AFL 2019: Nine Things We Learned: Round 22

Joel Bowes takes us through what was learned from Round 22.

Calls for a Rolling Fixture will grow louder.

After a less than enthralling Friday night encounter between bottom four sides Melbourne and Sydney the calls for a rolling final few rounds of the season have ignited, and although a logistical nightmare, maybe there’s some merit in the idea. After two absolute classic matches between the Lions and Cats and Tigers and Eagles went missing buried in the fixture, maybe it’s time to get some real footy on a Friday night.

David Teague could be set for a big stint

With the signing of a new head coach a new era begins with David Teague taking the helm at Carlton with exciting times ahead. With a good crop of youngsters at his disposal, Carlton will be playing finals within a few years, and if they can keep their young blood they’ll be a Premiership threat in a handful. Things are finally looking up.

The Game of the season

Although the Lions and Cats played a thriller, it was Sunday’s contest between Richmond and West Coast that was one for the ages. In what many including myself see as a Grand Final precursor, the Tigers pipped a slick Eagles side by a kick at the G. If we see these two sides go head to head again in September we can expect another thrilling contest.

Bombers finally lock it in

After such a topsy-turvy season Essendon have officially booked a place in September. They’ve been on both ends of thrashings and upsets, hard fought wins and dismal losses, but they’re in. They’ll likely face either GWS or Collingwood in the first round, and maybe this is their best chance in a long time to finally win a final.

Roughy goes out on a high

A big six goal haul sent the Hawks champ off in style as his side thrashed the Suns by 70 points. One of the game’s biggest and most loved characters was sent out in an all class display by the club and his teammates. The game will be a lot quieter place without the loud and proud man himself. Thanks for your work Rough.

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Ben Brown joins and illustrious club

North Melbourne’s historical thrashing of Port Adelaide allowed Ben Brown to join a small yet illustrious club of players to have kicked 10 goals in a single match. Only 15 players have achieved the feat, five of them current including Brown. Brown also takes the lead in the Coleman medal race, streaking ahead of Jeremy Cameron who looked to have the award already wrapped up.

Dogs are on the march

Here they come, the Bulldogs have got something going here and they’re on a roll. Next week’s clash with the Crows is crucial, and although the Dogs will go in favourite, they can’t afford to be complacent with their spot in the eight on the line. If the Bulldogs do slide into the eight, they’ve hit their form at the right time and might just do some damage in September.

Pies could still swoop this spring

Saturday’s win over Adelaide saw some of Collingwood’s best come back on show. After mid-way through the second quarter the Pies wrestled the game away and never looked back. Their ball movement was impressive and finishing ability in front of goal was classy. One more game to go before another charge at September and we’ll see just how far they can go.

Lions might be the real deal.

The Lions fought out a gritty win against the Cats and impressed us all with a classy victory. Now, with just one week to go they atop the table and have risen as high as they can go, after so long languishing at the bottom of the table. They’ve proven their home and away credentials but now it’s the big time, could they really go all the way in September? There’s some stiff competition and we’ll have to see.

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