Round 16 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition attracted a nice number of spectators, despite a fixture that had almost nothing keen on offer.
The laggard was TIO Stadium in Darwin, where only 8,700 persons breathing and upright could be found to attend a match between the Melbourne Demons and the Fremantle Dockers, won by the Dees 102 – 48.
Even though the crowd was almost double at Etihad, 14,400, that almost seemed to be the bigger disappointment, but it is understandable that not many would want to part ways with the price of tickets and concessions for the North Melbourne Kangaroos versus the Gold Coast Suns. The Roos had little trouble with the Suns, winning comfortably, 95 – 58.
Geelong beat Sydney 71 – 59, in another of those games that has seemed commonplace in 2018, with a dearth of scoring, despite the AFL’s attempts to run up scores.
There were some goals kicked and surprisingly, they came from the Brisbane Lions, who booted 18 majors and 12 behinds to settle the question of whether it is the Lions or the Carlton Blues that is the worst club in the league. That game was won 120 – 55 by the Lions, in front of good support at the Gabba, where over 21,000 showed up.
Adelaide returned to MCG, where almost 55,000 took to the bleachers to watch Richmond extract revenge for the Round 2 win by the Crows and Adelaide proved that collectively, MCG is where Crows go to die.
The game that turned out to be the highlight was a close one between the Bombers and the Magpies, where Essendon proved no walkover for the Pies. Nearly 70,000 filed into MCG to see the Pies solidify their position near the top with a 78 – 72 win.
Spectators did show up in numbers at Etihad to see the Hawthorn Hawks do to the Western Bulldogs just what was expected. The Hawks had kicking practice against the toothless Bulldogs, with over 35,000 watching the Hawks raptor the Dogs 122 – 59.
The Adelaide Oval lured over 36,000 to watch Port make sinners of the Saints with an 86 – 50 win.