Round 22 Talking Points: Potential GF preview, Lions soar to 12-year first, "pathetic" Power and more

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Here are the big talking points from what was an action-packed Round 22.

Tigers edge Eagles in potential Grand Final preview

Richmond and West Coast played out one of the games of the season in an engrossing battle at the MCG.

The Tigers prevailed by six points in what could be a crucial psychological blow with the clubs sure to meet again come September.

Having trailed at quarter time by five goals, Damien Hardwick’s side got to work and eventually wresteld back the momentum as the rain set in.

The reigning premiers will lament letting this one slip in their quest to host a home qualifying final, while Richmond leapfrogged Collingwood into fourth spot.

Round 23 will determine their September seedings with the Tigers hosting ladder-leaders Brisbane at the MCG, with Eagles taking on Hawthorn at Optus Stadium.

Bombers secure finals spot

Essendon will play finals football in 2019.

The 32-point win over Fremantle ensured the Bombers of a top eight spot while easing the pressure on coach John Worsfold.

Worsfold had come under considerable pressure following last week’s 104-point loss to the Western Bulldogs, but his players responded in the best possible way.

Sitting in seventh position entering the final round of the season, Essendon face Collingwood in an MCG blockbuster on Friday night.

The Dockers were unable to give champion pair Aaron Sandilands and Hayden Ballantyne the perfect home farewell as their faint finals hopes were officially dashed.

“Pathetic” Power stumble in race for eighth

Port Adelaide’s inconsistent season continued after their 86-point hammering to North Melbourne.

With a finals spot on the line the Power were totally outplayed by the Kangaroos, losing just under six percentage points to fall out of the eight.

The manner of the defeat led to severe criticism from club greats Warren Tredrea and Kane Cornes who both labelled the performance as “pathetic”.

Cornes believes the thrashing was Port’s worst display since the 119-point loss to Geelong in the 2007 Grand Final.

Ken Hinkley’s side must beat Fremantle at the Adelaide Oval next Sunday to have any chance of playing finals.

Pies leave Crows’ finals hopes in tatters

Collingwood severely dented Adelaide’s September hopes courtesy of a by 66-point belting at the Adelaide Oval.

Jamie Elliott spearheaded the win with five goals in a fluent performance that would have delighted coach Nathan Buckley.

Despite their heaviest loss of the season, the Crows temporarily leapfrogged arch-rivals Port Adelaide into eighth spot such was the magnitude of the Power’s loss to North Melbourne.

To make the finals, only a win against the Western Bulldogs at Ballarat next Sunday will suffice.

Lions pip Cats as McCarthy screamer haunts former club

Brisbane’s pulsating one-point win over Geelong sees them top of the AFL ladder for the first time since Round 2, 2007.

The top-of-the-table clash at the Gabba delivered in spades with Lions recruit Lincoln McCarthy the hero against the former club.

In his 50th game, McCarthy took a sensational mark and converted his set shot in the dying stages to put the home side in front.

Charlie Cameron was also influential with two of his five majors coming in a dramatic final quarter.

The final siren sparked an outpouring of emotion with coach Chris Fagan embracing his players in what was the biggest win of his coaching career.

__Swans sink Demons to continue year from hell __

If you thought Melbourne’s season couldn’t get any worse, it did.

In a 17th v 15th Friday night matchup in front of a low MCG crowd, the Demons slumped to a 53-points loss to a young Sydney side that encapitulated the club’s miserable campaign.

Last year’s preliminary finalists sit two games behind Carlton in second last with coach Simon Goodwin and forward Jake Melksham unable to put a finger on the club’s demise.

Goodwin’s men have lost six games on the trot and 16 for the entire year as they limp towards the finishing line.