Facts and Figures
Average Score: 78.89 points per team, which is low, when taking into account five out of 18 teams scored 98 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 44.22 points per game, which indicates there weren’t many close games. Despite that, four out of nine games had a margin of 27 points or less!
Round 22 (In a Nutshell): In Round 22 I correctly predicted the results in five out of nine matches. Once again there were was a mixture of some monotonous games and other nail biters; take a look at the games more in detail!
Friday (Game One of Nine)
GWS Giants (106) v Richmond (67)
Giants Win, Richmond Disappointing
Facts and Figures: It was 56 inside 50s to 43 in favour of the Giants. Remarkably, Richmond had 12 more hitouts as well as three more clerances than the Giants. Despite that, the Giants had five more centre clearances than Richmond.
Pivotal Moment: Tim Taranto gave the Giants a 55 point lead shortly after midway through the 2nd quarter.
GWS Giants Game Changers: Josh Kelly, Tim Taranto
Richmond Game Changers: Liam Baker, Jayden Short
Saturday (Game Two of Nine)
Hawthorn (64) v Western Bulldogs (37)
Hawthorn Put on a Clinic
Facts and Figures: It was 19 scoring shots to 12 in favour of Hawthorn. They also had 16 more inside 50s as well as 40 more hitouts as well as two more clearances and six more centre clearances than the Bulldogs.
Pivotal Moment: Tom Mitchell of Hawthorn made the deficit five points near midway through the 3rd quarter.
Hawthorn Game Changer: Daniel Howe
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Jack Macrae
Saturday (Game Three of Nine)
Port Adelaide (140) v Carlton (45)
Facts and Figures: It was 35 scoring shots to 20 in favour of Port Adelaide. At one stage, during the 2nd quarter Carlton led by 23 points. Despite that Port Adelaide had 19 more inside 50s, 13 more hitouts, as well as six more clearances and six centre clearances than Carlton.
Pivotal Moment: Todd Marshall of Port Adelaide made the deficit 16 points midway through the 2nd quarter.
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Aliir Aliir
Carlton Game Changer: None
Saturday Game (Game Four of Nine)
Geelong Cats (85) v St Kilda (71)
St Kilda Finals Hopes Over
Facts and Figures: It was 20 scoring shots to 16 in favour of the Cats. They also had 14 more inside 50s, 22 more hitouts as well as 11 more clearances than St Kilda. Remarkably, despite that St Kilda had five more centre clearances.
Pivotal Moment: Rhys Stanley of the Cats made the deficit 25 points near quarter time; at one stage it was 31 to nil in favour of St Kilda in the 1st quarter.
Geelong Cats Game Changers: Jeremy Cameron, Patrick Dangerfield, Sam Menegola
St Kilda Game Changer: Brad Crouch
Saturday (Game Five of Nine)
Brisbane Lions (142) v Collingwood (57)
Lions Show They are Fully Fit
Facts and Figures: It was 32 scoring shots to 22 in favour of the Lions. They also had 28 more inside 50s, as well as two more clearances than Collingwood. Remarkably, Collingwood had 16 more hitouts as well as one more centre clearances than the Lions.
Pivotal Moment: Joe Daniher gave the Lions a 31 point lead near half time.
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Charlie Cameron
Collingwood Game Changer: None
Saturday (Game Six of Nine)
North Melbourne (77) v Sydney Swans (91)
North Melbourne Show Some Grit
Facts and Figures: It was 26 scoring shots to 17 in favour of the Swans. They also had 20 more inside 50s, as well as six more clearances and nine more centre clearances than North Melbourne. Remarkably, North Melbourne had 15 more hitouts than the Swans.
Pivotal Moment: Will Hayward gave the Swans a 17 point lead midway through the 4th quarter.
North Melbourne Game Changers: Aaron Hall, Cameron Zurhaar
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Harry Cunningham, Will Hayward
Sunday (Game Seven of Nine)
Melbourne Demons (104) v Adelaide Crows (63)
Demons Deliver in the End
Facts and Figures: It was 24 scoring shots to 18 in favour of the Demons. They also had 12 more inside 50s as well as 21 more hitouts, as well as one more clearance and three more centre clearances than the Crows.
Pivotal Moment: Ben Brown gave the Demons a nine point lead near quarter time.
Melbourne Demons Game Changers: Bailey Fritsch, Max Gawn
Adelaide Crows Game Changers: Ben Keays, Paul Seedsman
Sunday (Game Eight of Nine)
Gold Coast Suns (30) v Essendon (98)
Facts and Figures: It was 28 scoring shots to ten in Essendon’s favour. They also had 15 more inside 50s as well as 11 more hitouts, six more clearances as well as three more centre clearances than the Suns.
Pivotal Moment: Jake Stringer gave Essendon a 12 point lead early in the 2nd quarter.
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: None
Essendon Game Changer: Jake Stringer
Sunday (Game Nine of Nine)
Fremantle Dockers (79) v West Coast Eagles (64)
Dockers Keep Faint Finals Hopes Alive
Facts and Figures: Both teams had 19 scoring shots. The Eagles had 15 more inside 50s, as well as 15 more hitouts, one more clearance and seven more centre clearances.
Pivotal Moment: Matt Taberner of the Dockers made the margin 30 points at quarter time.
Fremantle Dockers Game Changers: David Mundy, Luke Ryan, Caleb Serong
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: Alex Witherden