Sydney smash Essendon as Bombers crash to new low at SCG, St Kilda make a statement against Geelong

The Sydney Swans pile the pain on Essendon as the Bombers put up one of their softest performances of the year in a 58-point loss at SCG.

Earlier, Richmond extended their winning streak to three with a victory over Hawthorn at the MCG, while Port Adelaide crushed North Melbourne and the Saints picked up a tremendous win over Geelong.

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Bombers return to their worst as Swans run rampant

Buddy Franklin was fantastic for Sydney as they crushed Essendon.(Getty Images: Matt King)

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The Saints win a famous victory over the Cats

A superb third-quarter blitz and Paddy Ryder’s masterclass helped St Kilda improve their AFL final credentials with a 10-point victory over Geelong.

The Saints prevailed 13.12 (90) to 11.14 (80) on Saturday in the only ninth-round game between two top-eight teams.

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A third quarter blowout from St Kilda swept away Geelong.(Getty Images: Michael Willson)

But it came at a cost as small forward Jack Higgins was substituted under concussion protocols for the second time this season.

Geelong held the upper hand in a tussle until midway through the third quarter, when St Kilda suddenly flipped a switch.

Ruck pair Ryder and Rowan Marshall both scored with their tap work as the Saints slammed five majors in 10 minutes to build momentum.

A seventh goal of the term, kicked by Tim Membery on the three-quarter siren, gave them a 16-point advantage after trailing by 22 points shortly after the main break.

A ferocious spray from coach Chris Scott on the final substitution spurred Geelong into action and they came within three points thanks to two early goals from Tom Hawkins.

But Ryder, who had been the game’s most influential ruckman so far, moved forward and responded with two goals to steady the ship.

Ryder finished with three majors and competed in several more in a game-winning match.

Jade Gresham (30 eliminations), Jack Sinclair (31) and Brad Crouch (36) were all outstanding for the Saints as Membery and Max King scored two goals apiece.

Hawkins threw four for Geelong and Zach Tuohy threw two, while Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield fought hard in midfield.

But the Saints had too many winners when it mattered most.

Higgins was substituted out of the game before halftime following a bump from Jake Kolodjashnij that could land the Cats defender in hot water.

Kolodjashnij also executed the tackle that led to Saints skipper Jack Steel’s shoulder injury, which was assessed at half-time.

Steele was brought forward after the main break and saw the game.

It was St Kilda’s first win against Geelong since Round 14 of 2016.

Tigers beat Hawks to keep climbing the ladder

Richmond survived a late scare to beat Hawthorn by 23 points in their AFL clash at the MCG.

A four-goal streak by the Hawks cut the deficit to 10 points with less than three minutes left, but Richmond leveled off and won 17.15 (117) to 14.10 (94).

Tom Lynch is taller and ahead of a big pack as he takes a mark
Tom Lynch takes a big disputed note in Richmond’s win over Hawthorn.(Getty Images: Daniel Pockett)

As the Hawks pressed, Jason Castagna snuffed out a Denver Grainger-Barras kick off the defense, then tried to kill the challenge.

Tigers star Shai Bolton followed that up with an outstanding run goal.

The Hawks could have put Richmond under even more pressure late in the game, but James Worpel pulverized his shot on goal.

Bolton’s second term was critical for the Tigers and he finished with two goals, while co-captain Toby Nankervis dominated the ruck and Dion Prestia made a successful comeback from injury.

Hawthorn troubled Richmond early and led by seven points on the first break, but suffered a blow on the quarter-time siren when Jack Gunston was injured in a tagging contest.

Gunston tried to come back early in the second term, but only lasted a few minutes before hobbling and being knocked out of the game.

Despite losing one of their most experienced players, the Hawks scored the first three goals of the second quarter to lead by 25 points.

Then the Tigers scored two goals against the run of play, first a football-style strike from Jack Graham and then a great shot from captain Toby Nankervis.

Suddenly Hawthorn’s momentum was gone and with Bolton roaring into top gear, the Tigers took control.

Richmond kicked six to four and had a six-point lead at the main break, extending that to 19 points on the final substitution.

Dustin Martin scored a freak goal in the third, while at the other end Hawthorn’s Sam Butler was denied a goal on his debut by fellow first player Bigoa Nyuon.

The Richmond backman created enough doubts with his desperate goal-line lunge that the scoreline was confirmed a little behind during the video review.

Tom Lynch scored four goals for Richmond, but defenseman James Sicily was solid with him and was the Hawks’ best player.

The Tigers lost Noah Balta in the third quarter to a hamstring injury.

North strikes again as Port continues to gain lanes

On-form Port Adelaide inflicted more pain on under-fire North Melbourne with a 69-point AFL win at Hobart.

Despite the absence of skipper Tom Jonas on defense due to health and safety protocols, the Power pocketed their fourth straight win after a six-to-one first quarter.

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Port Adelaide was rarely threatened by the Roos.(Getty Images: Dylan Burns)

Big forwards Mitch Georgiades (three goals), Todd Marshall (three) and Jeremy Finlayson (two) did the damage in the 17.13 (115) to 6.10 (46) result on Saturday afternoon.

Port Adelaide midfielder Ollie Wines was exceptional, collecting 32 touches, two goals, nine clearances and two assists.

The Kangaroos suffered their seventh consecutive loss after a week in which they made headlines for the wrong reasons.

It has been revealed that manager David Noble has apologized to his players for delivering a stern post-match speech after their heavy 108-point loss to Brisbane in the third round.

North Melbourne suffered a big blow before the game, with midfielder Jy Simpkin ruled out late with a hamstring problem.

It didn’t get much better at first as Port Adelaide overpowered disputed possession to take a 41-6 quarter-time lead.

North Melbourne won the second quarter 16-15 and could have been in a better position on the scoreboard had it not been for simple misses from Jaidyn Stephenson and Tarryn Thomas in front of goal.

Cameron Zurhaar (three goals) was a bright spark for the Kangaroos, scoring three majors for the game, including a brace in a hotly contested third quarter in which both teams scored twice.

Port Adelaide, who are on the rise after a dreadful 0-5 start to the season, pulled out with a run of five goals at the start of last season.

They will face Geelong on the road in the next round, while North Melbourne will face a huge challenge against unbeaten reigning Premiers Melbourne.

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