AFL Five Lessons Learned – Round 18

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1. There Will Be A Mass Exodus In Western Sydney

A 52 point thumping by St Kilda in the final round of the AFL season means that the Giants will not play finals for the first time since 2015.

It also means that the rumours about players leaving have already begun.

Regardless of trades, it looks likely that at least veterans Heath Shaw and Shane Mumford have played their last games of AFL.

If you believe the rumours, Harry Perryman and Zac Williams are off to Carlton, Jye Caldwell is heading to St Kilda, Aidan Corr is going home to Victoria somewhere, Jeremy Cameron is heading to the Cattery, Jackson Hately to Adelaide and Stephen Coniglio is going… anywhere else.

2. Richmond Are The Ones To Beat

Despite finishing in third position, the defending premiers are the ones to beat heading into the 2020 AFL Finals series.

Richmond have won their last seven straight games heading into their Qualifying Final including beating the then flag favourite Geelong along the way.

The will face the Brisbane Lions in the first week of the finals at the Gabba, a team they beat by 41 points back in round 10.

3. Collingwood Can’t Win The Flag

The Pies put themselves in the contest on Monday evening at the Gabba but ultimately fell short against the minor Premiers in Port Adelaide.

They now are forced to head west and play the Eagles in the first week of the finals.

If that wasn’t a tough enough task on face value, West Coast is undefeated at Optus Stadium this year.

They are the only team going into the 2020 AFL Finals series coming off a loss and with a big injury toll and a gameplan set on an all or nothing defensive structure, they will struggle to win four finals in a row.

4. The Swans Are The Best Of The Rest

Okay. They did finish third last on the ladder with just five wins but there was plenty to like about the young Swans in season 2020 going forward.

They were rarely beaten by a big margin and they had impressive wins over GWS, Melbourne and Sydney and gave Geelong a scare in the final round of the season.

And they did it all without superstar Buddy Franklin!

Nick Blakey, James Rowbottom and Will Hayward all had breakout years and with pick #3 in the draft on it’s way to the harbour city, things look promising for the Swans.

5. We Have One Hell Of A Finals Series Coming Up

The 2020 AFL season has been an unconventional one but for all the doubt and rescheduling of games we have a cracker of a finals series coming up.

Port Adelaide (1) v Geelong (4)

Brisbane (2) v Richmond

West Coast (5) v Collingwood (8)

St Kilda (6) v Western Bulldogs (7)

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