Boring games, thrilling finishes, blaming the umps, beltings and fashion statements.
Round 16 of the AFL delivered plenty of material for everyone on Twitter dot com this weekend and we bring it to you in a nice little package known as “Around the Tweets”
GWS Giants 11-8 (74) def.by Brisbane Lions 14-10 (94)
The Brisbane Lions (Proudly sponsored by Neds) made a statement to the AFL world about the fact, they are indeed BACK-IN-TOWN with a rousing 20 point win over the Giants on their home deck.
Footy Twitter clearly has a second favourite team (before winning becomes the norm and everyone hates the Lions again)
Brisbane has played with intensity associated with playing in September. This is Brisbane's biggest win under Chris Fagan. The Lions have been simply outstanding. #AFLGiantsLions
— Adam White (@White_Adam) July 7, 2019
If Collingwood, GWS and Adelaide aren’t interested in a top four finish then Brisbane will only too gladly take their spot. #AFLGiantsLions
— Ashley Browne (@hashbrowne) July 7, 2019
— kippa (@jaykippa) July 7, 2019
The Lions chairman has never been so proud of his boys
— Andrew Wellington (@AJWellytweet) July 7, 2019
“Brisbane Lions premiership player Luke Hodge” sounds good, doesn’t it?
If Luke Hodge can help 🦁 win the flag this season,he will go into the conversation as one of the game’s greatest of all time.His leadership qualities are just incredible.What he has done with this team over the past 2 seasons is remarkable.Fagan goes alright too #AFLGiantsLions
— Brad Klibansky (@BradKlibansky) July 7, 2019
Fages coach of the year, Lachie Neale for Brownlow, Charlie Cameron for Norm Smith and Noah Answerth for Rising Star. You know it makes sense.
About time Noah Answerth received a rising star nomination. Has played well in defence and had another great game today as a lock down defender. 15 disposals @ 87% eff. with 5 contested, 8 intercepts, 6 marks, 5 tackles, 2 inside 50s and 7 one percenters. #AFLGiantsLions pic.twitter.com/Xitmc133ao
— Nic Corona (@nak_98) July 7, 2019
Despite the loss from the Giants, they still know how to do an awesome “gameday experience” for the fans.
Fun fact: Instead of Kiss Cam at Giants Stadium they have Fan Cam where the camera pans around the ground and looks for a GWS fan in the grandstand. The last one took about 15 minutes.#AFLGIANTSLions
— NedsAU (@NedsAus) July 7, 2019
North Melbourne 17-10 (112) def. St.Kilda 11-7 (73)
There was plenty to be tweeted about, but this is quite possibly the winner of the tweet of the year.
— Andrew McCormack (@_AMcCormack7) July 7, 2019
Hello, darkness my old friend.
— 7AFL (@7AFL) July 7, 2019
North’s Jasper Pittard going with the long sleeves, great fashion areas.
— North Melbourne (@NMFCOfficial) July 7, 2019
Tarryn Thomas better live up to his name.
18 years ago someone actually decided to name their son Tarryn. #AFLNorthSaints
— Luke Holmesby (@LukeHolmesby) July 7, 2019
Carlton 15- 10 (100) def.by Melbourne 15-15 (105)
A Frustrating game with an insane ending and plenty of material for Twitter in the Blues v Dees clash yesterday.
Carlton seems to be staging brave comebacks every single week, but it’s unlikely people will have a soft spot for them anytime soon.
— Dylan Leach (@leachitup) July 7, 2019
Like many games this weekend, the first three quarters didn’t make for easy viewing. Enough so that someone was happy to get the Behavioral awareness officers to pay them a visit.
— adam rozenbachs (@arozenbachs) July 7, 2019
I’m no genius but Carlton’s strategy of coming back from five goals down at three-quarter time every week is probably not sustainable moving forward.
This football team will lead to my premature demise #AFLBluesDees
— Martin Pakula (@MartinPakulaMP) July 7, 2019
Let’s be honest. Never deserved to win that. Just deserts in the end #aflbluesdees
— Heath Buck (@heath_buck) July 7, 2019
Saved by the bell was a popular sitcom in the 1990s, it was also the case for the Melbourne Football Club yesterday.
And that's what dodging a bullet feel like. #AFLBluesDees
— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) July 7, 2019
If you just watched the last two minutes of the Carlton v Melbourne game, you’d think it was amazing.
Carlton stormed home at the MCG to produce one of the best finishes of the year against Melbourne.
— AFL (@AFL) July 7, 2019
Fremantle 2-19 (31) def.by West Coast 19-8 (122)
West Coast has arrived big time and what better way to do it than completely demolish cross-town rival Freo in the local Derby?
Thrashing aside, everyone on Twitter seemed to be fixated on Tom Barrass’s shorts-up fashion statement.
— Sophie Hawkins (@SophieAHawkins) July 6, 2019
McGovern & Barrass…the Perc Bentley and Alan Geddes of today pic.twitter.com/41KnzdJeE2
— John Carr (@TheHolyBoot) July 7, 2019
Big shorts pic.twitter.com/mLCWhdUWbX
— John Carr (@TheHolyBoot) July 6, 2019
Good point. Perhaps make the West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs the new Western Derby if Freo doesn’t want to show up and play on the big stage.
