Round 10 was full of surprises, with upsets, milestones, thrillers, and for the first time in two years, the Dream time match was back at the MCG in the first week of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
As round 10 draws to a close, we take a look at how each team went in theEdge of the Crowd's Power Rankings.
1. Naarm (1)
Despite a slow start, Naarm remains undefeated with a 47-point win over North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium. For the first three-quarters of the match, North Melbourne would just be on the heels of Melbourne, but the Demons were just that little bit cleaner to keep that buffer.
Ultimately the game busted open in the fourth quarter with the demons able to get on top of the Kangaroos, shutting down the Kangaroos' pace to run through the middle, which is what they were so good at for most of the game.
Although the game didn’t come without injury concerns, Naarm with star wingman Ed Langdon was subbed out of the game with a rib injury.
Clayton Oliver was instrumental for the demons with 45 disposals for the game, while Christian Petracca was also strong with 30 disposals. On the scoreboard, Bayley Fritsch and Tom McDonald had three for the game, while Kysaiah Pickett had two goals.
2. St Kilda (5)
No Jack Higgin or Jack Steele? No worries for the Saints after St Kilda had a strong 21-point win over Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. Despite Adelaide having control of most of the match, the Saints stole the lead early in the last quarter, and they didn’t look back. Max King had a field day kicking six goals, which was key in getting the Saints over the line.
In his 200thgame, Brad Hill had one of his best games for 2022 with 30 disposals and one goal. While Jack Sinclair and Brad Crouch were also prolific with 32 and 31 disposals, respectively, while Crouch hit the scoreboard having one goal.
3. Carlton (4)
Carlton have gone a few games clear in the top four after a win against the Swans under Friday Night Lights at Marvel Stadium. After a second-quarter blitz, the Blues went into the second half with a handy 38-point lead, thanks to a five-goal first-half haul from Charlie Curnow.
Although the Swans put the Blues on the ropes and after only kicking three goals in the second half, the Blues were soon trying to halt the Swan's momentum.
Sam Walsh was strong for the Blues having 34 disposals, while George Hewett was strong with 32 disposals. Curnow finished the match with six goals, while Corey Durdin and Zac fisher had two goals each
4. Geelong (8)
Geelong had a dominant win over Port Adelaide with a 35-point win, although it didn’t come without its challenges in the first half. The Cats got out to a flyer, kicking three consecutive goals to go into the quarter time break with an eleven-point lead.
Despite a strong comeback from the Power, the Cats were able to kick away in the third quarter, kicking five answered goals in the third quarter.
Although the biggest highlight from the match was from Jeremey Cameron on the three-quarter time siren with a 58 barrel that sailed through for a goal. Cameron finished the game with three goals alongside Tyson Stengle, while Tom Hawkins had two goals.
Cameron Guthrie had a massive game with 38 disposals, while Tom Stewart was key down back with 27 disposals.
5. Richmond (11)
Richmond have made it four wins in a row after a strong 32 point win over Essendon in Dream Time at the G. It was a real team win from the Tigers, with many players standing out all across the ground. Maurice Rioli Jr had passages of brilliance while Daniel Rioli was impressive across half-back, having a career-high 26 disposals and continuing to cement his spot across half-back for Richmond.
Dion Prestia was impressive from the first bounce, collecting 36 disposals and six clearances. Prestia also took out the Yiooken Award for best on ground in the Dream time match. Jayden short was once again a key cog in the Tigers lineup, having 29 disposals and nine marks.
On the scoreboard, Jack Riewoldt led from the front, kicking four goals, while Shai Bolton and Maurice Rioli had two goals each. Although the match didn’t come without injury concerns for the Tigers, Tom Lynch (Hamstring) and Kane Lambert (Hip soreness) were both ruled out at different points of the game.
6. Western Bulldogs (9)
The Western Bulldogs have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, with a 19-point win over the Gold Coast Suns in Ballarat having gotten the Dog's season back on track.
Despite a strong performance for the Bulldogs, getting out to a 32-point win at one point in the third quarter, the Suns were able to right back into the match. The Bulldogs struggled in front of the goal, having 16 behinds for the match to the sides 15 goals.
