AFL Round 3 Review (Season 2022)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 84.66 points per team, which is fairly low, when taking into account eight out of 18 teams scored 92 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 30.66 points per game, which indicates there weren’t many close games. Despite that, four out of nine games had a margin of 13 points or less!
Round 3 (In a Nutshell): In Round 3 I correctly predicted three out of nine matches. Find out what transpired in Round 3.

Thursday (Game One of Nine)

Western Bulldogs (71) v Sydney Swans (60)
The Dogs Dog Hungry
Facts and Figures: Both teams kicked nine goals, but the Bulldogs kicked 11 more behinds than the Swans.
Pivotal Moment: Mitch Wallis kicked the Bulldogs seventh goal of the game to give them a 16 point early in the fourth quarter.
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Tim English
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Nick Blakey

Friday (Game Two of Nine)

Melbourne Demons (99) v Essendon (70)
Demons Have Too much Polish!
Facts and Figures: Essendon were brave in defeat, but the Demons took their chances when the game was in the balance.
Pivotal Moment: Archie Perkins made the deficit for Essendon 18 points with eight minutes left in the game.
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Sam Weideman
Essendon Game Changer: Peter Wright

Friday (Game Three of Nine)

Adelaide Crows (96) v Port Adelaide (92)
The Crows Fight Back When They Looked Off Track!
Facts and Figures: Port Adelaide had six more scoring shots, but lost the game!
Pivotal Moment: Jordan Dawson kicked a goal after the siren that won the Crows the game!
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Jordan Dawson
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Todd Marshall

Saturday Game (Game Four of Nine)

GWS Giants (83) v Gold Coast Suns (57)
The Giants Take Small Step Forward, While Suns Take a Few Steps Back
Facts and Figures: The final score was flattering to the Suns. They conceded the first five goals of the game and were competitive in the final quarter.
Pivotal Moment: Jesse Hogan gave the Giants an eight point lead with the opening goal of the game.
GWS Giants Game Changer: Tom Green
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Levi Casboult

Saturday (Game Five of Nine)

Collingwood (91) v Geelong Cats (104)
Cats Fight Back from The Brink of Losing
Facts and Figures: Collingwood lost the game despite kicking nine goals to the Cats three in the third quarter.
Pivotal Moment: Max Holmes made the deficit for the Cats 25 points with just over six minutes left in the second quarter.
Collingwood Game Changer: Nick Daicos
Geelong Cats Game Changer: Jeremy Cameron

Saturday (Game Six of Nine)

Brisbane Lions (156) v North Melbourne (48)
Lions Too Good
Facts and Figures: The Lions had 41 scoring shots to North Melbourne’s 13.
Pivotal Moment: It was one way traffic; Lincoln McCarthy made it four goals to nil in the Lions favour with his second goal of the game in the eighth minute.
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Lincoln McCarthy
North Melbourne Game Changer: None

Sunday (Game Seven of Nine)

Carlton (74) v Hawthorn (73)
Carlton Claim a Win by the Finest Margin
Facts and Figures: The game was a tight one in the end, but Carlton shouldn’t have let Hawthorn back in the game.
Pivotal Moment: Jacob Weitering took an amazing mark to give Carlton a one point win.
Carlton Game Changer: Jacob Weitering
Hawthorn Game Changer: Changkuoth Jiath

Sunday (Game Eight of Nine)

St Kilda (117) v Richmond (84)
The Saints are the Real Deal
Facts and Figures: Both teams kicked six goals in the first quarter. They combined for 31 goals for the game, with St Kilda coming back from a 25 point deficit in the third quarter.
Pivotal Moment: Brad Crouch made the deficit 19 points midway through the third quarter.
St Kilda Game Changers: Brad Crouch, Max King
Richmond Game Changer: Nathan Broad

Sunday (Game Nine of Nine)

West Coast Eagles (47) v Fremantle Dockers (102)
Eagles Outclassed
Facts and Figures: The Eagles went into the game regaining a few good players; the likes of Andrew Gaff and Jeremy McGovern just to name a couple. It was a tough situation with the COVID protocols, but they were obliterated by a hungry Dockers team.
Pivotal Moment: Travis Colyer gave the Dockers a 21 point lead midway through the second quarter.
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: None
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Andrew Brayshaw

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