The ANZAC round of the AFL provided us with plenty of highlights, insights, thrillers and hindsight in the aftermath.
Each week, we put it all together in the five-leg mutli of hindsight we like to call AFL Five Lessons Learned.
(1) GoPro Ginnivan is Good for Footy
10 games into his career and it’s clear that Jack Ginnivan loves what he does.
The kid puts on a show: shushing the opposition supporters, putting the peroxide in his hair, getting under the skin and he’s not afraid to kick a sausage roll – be it five of them with a mix of directly in front and long set shots. It’s truly great to watch.
He’s also happy to perform in front of the cameras – be it the clubs GoPro or the ones for the TV broadcast.
Jack Ginnivan is made for the big stage, prime time football.
With all the makings of a love him or hate him, villain, he can play and play well.
For all the talk about footy lacking character, especially in the wake of the “arms out” umpire dissent, we need the likes of Ginnivan to step up to the stage and bring the showmanship on and off the field.
Not only does he stir up the Essendon fans, but he also made old mate Kane Cornes eat his words doing one of the all-time backtracks on last night’s Footy Classified.
Not one Ladbrokes punter backed Ginnivan to kick 4+ goals at the $11 on offer and only two backed him to win the Anzac Day medal at $51.
Fair to say that won’t be happening again.
(2) Melbourne Hasn’t Beaten a Top Eight Side
For all the talk about Melbourne’s dominance, so far in season 2022 reigning premiers, Melbourne hasn’t beaten (or even played) any team currently in the top eight.
The Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast, Essendon, Port Adelaide, GWS and Richmond have all been beaten by the Demons, yet none of them is currently in the eight.
To be fair, no one in their right mind predicted that the eight would look like this six rounds into the season and Melbourne is very much in cruise control basically winning for the fun of it.
The premiership market is currently Melbourne at $2.80 followed by daylight, then Brisbane at $6.
If you’re planning lunch on Mothers Day, cancel it.
The Demons take on the Saints at 1 pm on May 8 in what could very much be a top of the table clash, clearly, like the Punters – the AFL didn’t expect that to be the case when the fixture came out.
(3) Freo Have Beaten a Top Eight Side
A big win by the Dockers over Carlton on Saturday night and Freo is currently sitting second on the ladder after Round 6.
Fremantle plays a brand of no-frills, reliable footy with a great mix of defence but also good attack where it counts most – the scoreboard.
This weekend’s clash against the Cats at GMHBA Stadium could easily be match of the round.
If Freo can beat Geelong down at the Cattery, along with a formidable advantage when playing at home, the Dockers could be a contender come the business end of the season.
Fremantle is currently $17 for the Premiership and $2.90 to beat the Cats this weekend.
(4) Don’t Discount the Saints
Bar a disappointing performance in Round 1, St Kilda has been on the up and up ever since.
The Saints are currently on a five-game winning streak – granted, they’ve only beaten one of last year’s finalists in GWS on the weekend but they have the makings of a bloody good footy team.
Big Max King, Jade Gresham and Jack Higgins are dynamic up forward with the midfield and backline ticking along very nicely.
All three of these gentlemen could be for consideration for All-Australian selection if they keep this up.
Brett Ratten’s boys seem to tick all the boxes for now.
St Kilda heads up North to Cairns to take on Port this weekend followed by the highly anticipated Mother’s Day date with the Demons.
Do we dare to dream?
We’re offering $15 for the Saints to FINALLY come marching in on the last Saturday in September.
(5) Never, ever write off Adelaide
Given where the Crows are at as a team, the Pride of South Australia certainly has a crack week in-week out and the results show for themselves.
All three of the Crows wins this season have been thrilling.
Be it the goal after the siren in the Showdown, an impressive performance against Richmond and heart-stopping one-point victory over the Bulldogs in Ballarat on the weekend.
No one is expecting the Crows to make finals, they are still a very young side, but you can expect Adelaide to bust your multi, ruin your tips and be a very entertaining team to watch for most of this season.