AFL Round Eight 2019 – Knee Jerk Reaction

After another intriguing round of matches, Bozza rushes to judgement on what it all means.

Officiating is difficult but….

Despite what the AFL thinks, admitting your mistakes is better in the long term than denying them. The response to the incorrect officiating of Dane Rampe’s climbing of the goal post defy’s belief. Only Dennis Denuto would suggest Gil McLachlan’s radio effort on Friday morning was an appropriate one to a breach of the AFL’s rules.

Have the Bulldogs slipped under the radar?

We are still reserving judgement on the ‘sons of the west’, but their last fortnight has been especially impressive. Big test for them this weekend against the Cats, but Luke Beveridge’s men will confront it full of confidence.

Blues future is bright.

They fell short in the end against the Pies, but the effort and endeavour of Carlton for 100 minutes should fill their fans with some confidence in the future. Consistency is still a concern, but chock full of young and promising players their future is bright.

It ain’t over till it’s over.

Falling six-points behind with 40-something seconds remaining against the Gold Coast, Melbourne could have been forgiven for thinking victory was beyond them. Somehow, to the despair of the home crowd, they found a way to claim a one-point win. Could they still breathe life into finals hopes that seemed similarly dead and buried a fortnight ago?

Eagles doing enough but not yet flying high.

The Premiers did enough to overcome the Saints but are still a fair way off their best form. The AFL season is a marathon not a sprint though, and already back in the eight, they have plenty of time to hit peak performance.

Crows taking flight.

After a slow start to 2019, Adelaide have won their last four matches and are beginning to look like a team to be reckoned with. With matches against Brisbane and West Coast coming up, the next fortnight presents an opportunity to reinforce this view.

Cats still the team to beat.

The Kangaroos provided stern resistance on Sunday but were unable to prevent the Cats continuing on their merry way in 2019. They will take a lot of beating.

MCG hoodoo a Giant concern.

The Hawks got back on the winners list on Sunday after a comprehensive victory over GWS. The result sees the Giants MCG record worsen to 2-14, a massive concern for a team with ambitions to grace the home of football in September.

Freo fails another test.

At home against a weakened Richmond team, Fremantle had a big opportunity to consolidate their position in the eight. Despite the best efforts of Nat Fyfe, they let the chance slip and now hold eighth place by percentage only.

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