There were only six games to parse from round 12 of the AFL season, but there were plenty of great football games.
A few took on the challenge and came away with valuable premiership points, and others failed when tested.
Our AFL 5 Lessons Learned – Round 12 2022 can be found below.
(1) The dogs don’t get a double chance in September
Friday night’s game between Geelong and the Western Bulldogs was an important one for two clubs who are both expected to play finals in 2022.
While it’s still certainly possible that both will continue their season beyond August, it will be incredibly difficult for the Dogs to finish in the top four now and get a double chance as a result.
Last year’s grand finalists currently sit ninth with a record 6-6 win/loss in 12 rounds.
After their round 13 bye, they play GWS and then the Hawks, but it gets really hard from there.
For six consecutive weeks they will play against teams that are currently in the top 8, including the Lions in the Gabba, Swans in the SCG and Geelong at the GMHBA Stadium.
The Western Bulldogs have an equal chance to play finals football in 2022 for $2.
(2) Melbourne is overrated
Before you jump me in the throat, the Dees are by definition just to be overrated.
The defending Prime Ministers were undefeated for ten laps and given their dominance in the 2021 Grand Final, there were plenty who had admitted they would go after each other at a gallop.
But two weeks is a long time in football.
Not only have they now lost two at the trot, but there are also those who have raised their hands as true challengers.
There is no need to panic, however, as Melbourne remain the clear favorites to win the Premiership cup at the end of the seasons and it would take a brave person to suggest they won’t.
Leigh Matthews once quoted (Predator) “If it bleeds, we can kill it” when his Brisbane Lions took on a seemingly invincible Essendon team in 2001 and these last two losses to the Dees have breathed new life into the league and a new feel given. confidence from other teams that Melbourne can definitely be beaten.
They remain $2.75 favorites in 2022 Premiership bets.
(3) Nick Daicos is your rising star in 2022
The two Rising Star favorites of 2022 competed against each other on Sunday afternoon at the MCG and one jumped out of it.
Nick Daicos racked up more sales than any other player on the field, racking up a career of 36 strokes in his match’s narrow win over Hawthorn.
He won 797 meters for his team (the most of all players) and scored 11 goals.
Jai Newcombe wasn’t bad either.
He collected 24 disposals, made 11 tackles and seven clearances.
Not bad for a dude who was overlooked by the Gippsland Power and struggled for a spot on Box Hill before the Hawks grabbed him from Poowong in last season’s mid-season draft.
Newcombe remains a favorite for the Rising Star price of $2.75. Daicos is the second chosen one for $3.00. Nic Martin costs $4.00 and Sam De Koning $5.50.
(4) Damian Lillard was in Melbourne this weekend
Did you know that NBA superstar Damian Lillard was in Melbourne this weekend?
It was only reported by all the media in the country!
The Portland Trail Blazers star got plenty of airtime while broadcasting Friday night’s Cats vs Dogs game and was the talk of the town.
Give it a spell.
Our obsession with American sports athletes sometimes borders on embarrassment, and it was no more apparent than it was over the weekend.
(5) Fremantle is the most versatile team in football
The Dockers have recovered from two defeats in a row by beating Melbourne and Brisbane in consecutive weeks.
Justin Longmuir has turned his squad into a high ball possession soccer team that holds the ball very well and they have proven to be a tough team to score against throughout the 2022 season.
In fact, they have the second-lowest number of points behind the Dees, a team they held at just 56 points in round 11.
Research the overall team rankings for every stat imaginable and you won’t find Fremantle at the top of many and this is a testament to their overall prowess as a football team.
They are defensibly solid but when they had to step foot on the pedal against Brisbane on Sunday afternoon, they scored heavily in the second half.
They are also a very good injury squad.
Fremantle is in first place in injury clearing in the league and they had 12 more than their opponent on Sunday. This is a team that is in fourth place in the same category.