AFL Round 15 – What Did We Learn?

Richmond don’t have many youngsters to lead them in to the future 

It was another poor performance for Richmond as they went down to Port Adelaide and questions have been asked about which young players will lead Richmond into the future. Connor Menadue, Sam Lloyd and Jayden Short have shown potential at times but not consistently enough to be called the players to lead them. 

It is time for coach Damien Hardwick to give other youngster a try to see if they can play at the highest level. That way, it should give him an indication on whether he has enough youngsters to turn their form around for next season and beyond. 


Gold Coast are a better team now 

With many of their players back from injuries and suspensions, Gold Coast look a much better team and showed that with a win over an in form St Kilda at Metricon Stadium. It looked like the team in the early rounds where they won their first 3 games of the season. 

It was good for the Suns to get a win on the board and they will be looking for 2 in a row when they face Brisbane in a Q clash at Metricon Stadium. On paper, this should be a win to Gold Coast but this season has shown, don’t underestimate any team. However, Gold Coast have a better team and should get the win. 


Jason Johannison is a valuable player for the Western Bulldogs 

The running halfback made his return from a hamstring injury and produced a quality match to get his team over the line against Sydney at the SCG. He collected 20 disposals, going at 80% efficiency, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s and a goal with the last kick of the game to win the match. 

His speed and ball use out of defence has been important as he helps create plays for the Bulldogs. It is only his first game back from injury and he will get better which will benefit the Bulldogs heading into the final rounds of the season. 


All teams in the top 8 have a chance of making the top 4

With Hawthorn sitting on top of the ladder with 11 wins and then 6 teams on 10 wins, positions for the top 4 is definitely not set. Not only wins is essential but big wins in the future to gain higher percentage is important to be able to gain a higher spot on the ladder. 

It has been one of the closest races for the top 4 in a long time and at the moment, it is difficult to tell who will get the double chance. The next few weeks should tell more but if you are a footy fan, you will be excited about the situation that is happening right now. 


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