Pies march towards September
The Pies took apart the lowly Tigers, blasting an opening five-goal haul...
The Round 17 AFL wrap, care of Andy Morris.
Collingwood strengthened its grip on top spot with its thumping 82-point defeat of Richmond, a victory which further extends the Pies' undefeated run to seven games.
The Pies took apart the lowly Tigers, blasting an opening five-goal haul, which they followed up with the opening five goals of the second term, to surge ahead. The Tigers were unable to mount any meaningful challenge as they slumped to a 6.9 (45) to 19.13 (127) defeat.
Geelong put last week's disappointment to one side with a one-sided 63-point victory over Brisbane.
The win moves the Cats up to second place and was confirmed by a dominant spell early on, as the Cats smashed the first nine goals of the contest to set-up a 19.13 (127) to 9.10 (64) victory.
St Kilda's chase for top spot suffered frustration, as the Saints were made to settle for a draw with Hawthorn.
An interchange drama by the Hawks helped the Saints successfully vanquish the Hawks' 13-point lead in the dying minutes, and Ben McEvoy tied the game with seconds remaining, to secure a dramatic draw, 14.3 (87) to 13.9 (87).
The Western Bulldogs climbed above Fremantle into the top four, following a comprehensive 82-point victory.
A superb nine-goal opening term set the Bulldogs on their way, with the disappointing Dockers failing to find any kind of rhythm to hand the Bulldogs their highest score of the season, 24.14 (158) to 12.4 (76).
Carlton maintained its hopes of reaching the finals, with a hard fought 26-point victory over West Coast.
The Blues had to come from behind following a dismal first-half showing, but a resurgent second-half display carried the Blues to a 15.19 (109) to 11.17 (83) victory.
Sydney's finals ambitions were dealt a severe blow after a surprise defeat to Melbourne, 22.10 (142) to 10.9 (69).
While the Swans hold onto eighth place, they were no match for the surprise package Demons, who dominated throughout and ended the game with a 73-point winning margin.
Port Adelaide ended its nine game losing streak with victory over Adelaide by 19-points.
The Power had to endure a nervy final-quarter as the Crows threatened to overturn a five-goal deficit, but the Power held on to claim victory, 13.10 (88) to 9.15 (69).
Essendon brought an end to their six-game losing streak with a tense three-point win over North Melbourne.
The Bombers edged out a depleted Kangaroos outfit in a frantic final term to record a crucial 18.14 (122) to 18.11 (119) victory.
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