AFL Round 22 – What Did We Learn?

The Showdown was needed for Adelaide

It doesn’t make sense saying the Adelaide Crows needed the win the showdown as they have been the in-form team of the competition but the match vs Port Adelaide was a tough match and were able to get over the line by 15 points.

Adelaide have come off easy wins against Essendon, Brisbane and Fremantle so a tough encounter with Port Adelaide was what they needed for finals. They now face West Coast at Adelaide Oval and a win there should secure a top 2 spot and a home final.

 

Brent Harvey still got what it takes to play AFL for another club

North Melbourne will not renew Brent “Boomer” Harvey’s contract next season and in the form he is in right now, it is confusing why. He helped keep North Melbourne in the game against Sydney and throughout this season, has been brilliant and helped his side win on many occasions.

There should be plenty of clubs that would want his signature despite his age. He would suit either a young team that needs experience or a top team that needs an x-factor to get them a premiership. If he wants to continue on next season, surely at least one other will take him for a season or two.

 

Melbourne still play inconsistent football

Coming into the game against Carlton, Melbourne were favourites and a win would keep their finals hopes alive. However, they lost by 20 points to a team that had lost the past 9 games and while 20 points is not a bad loss, it was the way they played which was concerning.

They have come off 4 wins in a row and had a chance to move one step closer to a finals berth but stumbled. With something on the line, they did not deliver and this is something new coach Simon Goodwin will have to address during pre season to make sure it doesn’t happen next season.

 

West Coast will find it difficult to cover Nic Naitanui

West Coast kept their top 4 hopes alive with a win against Hawthorn. They played well all game and out played the reigning premiers but the win was deeply soured with an knee injury to Nic Naitanui which will see him miss 12 months.

This is a big blow as he is one of the most important players in the West Coast team and now players like Scott Lycett and Jonathan Giles need to step up to give the Eagles any hope of impacting the finals. It starts this week against Adelaide and if they play their best like they did last week, then they might be able to win and may place themselves in the top 4.

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