Welcome to the Blunders of the Week, where we dissect the game-changing plays that flopped like a John Carter sequel.
Unfortunately, these moments will be remembered for all the wrong reasons and will no doubt be on repeat in various video analysis sessions across the nation this week.
Dustin Martin, Richmond:
Midway through the third quarter of Thursday night’s clash between Carlton and Richmond, the contest appeared all but over.
The Blues were in complete control and looked to be well on their way to a 10-goal victory. Then something clicked for the Tiges, suddenly they were full of run and spirit, Trent Cotchin was on fire and at the major break they had a major chance.
The last started in a similar vein with Richmond closing the gap to seven points before Dustin Martin then marked 30 metres out from goal.
Martin is a proven goal kicker, yet he missed, and with it went the momentum of Richmond.
After this point Carlton would kick seven of the next eight goals, blowing out the margin to 44 points. For Martin and Richmond, this set shot was an opportunity to really put the pressure on Carlton, but the miss allowed the Blues to hit the front on the final bend and power home down the back straight.
Liam Jones, Western Bulldogs:
Liam Jones looks to be an exciting forward prospect for the Doggies, possessing strong clean hands and an ability to consistently present in the right areas.
However, he is not perfect, as Sunday’s match against the Eagles showed. Jones can often struggle in front of the big sticks, and this was no more prevalent than in the third-quarter when things were heating up at Etihad.
The game had been see-sawing before the crucial third-quarter. With the margin hovering around 10 points in the Eagles’ favour, Jones found himself with three opportunities to score, all of which were very gettable and all of which he missed.
These misses destroyed the Bulldogs’ rhythm and allowed West Coast a chance up-forward themselves, which they duly took advantage of. Jones’ second miss would have tied the game, but with these opportunities gone begging, the Eagles steadied, eventually winning by 49 points.