Bailey Smith was once again prolific with the ball having 34 disposals along with Jack Macrae, and 200 gamer Adam Treloar was once strong for the Bulldogs with 26 disposals and one goal. Ed Richards was strong in defence for the Bulldogs. Richards (20 disposals) was able to read the ball well to get in the right place at the right time.
On the scoreboard, it was Aaron Naughton and Marcus Bontempelli with three goals each, while Robbie McComb, Lachlan McNeil and Bailey Williams had two.
7. Greater Western Sydney (7)
The Giants have gotten the win in Mark McVeigh’s first game at the helm with a 52-point win over the West Coast Eagles. It was a dominant display with the Giants getting hands to the ball a lot more than the Eagles did have 100 more disposals than West Coast.
Stephen Coniglio had a strong game for the Giants, having 36 disposals and seven clearances, while Harry Perryman wasn’t far behind him, with 30 disposals and seven clearances. On the scoreboard, it was James Peatling leading the goalkickers for the Giants with three while Tanner Bruhn, Matt de Boer, Tom Green and Toby Greene, Jesse Hogan and Zach Sproule all had two goals each.
8. Brisbane (6)
Brisbane Lions had a disappointing loss at the hands of Hawthorn after a five-point loss. The lions got out to a flyer kicking the four out of the five opening goals of the match. The match was close, with no more than six points separating the teams at the breaks.
A goal with two minutes to go from Jaxon Prior gave the Lions a sniff, but a miss from Charlie Cameron in the game's final minutes sealed the Lion's fate. Dayne Zorko kicked a goal with just seconds of the clock to bring the margin to five, but it was too little too late.
Cameron and Prior were strong in front of goals with three goals each, while Lincoln McCarthy had two goals. Daniel Rich and Jarryd Lyons accumulated lots of the football, having 33 and 32 disposals, respectively, with Rich hitting the scoreboard.
9. Port Adelaide (2)
Port Adelaide’s run of form has halted after a 35-point loss to Geelong down at GHMBA Stadium. The Power were beating in the contested possessions losing 150-120, with the Powers stars, including Ollie Wines, Zak Butters and Connor Rozee having under 10 contested possessions.
Despite having gone into halftime with a one-point margin, a Cats flurry of goals to open the third quarter saw the game slip.
Wines was prolific with the ball in hand, with 29 disposals and nine contested. As well as Dan Houston and Travis Boak who had 30 disposals and 25 disposals respectively. Kane Farrell, Robbie Gray and Todd Marshall were all strong in front of goals, kicking two goals each.
10. Gold Coast (3)
The Gold Coast wasn’t able to make it three in a row after some impressive wins, but the Gold Coast didn’t go down without a fight after a 19 point loss to the Western Bulldogs. The Suns were able to stay hot on the tails of the Bulldogs and seemed to have an answer every time the Bulldogs were able to score, although they couldn’t get that next goal to get in front.
The Suns were also a player down, with Rory Thompson being subbed out of the game, then Jay Farrar going down with an injury. It was a sensational performance from Joel Jeffrey, who kicked five goals, while Ben Ainsworth had three goals. David Swallow was prolific for the Suns with 25 disposals.
11. Hawthorn (10)
Hawthorn has notched up the club's 999th win in the club’s history after a five-point win over the Lions. Brisbane Lions got out to a flyer kicking the first two games of the match. The match was close, with no more than six points separating the two sides at the breaks.
The match didn’t come without its scare with the Hawks having a 16 point lead in the final quarter with just under eight minutes on the clock. Although a late goal from the Lions gave the visitors a sniff. The Hawks were able to hold on by just five points.
Tom Mitchell was formidable for the Hawks, having 36 disposals and one goal, while Changkuoth Jiath was strong, especially in the opening term bringing the runoff half-back that the Hawks have missed since he’s been out. Mitch Lewis was strong on the scoreboard with four goals, while Chad Wingard wasn’t far behind him with three goals for the game.
12. Adelaide (12)
It was a disappointing loss for the Crows at Adelaide Oval after going down to St Kilda by 21 points after having control of the game for most of the match. The Crows gave up the lead early in the final quarter and allowed the Saints to have control of the game.
