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Aussie Rules: Talking points from week six

Another bumper week of AFL action came to an end on Tuesday with Collingwood edging out Essendon in a thrilling Anzac Day clash.

It had been billed as the biggest Anzac Day clash between the two traditional rivals in years and it certainly lived up to all the hype. 

In front of 95,000 supporters at the MCG, Collingwood came from behind to beat the Bombers by 13 points to move to joint-top of the ladder with St Kilda. 

Just below them it is tight to say the least with five teams all on 16 points. Trying to predict the make-up of the top four is going to be tough going. 

There were big wins for St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide, Brisbane Lions, Geelong, Adelaide, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. 

While the alarm bells will be sounding at Sydney, Fremantle and Hawthorn in particular. Week seven will soon be underway with more big games to look forward to, but first of all let’s take a look at the main talking points from week six.

Pies flying high after Anzac Day thriller 

The Anzac Day clash was always going to be huge with both sides sitting 4-1 after strong starts to the season, and it was Collingwood that came out on top. 

Collingwood edged to a 90-77 victory but it was the manner of the comeback win that would have pleased their supporters the most. 

Essendon were leading by 28 points at the end of the third quarter, but Collingwood came roaring back, booting the last seven goals of the game to take the win. 

That spirit and never-say-die attitude is sure to serve them well for the rest of the campaign as they go in search of premiership glory. 

Craig McRae’s side will now face another big test when they head to Adelaide to take on a Crows side who have won the last four games on the bounce.

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Daicos shines again 

Sticking with Collingwood and the Anzac Day clash against the Bombers, the performance of Nick Daicos was another huge plus point for the Pies. 

Daicos continues to get better and better and is now the hot fancy to go on and win the Brownlow Medal in 2023. 

The youngster booted two crucial goals in the final quarter as Collingwood came from behind to win. Not only that he finished the game with 40 disposals, nine score involvements and 604 metres gained. 

It was a performance that earned him the Anzac Day Medal. It is amazing to think the 20-year-old has played just 31 AFL games, and he looks sure to get even better with age and experience.

Massive concerns for Sydney 

Alarm bells will be sounding at Sydney after they were crushed by Geelong on Saturday night. The Swans were out for revenge in the grand final re-match, but were put to the sword once again, this time losing by a massive 93 points. 

It was the biggest loss in coach John Longmire’s tenure and he admitted to being lost for words after the game. 

Longmire said it was the lack of competitiveness from his side that disappointed him the most as they dropped well below the standards he demands. 

Sydney were missing some key players with the likes of Lance Franklin, Dane Rampe and Tom Hickey on the sidelines, but there can be no excuse for their failure to compete. 

The Swans now sit 3-3 and there is plenty work to be done if they are to even make finals this season. They are next in action against GWS and are priced at 1.22 to get the win. 

Dockers midfield woes exposed 

Fremantle’s poor start to the season continued as they slipped to another defeat to the Western Bulldogs in the opening game of the round. 

The Dockers are 2-4 for the season and everyone has been trying to work out was has changed from 2022 when they made it to the semi-finals. 

The numbers now show it is the midfield that is a big issue and something coach Justin Longmuir needs to fix asap. 

Fremantle had one of the best and most effective midfields in the competition last season, but in 2023 only Caleb Serong is at the top of his game. 

Andrew Brayshaw’s form has dipped and the loss of the experienced David Mundy, who retired at the end of the year, could also be a factor. 

It is worth pointing out that Fremantle are one of the youngest teams in the AFL and the lack of experience could be hindering them. 

They now have a tough run of games against Brisbane, Sydney, Geelong and Melbourne and their top-eight hopes could soon be over unless they can turn the tide quickly. 

Next up they face Brisbane away from home and are priced at 6.50 to pull off an upset. 

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