Round nine of the 2022 AFL season has come and gone.
It’s time to put together a five-leg multi with the inside knowledge that Punters can never gain – hindsight.
We like to call this multi of hindsight – AFL Five Lessons Learned.
(1) Barrack for Essendon? Turn off all footy media.
It’s not good for your overall health and wellbeing.
Expect some fiery hot takes on TV tonight, Robbo to wave his arms franticly on AFL 360, Matthew Lloyd to demand blood on Footy Classified and the SEN talkback line to light up like a Christmas tree full of calls about the state of the Dons.
We’ve mentioned before that the Bombers finals drought will be old enough to open up its own Ladbrokes account on September 4th this year.
The Bombers are no good. I know it, you know it.
Bomber fans, log off now.
(2)This Geelong team won’t win a Premiership
While on the subject of “I know it, you know it”, most Cats fans have reached that stage that their very reliable and talented team won’t jag a flag.
Winning is a ritual, finals is just about every year but for all the jokes about the ageing list – the likes of Melbourne, Brisbane and even the Saints seem to surpass what they can offer.
Everyone expects the Cats to be a top-four side, and they very well might end up one, but we’ve seen this movie from Geelong for the good part of a decade.
Two weeks in a row at GMHBA Stadium awaits the Cats, you’d expect them to bank the wins – but even then, their recent record at home isn’t that dominant.
However, when it comes to seeing the likes of Patrick Dangerfield and Jeremy Cameron with a premiership medal in a Geelong side, it’s just not going to happen.
(3) Saints are good, Port’s getting a wriggle on.
St Kilda’s 10 point win over the Cats on the weekend now has the Saints with a 6-3 record, sixth on the ladder and proves they can beat anyone on their day.
The Saints face the Crows and North over the next fortnight which could have them 8-3, putting them on track to play finals and potentially a top-four finish.
As for Port Adelaide, could they be the ones to sneak into the eight?
Ken Hinkley did say this after the Power started the season 0-5 “…my history tells me that you can lose five in a row and still make finals. We’ll keep to task and we’ll keep going and you never know, we might get on a (winning) run just as big.”
Port Adelaide are currently $2.70 to make the eight, the Saints a solid $3.75 for the top four.
(4) Shai Bolton is Richmond’s best player
…and this has been the case post the 2020 Grand Final. Tom Lynch is in beast mode, Dusty is getting back to being Dusty, Richmond has their mojo back but Shai Bolton is without doubt the best player at Tigerland right now.
Bolton was nothing short of outstanding in the Tigers win over the Hawks.
When the Tigers fell 25-points down against the Hawks early in the second quarter, Bolton stepped it up with an epic second term with 12 disposals, six inside 50s, two score assists and one goal for himself.
A total of 10 disposals, four marks, four clearances, three centre clearances, eight inside 50s, seven tackles, two goals and eight score involvements.
If having a same game multi involving the Tiges, Shai Bolton is an absolute must.
(5) North Melbourne 6-10 (46) def. West Coast 5-8 (38)
Another thriller was on the cards for any Punter that got involved with Ladbrokes any team vs. any team over the weekend as the Kangaroos scored an eight-point victory over the West Coast Eagles.
Punters who backed North in this feature would be delighted with the $1.78 on offer.
Granted, in real life they were both respectively flogged – North lost by a nice margin of 69 points against Port and West Coast copped a 74 point belting over the Dees, but Ladbrokes any team v any team is like Lloyd Christmas – there’s still a chance!
Ladbrokes any team v any team is where you pick any two AFL teams to create a bet based on your team to outscore another in the same round. If your team scores more points in the round, you win!
That means, if your not confident on your team winning this week, you can pick another opponent for that round.
This feature is perfect when it comes to West Coast and North Melbourne right now.
We’ll keep an eye on the two cellar dwellers progress in the coming weeks.