Spherical 16

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AdelaideDocker is away for a few weeks so I’ve been requested to fill in.

It’s a courageous name, handing this accountability to a jaded Bombers fan who’s sufficiently old to reminisce about when his facet was truly good, however let’s see how we go.

1. Geelong (final week: 1)
The Cats have simply sufficient credit within the financial institution to narrowly maintain onto the primary rating, regardless of a second shock loss in three matches.

Their sudden mortality is tempered by the truth that they’re nonetheless a recreation and proportion away from second spot. They’ll wish to rediscover their mojo quickly, although.

2. West Coast (final week: 2)
Final week’s scrappy win over the Hawks was the ’89 Land Cruiser of victories. Saturday’s demolition of arch-rivals Fremantle was the System One.

With the wets on, in fact. Jonathan Brown’s suggestion three weeks in the past that the Eagles are now not the very best staff in Western Australia has gone from questionable to laughable.

three. Brisbane (final week: three)
This wasn’t the primary time Brisbane has knocked off a contender this 12 months. It was comfortably their most spectacular win of the season thus far, although.

The Lions turned the primary facet to beat GWS in Sydney in 2019 and, in doing so, they leapfrogged their conquered opponent into the highest 4. They’ve each proper to imagine they may do some harm come September.

four. GWS Giants (final week: four)
The Giants had an ideal alternative to leap into third spot and provides themselves a buffer on the groups within the decrease reaches of the eight.

As a substitute, they stumbled for the second week in a row. The knock on the Giants going into this season was that they lacked the work fee to complement their class, and their newest efforts have executed nothing to persuade anybody in any other case.

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The following fortnight in opposition to Richmond and Collingwood turns into season-defining.

Stephen Coniglio (right) and Josh Kelly of the Giants

Stephen Coniglio (proper) and Josh Kelly of the Giants. (AAP Picture/Julian Smith)

5. North Melbourne (final week: 7)
The Kangaroos proceed to go from power to power below interim coach Rhys Shaw. Their first quarter blitz in opposition to a stagnant St Kilda arrange a snug win, although they had been maybe responsible of taking their foot off the gasoline by the center of the sport.

No matter Shaw is placing within the Gatorade is clearly working.

6. Collingwood (final week: 5)
The Pies are presently a prime 4 facet in title solely. Sure, they’ve harm points, however they appear alarmingly flat. Conceding an 18-point lead within the remaining time period was a bitterly disappointing response to their capitulation to the Kangaroos final week. Collingwood’s subsequent fortnight is a doozy, too, with a brace of away video games in opposition to West Coast and GWS.

7. Essendon (final week: Eight)
There hasn’t been something fairly concerning the Bombers’ final month of soccer however they’ve floor out 4 very important wins from 5 begins.

And for a facet that has often struggled to win video games once they can’t play their most well-liked free-flowing model of soccer, studying to win ugly is a step in the best course. A red-hot North Melbourne subsequent week will take a look at them.

Eight. Richmond (final week: 10)
Positive, it was in opposition to a struggling Suns outfit, however a staff can solely play they facet in entrance of them. That was as emphatic an announcement because the Tigers might have made on Saturday. The return of Riewoldt and Nankervis within the subsequent few weeks bodes effectively for his or her 2019 aspirations.

9. Adelaide (final week: 6)
Crows followers will wish to wipe that horror present from their minds as rapidly as doable. Tex Walker transformed to place his wasteful facet three factors up 20 seconds into the third quarter. From that time, Adelaide conceded 9 objectives to zip.

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Yuck. Of their two second halves for the reason that bye the Crows have now given up 16 objectives whereas kicking simply 4 of their very own.

10. Port Adelaide (final week: 11)
This staff is up and down like a yo-yo. After they get on a scoring run, although, the Energy might be arduous to cease. With an Eight-7 file and a wholesome proportion they’re as well-placed as anybody outdoors the present prime 5. They’d be larger on this record, if not for the truth that three of their 4 closest rivals on the ladder additionally received.

11. Fremantle (final week: 9)
Oh pricey. The truth that Fremantle misplaced the deal with depend 48-69 and the clearances 31-48 on a moist day is sort of as disheartening as the ultimate scoreline. Three progressively-worse defeats in a row has left the Dockers’ finals hopes hanging by a thread.

Mercifully, AD didn’t must ship the decision this week.

Ross Lyon

Dockers head coach Ross Lyon (Picture by Paul Kane/Getty Pictures)

12. Hawthorn (final week: 13)
Spurred on by a heartbreaking loss to the Eagles six days earlier, the Hawks went one higher in opposition to the Magpies below the Friday night time lights. Children Oliver Hanrahan and Mitchell Lewis stepped up for clutch objectives in an enormous remaining time period. Alastair Clarkson’s facet regarded out of gasoline solely a fortnight in the past; out of the blue, they appear aggressive once more.

13. Western Bulldogs (final week: 14)
The Bulldogs are such an enigma. In 2019 they’ve misplaced to Gold Coast (at Marvel Stadium) and Carlton (virtually twice), whereas towelling up Richmond, out-pointing the Energy within the moist at Adelaide Oval and – in comfortably their finest win of the season – knocking off the ladder-leading Cats.

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Luke Beveridge’s younger facet has the expertise to compete with anybody. All that’s lacking is any semblance of consistency.

14. Sydney Swans (final week: 12)
It was a preventing effort from the Swans however in the long run, turnovers and inaccurate kicking proved expensive.

Their outstanding 96-year drought in opposition to Essendon on the MCG will proceed for not less than one other season. Stand-in ruckman Aliir Aliir was a revelation in the midst of the bottom, giving Zac Clarke a shower for the primary three quarters.

15. St Kilda (final week: 15)
If groups had been allowed a mulligan for one quarter every match, the Saints might be a really aggressive outfit.

Sadly for them that’s not how footy works. The earlier week it was a final-term capitulation to the Tigers; this time it was a non-existent first quarter in opposition to North Melbourne. Josh Bruce deserves a point out for his stellar recreation – 17 touches, seven marks, 4 tackles and 6 objectives straight. He might be a star in a stronger facet.

Jack Steele Josh Bruce St Kilda Saints AFL 2017

Josh Bruce (AAP Picture/Tony McDonough)

16. Melbourne (final week: 17)
The Dees’ nail-biting win over Carlton got here at a value, with match-winner Tom McDonald sidelined for the ultimate time period with a knee challenge. His harm left Melbourne with just one rotation on the bench because the Blues stormed again to quickly hit the lead. All issues thought of, it was a gutsy win.

17. Carlton (final week: 16)
We apologise for interrupting our common scheduling with a last-gasp win over Fremantle. We now return you to this week’s episode of ‘Shut, however no Cigar’. Significantly although, this type of consequence should really feel frustratingly acquainted to Blues followers.

18. Gold Coast (final week: 18)
The perfect factor you’ll be able to say about this loss is that the ultimate margin didn’t fairly attain triple-figures. The Suns have proven loads of grit at occasions this season however it’s arduous to anticipate a uncooked younger facet to maintain preventing because the losses mount.


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