• Round 9 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition is in the books.

    The Adelaide Crows beat the Western Bulldogs 63 – 26, the sort of score one might expect from an AFLW match. The Bulldogs are seemingly a long way away from the side that won the premiership in 2016 and the 26 points is the fewest they have scored since 1996. Adelaide may have moved the Dogs pipes closer together, judging by the two goals the Dogs managed.

    The North Melbourne Kangaroos beat the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Blundstone Arena, in a match that was seen mainly by crickets, as only 7,200 turned out to see the Giants lose their third consecutive match, as the Giants have had something of a plunge this year, an unexpected one in many quarters.

    Port beat the Gold Coast Suns in Shanghai, 82 – 42, where the crowd of 11,000 was miniscule for a country of over one billion population.

    The Essendon Bombers pulled an ambush of the Geelong Cats, winning 84 – 50 in front of over 50,000 at the MCG.

    Sydney Swans downed the Fremantle Dockers 111 – 52 at SCG, perhaps demonstrating that the away part of home-and-away outside of Optus Stadium in Perth is the hard part.

    The Pies were 100 – 72 victors over the St. Kilda Saints at Etihad. It was a win the Pies needed to improve to a 5 – 4 record for the season and give supporters the best reason for hope in quite a while.

    The Melbourne Demons wore out their legs, kicking 25 goals in a 159 – 50 rout of the Carlton Blues, although at this stage, it might be that using “rout” in the same phrase with Carlton Blues might be an unnecessary redundancy.

    The Brisbane Lions scored 129 to the Hawthorn Hawks’ 73, proving that anything can happen at The Gabba.

    The premier game of Round 9 was the game between premiers Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles, with West Coast not only winning, but winning convincingly 130 – 83 in front of a big crowd at Optus. That win moved the Eagles to the top of the ladder.