The Anzac Round started with a statement from Collingwood and ended with a bullet point from Port Adelaide.
Collingwood’s 37 point turnaround and three quarter trouncing of Essendon was the talking point – until Port pulled the unbeaten Geelong from the top of the ladder.
Their 40-point win over Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Sunday night sent the Power rocketing to top spot on percentage ahead of Hawthorn and Geelong.
Also on Sunday, Hawthorn tore Richmond apart in the third term on the way to a 66-point win at the MCG.
Hawks star Cyril Rioli shut up talk about his form with a best-afield performance, including half their eight goals in the third quarter.
The 18.10 (118) to 7.10 (52) win leaves the Tigers in big trouble with a 2-4 record.
It was a good day for SA football, with Adelaide scoring their third-straight win earlier in the afternoon.
The Crows recovered from a slow start at Etihad Stadium to beat the Western Bulldogs by nine points.
Adelaide trailed by 28 points in the second term and also had to fend off a late challenge from the ‘Dogs before winning 13.14 (92) to 12.11 (83).
Lance Franklin’s nightmare week continued on Saturday night when the Sydney star injured his knee and was subbed off during the scrappy 31-point win over Melbourne at the MCG.
Franklin took the red vest from two-time Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes, three days after his much-publicised car crash in Sydney.
But Franklin and the Swans are confident the injury is not serious.
Carlton trailed by four goals in the last quarter on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium, but remarkably fought back to beat West Coast by three points.
A fortnight after their season was in freefall, the Blues are in much better shape with two badly-needed wins.
Also on Saturday, Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett starred again in his team’s 40-point win over fellow expansion team Greater Western Sydney.
Collingwood opened Friday’s Anzac Day matches with a poor start against Essendon at the MCG.
But the Magpies rallied from 37 points down to easily beat Essendon by 23.
Brisbane finally posted their first win of the season, upsetting St Kilda by three points in Wellington.
North Melbourne rebounded from last week’s disappointing loss to Collingwood with an outstanding 13-point win over Fremantle.
COLLINGWOOD 0.3 6.5 9.7 12.11 (83)
ESSENDON 5.4 6.5 6.7 8.12 (60)
Goals: Collingwood: D Swan 4 S Sidebottom 3 J White 2 B Grundy J Elliott T Goldsack. Essendon: B Stanton J Daniher J Melksham J Merrett J Watson J Winderlich P Ryder Z Merrett.
Best: Collingwood: D Swan S Sidebottom S Pendlebury D Beams C Young L Keeffe J White T Langdon B Macaffer. Essendon: D Heppell C Hooker P Ryder J Winderlich B Stanton.
Injuries: Collingwood: A Fasolo (toe) C Young (corked thigh). Essendon: Nil.
Umpires: Ray Chamberlain, Mathew Nicholls, Luke Farmer.
Official Crowd: 91,731 at MCG.
BRISBANE LIONS 4.3 8.5 10.9 12.10 (82)
ST KILDA 2.2 4.4 7.8 11.13 (79)
Goals: Brisbane Lions: J Brown 2 J Redden 2 L Taylor 2 A Raines D Merrett D Zorko J Aish J Green T West. St Kilda: C Jones 2 L Montagna 2 J Billings J Saunders L Dunstan N Riewoldt R Stanley S Dempster T Curren.
Best: Brisbane Lions: J Redden D Zorko J Aish J Patfull A Raines L Taylor. St Kilda: L Montagna L Hayes S Dempster J Geary L Delaney.
Injuries: Brisbane Lions: Nil. St Kilda: E Templeton (broken arm).
Umpires: Scott Jeffery, Chris Kamolins, Sam Hay.
Official Crowd: 13,409 at Westpac Regional Stadium.
NORTH MELBOURNE 2.4 5.6 7.11 10.14 (74)
FREMANTLE 4.4 6.8 8.8 8.13 (61)
Goals: North Melbourne: D Petrie 2 S Gibson 2 A Black A Mullett L Thomas M Daw N Dal Santo R Nahas. Fremantle: M Pavlich 2 N Fyfe 2 A Sandilands C Mayne D Mundy L Neale.
Best: North Melbourne: S Gibson B Harvey N Dal Santo B Cunnington T Goldstein J Ziebell. Fremantle: N Fyfe D Mundy M Johnson L McPharlin L Neale M Pavlich.
Injuries: North Melbourne: A Black (shoulder) M Firrito (back). Fremantle: C Mayne (shoulder).
Umpires: Matt Stevic, Jeff Dalgleish, David Harris.
Official Crowd: 37,624 at Patersons Stadium.
GOLD COAST 6.1 8.8 14.12 20.14 (134)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 1.6 5.9 8.12 13.16 (94)
Goals: Gold Coast: T Lynch 5 A Hall 2 B Matera 2 D Stanley 2 G Ablett 2 M Rischitelli 2 D Prestia D Swallow G Broughton M Shaw S Day. Greater Western Sydney: J Cameron 4 J Patton 2 W Hoskin-Elliott 2 A Kennedy A Tomlinson C Ward J Lamb S Coniglio.
Best: Gold Coast: T Lynch G Ablett J O’Meara D Prestia D Stanley A Hall. Greater Western Sydney: C Ward A Treloar H Shaw J Cameron A Tomlinson.
Injuries: Gold Coast: Nil. Greater Western Sydney: T Boyd (wrist).
Umpires: Robert Findlay, Jason Armstrong, Tristan Burgess.
Official Crowd: 11,504 at Metricon Stadium.
