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Goal of the week (AFL)

Jordan Murdoch (GEEL v COLL)

Geelong's Jordan Murdoch (C) celebrates after his goal against Collingwood at the MCG. Photo: Jordan Murdoch (C) scored a fantastic individual goal for the Cats in Geelong's win over Collingwood. (Getty Images: Scott Barbour)

When you think of Geelong players who might kick an AFL goal of the week, you'd probably go through a few guesses before you got to this week's winner.
Speedy South Australian on-baller Jordan Murdoch has been emerging from the shadow of some of the Cats' veteran stars, but his effort against Collingwood at the 'G on Friday night was one out of the box.
Geelong was comfortably in control of the game in the third term when the Cats forced a turnover, and the ball ended up with Steve Johnson, who kicked it on the bounce to Murdoch in traffic, 60 metres out.
A kick to the hot spot looked the order of the day, but Murdoch had other ideas - a quick shimmy beat Jarryd Blair's tackle, then a sharp pivot left former Geelong player Travis Varcoe grasping at air, and then a fake handball lost another Pies defender before Murdoch slammed the ball through for a goal from 45 metres.
Nice work, Jordan. You can relive his goal of the week here.

Try of the week (NRL)

Shaun Johnson (WAR v CRO)

Shaun Johnson celebrates his match-winning try for the Warriors against Cronulla at Shark Park. Photo: Shaun Johnson produced an incredible late solo effort to clinch the points for the Warriors against Cronulla. (Getty Images: Renee McKay)

It was a dead-set cert that the try of the week was going to come from the Cronulla v Warriors clash at Shark Park, but the decision of which score to pick was a tough one.
Andrew Fifita of the Sharks looked to have things sewn up when he ran through half the Warriors side to barge his way over in the 76th minute and his kick was converted to give the home side a 16-14 lead.
But the lead lasted exactly as long as Fifita's hold on the try of the week - a matter of 60 seconds.
The Warriors got the ball back and made it inside Cronulla territory. Then the ball was spread right to the capable hands of Shaun Johnson, 25m out, and the rest was kind of inevitable.
Facing a wall of Cronulla players, Johnson shifted back to the left side, running parallel to and past four Sharks players.
He then turned the corner, running between players number five and six and stepped to his right, leaving number seven flailing and burst for the line past player number eight to score the winning try ... with 70 seconds left.
Bravo, Mr Johnson, that's a cracking effort - and you can watch the try of the week here.

Try of the week (Super Rugby)

Matt Hodgson (FOR v WAR)

We're going old school this week on The Wrap for the try of the round in Super Rugby.
It was Western Force versus the Waratahs at Perth Oval as the cellar-dwellers from the west tried to put a crimp in the style of Michael Cheika's playoffs-eyeing outfit.
The score was 13-11 in the 63rd minute when the Force won a lineout near the 10-metre line and hooker Nathan Charles's dart found number eight Ben McCalman.
The Force could have risked some running rugby to spread it wide, but in a tight match they opted for the up-the-jumper approach, as the ball was switched to the home side's captain Matt Hodgson who drove ahead as the mother of all rolling mauls formed.
As the forwards and half the back line (it seemed) joined in for the Force, this sea of humanity rumbled towards the line, with Hodgson (and the ball) somewhere inside. The Waratahs tried to halt the momentum but made no impression, as Hodgson crashed over for what proved to be the winning try.
You can watch his epic score at the 3:27 mark of this video.

Goal of the week (A-League)

Kosta Barbarouses (MVC v MCY)

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tando Velaphi beaten by a shot from Victory's Kosta Barbarouses. Photo: Melbourne City keeper Tando Velaphi was left stranded by a stunning strike from Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses. (Getty Images: Robert Cianflone)

The two A-League semi-finals were a tad one-sided, but if you need something to ease your disappointment, there was always the goal of the week at Docklands in the first semi-final between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.
Held in front of 50,000 fans, the Melbourne finals derby was all Victory, but the highlight was the goal which put the Dark Blues two up on the half-hour mark.
The Victory ran the ball through the middle, before Guy Finkler spread the ball wide to attacking midfielder Ben Khalfallah in space on the left.
He placed a perfect first-time cross into the edge of the area, and Kosta Barbarouses was there to connect with a brilliant right-foot volley which flew past hapless City goalkeeper Tando Velaphi into the top corner of the net.

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