We did not say that it would be a cold day in Hell before Hawthorn would beat GWS in Round 21 of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition, but oh, how we wish we had.
Canberra is not Hell, so Canberra-ians, do not take umbrage, but it would seem that the fair city that houses the nation’s capital will forever lay claim to hosting the first VFL/AFL game to see snowfall.
The snow began to fall at the end of the first quarter and while it did entirely catch the fans unawares, the Giants apparently came to the ground without their snow boots and were unable to gain sufficient grip to score more than 29 points.
Lest anyone think that 29 points, regardless of reason, is noteworthy, North Melbourne, had they played NSW, would have lost by 15 points, as one goal and eight behinds left them on 14 points in their match with Geelong. The Cats were gracious hosts and sacrificed the opportunity for mass carnage by scoring just 69 themselves.
Unlike the club from Brisbane, which took advantage of a game with Gold Coast to boost their percentage over 120 percent with a 91-point win. While we are on the topic, the 53 points the Suns managed to record would have given them wins over the Roos (14), the Bombers (33), the Blues (45) and a draw with the Dees.
The No Mercy award for the Q Round belongs to Western Bulldogs, however, as the Dogs beat the Bombers by 104in front of over 40,000 at Marvel Stadium.
The thrashing was not sufficient to knock the Bombers out of the eight, but having five successive victories erased by a combined total of 163 points to Port (59) and Western Bulldogs (104) certainly must be pause for thought amongst Essendon supporters.
Until, that is, someone raise the spectre of 2016, when it was the Dogs who used the seventh rung to catapult to a premiership.
Collingwood added the capital Q to its name, becoming the fifth team assured of a finals berth by doing just enough to beat the Dees 70 – 53 at MCG.