Collingwood v Essendon

Learned: Despite their injuries, the Pies just keep getting it done.

Liked: Brodie Grundy, then daylight to the next ruckman. Can he win the Brownlow?

Disliked: Did the bombers cost themselves by resting players? They now have to go to Perth in week one of the finals.


Sydney vs St Kilda

Learned: The Saints were about were we thought. No better. No worse.

Liked: The way the Swans sent off all their greats.

Disliked: Is/was Brett Ratten on a hiding to nothing in his coaching aspirations?


North Melbourne v Melbourne

Learned: The skills of these sides need to improve considerably if either is to play finals in 2020.

Liked: The spirit on display made it hard to believe that pride was all that was on offer in Hobart.

Disliked: Melbourne’s season.


Geelong vs Carlton

Learned: Carlton have improved considerably but still a little way off the best teams.

Liked: Kade Simpson. How good is he? 18 years into his career and still playing like teenager.

Disliked: The Cats end to the season. Are they more or less likely to go out in straight sets than they are to win the flag?


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Gold Coast v GWS

Learned: A Tassie team might win the flag before the Suns do.

Liked: Jeremy Cameron. Genuine superstar.

Disliked: The Suns. Less competitive than Fitzroy in the dark days of 1995-96.


West Coast vs Hawthorn

Learned: Josh Kennedy is no longer the Eagles best forward.

Liked: Hawthorn’s finish to the season.

Disliked: West Coast’s inconsistency. Two weeks ago they were a chance for top spot, instead they face first round elimination.


Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide

Learned: It’s dark days for footy in South Australia.

Liked: The Bulldogs are playing good football and will trouble some teams.

Disliked: How bad the Crows have been. Could the Crows join Fremantle and St Kilda in looking for a new coach?


Richmond v Brisbane

Learned: Dylan Grimes is the best back in the league, turned Charlie Cameron from hero to zero.

Liked: The Lions. They lost no respect today.

Disliked: Premature talk of a Tigers premiership. Genuinely think six teams can win it

Fremantle v Port Adelaide

Learned: Sunday twilight is the graveyard shift. I think I was one of about three people watching this on TV.

Liked: No new coach boost for Fremantle after sacking the coach they so deceitfully appointed eight years ago.

Disliked: That I had to watch this one.


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