AFL Round 12 – What Did We Learn?

Adelaide Crows are a serious top 4 contender

There were people saying that Adelaide Crows can only win at Adelaide and no where else. These people can eat their words right now as they produced an almighty performance in the west as they produced an upset win over West Coast.  This win now makes the crows a top 4 contender. 

They played their running game, their forwards were on queue led by Eddie Betts who kicked 5 goals and their defence was solid once again. This was a big victory as this should give them plenty of confidence that their best can beat any club. They now have a well earned bye and  come back ready to fight for a top 4 place. 

 

St Kilda can win matches without Nick Riewoldt

St Kilda went into the match against an inform Carlton without their skipper, Nick Riewoldt who is usually their match winner. They were able to do it without him after an impressive victory led by Jack Steven who had 25 disposals and 3 goals. Tim Membrey was magnificent up forward as he kicked 5 goals to help set up the win.

There has been debates after whether St Kilda can win matches without Riewoldt but this match showed they can do it without him while seeing the emergence of forwards Tim Membrey and Josh Bruce as a pair. They now have the bye and should regain Riewoldt for their next match. 

 

Patrick Dangerfield is favourite for this year’s Brownlow medal 

The race for the Brownlow medal has been an open one with as many as 13 players in the running but after this round, one player has put his hand up as the favourite.

Geelong’s Patrick Dangerifeld had a 3 vote worthy performance with an amazing 48 disposals, 13 marks and 2 goals. He was the most dominant player on the field and helped Geelong to a win over top placed North Melbourne. 

He will be looking to continue his stellar form when they face Western Bulldogs at Ethiad Stadium which will be a big game as both teams are fighting for a spot in the top 4. If Dangerfield can producer another big game then that gives Geelong a big chance of winning the 4 points.

 

Max Gawn is one of the premium ruckmans of the competition 

It was the first time since 2007 that Melbourne had won a Queen’s birthday clash and they can thank Max Gawn for the victory. He was simply outstanding with 27 disposals, 31 hitouts, 6 marks, 3 goals and was awarded best on ground

Gawn is now one of the premium ruckmans of the competition and provides a handful for the opposing ruckman.  He will be looking to back the last performance up when they go to the SCG to face Sydney who are without Kurt Tippett through injury. He should be the dominant ruckman in that game and could help Melbourne to a big win away from Melbourne. 

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