Gold Coast Suns pip Richmond after the siren for thrilling AFL win as Fremantle, Collingwood, Port Adelaide enjoy victories

Gold Coast’s Noah Anderson scored the winning goal after the final siren to seal a remarkable comeback win for the Suns over Richmond at Carrara.

In Saturday’s other matches, Fremantle recorded a 41-point victory over St Kilda, Port Adelaide beat GWS by 55 points, while Collingwood fought back to beat North Melbourne by seven points.

Down 40 points early in the third quarter and 28 in the final corner, Anderson’s icy finish secured a 14.10 (94) to 13.14 (92) win that keeps the Suns’ hopes of a place in the final.

Ex-Tiger Mabior Chol scored with a minute remaining to bring the Suns within a goal and it was Anderson who got the ball back as the clock ran out after a clever pass from Sam Day.

The victory puts the Suns within four points of the eighth-placed Tigers, who were their worst enemy in the final quarter as they squandered several golden chances to freeze the game.

Maurice Rioli and Jake Aarts were both guilty, while Jason Castagna managed to have his shot on goal smothered by Suns defender Charlie Ballard despite being free from the arc from 50 yards.

Chol finished with three goals for the Suns, Anderson and Ben Ainsworth scoring two each.

Richmond, playing without injured superstar Dustin Martin, lost key forward Tom Lynch early to a hamstring strain.

Shai Bolton stepped into the void with a three-goal, 29 playoff performance that included eight clearances. Jack Riewoldt also scored three goals.

Noah Cumberland, the medical substitute in place of Lynch, finished with two goals but was also guilty of missing a few regulation shots when the Tigers had to regret their debauchery.

Trailing by 34 points after a disappointing first half, Gold Coast responded with a best effort in the third term, with goals from Ainsworth and Touk Miller raising hopes of a fight back.

Chol started his second to make it three in a row and cut the margin to 20 points.

A free kick against Jack Bowes gave Aarts a scoring chance and he stopped the rot with a good finish for the Tigers.

A mix-up between Bowes and Sam Collins in a tagging contest saw Bolton find Riewoldt, whose arrival put the Tigers 28 points clear at the final corner.

The Suns started the fourth quarter with goals for David Swallow and Anderson, before Riewoldt hit a superb finish with his right foot outside of the pocket to halt the home side’s momentum again.

Goals to Day and Matt Rowell on either side of Castagna’s failure with the goal at his mercy reduced the margin to 11 points with less than four minutes to play.

Ainsworth had a chance to cut the margin to less than a kick with two and a half minutes remaining but sprayed his set piece to the right.

Chol made up for that setback by netting his third goal from close range when the ball fell to him in the goal square to close the gap to four points with one minute remaining.

That proved vital as the Suns scrambled the ball inside 50, with Day narrowly marking the boundary before finding Anderson with a smart pass to allow the third-year player to become the hero.

Dockers remain close to top of AFL

An AFL player from St Kilda holds the ball as it is tackled by opponent Fremantle.
St Kilda’s Sebastian Ross (left) tries to get clear of the Fremantle defence.(PA: James Ross)

Nat Fyfe’s big second-half contribution helped Fremantle to victory over St Kilda, keeping Dockers in touch with the leaders in the table.

The Dockers prevailed 17.9 (111) to 10.10 (70) at Docklands and now boast a 12-4 win-loss record.

They are tied with Geelong and Melbourne, but sit third in the standings with a lower percentage.

The Brisbane Lions can join the trio on a dozen wins with a victory over Essendon on Sunday.

Fremantle were clearly second best in the first half against St Kilda as the home midfielder dominated the proceedings early on.

But the Dockers hung on and trailed just eight points at the main break before toppling the competition with the first six goals of the second half.

Brownlow’s two-time medalist Fyfe started forward and had just five eliminations at halftime, but was moved to center square to help spark a turnover at source.

He finished with 21 eliminations and three goals, with Andrew Brayshaw (36 eliminations), Jordan Clark (30), Will Brodie (29, six clearances) and Caleb Serong (25, four) also influential.

The Dockers spread the scoring load with Michael Frederick (three), Bailey Banfield, Rory Lobb, Sean Darcy, Lachie Schultz and Brodie (two each) all scoring multiple goals.

Banfield was a late inclusion for key defender Alex Pearce, who pulled out with a tight calf muscle.

St Kilda could have entered the top eight with a win but had to regret a missed chance despite best efforts from Zak Jones (27 eliminations, six clearances), Brad Crouch (30, seven), Jack Steele (28, four) and Brad Hill (28, four).

Dan Bulter, Max King and Tim Membery each scored two goals.

mighty giants

Two Port Adelaide AFL players embrace as they celebrate a goal.
Power teammates Travis Boak (right) and Miles Bergman celebrate a goal against the Giants.(PA: Matt Turner)

A sparkling four-goal run from Connor Rozee helped Port Adelaide beat GWS to keep the flame alive in their faltering final.

Power are just one win away from the top eight following their 12.12 (84) 3.11 (29) win at Adelaide Oval.

The Giants’ loss was compounded by another serious hamstring injury to former captain Phil Davis, who turns 32 next month and will be out of contract at the end of the season.

Davis – just his third game since spending three months on the sidelines with a left hamstring injury – was barely able to put weight on his right leg after being injured in the third quarter.

The prop’s injury came as the Giants suffered a heavy loss that does interim coach Mark McVeigh a disservice in his bid to win the top job next season.

His Giants were never in the hunt after an eye-catching three-goal first half from Rozee, who finished with 24 eliminations and 11 scoring appearances.

Rozee’s teammates Sam Powell-Pepper (25 kills, one goal), Jeremy Finlayson (22 kills, nine in the 50s) and Zak Butters (26 kills) were instrumental, while Todd Marshall and Kane Farrell all two scored two goals.

The Power – having lost five consecutive games to open their season – are 12th on the ladder and among three clubs one win less than eighth place.

The Giants suffered their biggest loss in McVeigh’s seven games since Leon Cameron left as head coach.

The magpies border the gallant kangaroos

A Collingwood AFL player hits the ball while being tackled by a North Melbourne opponent.
The Magpies found themselves under pressure against the Kangaroos before securing victory.(PA: Joel Carrett)

Coach David Noble looks safe for another week after North Melbourne came close to picking up a stunning upset win over Collingwood.

The Magpies threw 5.5 from two behind in the final quarter at the MCG for their seventh straight victory, triumphing 13.10 (88) to 12.9 (81).

Speculation was rife on pre-match radio broadcasts that this would be Noble’s final appearance as Kangaroos manager.

The Kangaroos were a very different side to Geelong’s 112 points last week and it was their best score of the season.

Although it was also their 14th loss in a row as they head to the wooden spoon, it was their best effort this year.

Kangaroos midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke led the field with 33 possessions and key forward Nick Larkey scored five goals.

Magpies midfielder Taylor Adams left late in the final quarter with a blow to the head.

The Kangaroos started brilliantly, dominating central clearances and quickly taking a two-goal lead.

After Ben McKay’s failed advance last week against Geelong, he started as usual in defence.

The scores were tied on the first substitution and Kangaroos captain Jack Ziebell – returning from a nasty facial fracture – sparked his side with the first goal of the second quarter.

The Kangaroos went four goals to one for a 20-point lead and put Collingwood firmly on the back foot.

That lead was extended to a third-term high of 28 points before the Magpies inevitably fought back with two goals, but the Kangaroos stabilized to lead by 26 three quarters from time.

The Magpies then stormed home as Jeremy Howe and Scott Pendlebury took big hits in defense.


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