AFL Round 21 Review (Season 2022)

Facts and Figures

Average Score: 89.33 points per team, with five out of 18 teams kicking 100 points or more.
Average Winning Margin: 25.33 points per game in nine games, which indicates there were was a mixture of one sided and close games; four out of nine games had a margin of less than 18 points.
Round 21 (In a Nutshell): In Round 21 I correctly predicted the results in seven out of nine matches. Find out what transpired.

Friday (Game One of Nine)

Melbourne Demons (89) v Collingwood (96)
Collingwood Keep on Winning Narrowly
Facts and Figures: It was 24 scoring shots to 21 in favour of the Demons. They also had 11 goal kickers to Collingwood’s eight.
Pivotal Moment: Brody Mihocek made the deficit for Collingwood 12 points near half time.
Melbourne Demons Game Changer: Angus Brayshaw
Collingwood Game Changer: Brayden Maynard

Saturday (Game Two of Nine)

Hawthorn (70) v Gold Coast Suns (63)
Hawthorn are Building Something Good
Facts and Figures: It was 23 scoring shots to 20 in favour of the Suns. Jack Gunston of Hawthorn kicked five goals.
Pivotal Moment: Jack Gunston of Hawthorn kicked the opening goal of the game, which gave them a four-point lead early in the game.
Hawthorn Game Changer: Jack Gunston
Gold Coast Suns Game Changer: Elijah Hollands

Saturday (Game Three of Nine)

GWS Giants (96) v Essendon (69)
The Giants Players Respond
Facts and Figures: The Giants played a good brand of footy against Essendon. Jesse Hogan of the Giants kicked four goals, while Matt Guelfi kicked four goals for Essendon.
Pivotal Moment: Harry Himmelberg gave the Giants a 12-point lead early in the game.
GWS Giants Game Changers: Jesse Hogan, Lachie Whitfield
Essendon Game Changer: Matt Guelfi

Saturday Game (Game Four of Nine)

Western Bulldogs (78) v Fremantle Dockers (95)
Dockers Claim Morale Boosting Win
Facts and Figures: The Dockers kicked more accurately than the Bulldogs. Rory Lobb, Michael Frederick and Matt Taberner were the Dockers multiple goal kickers, while Aaron Naughton and Cody Weightman of the Bulldogs kicked three goals each.
Pivotal Moment: Lachie Schultz gave the Dockers a 16 point lead relatively early in the second quarter.
Western Bulldogs Game Changer: Josh Dunkley
Fremantle Dockers Game Changer: Luke Ryan

Saturday (Game Five of Nine)

Geelong Cats (110) v St Kilda (65)
Cats Showcase Their Depth
Facts and Figures: Sam Menegola and Brandan Parfitt were outstanding for the Cats with 25 disposals each, with Parfitt finishing the game with ten clearances
Pivotal Moment: Jeremy Cameron gave the Cats a 16 point lead early in the third quarter.
Geelong Cats Game Changer: Sam Menegola
St Kilda Game Changer: Brad Crouch

Saturday (Game Six of Nine)

Port Adelaide (71) v Richmond (109)
Richmond Outplay Port Adelaide
Facts and Figures: It was 66 Inside 50s to 44 in favour of Richmond.
Pivotal Moment: Shai Bolton gave Richmond a eight-point lead at half time.
Port Adelaide Game Changer: Dan Houston
Richmond Game Changers: Shai Bolton, Tom J. Lynch

Sunday (Game Seven of Nine)

North Melbourne (88) v Sydney Swans (126)
The Swans a Class Above
Facts and Figures: The Swans had too much class and polish for North Melbourne.
Pivotal Moment: Lance Franklin gave the Swans a 17-point lead at quarter time. They had six multiple goal kickers to North Melbourne’s two. Lance Franklin finished with a team high four goals for the Swans, while Nick Larkey from North Melbourne equalled his career best with seven goals.
North Melbourne Game Changer: Nick Larkey
Sydney Swans Game Changer: Chad Warner

Sunday (Game Eight of Nine)

Brisbane Lions (114) v Carlton (81)
The Lions Simply Too Good
Facts and Figures: The Lions obliterated Carlton in the opening three quarters. Carlton showed some fight in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.
Pivotal Moment: Eric Hipwood gave Carlton a 21 point lead late in the game.
Brisbane Lions Game Changers: Zac Bailey, Oscar McInerney
Carlton Game Changer: Adam Saad

Sunday (Game Nine of Nine)

West Coast Eagles (86) v Adelaide Crows (102)
Eagles Can’t Quite do it for JK
Facts and Figures: Josh J. Kennedy kicking eight goals in his final AFL game! It would’ve been a fairy tale win had the Eagles won, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Pivotal Moment: Darcy Fogarty made the deficit for the Crows one-point late in the second quarter.
West Coast Eagles Game Changers: Tom Barrass, Josh J. Kennedy
Adelaide Crows Game Changers: Darcy Fogarty, Rory Laird

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