AFL Round 20 Review (Season 2022)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 74.16 points per team, which is fairly low, when taking into account ten out of 18 teams scored 84 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 28 points per game in nine games, which indicates there were mixture of close games and one-sided games.
Round 20 (In a Nutshell): In Round 20 I correctly predicted the results in five out of nine matches.  Find out what transpired.

Friday (Game One of Nine)

Fremantle Dockers (39) v Melbourne Demons (85)
Dockers Have a Bad Day at the Office
Facts and Figures: The Dockers weren’t at the races; it’s as simple as that.
Pivotal Moment: Charlie Spargo gave the Demons a 41-point lead near three quarter time.
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Andrew Brayshaw
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Angus Brayshaw

Saturday (Game Two of Nine)

Collingwood (88) v Port Adelaide (82)
Collingwood Win Tenth in a Row
Facts and Figures: Collingwood keep on winning games by small margins; they tend to focus on the process.
Pivotal Moment: Josh Carmichael gave Collingwood a 17-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
Collingwood Game Changer: Josh Daicos
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Sam Powell-Pepper

Saturday (Game Three of Nine)

Sydney Swans (112) v GWS Giants (39)
Swans Embarrass Giants
Facts and Figures: The Swans obliterated the Giants; they finished with 69 Inside 50s to the Giants 36!
Pivotal Moment: Errol Gulden gave the Swans a 38-point lead near half time.
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Errol Gulden
GWS Giants Game Changer: None

Saturday Game (Game Four of Nine)

St Kilda (75) v Hawthorn (63)
Hawthorn Give St Kilda an All-Mighty Scare
Facts and Figures: St Kilda played a good first half of footy, but Brett Ratten was outcoached by Sam Mitchell in the fourth quarter, when Sam Mitchell moved the magnets around. Too little, too late for Hawthorn, but St Kilda were lucky to win the game.
Pivotal Moment: Max King gave St Kilda a 42-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
St Kilda Game Changer: Rowan Marshall
Hawthorn Game Changer: Jai Newcombe 

Saturday (Game Five of Nine)

Geelong Cats (94) v Western Bulldogs (66)
Facts and Figures: The Cats won the game fairly comfortably, despite conceding the first four goals.
Pivotal Moment: Jeremy Cameron gave the Cats a 39-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Geelong Cats Game Changer: Cameron Guthrie
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Josh Dunkley

Saturday (Game Six of Nine)

Adelaide Crows (84) v Carlton (55)
Facts and Figures: The Crows outworked and outclassed Carlton. The Crows played with plenty of character and grit and had too much polish for Carlton.
Pivotal Moment: Darcy Fogarty gave the Crows a 17-point lead, near midway through the third quarter.
Adelaide Crows Game Changer: Ben Keays
Carlton Game Changer: Matthew Kennedy

Sunday (Game Seven of Nine)

Gold Coast Suns (107) v West Coast Eagles (104)
Suns Nearly Throw Win Away
Facts and Figures: The Suns were winning by five goals at half time, but limped over the line. Mabior Chol of the Suns kicked a career high five goals. Jack Darling was a revelation as he kicked six goals for Eagles
Pivotal Moment: Mabior Chol gave the Suns a three-point lead late in the game.
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Mabior Chol
West Coast Eagles Game Changer: Jack Darling

Sunday (Game Eight of Nine)

Richmond (104) v Brisbane Lions (97)
Richmond Fight Hard for Crucial Win
Facts and Figures: The Lions led by seven goals in the second quarter, but somehow, they lost a game that may mean they finish outside the top four.
Pivotal Moment: Daniel Rioli gave Richmond a one-point lead shortly after midway through the fourth quarter.
Richmond Game Changers: Shai Bolton, Noah Cumberland, Tom J. Lynch
Brisbane Lions Game Changer: Kaidean Coleman

Sunday (Game Nine of Nine)

Essendon (114) v North Melbourne (66)
Essendon were Simply Too Good
Facts and Figures: Essendon had nine more inside 50s.
Pivotal Moment: Zach Merrett gave Essendon a 25-point lead relatively early in the third quarter.
Essendon Game Changers: Zach Merrett, Mason Redman
North Melbourne Game Changer: Jy Simpkin



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