What did we learn Saturday: AFL 2019 – Round Eight

What did we learn from Saturday’s games.

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.

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