Five Lessons Learned – AFL Round 8

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1. The Richmond Of Old

Richmond again sit ninth on the AFL ladder after GWS avenged their Grand Final loss by beating the defending premiers by two goals on Friday night.

The Tigers kicked themselves out of the contest having three more scoring shots than the Giants but still fell short.

They will not be in ninth spot for long as they play the Dogs on Wednesday night.

2. There’s Some Fight In North Melbourne

North Melbourne suffered their sixth loss in a row when they narrowly went down to Carlton on Saturday afternoon.

They had every right to throw the towel in when they went four goals down early in the second quarter but they showed that Shinboner spirit to keep themselves in the contest.

They have been ravaged with injuries in 2020 and while their season is all but over in terms of playing finals, a few of their players have plenty to play for.

They play the winless Adelaide Crows on Saturday afternoon at Metricon Stadium.

3. The Saints Can Win The Flag

I had to double check but St Kilda are now sitting fourth on the 2020 AFL Ladder.

Yep… fourth!

They improved their record to five wins and three losses with a dominant win over Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night to the tune of 29 points.

The Saints best is very good and their worst seems to be pretty bad but they are bridging that gap very quickly.

Hunter Clark topped the disposals for the game with 24 and Rowan Marshall had 421 meters gained as well as two goals and 15 touches.

The play the Swans, Suns and Geelong in the next three rounds.

4. West Coast Will Win The 2020 Premiership…

If it’s played in Perth!

There were plenty that have been preaching that the Pies were the deserving premiership favourites heading into round eight.

There were few that thought that after the West Coast Eagles dismantled them on Sunday afternoon.

Including the punters.

The Eagles are now the outright favourites at $5.00 to lift the premiership trophy this year after thrashing the Pies by 11 goals.

They are clearly a threat no matter where they play the GF but if it is in Perth they may come right into even money.

There midfield is scary good.

5. Zac Bailey Is The Lions MVP

Okay, I admit there are a few more important players such as Lachie Neale who is the $2.50 Brownlow Medal favourite but Zac Bailey is proving that he is very important to this young midfield group.

Picked with the 15th pick overall in the 2017 draft, Bailey has now put together 35 career games including all eight this season.

He was enormous on the weekend, collecting 21 disposals against Melbourne including 16 kicks and 491 meters gained.

He is a star in the making.

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