AFL Round 20 Review (Season 2021)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 78.5 points per team, which is low, when taking into account six out of 18 teams scored 100 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 32.56 points per game, which indicates there were a lot of games with big margins. Despite that, four out of nine games had a margin of 20 points or less!
Round 20 (In a Nutshell): In Round 20 I correctly predicted the results in six out of nine matches. Once again there were was a mix of some monotonous games and some nail biters; take a look at the games more in depth! Some of the fixtures had to be rescheduled.

Friday (Game One of Nine)

St Kilda (81) v Carlton (112)
Carlton gave St Kilda the Blues
Facts and Figures: It was 22 scoring shots to 21 in favour of Carlton. They just kicked a lot straighter than St Kilda. Despite that, St Kilda had seven more inside 50s, 59 more hitouts, three more clearances and three more centre clearances than Carlton.
Pivotal Moment: Sam Walsh of Carlton made the margin 46 points in the 3rd quarter.
St Kilda Game Changers: Zak Jones, Jack Steele
Carlton Game Changers: Harry McKay, Sam Walsh

Saturday (Game Two of Nine)

Western Bulldogs (105) v Adelaide Crows (56)
Bulldogs Show Their Class
Facts and Figures: The Bulldogs had 25 more inside 50s than the Crows. Despite that, the Crows had 14 more hitouts than the Bulldogs. The Crows had nine more clearances, but nine less centre clearances than the Bulldogs.
Pivotal Moment: Jason Johannisen of the Bulldogs made the margin 41 points early in the 3rd quarter.
Western Bulldogs Game Changers: Caleb Daniel, Bailey Dale
Adelaide Crows Game Changers: Tom Doedee, Reilly O’Brien

Saturday (Game Three of Nine)

North Melbourne (42) v Geelong Cats (62)
Cats Have Too Much Talent for Gallant Kangaroos
Facts and Figures: It was 22 scoring shots to 12 in favour of the Cats. They also had 26 more inside 50s as well as two more hitouts and two more clearances than North Melbourne. Despite that, North Melbourne had three more centre clearances.
Pivotal Moment: Tom Hawkins gave the Cats a 19 point lead late in the 4th quarter.
North Melbourne Game Changers: Luke Davies-Uniacke, Aaron Hall
Geelong Cats Game Changers: Isaac Smith, Tom Stewart

Saturday Game (Game Four of Nine)

Collingwood (90) v West Coast Eagles (45)
Turnovers Galore as the Eagles Unsure
Facts and Figures: The Eagles had three more inside 50s than Collingwood along with four more hitouts, six more clearances and four more centre clearances than Collingwood. Despite that, Collingwood had 20 scoring shots to the Eagles 15 and the Eagles had three more turnovers than Collingwood.
Pivotal Moment: Jack Ginnivan of Collingwood made the margin 21 points near quarter time.
Collingwood Game Changer: Brayden Maynard
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: None

Sunday (Game Five of Nine)

Gold Coast Suns (30) v Melbourne Demons (128)
Suns Poor, Demons Kick Goals Galore
Facts and Figures: The Demons had 28 more scoring shots, 44 more inside 50s, 25 more hitouts, 17 more clearances and four more centre clearances than the Suns.
Pivotal Moment: Luke Jackson gave the Demons a 20 point lead near quarter time.
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: None
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Luke Jackson, Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca

Sunday (Game Six of Nine)

Hawthorn (92) v Brisbane Lions (80)
Lions Leave Comeback Too Late
Facts and Figures: It was 22 scoring shots to 20 in favour of Hawthorn. They had 19 more inside 50s than the Lions. Despite that, the Lions had two more hitouts as well as two more clearances and five more centre clearances.
Pivotal Moment: Chad Wingard gave Hawthorn a 26 point lead near quarter time.
Hawthorn Game Changer: Luke Breust
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Daniel McStay

Sunday (Game Seven of Nine)

Essendon (102) v Sydney Swans (109)
Essendon Finals Hopes Take a Hit!
Facts and Figures: Both teams had 22 scoring shots. Essendon had three more hitouts, as well as eight more clearances and 12 more centre clearances. The Swans showed plenty of character to win the game.
Pivotal Moment: Errol Gulden gave the Swans a 13 point lead just after the midway point of the 4th quarter.
Essendon Game Changer: Darcy Parish
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Tom Papley

Sunday (Game Eight of Nine)

Fremantle Dockers (55) v Richmond (51)
The Dockers Show Grit and Character
Facts and Figures: Richmond had 21 scoring shots to Fremantle’s 20. Richmond had 11 more inside 50s, as well as three more hitouts, 15 more clearances. Remarkably, both teams had seven centre clearances.
Pivotal Moment: Caleb Serong gave the Dockers a four point lead in the 4th quarter, shortly after the midway point.
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Andrew Brayshaw
Richmond Game Changer: Dion Prestia

Sunday (Game Nine of Nine)

GWS Giants (73) v Port Adelaide (100)
Power Claim a Well Deserved Win
Facts and Figures: It was 25 scoring shots to 18 in favour of Port Adelaide. They also had 19 more inside 50s, 12 more hitouts, one more clearance and two more centre clearances than the Giants.
Pivotal Moment: Orazio Fantasia gave Port Adelaide a 19 point lead in the 4th quarter.
GWS Giants Game Changer: Nick Haynes
Port Adelaide Game Changers: Karl Amon, Charlie Dixon  


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