With the 2 high groups overwhelmed, and the Western Australia and South Africa intrastate championships each being non occasions when it comes to closeness, it’s nonetheless onerous to make a lot sense of the season.
Geelong, West Coast, Brisbane and Richmond all nonetheless look probably finalists, however the different locations are all up for grabs.
Collingwood’s type hunch is puzzling and it has put their place not simply within the high 4, however within the eight in jeopardy. Two away video games towards the Eagles and Giants earlier than a troublesome encounter on the G towards Richmond are all losable and will put them on the sting of the eight.
Better Western Sydney, Adelaide, Port Adelaide, Fremantle all want to search out consistency, and Essendon, North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and even Hawthorn and Sydney must maintain profitable as the final word prize could also be a finals berth.
A statistical case will be made for the primary fourteen groups on the ladder and – whereas some could also be fanciful – something can occur on this topsy-turvy season. Subsequent week’s video games will hopefully make issues a bit clearer.
Tom McDonald (Melbourne) and Josh Bruce (St Kilda) shared the purpose kicking honours for the weekend with six targets and for McDonald who has solely regained type not too long ago, it was a major statistical and historic achievement.
He smashed the 100 purpose barrier to complete the sport on 102 profession targets and handed six Melbourne High 100 purpose scorers elite and drew degree with one other two!
Josh Bruce handed 5 (together with fellow twin tower Tim Membrey) and drew degree with the good Carl Ditterich.
Conventional purpose kicking milestones have been achieved by Ben Brown (North Melbourne) 250 targets, Luke Parker (Sydney) who purchased up 150 targets and drew degree with Nick Davis. 50 targets have been recorded by Jake Stringer – at his second membership Essendon – and Kane Lambert (Richmond).
An honourable point out needs to be given to Jason Castagna who booted 5 targets and was the clubhouse chief till Sunday’s video games.
Whereas nonetheless not a High 100 elite purpose kicker on the Tigers, he’s now solely two targets wanting the goal and prone to exchange Michael ‘Swamp fox’ Patterson and Laird Smith who collectively sit within the sizzling seat earlier than season’s finish.
Amongst the AFL elite, Tom Hawkins (Geelong) received the 2 targets he wanted to affix Essendon legend John Coleman on 537 targets and earn a spot simply outdoors the High 50 AFL purpose kickers of all time.
Luke Breust, in his 200th sport for Hawthorn scored two targets and matched Alec Albiston’s 383 targets for the Hawks. Albiston – born 102 years in the past and aided by the six targets he scored in his one 12 months at North Melbourne in 1950 – nonetheless stays a member of the AFL all time elite purpose scorers though he now sits within the 100th place sizzling seat with Philip Matera (West Coast Eagles) and Geelong’s Lloyd Hagger.
They have been handed by Adelaide’s ‘Tex’ Walker earlier this 12 months. Walker is now 95th on the listing.
The trio seem prone to have their targets whole of 389 usurped earlier than season’s finish by both Breust (383 targets) or Better Western Sydney’s Jeremy Cameron (372 targets)