Saints keep marching in
...the Saints were rarely troubled in cruising to the 15.10 (100) to 9.11 (65) win.
The Round 14 AFL wrap, care of Andy Morris.
St Kilda kept the pressure on first-placed Geelong, with its 11th victory of the season, posting a 35-point win over Melbourne.
Matching Geelong's record of 11 wins, the Saints were rarely troubled in cruising to the 15.10 (100) to 9.11 (65) win.
Meanwhile, Geelong was quick to recover from last week's loss to the Saints, with an emphatic display to defeat North Melbourne by a similar 35 points margin.
The reigning premiers surged ahead early in the game, leading from start to finish, ending the Kangaroos' three-game winning streak with a 14.14 (98) to 9.9 (63) victory.
A blistering opening term helped boost Collingwood's top-four hopes as the Magpies struck a decisive 83-point victory over West Coast.
A nine-goal to one rally in the third term put the game beyond any real doubt as the Eagles were left reeling in the 20.15 (135) to 7.10 (52) defeat.
Fremantle's 57-point win over Port Adelaide moves the Dockers two games clear in the race for a top four position, although it was marred by the loss of star Michael Barlow, who broke his leg and may now not play again until 2011.
Despite this, the Dockers reinforced their top four credentials with win number 10, following a strong showing in which the Power were restricted to a solitary goal in the second half as the Dockers dug deep in the 7.15 (115) to 8.10 (58) result.
The Western Bulldogs' own top four hopes were dealt a massive blow by Hawthorn, who hung on to win with a dramatic three-point victory.
The Hawks fired in four final-term goals to snatch victory 12.7 (79) to 11.10 (76), extending their winning streak to seven and no doubt causing some nervous twinges among sides higher on the ladder, who now would see them as serious challengers.
Carlton recovered from its recent slide to defeat a disappointing Brisbane Lions, with a convincing 55-point win.
The Blues controlled much of the game, turning their dominance into scoring opportunities, overturning the Lions' early lead with a six-goal to one second term that saw the Blues run-out 18.12 (120) to 9.11 (65) winners.
Adelaide continued its recovery, posting an 84-point success over Essendon, ending the Bombers' remaining finals hopes.
The Crows kicked seven of the opening eight goals before increasing their lead to 61 points at halt time. The Bombers were unable to recover, totally bombing out in a 19.10 (124) to 5.10 (40) defeat.
Richmond's narrow victory over the Sydney Swans was enough to shift the Tigers from the bottom of the ladder, leaving the Eagles languishing in the cellar for the first time since they entered the competition.
The Tigers kicked eight of the final 10 goals to overturn the Swans third-quarter lead and their fourth win in five games, 19.10 (124) to 5.10 (40), causing some commentators to pose the question 'Can the Tigers make the 8?'.
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