Brodie Smith and Ben Keays had good games with 28 and 27 disposals, respectively, while Jordan Dawson and Shane McAdam both kicked two goals. In the end, it was inaccuracy from the Crows that cost them the game having 15 behinds to nine goals.
13. Sydney (13)
It was a disappointing result for the Swans on Friday night. After winning three out of the four quarters a second-quarter blitz from the Blues made it extremely difficult for the Swans to win the match.
A three-goal second quarter to Carlton's nine made a comeback near impossible, and while the Swans through everything at the Blues, Carlton was too strong in defence for the Swans to be able to get the win.
Logan McDonald and Tom Papley were strong on the scoreboard with three goals each, while Buddy Franklin and Will Hayward had two goals to their name.
For the Swans, Issac Heeney and Luke Parker were the major ball getters having 24 and 26 disposals, respectively.
The Swans now have a nervous wait with Josh Kennedy injuring his hamstring after a collision with Sam Docherty, although Kennedy will miss one match due to a suspension for the incident.
14. Collingwood (16)
Collingwood has gotten its season back on track with a 44-point win over the Fremantle Dockers in a wet affair at Optus Stadium. Collingwood wasn’t afraid to get scrappy to win the footy, which saw them secure the game.
After Mason Cox was subbed out with what was a finger injury, Ollie Henry came into the match and had one of the best performances from a medical sub since the inception of the rule in 2021, kicking a game-high four goals for the match.
Jack Ginnivan, Will Hoskin- Elliott and Brody Mihocek were the other multiple goal scorers for the Magpies, while Patrick Lipinski continued his great start to his career in the black and white having 29 disposals. Record-breaker Jack Crisp had 27 disposals and one goal.
15. Fremantle (14)
Fremantle has been dealt its second consecutive loss after going down to Collingwood by 44 points in what was a wet affair. The Docker's failure to adapt to the slippery conditions ultimately cost them the match and their overuse of the footy.
Fremantle didn’t have any multiple goalkickers, with Andrew Brayshaw and Rory Lobb among the goal kickers for the sides. While Will Brodie is continuing his fine form with 36 disposals and one goal while David Mundy had 34 disposals and a goal.
16. Essendon (15)
After a disappointing week last week, the Bombers brought that element of ferocity to the match that the Bombers were lacking last week. In the match against the Swans, the Bombers only had 30 tackles, and at quarter time on Saturday night, they had 20 tackles, nine more than the Tigers.
Despite a lot more positives than weeks gone by, the Bombers ended up going down by 32 points. On the scoreboard, first-year player Ben Hobbs was the only multiple goal kicker for the Bombers, while Nick Bryan, Aaron Francis, Archie Perkins, Dylan Shiel and Alec Waterman all also contributed to the scoreboard.
Darcy Parish was a ball magnet having 43 disposals, while Zach Merrett was also good with 33 disposals. Mason Redman was good In defence with 29 disposals, although he will be under MRO scrutiny after an incident with Tom Lynch.
17. North Melbourne. (17)
It was promising signs for North Melbourne, who were in the contest for the first three quarters before the Demons ran away with the game in the end. The Kangaroos were strong through the middle when they were able to use their pace to get inside fifty.
The Kangaroos led for a period of time in the second quarter, but Naarm just had an answer for everything that the Kangaroos tried to throw at them. On the scoreboard, Cameron Zurhaar had three goals for the Kangaroos.
When it came to getting the ball, Luke McDonald was prolific with 31 disposals, while Luke Davis-Uniacke and Bailey Scott had 27 touches, respectively.
18. West Coast (18)
The Eagles were once again dealt another loss, this time from the hands of the Giants by 52 points at Giants stadium. Although there was a positive to take out of the match for the Eagles with the Eagles winning the third quarter.
Tim Kelly was strong around the stoppage having 10 clearances as well as 23 disposals which Kelly led the Eagles with. On the scoreboard, Isiah Winder had three goals for the Eagles, while Jamie Cripps and Hugh Dixon had two goals each.