5 Lessons Learned – AFL Round 13

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1. Punching Is Okay

The AFL had their chance to stamp out the punch behind play but they consistently allowed it to continue to happen.

Tom Lynch’s third striking charge for season 2020 was thrown out on Monday and he will be free to play against West Coast this weekend.

It is a case of the AFL threatening one thing and then doing the opposite.

We should be used to it by now.

Richmond are currently favourites for their clash with West Coast on Thursday night.

2. Mitch Wallis Will Be An All Australian In 2020

For the fourth time this year Mitch Wallis kicked more than three goals in a game as he helped his Western Bulldogs to a very important win over the Dees on Saturday afternoon.

His 1.5 goals a game in season 2020 is in the elite category as a small forward according to Champion Data and he has been a big reason why the Dogs now sit inside the top 8.

The dogs have reinvented the son of a gun as a key target inside their forward line and he is a shoe in for an All Australian jersey at this stage in the season.

3. Either Carlton OR Collingwood Will Play Finals

Collingwood sit in seventh position on the AFL ladder after their win over North Melbourne on Monday evening and have seven wins, five losses and a draw entering September.

Carlton sit just outside the eight with six wins and six losses after their win over the Gold Coast Suns in round 13.

There may not be room for both in the 2020 finals series and this weekend’s clash at the Gabba on Sunday will play a big part in which powerhouse club is playing football come October.

4. No Neale. No worries.

Lachie Neale was well contained by the Saints midfield on Saturday afternoon in front of the biggest crowd that the Gabba has seen in season 2020.

The goal kicking yips continued for the Lions again as they kicked 6.14 to win by just two points over a gallant St Kilda.

But it was the rest of the midfield group that was so impressive for a Brisbane Lions outfit that is looking to go all the way in season 2020.

Jarrod Berry collected 20 disposals and kicked two important goals to be the most influential player on the ground with their star midfielder (and brownlow favourite) well held for most of the match.

Harris Andrews will again be the All Australian CHB in 2020 and he was enourmous in defence racking up 16 touches and gaining 200 meters for his team.

The sky is the limit for the Brisbane Lions this season and they are currently $6.00 to win the premiership.

5. Caleb Serong Will Win The 2020 Rising Star

Caleb Serong was taken with the 9th overall pick at the 2019 National Draft and the young Fremantle midfielder has gone from strength to strength in season 2020.

He is averaging 15.8 disposals this year and he had another stand out performance in Fremantle’s win over Sydney on Saturday night.

He gathered 20 disposals, 3 clearances and 408 meters gained in the match and moved from $3.50 into $2.75 in Rising Star betting after the game.

It was the fourth time in his last five matches that he has gathered more than 20 touches in a game.

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