MCG on ANZAC Day.
Young defender Paul Seedsman was by far the best on ground, while new recruit Jack Crisp did a stellar job on damaging Essendon skipper Jobe Watson.
There’s a lot to like about the Magpies and although a premiership is not on the cards on 2015, the future looks solid.
Long-suffering Western Bulldogs supporters have plenty to look forward to
It was easily the most eye-opening result of the round, but the matter in which the Bulldogs disposed of the unbeaten Adelaide Crows will have given its fans a lot to look forward to.
Jake Stringer was superb in his six-goal outing, while the Dogs’ young defence stood up well to the threat of Taylor Walker.
Richmond underwhelming…yet again
The Tigers put in yet another underwhelming performance in round four, heaping more pressure on under-fire coach Damien Hardwick.
Richmond could not match Melbourne’s pressure and intensity in the pouring rain at the MCG, and were deservedly beaten by Paul Roos’ improving side.
The men from Punt Road must iron out its inconsistencies or else they can forget about September.