Fremantle wins; Hawks move closer to 2nd place in AFL
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fremantle increased its first-place lead in the Australian Football League to 10 points on Sunday after its 15.6 (96) to 8.11 (59) win over St. Kilda.
In other matches Sunday, North Melbourne beat Melbourne 19.13 (127) to 14.8 (92) and Greater Western Sydney defeated Essendon 14.9 (93) to 8.13 (61).
The defending champion Hawthorn Hawks moved to within two points of second-place West Coast with a 13.10 (88) to 11.8 (74) win over the Eagles. West Coast led by 18 points during the third quarter but the Hawks kicked four late goals.
Geelong kicked eight second-half goals to beat the Sydney Swans 14.11 (95) to 9.9 (63), moving back into the top eight.
It was a losing return for Sydney’s Adam Goodes. The Aboriginal player sat out last weekend’s victory over Adelaide after being affected by relentless booing from opposition fans that he believed was racially motivated.
Swans coach John Longmire said he hopes the respect Geelong fans showed Goodes signals an end to the controversy.
“I hope that the whole football world and community in general can just focus on the good things in footy,” Longmire said. “The whole discussion and debate, whilst probably uncomfortable at times, it certainly turned and there was a great swell of support from the whole community, particularly the football community.”
Goodes did not speak to the media after the match.
In other weekend matches to complete the 19th round, Gold Coast beat Brisbane 17.12 (114) to 14.16 (100) in the Queensland state derby, the Western Bulldogs defeated Port Adelaide 19.14 (128) to 9.10 (64), Collingwood beat Carlton 16.9 (105) to 13.9 (87) in a match featuring long-time Melbourne inner city rivals and Adelaide moved into the top eight with an 11.22 (88) to 8.4 (52) victory over sixth-place Richmond.