The Bulldogs were harder, smarter and had much more to play for.
Warwick Green It was only in the final term that Essendon managed to crack the nut open.
Daniel Cherny They held their nerve for the best part of 20 agonising goalless minutes.
Brad Elborough Hawthorn helped coach Alastair Clarkson celebrate his record 300th game at the club with a 52-point win over the Dockers.
Tom Decent The Sydney Swans notched up their seventh win on the trot with a comfortable 101-59 victory over St Kilda.
Ashley Porter Adelaide answered the critics with a superb victory over Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
JESS WEBSTER NT Thunder had a comfortable 70-point win over Redland Bombers on Saturday.
JESS WEBSTER A 111-90 win over Southport puts the Bombers into eighth spot on the ladder.
Jess Webster Aspley Hornets kept the Bombers at bay, with a 105-83 win on Saturday.
BRYCE HEATON Sydney University ran out 122 - 83 winners over Redland Bombers on Saturday.