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With only a month to go in home and away footy, just about anything can happen as season 2022 reaches its climax.

Just about every game means something from here, even the ones considered dead rubbers.

Yet again, we put together a five-leg multi of hindsight in a blog we like to call 5 Lessons Learned.

(1) Kicks after the siren are the best

Yet again, Collingwood found a way to win a close one with Jamie Elliott kicking the winning goal after the siren to win the game for the Magpies over the Bombers and put them in the top four.

Sunday’s Pies-Dons clash was the third time we had seen a game won with a kick after the siren, with Crow Jordan Dawson and Noah Anderson from the Suns living every kids dream, but Elliot’s was akin to Malcolm Blight or even Robbie Gray in terms of difficulty.

Another nailbiter won by the Pies, the black and white army are up and about and the $15 on offer for the premiership might be tempting.

(2) They are also the worst

Just ask Noah Cumberland, or Noah Balta, or any Richmond player with the name Noah.

Round 19 brought out the best situation and the worst situation when it comes to kicks after the siren.

Noah Cumberland played on when the siren rang, it’s clear that a curse has been placed at Punt Road given recent results.

What is pleasing was the leadership shown by the likes of veterans Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt to the fourth gamer after the lapse in judgement.

Both Richmond and Fremantle had to split the points, which could have implications for how the final eight will shape up.

(3) Draws are fine.

Pundits calling for Draws to be scrapped from the game are impatient and probably are too obsessed with US Sports.

In 126 years of VFL/AFL football, there have been fewer than 200 draws.

The pioneers of the game invented point posts to reduce drawn results – and they’ve done a pretty good job at that (the correct answer when a non-Aussie Rules person asks “why do you get a point for missing”)

The fact is, when premiership points are on the line, splitting them is a perfectly acceptable result.

Both Richmond and Fremantle got premiership points, which could be the difference for where both respective teams finish this season and that’s a fair result.

Draws play a vital role in how a season shapes up and are a perfectly acceptable result in the home and away season.

Four Ladbrokes Punters who put $100 on the draw at $51 on Friday night would agree.

(4) Marra-Rama

Fair to say Jamarra Ugle-Hagan has arrived.

Despite some pretty ordinary takes that the 2020 number 1 draft pick should have been a star and just thinking about footy 24-7 the moment he walked into Whitten Oval, the kid that was compared to Buddy proved the praise wasn’t just all talk on Saturday night.


Ugle-Hagan kicked five goals, including three in the thrilling last quarter including his one in the dying seconds from outside 50 which gave all the Buddy vibes.

However, ‘Mara will be his own man for what will be a stellar career and a popular one for the Punters for many years to come.

(5) Melbourne could play an Elimination Final

Surely not?!?

A tough draw for the remainder of the season, a couple of recent losses, equal premiership points with Brisbane and Collingwood with Freo still in the mix for top four spots and the Cats a game clear on top.

The game on Friday night against Freo in Perth is a must-win, with the Demons narrow $1.88 favourites at the time of publishing.

The reigning premiers can’t afford to take it easy heading into September, otherwise, they could finish 5th and find themselves in an Elimination Final.

For the first time this season, Melbourne is on the second line of premiership betting at $3.50 with Geelong the $3.25 favourite.