Five Lessons Learned – AFL Round 4

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1. Howe Can Collingwood Still Win The Premiership?

Collingwood’s season got a lot tougher after their Friday night encounter with the GWS Giants.

Not only did they lose the game, their first loss of the season, they lost key defender Jeremy Howe with a horror knee injury during the last quarter.

Howe has played 20 or more matches in his past eight seasons and had gathered 23 disposals including six intercept possessions and had gained 500m before getting injured.

He is second in the competition for Rebound 50s, 6th in Meters Gained and 11th in Intercept Marks.

He is one of Collingwood’s most important players and he will be very much missed.

2. West Coast Can Not Win The Flag

Oh but wait until they get back to Perth!

The Eagles are wallowing in 16th position on the AFL ladder after another poor performance against Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

We all know the Eagles are a different team at home but Adam Simpson and the West Coast fans must be very worried about the way their team is playing first and foremost.

Since being in Queensland, they have averaged just 43 points a game.

They do not have a player in the top 20 in the AFL for contested possessions and Elliot Yeo leads to comp in clangers.

They may head out of their Queensland Hub 1-5 and in a 17 game season, that makes it very tough to win a premiership.

3. Matt Rowell Will Win The Brownlow

Well we can’t see why not!

In the Brownlow Bubble we have given the first year Suns star 9 votes in the last three weeks of football and he is now into third favourite at $8.00.

Argument 1 against a first year player winning a Brownlow medal has always been that they do not get noticed.

Chris Judd was dominant as a first year player back in 2002, winning the league’s Best First Year Player award.

He did not poll a single Brownlow vote.

Matt Rowell has been the most talked about player in all forms of media in the last three weeks and he is very hard to miss out on the ground.

Argument 2 against a first year player winning a Brownlow is that the team has to win enough games.

Well the Gold Coast Suns couldn’t have been much more impressive in their last three games and currently sit second on the AFL ladder.

If they continue to win games of football, an outcome which Rowell himself will play a big part in, the gun youngster will be every chance at winning the 2020 Brownlow Medal in his first year.

4. At Least The MRP Is Consistent

There are many that will complain about the one-week suspension of Zac Merrett for his punch on Jack Silvagni that left the Blues youngster with a bruised lung and cracked rib.

Whether we like it or not, the AFL has at least been consistent with their ‘outcome based penalties’ when it comes to suspensions.

We see hundreds of that very action every season but unfortunately for Zac Merret, he got Silvagni in exactly the wrong spot.

Silvagni missed the entire game because of the action, therefor we knew Merret would be suspended.

5. The Crows Are Awful

The Adelaide Football Club need to be realistic about where they are headed right now.

Now are winless in season 2020 and are currently on the bottom of the AFL ladder with a percentage of just 51.9.

They are not only losing, they are not living up to plenty of people’s expectations.

Expectations that are drastically fading.

They have now failed to cover the line in nine of their last 10 matches after a 36 point loss to the Lions on Sunday.

They have a chance to bounce back this week when they play Fremantle at Metricon Stadium.

Fremantle are currently favourites.

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