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MONDAY JUNE 9 2014 SPORT 19 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA AFL PREMIERSHIP LADDER P W L D % Pts Pt Adelaide 11 10 1 - 149.3 40 Hawthorn 11 8 3 - 148.4 32 Sydney 11 8 3 - 140.1 32 Geelong 11 8 3 - 101.7 32 Fremantle 11 7 4 - 125.5 28 Collingwood 10 7 3 - 118.6 28 Nth Melb 11 7 4 - 112.8 28 Gold Coast 11 7 4 - 103.1 28 Essendon 11 6 5 - 106.6 24 Adelaide 11 5 6 - 101 20 West Coast 11 4 7 - 110.4 16 Carlton 11 4 7 - 88.1 16 Richmond 11 3 8 - 94.4 12 Bulldogs 11 3 8 - 82.7 12 Melbourne 10 3 7 - 78.7 12 Brisbane 11 3 8 - 62.9 12 St Kilda 11 3 8 - 62.1 12 GWS Giants 11 2 9 - 71.3 8 SNAPSHOT THEY SAID IT: This is not about whether it's the last minute or last 10 minutes - the last 10 minutes of your journey, you still can't travel 70 in a 60 zone. Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was unhappy about the umpiring in Friday night's five-point loss to Geelong. He had no time for the lack of free kicks in the frenetic last few seconds. STATS THAT MATTER: Collingwood's last nine matches against Melbourne have been eight wins and a draw. But the Demons rightly are talking up their chances ahead of the Queen's Birthday blockbuster after plenty of improvement so far this season. MAN OF THE ROUND: Reigning Coleman Medallist Jarryd Roughead equalled his career-best haul with eight goals against West Coast. But he's no Kevin Bartlett - the Hawks star continues to selflessly pass to team-mates when in scoring range and he should have kicked at least 10. KEY MOMENT: Ports Chad Wingard added to his booming reputation with the likely mark of the year during the win over St Kilda. Sean Dempster was the unfortunate step ladder for a leap that is being compared to the specky taken by Essendon's Gary Moorcroft 13 years ago. TALKING POINT: Judd watch goes up a cog ahead of Carlton's Friday night match against Hawthorn. Chris Judd came through the first VFL match of his career well on Saturday. The first half of his season has been cruelled by injuries. TRIBUNAL WATCH: Essendon midfielder David Myers is on report for striking Devon Smith and can reasonably expect a onegame ban. Sydney star Lance Franklin flirted with danger again with a high bump on Clay Cameron. UNDER PRESSURE: Brendan McCartney said he took responsibility for the lapse that led to the Western Bulldogs shock loss to Brisbane. The heat is building for McCartney and his team. Their impotent attack in particular remains a big worry. Dogs not good enough: Coach THE Western Bulldogs lack of development was evident on Saturday night during a horror 25 minutes against the Brisbane Lions, coach Brendan McCartney says. Able to compete for three quarters against the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium, the Dogs conceded 7.5 in the second quarter, setting them on the path to a morale-sapping eight-point loss. It was the eighth time this season they have conceded six goals or more in a quarter, with McCartney pointing out the trend in his press conference. The development that hasnt taken place is to be able to deal with [and] not let a horror five minutes become a horror 25 minutes, he said. In the end we werent good enough for 40 minutes tonight and were going to accept responsibility for that I take responsibility for it. Were disappointed in how we played tonight, were disappointed as a footy club. It was a similar tale to most weeks unfortunately for us. McCartney said his team lost Saturday nights match in the second quarter and through our refusal to kick the ball forward in the last quarter when we had our hands around their throat. Indeed, the Bulldogs kicked four of the last five goals in the final term, with Adam Cooneys clutch set shot cutting the margin to just 17 points after 15 minutes. I could see us getting more dangerous and responding, getting a better reward for our work, McCartney said. Then I saw us invite them back into the game by not wanting to go forward with the ball and kick it, which kept them in the contest. There were periods in the game tonight where all areas of our game werent up to scratch. Because of that as a football club weve missed a great opportunity to take another step forward. McCartney highlighted the Bulldogs inability to compete at the coalface during the second quarter, with the Lions controlling the match through contested ball. They slaughtered us in that area, he said. One thing I said to the boys after the game, Im in it with them. Im the leader, the leader goes first. You take the criticism, you take the feedback, you deal with it, you dont wallow in your pity and you turn up for work on Monday, because theres another opposition waiting next week. Johnson hurt in Dockers shocker STAR Fremantle defender Michael Johnson could be sidelined for up to a month after injuring his knee in yesterdays 40-point demolition of Adelaide. Johnson limped off in the second quarter at Patersons Stadium after suffering suspected medial ligament damage to his right knee while being slung in a tackle. The all-Australian is expected to miss two to four weeks, with scans set to confirm the full extent of the damage. Adelaide led by two points at half-time, but they couldnt make the most of Johnsons absence as Fremantles runners took control to secure the 12.18 (90) to 7.8 (50) win. Ruckman Aaron Sandilands (20 possessions, 38 hitouts) and defender Lee Spurr (32 disposals) battled it out for best afield honours, while Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, Stephen Hill and Ryan Crowley were also crucial in the win. Fremantle won the possession count 442-297, had double the amount of scoring shots and could have won by as much as 70 points if not for their inaccurate goalkicking. Ironically, it took the competitions wonkiest kicker to set the Dockers straight when the game was on the line late in the third quarter. Fremantle were still in danger of being overhauled after their return of 6.11 left them with just a slender 10-point lead. But when defender Zac Dawson drifted forward to nail a set shot from 47m out, it set the platform for a dominant finish to the game. Although Fremantle (7-4) are right in the hunt to secure a top-four berth, the Crows (5-6) are in danger of missing the finals for a second straight year. Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson is still daring to dream. The season's not over for us without question. There is still plenty of fight left in us, Sanderson said. The Crows finals hopes could be decided next Saturday when they host North Melbourne. Michael Johnson, of the Freemantle Dockers, walks off the field before half-time with a leg injury suffered during yesterdays match against the Adelaide Crows in Perth. Picture: PAUL KANE/GETTY IMAGES DOCKERS V CROWS 90FREMANTLE1.4 3.9 8.13 12.18 50ADELAIDE3.2 4.5 5.6 7.8 GOALS Fremantle: M Pavlich 3 N Fyfe 2 C Mayne D Pearce H Ballantyne N Suban P Duffield T Sheridan Z Dawson Adelaide: C Cameron 3 B Martin B Smith J Jenkins P Dangerfield BEST Fremantle: A Sandilands L Spurr S Hill N Fyfe D Mundy R Crowley Z Dawson Adelaide: S Thompson R Sloane C Cameron B Smith D Mackay INJURIES Fremantle: M Johnson (knee) Adelaide: B Smith (corked thigh) M Jaensch (concussion) M Wright (concussion) replaced in selected side by C Ellis-Yolmen REPORTS Nil. OFFICIAL CROWD 35,389 at Patersons Stadium ROUND 13 FRIDAY Carlton v Hawthorn MCG 7,20pm SATURDAY Richmond v Fremantle MCG 1.15pm Sydney v Port Adelaide SCG 1.40pm West Coast v Gold Coast Patersons Stadium 4.10pm Brisbane v GWS Giants Gabba 7.10pm Adelaide v North Melbourne Adelaide Oval 7.10pm SUNDAY Geelong v St Kilda Simonds Stadium 12.40pm Collingwood v Western Bulldogs Etihad Stadium 2.40pm Essendon v Melbourne MCG 4.10pm By JUSTIN CHADWICK in Perth