Like the Richmond v Carlton season opener debate, If Fremantle aren’t going to be competitive in these games, they should give other teams the chance to play in the western derby #AFLFreoEagles
— Corbin Middlemas (@CorbinMiddlemas) July 6, 2019
Western Bulldogs 10-11 (71) def. Geelong 7-13 (55)
In another low scoring affair, the Dogs came from behind on Saturday night to beat the top of the ladder Cats.
Are Cats Twitter the biggest sooks on the social micro-blogging platform? Dogs fans seem to think so.
How about the salty Geelong fans complaining about the free kick count? Harder, more skillful and better team won on the night and I'm a Pies fan.. Suck it up. #AFLDogsCats
— Luke_Denning82 (@Denning82Luke) July 6, 2019
Love all the sooking about the umpiring coming from cats fans, must be such a shock to not get everthing like they do in Geelong. #AFLDogsCats
— Debbie Brown (@Tedsrobot) July 6, 2019
They really took the loss well.
28-13 free kicks against. Not the reason we lost, but ahh… wow.
— Dan Ranson (@danranson_) July 6, 2019
Er, no… you wouldn’t. This has been like a nightmare for you and it’s hurting you bad. Umps, AFL, Dogs, they’re all to blame. Bitter pill it is, but when the tantrum’s over and the wailing stops, the result will stand – you lost! #AFLDogsCats
— Forbes Klemm (@ForbesK4) July 6, 2019
We’re told Steve Hocking and the AFL commission has read Jaseee23’s tweet and will now be rewarding the four premiership points to Geelong.
The bulldogs did not deserve that game whatsoever. The umpiring was horrendous the game has to be played fair and that was not fair. The free kicks paid were not there at all. The umpiring did cause the result of the game tonight. #AFLDogsCats
— Jase23 (@Jaseee23) July 6, 2019
Adelaide 5-14 (44) def. Port Adelaide 15-11 (101)
The Power continued their unreliable and untrustworthy season by knocking off their bitter rivals by 55 points in the showdown.
After beating the ladder leading Cats two week ago, they were soundly beaten in the wet last week at home against the Dogs.
They are now back in the eight and have leapfrogged the Crows into seventh. For now.
Robbie Gray is the Showdown specialist.
💬 Things I learnt from #Showdown47
-Robbie Gray is the Showdown Specialist
-111 more disposals, 24 more inside 50s and 18 more clearances is a Showdown Smashing 👊
–@PAFC’s best can beat anyone
-Crows fans enjoy an early walkout
— PowerFromPort (@PowerFromPort) July 7, 2019
Some were claiming the Crows were mentally weak.
The Crows may want to work on their mental toughness. May want to get some people in to run some sessions. #AFLCrowsPower
— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) July 6, 2019
Gold Coast 9-4-58 def by. Richmond 23-12-150
Richmond had a much-needed percentage boost against a hapless Gold Coast side on Saturday afternoon on the Gold Coast.
The Tigers had kicked a century of points by half-time which was made even more impressive by the wet conditions.
Twitter came for Suns blood
We might see an entire club sacked this week. #AFLSunsTigers
— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) July 6, 2019
Why do Gold Coast exist? There’s no point to their existence. #AFLSunsTigers
— Rohanct (@RohanCT) July 6, 2019
The Tiger army was out and about despite the poor weather.
— Shane Hart (@sharted88) July 6, 2019
That will fix the problem!
— Debutante Carrot (@f_lexi_ble) July 6, 2019
Essendon 11-10-76 def. Sydney 9-12-66
The Bombers sit just outside the top eight after a critical win over the Swans at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.
There was nothing flashy or dominant about the win but it sets the Bombers up for a good shot at extending their season past August.
Welcome to the MCG.
Stay off our goal posts.#AFLDonsSwans
— Bad Motivator 🏐 (@Bad_motivator) July 6, 2019
To say Swans fans were not happy with the standard of umpiring would be an understatement.
Essendon supporters should never complain about umpires ever again. This game clearly decided by stupid free kicks #AFLDonsSwans
— Michele C (@MicheleC30) July 6, 2019
So @AFL we won’t bother making the @essendonfc play anymore games this home and away season, just send them straight to the finals because that’s two weeks in a row horrible officiating has given them a win #AFLDonsSwans
— shane danials (@shane19572) July 6, 2019
Hilariously to see swans fans blaming the umpiring today 😂. How quickly they forget Rampe climbing the post 😂#AFLDonsSwans
— mark (@Justaguy4545) July 6, 2019
The misery continued for Swans fans.
I've just found a photo I took from the last time the Swans beat Essendon at the MCG.
— Nintendo AFL Commentator (@NintendoFooty) July 4, 2019
Hawthorn 9-13 (67) def. Collingwood 9-9 (63)
Nathan Buckley’s woes continued after his Magpies suffered their second loss in as many weeks against the Hawks on Friday night.
The Pies led for the entirety of the match until Mitch Lewis put the Hawks in front 14 minutes into the last quarter.
They are a happy team at Hawthorn.
— 7AFL (@7AFL) July 5, 2019
Chasing the Cats seems a tough gig right now.
Teams sitting in 18th spot on the ladder have won 6 games in 2019
Teams sitting in 2nd spot on the ladder have won 4
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) June 30, 2019
Before a dramatic finish, there wasn’t a lot to like about the brand footy on display.
— Len (@lenphil29) July 5, 2019