7Port Adelaide361590612641250101.121W
8Brisbane Lions341581614021159120.974W
9Western Bulldogs321580714171179120.192W
10GWS Giants321580713081207108.372L
11Gold Coast321580713001226106.041W
15St Kilda201550101083117192.492L
16West Coast121530121019144770.425L
18North Melbourne41510141044162964.093L

AFL Round 16 2024: Highlights and Key Moments

Brisbane Lions vs. Richmond Tigers Kicking off Round 16, Brisbane Lions hosted Richmond Tigers at the Gabba in a high-stakes clash. Brisbane managed to secure a narrow victory, defeating Richmond by just 5 points. This win was crucial for the Lions as they look to solidify their spot in the top four, while Richmond’s three-game winning streak came to an end in a hard-fought contest. Brisbane’s star players, including Lachie Neale and Joe Daniher, were pivotal in maintaining their lead and eventually securing the win​​.

Sydney Swans vs. Geelong Cats Friday night featured a rematch of last year’s Grand Final, with Sydney Swans taking on Geelong Cats at the SCG. The Swans emerged victorious in a tightly contested game, highlighting their resilience and tactical superiority. Isaac Heeney continued his excellent form, contributing significantly to Sydney’s win with several key plays. This match reinforced Sydney’s credentials as one of the top teams this season​.

Adelaide Crows vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos Adelaide hosted North Melbourne in a match that saw the Crows dominating from the outset. Adelaide’s forward line was in exceptional form, with Taylor Walker and Darcy Fogarty leading the charge. The Kangaroos struggled to keep up with Adelaide’s pace and precision, resulting in a comprehensive win for the Crows. This victory helps Adelaide maintain their push for a finals berth as they continue to build momentum​.

Western Bulldogs vs. Fremantle Dockers In another thrilling encounter, the Western Bulldogs clashed with Fremantle Dockers. The Bulldogs secured a narrow victory, showcasing their defensive strength and strategic gameplay. Key performances from Marcus Bontempelli and Aaron Naughton were crucial in clinching the win. Fremantle, despite a strong effort, fell just short, continuing their inconsistent form this season​.

Collingwood Magpies vs. Gold Coast Suns Collingwood traveled north to face Gold Coast Suns in a match that saw the Magpies demonstrating their dominance. Collingwood’s midfield, led by Nick Daicos and Scott Pendlebury, controlled the game, leading to a comfortable win over the Suns. This victory keeps Collingwood firmly in the race for the top spots on the ladder, while Gold Coast continues to struggle against the top-tier teams​​.

Essendon Bombers vs. Port Adelaide Power One of the highlights of the round was the clash between Essendon and Port Adelaide at the MCG. Port Adelaide managed to pull off a miraculous comeback, defeating Essendon by just 5 points. Trailing by 41 points midway through the third term, Port kicked the final six goals of the game, with Darcy Byrne-Jones scoring the match-winning goal in the dying seconds. This dramatic victory underscores Port Adelaide’s tenacity and fighting spirit​.

Carlton Blues vs. Hawthorn Hawks Sunday saw old rivals Carlton and Hawthorn face off in a match that delivered on excitement and intensity. Carlton emerged victorious, adding another win to their season tally. Key contributions from Patrick Cripps and Charlie Curnow were instrumental in Carlton’s success. Hawthorn, despite a strong start, couldn’t maintain their momentum, highlighting the areas they need to improve as the season progresses​.

St Kilda Saints vs. Melbourne Demons Rounding out the weekend, St Kilda took on Melbourne at Marvel Stadium. The Demons secured a comfortable win, with Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca dominating the midfield. This win was crucial for Melbourne as they look to cement their position in the top eight, while St Kilda continues to struggle against the stronger teams in the league​​.

Round 16 of the AFL 2024 season was packed with thrilling matches and significant outcomes. Brisbane Lions’ narrow win over Richmond, Sydney’s victory in the Grand Final rematch, and Port Adelaide’s miraculous comeback against Essendon were among the highlights. These results have significant implications for the ladder as teams jockey for finals positions. With only a few rounds left in the season, every match becomes crucial in the race to the finals.