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Bugg’s big hit & the top Twitter trends of AFL Round 15

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ROUND 15 of the 2017 AFL Premiership season kicked off with a highly anticipated clash between two of the competition’s form teams.

A rough schedule took its toll on Melbourne, however, as the Sydney Swans bolted into finals contention with a fourth consecutive victory.

Lance Franklin rans rings around the Demons at the MCG, yet his four goals, 19 disposals and 11 marks hardly made a ripple on social media.

That is because Thomas Bugg stole the show and all the airwaves with his late hit on Callum Mills. reward points

It is expected the nuggety Melbourne forward will be rubbed out for a minimum of four weeks.

At least that will give him time to hone his craft on Instagram and Twitter, although there are plenty who believe Bugg would be best served stepping away from social media for the time being.

The Western Bulldogs had a chance to get their premiership defence back on track when they hosted the notoriously travel-shy West Coast Eagles on Saturday.

But even a desperate late fightback was not enough for Luke Beveridge’s men as they copped their third loss in four games to slip down to 10th on the AFL ladder.

Doggies fans felt aggrieved at the umpiring – an understandable position when you look at this exceptional piece of defending from Andrew Stephens:

Some might say it is a bit rich of Bulldogs supporters to sook over poor umpiring.

Reactions on social media drove home the widely held view that the 2016 champs were well overdue some ‘bad luck’ in that regard.

After last week’s round of upsets and comebacks, it looked like Carlton were poised to claim one of the competition’s biggest scalps.

The Blues edged ahead of Adelaide late in the last quarter, but Don Pyke’s Crows did enough to secure a 12-point win.

Diehard Baggers boy @DHughesy was typically active on the Twittersphere.

Gold Coast Suns held off a fast-finishing North Melbourne as the footy community paid tribute to one of the game’s all-time greats.

Gary Ablett Jnr. put on a signature display for his 300th AFL appearance, collecting 37 disposals in a 19-point win.

Over in the City of Churches, Dustin Martin was the hero as Richmond rallied late to dump Port Adelaide out of the top four.

People are starting to wonder whether the Power, despite their impressive numbers this year, are really all they are cracked up to be.

But the real showstopper on Saturday came from Spotless Stadium, where a scrappy, hard-fought contest culminated in Tom Hawkins shooting for the win after the siren.

He missed, leaving Geelong and Greater Western Sydney to share the spoils.

Yet the game itself was relegated to second fiddle as all and sundry laid into umpires, commentators, coaches, players – anything but the footy.

Now, to Sunday.

Essendon had a gilt-edged opportunity to wipe away the horror of their last-quarter collapse in Sydney.

Instead it was a nightmarish case of deja vu as they shipped a 27-point lead in the final term to lose to the cellar-dwelling Brisbane Lions.

Over at the ‘G, Collingwood and Hawthorn renewed hostilities in a fixture that promised much but delivered little in terms of quality.

Their performance hardly merited all four points, yet the Hawks came out on the right side of an error-riddled shootout to keep their slim finals chances alive.

Meanwhile, the end could be nigh for Pies coach Nathan Buckley after another messy display littered with turnovers, defensive lapses and bizarre tactics.

In the west, St Kilda charged home late to nick the points in a tight tussle with Fremantle.

It was a match strewn with controversy and gutsy plays, but none more so than Nick Riewoldt’s divisive effort to win a 50-metre penalty late in the piece.

Was it clever football from the veteran Saint, or downright poor sportsmanship?

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