The beginning of 2022 in Richmond will be put to the final test in a massive match against the reigning champion Melbourne.
Previously, the Cats easily passed North Melbourne in Hobart and Brisbane won the award in another Q-Clash.
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Richmond vs Melbourne
Bailey lights up Q-Clash as the Lions pass the Suns
The top six goals of his career from Zac Bailey of Brisbane led the Lions to the seventh AFL Queensland derby in a row, beating the Gold Coast by 52 points at Carrara Stadium.
Bailey was an excellent player for the Lions, who moved 5-1 thanks to Sunday’s 21.6 (132) to 11.14 (80) win over the Suns.
Zac Bailey was at the best level against the Suns. 04.30 Getty Images: Chris Hyde
The 22-year-old scored two goals in the first two terms, including a magic piece in the second quarter, picking up a wet football in his right hand before returning home on the run with almost the same move.
When Bailey scored his fifth goal at the beginning of the third quarter, the Lions created a comfortable lead to continue dominating their neighbors until 2018.
Bailey’s sixth in the final term equaled the record in the Queensland derby and matched the previous efforts of Ash McGrath, Charlie Dixon and Charlie Cameron, with livewire winning the Marcus Ashcroft medal as the best on earth.
Cameron, who was held for only three touches in the opening half, made his own impression of the match with four goals, while high striker Joe Daniher had three mains.
Former Sun Jarryd Lyons had another day against his former club and ended the match with 852 meters gained from 30 ball possessions, 13 clearances and 10 interventions.
Fellow midfielder Hugh McCluggage had 22 disqualifications and nine strikes in strong service, while Lincoln McCarthy celebrated his 100th match in the AFL with a fourth quarter goal and 22 touches.
The Gold Coast, who are now 2-4, fought hard, but were rewarded with an inaccurate finish in front of the goal.
Despite these mistakes, Nick Holman and recruit Levi Casboult kicked out three majors for the Suns in a positive effort.
The best home team was Ben Ainsworth (22 eliminations, one goal and three goal assists), Noah Anderson (33 eliminations) and Matt Rowell (24 eliminations, 13 eliminations) were also busy.
Brisbane youngster AFI Kai Lohmann’s second match ended prematurely in the second quarter with an ankle injury after he fell awkwardly in Lachie Weller’s duel.
Both teams are on the road next weekend, with the Gold Coast battling Collingwood on the MCG while Brisbane travels against the Sydney Swans.
The Cats relieve Roos in a 10-goal win
Jeremy Cameron’s record seven goals helped Geelong to a 60-point AFL victory over North Melbourne at Bellerive Oval.
The Cats were tireless around the ball and bounced back from a shocking loss on Easter Monday with Hawthorn with a score of 17.19 (121) to 9.7 (61) on Sunday afternoon.
Jeremy Cameron kicked a bag of seven for the Cats. 04.30 Getty Images: Michael Willson
Cameron won three of his majors in the tumultuous second quarter, including one on the run from a close angle.
The 29-year-old picked up a set in the deadline and broke the previous record of goals in the Hobart venue.
Cameron had a chance of an eighth major in the dying phase, but wasted more than an opportunity.
Teenage Geelong debutant Ollie Dempsey, who gave up basketball for several years to return to the football field, had several silk balls in the lead up to the goals.
The 19-year-old, who won 15th place in the rookie draft in 2021, finished the first match you will remember by scoring the first goal at the beginning of the third quarter.
Tom Hawkins scored four goals, while five other Cats also entered the main event in front of an 8663-member audience.
The first five winners of the ball in the match came from Geelong, with Zach Tuohy (33) leading the number.
The Cats moved 4-2 for the season, while the Kangaroos remained at the bottom of the leaderboard with a single win.
They have scored 74 goals in the last four matches.
Geelong looked better from the opening rebound – only their wrong kick prevented the 25-8 lead from escaping at the end of the first quarter.
The Cats put four majors to one in the second term before the floodgates opened in the six-quarter third quarter.
The kangaroos saved something recently when they overtook the Cats five goals to four, with young man Paul Curtis scoring a goal on his AFL debut.
North Melbourne will meet Carlton at Docklands Stadium next Saturday, while Geelong hosts Fremantle.