CARLTON 4.2 8.5 9.7 14.8 (92)
WEST COAST 4.3 7.6 11.9 12.17 (89)
Goals: Carlton: J Garlett 3 J Waite 2 L Henderson 2 B McLean D Buckley M Murphy M Robinson R Warnock T Menzel Z Tuohy. West Coast: J Cripps 2 J Kennedy 2 L Shuey 2 D Sheed E Yeo J Bennell J McGovern M Hutchings S Lycett.
Best: Carlton: M Murphy B McLean D Thomas J Garlett M Robinson B Gibbs. West Coast: M Priddis L Shuey C Masten D Cox M Rosa S Selwood.
Injuries: Carlton: C Yarran (hamstring) A Carrazzo (back) replaced in selected side by D Buckley. West Coast: Nil.
Umpires: Troy Pannell, Nicholas Foot, Andrew Stephens.
Official Crowd: 31,005 at Etihad Stadium.
SYDNEY 4.5 4.8 7.12 9.15 (69)
MELBOURNE 1.2 2.3 4.4 5.8 (38)
Goals: Sydney: K Jack 2 B McGlynn D Hannebery H Cunningham J Kennedy L Franklin L Parker T Derickx. Melbourne: C Dawes C Salem D Tyson M Jones S Byrnes.
Best: Sydney: D Hannebery R Shaw N Malceski K Jack C Bird L Parker. Melbourne: N Jones M Jones B Vince T McDonald.
Injuries: Sydney: L Franklin (knee) L Jetta (calf). Melbourne: Nil.
Umpires: Dean Margetts, Heath Ryan, Andrew Mitchell.
Official Crowd: 24,855 at MCG.
ADELAIDE 1.4 5.7 8.10 13.14 (92)
WESTERN BULLDOGS 4.2 6.5 6.6 12.11 (83)
Goals: Adelaide: J Jenkins 3 J Podsiadly 3 E Betts 2 T Lynch 2 D Mackay M Wright R Sloane. Western Bulldogs: T Dickson 3 K Stevens 2 L Dahlhaus 2 D Giansiracusa J Stringer S Crameri S Higgins T Campbell.
Best: Adelaide: P Dangerfield R Sloane S Thompson T Lynch J Jenkins J Podsiadly. Western Bulldogs: M Boyd R Murphy A Cooney R Griffen L Dahlhaus.
Injuries: Adelaide: P Dangerfield (ribs) S Shaw (leg). Western Bulldogs: M Bontempelli (soreness) replaced in selected side by L Hunter.
Umpires: Ben Ryan, Shane McInerney, Jordan Bannister.
Official Crowd: 17,404 at Etihad Stadium.
HAWTHORN 4.7 6.9 14.10 18.10 (118)
RICHMOND 2.0 3.1 4.6 7.10 (52)
Goals: Hawthorn: C Rioli 4 D Hale 2 J Gunston 2 L Breust 2 L Hodge 2 B Hill B McEvoy J Lewis J Roughead P Puopolo S Burgoyne. Richmond: J Riewoldt 2 B Ellis D Jackson D Martin R Petterd S Edwards.
Best: Hawthorn: C Rioli L Hodge S Mitchell B Stratton J Gibson S Burgoyne B Hill. Richmond: B Ellis T Cotchin D Astbury D Jackson.
Injuries: Hawthorn: Nil. Richmond: R Conca (head knock).
Reports: Hawthorn: J Gibson (Hawthorn) reported by field umpire B Hosking in the last quarter for charging R Conca (Richmond). Richmond: Nil.
Umpires: Brett Rosebury, Brendan Hosking, Leigh Fisher.
Official Crowd: 52,990 at MCG.
PORT ADELAIDE 4.2 8.3 13.6 16.11 (107)
GEELONG 4.4 4.9 6.10 9.13 (67)
Goals: Port Adelaide: C Wingard 3 H Hartlett 2 M Lobbe 2 M White 2 R Gray 2 T Boak 2 A Young J Schulz S Gray. Geelong: T Hawkins 3 J Walker 2 G Horlin-Smith J Bartel M Blicavs S Johnson.
Best: Port Adelaide: T Boak Brad Ebert R Gray K Cornes M Lobbe H Hartlett C Wingard J Hombsch. Geelong: M Stokes M Duncan J Kelly S Johnson.
Umpires: Simon Meredith, Jacob Mollison, Craig Fleer.
Official Crowd: 47,007 at Adelaide Oval.
LADDER AFTER ROUND 6
P W L PC Pts
Port Adelaide 6 5 1 158.0 20
Hawthorn 6 5 1 155.3 20
Geelong 6 5 1 128.4 20
Collingwood 6 4 2 107.6 16
North Melbourne 6 4 2 104.0 16
Gold Coast 6 4 2 94.8 16
West Coast 6 3 3 121.4 12
Fremantle 6 3 3 118.5 12
Sydney 6 3 3 103.5 12
Adelaide 6 3 3 100.8 12
St Kilda 6 3 3 85.4 12
Essendon 6 2 4 105.0 8
Richmond 6 2 4 87.8 8
GWS 6 2 4 87.3 8
Western Bulldogs 6 2 4 83.2 8
Carlton 6 2 4 80.9 8
Melbourne 6 1 5 67.3 4
Brisbane Lions 6 1 5 59.6 4
18: T Hawkins (Geelong) 3, J Schulz (Pt Adel) 1, N Riewoldt (St Kilda) 1
17: L Breust (Hawthorn) 2
16: J Cameron (GWS) 4
15: J Gunston (Hawthorn) 2
14: J Elliott (Coll) 1, M Pavlich (Fremantle) 2, S Crameri (Bulldogs) 1, J Riewoldt (Richmond) 2
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