AFL Round 23 Review (Season 2021)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 82.72 points per team, which is fairly low, when taking into account five out of 18 teams scored 98 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 31.67 points per game, which indicates there weren’t many close games. Despite that, four out of nine games had a margin of 14 points or less!
Round 23 (In a Nutshell): In Round 23 I correctly predicted three out of eight matches, as there was one game that was a draw. Once again there were was a combination of exciting games and dull ones, in what was the last Round of season 2021.

Friday (Game One of Nine)

Western Bulldogs (64) v Port Adelaide (66)
Port Adelaide Fight Back!
Facts and Figures: It was 21 scoring shots to 14 in favour of Port Adelaide. They also had eight more inside 50s, as well as 33 more hitouts and seven more clearances than the Bulldogs. Both teams had nine centre clearances. The Bulldogs led at the end of every quarter apart from the 4th quarter.
Pivotal Moment: Robbie Gray gave Port Adelaide a three point lead in the 4th quarter.
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Jack Macrae
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Travis Boak

Saturday (Game Two of Nine)

Richmond (83) v Hawthorn (83)
A Draw a Fitting Result
Facts and Figures: Both teams kicked 12 goals and 11 behinds. Richmond had six more inside 50s, as well as one more centre clearance than Hawthorn. Despite that, Hawthorn had 26 more hitouts and 11 more clearances than Richmond.
Pivotal Moment: Jack Riewoldt of Richmond kicked a goal that levelled the scores and made it a draw at full time.
Richmond Game Changer: Jack Riewoldt
Hawthorn Game Changer: Chad Wingard

Saturday (Game Three of Nine)

Sydney Swans (136) v Gold Coast Suns (49)
Swans Put Practice into Action in Training Drill
Facts and Figures: The Swans had five more scoring shots, as well as eight more inside 50s than the Suns. Remarkably the Suns had four more hitouts, as well as nine more clearances and five more centre clearances than the Swans
Pivotal Moment: Isaac Heeney of the Swans made the margin 20 points in the 1st quarter.
Sydney Swans Game Changers: Jordan Dawson, Lance Franklin
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Touk Miller

Saturday Game (Game Four of Nine)

Brisbane Lions (125) v West Coast Eagles (87)
Lions Sneak into the Top Four!
Facts and Figures: It was 30 scoring shots to 22 in the Lions favour. They also had four more inside 50s. Remarkably, the Eagles had 35 more hitouts, as well as five more clearances and five more centre clearances than the Lions.
Pivotal Moment: Joe Daniher gave the Lions a 17 point lead at 3 quarter time.
Brisbane Lions Game Changers: Joe Daniher, Daniel Rich
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: Nic Naitanui

Saturday (Game Five of Nine)

Geelong Cats (77) v Melbourne Demons (81)
Demons Comeback Effort, Due to Plenty of Effort!
Facts and Figures: The Demons had four more scoring shots, as well as seven more inside 50s, as well as ten more hitouts, seven more clearances and one more clearance than the Cats.
Pivotal Moment: Max Gawn gave the Demons a four point win with a goal after the final siren.
Geelong Cats Game Changers: Tom Hawkins, Lachie Henderson
Melbourne Demons Game Changers: Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver

Saturday (Game Six of Nine)

Carlton (75) v GWS Giants (89)
Carlton Put up a Fight
Facts and Figures: It was 29 scoring shots to 20 in favour of the Giants. They also had 12 more inside 50s, as well as ten more clearances and three more centre clearances than Carlton. Remarkably, Carlton had nine more hitouts.
Pivotal Moment: Callan Ward gave the Giants a 19 point lead late in the game.
Carlton Game Changer: Ed Curnow
GWS Giants Game Changer: Callan Ward

Sunday (Game Seven of Nine)

St Kilda (107) v Fremantle Dockers (49)
St Kilda Dismantle Dockers
Facts and Figures: St Kilda only had three more scoring shots than the Dockers. The fact that St Kilda only had two more inside 50s than the Dockers shows that St Kilda were relatively efficient. Remarkably, the Dockers had ten more hitouts, as well as six more clearances and nine more centre clearances than St Kilda; incredible.
Pivotal Moment: Cooper Sharman gave St Kilda a 39 point lead early in the 4th quarter.
St Kilda Game Changer: Tim Membrey
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Caleb Serong

Sunday (Game Eight of Nine)

Essendon (102) v Collingwood (64)
Essendon In Fine Form
Facts and Figures: Essendon only had one more scoring shot than Collingwood. Despite that, Essendon had nine more inside 50s than Essendon. Remarkably, Collingwood had three more hitouts as well as four more clearances and five more centre clearances than Essendon.
Pivotal Moment: Devon Smith of Essendon gave them a 40 point lead early in the 3rd quarter.
Essendon Game Changers: Mason Redman, Devon Smith
Collingwood Game Changer: Jamie Elliott

Sunday (Game Nine of Nine)

Adelaide Crows (98) v North Melbourne (54)
Crows get Morale Boosting Win!
Facts and Figures: The Crows finished with 19 more scoring shots than North Melbourne. The Crows also had 20 more inside 50s as well as 16 more clearances and eight more centre clearances than North Melbourne. Remarkably, North Melbourne had eight more hitouts than the Crows.
Pivotal Moment: Riley Thilthorpe gave the Crows a 30 point lead shortly after midway through the 4th quarter.
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Ben Keays
North Melbourne Game Changer: Aaron Hall


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