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We’re at the half-way point of AFL Season 2022, with yet another six teams having the bye and another bye round is headed our way.

To quote N*SYNC – it’s bye, bye, bye.

Cheesy pop-cultural references aside, we’ve put together a five-leg multi of hindsight that we call five lessons learned.

It’s all the hot takes from the weekend but from a punter’s perspective.

(1) Bye rounds are boring

We all need to calm the farm about every round of footy being thrilling and full of blockbusters.

It’s a 22-game, 23-round season with 18 teams and the odd Thursday, Friday night being a non-event is just the luck of the draw.

In racing terms, sometimes it can’t all be Group 1s at major metro racetracks every Saturday.

Having North v GWS as the only game on Sunday was rough, but even us Punters have got to have a bit of a spell, not to mention the players.

Yes, bye rounds are boring and more dead rubber fixtures will emerge as the season progresses, but it makes the big, thrilling, blockbuster games even more worth it.

(2) Port’s season is done.

I may have called this after Round 5, in fact – I did, however the Power starting winning a few games and some considered them a sneaky chance.

Thursday nights 12-point loss to the Tigers means she’s game over for the Port Adelaide Football Club featuring in September this year.

The Power would need to win a minimum of seven of their last eight games, a tough draw and need the Dogs, Collingwood and Richmond to all fall over.


Rather than being Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber and there still being a chance, the Power is Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls – Fetch, it’s not going to happen.

Port Adelaide are $26 to make the final eight, book your September holidays and Mad Monday now Power fans.

(3) Freo doesn’t need to rely on Nat Fyfe

Having two-time Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe back out on the paddock for Freo sure was a delight on Saturday with the veteran Docker gathering 22 disposals – 10 of those contested

However, it’s the Dockers young guns that are doing the dominating such as Andrew Brayshaw with 37 touches (only boosting his Brownlow chances), Caleb Serong (33 disp.), Hayden Young (31 disp.) and not to mention Luke Ryan who had a lazy 27.

While Flagmantle is all the rage in WA (Well half of WA), the Dockers are $7 for the premiership but backing these boys to get plenty of the Sherrin each week is handy for your same-game multis.

(4) Horne-Francis a Rising Star Scratching

Much has already been said about number 1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis Barry Crocker in North’s loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Be it the body language on field with his teammates, a potential date at the AFL tribunal for this swinging incident with Josh Kelly from the Giants or if he’ll extend his contract at the struggling North Melbourne.

From a punting perspective, Horne-Francis is now a scratching from this year’s Group 1 field that is our Rising Star market.

Prior to Sunday, he was a $13 value outsider to win the award, but the contest between the likes of Hawk Jai Newcombe ($2.45), Magpie Nick Diacos ($3), Cat Sam De Koning ($5) and Bomber Nic Martin ($5) sure makes for a fascinating contest as to who will take it out this year.

(5) Neale Daniher: Legend

The eighth edition of the Big Freeze at the MCG took place prior to the Magpies v Dees clash and it was simply outstanding.

What Neale Daniher has done for the cause of fighting MND, raising cash and turning it into one of the best days on the AFL calendar is nothing short of remarkable.

Sporting stars and celebrities went down the slide in a number of choice outfits, a heap of cash was raised and while Neale can no longer talk – him just being there can’t help but make you smile.

Well done to everyone involved in putting it together, we can’t wait to see Neale back at the G next year for the next instalment.