The AFL draft has been completed for another year.
The final round of the home-and-away season is looking fantastic, with many teams still fighting it out for a spot in the finals.
I’ll review the big matches of Round 22 and look at my tips.
Did Adelaide secure a finals spot?
No. Some missed opportunities by James Podsiadly and his team ruined a golden opportunity for the Crows to secure a finals spot just two rounds out from the eight.
North Melbourne played well from the get go, before Adelaide surged ahead for much of the second and third quarters. The Roos then regained some form and consistency, as Jack Ziebell kicked four goals in what was an inspirational win for North Melbourne.
The Kangaroos are in some good form and will look to work on their consistency before a likely elimination final against Essendon.
Adelaide have to beat the low-lying Saints and hope their percentage can get them eighth spot ahead of West Coast. Watch out for both North Melbourne and Adelaide.
Who won the game of the home-and-away season?
Hawthorn. The curse looks to have been officially lifted after a great first half from Geelong was undone by a flying Hawks outfit in the second half.
The Cats continued from where they left off in Round 5, as they booted goals from everywhere and completely outran the Hawks. At half time Hawthorn looked dead and buried, with too many players doing too little.
Enter Will Langford, and the Hawks proved they are a chance to win the flag again as they ran and delivered all over the ground in a 50-point turnaround, kicking 10 straight goals.
The Hawks now move up into second and will most likely play Geelong in a qualifying final. The Cats will look to get back on the winners’ list before finals, as Hawthorn hope to cement second spot and book a home first final.
I tipped 7/9 correct, with my incorrect games being North Melbourne versus Adelaide, and Geelong versus Hawthorn.
Sidenote: I got the margin exactly correct for the Giants versus Pies game, I was four off for the Eagles versus Dees game, nine off for the Dockers versus Lions game, and sixteen off for the Bombers versus Suns.