1. Fremantle (last week: 1)
the Dockers haven't moved a spot, we've got to admit when they were at
No.1 last week we thought they were unstoppable, but Sydney proved it
was possible to halt their midfield run on Saturday night, and we feel
they are a lot closer to teams in the leading pack of contenders now.
2. Sydney (3)
their first loss for the year, but the manner in which they fought back
from a 48-point deficit showed that they are still one of the most
powerful teams in the competition. Sam Reid did an outstanding job,
given licence to roam freely in the second half, and may keep Adam
Goodes out of the side for longer than expected.
3. Port Adelaide (6)
footy the Power produced in the first quarter against Hawthorn was
eerily similar to their devastating display against Richmond in the
elimination final last year – except for one massive difference, this
was Hawthorn. Considering they did it without Ollie Wines and Robbie
Gray in the side, the signs are looking very good for Port.
4. Hawthorn (5)
much as we were blown away by Port Adelaide's blistering start, we were
equally impressed with how the Hawks came back from a 58-point deficit
to nearly snatch the most unlikely of victories. Their effort was
especially impressive given they had lost Brian Lake early in the game
and then also lost Paul Puopolo, leaving them short a rotation option.
5. Western Bulldogs (9)
everyone away with their ferocious attack on the ball against the Crows
on Sunday. Look a vastly improved outfit with Marcus Bontempelli back
in the side, while Jake Stringer may have finally taken the next step
after kicking half a dozen goals, although we may need to wait some time
for confirmation as he left the field with a hamstring injury.
6. Adelaide (2)
That is the sound of the Crows falling back to earth after being
humbled by the Bulldogs. In all honesty the reality check will
definitely do the side good as they prepare for the biggest Showdown in
7. North Melbourne (7)
If Robbie Tarrant can
stay injury free, he looks like he might turn into the promising player
North Melbourne have always expected. He was outstanding against
Geelong's Tom Hawkins, limiting his influence and also having a massive
influence on the result with 23 disposals, nine marks and five rebound
8. Geelong (8)
We can hear the howls of protest
already as we rank a 1-3 side ahead of several 3-1 sides, but can't help
thinking the Cats could have improved their record had Chris Scott not
decided to play Stevie J as the sub.
9. Collingwood (11)
is no doubt Collingwood's young players definitely stood up on one of
the biggest days of the AFL year, but we also can't help but point out
that the conditions which brought their opponents' disposal efficiency
somewhere near their level also played a big part. As it was,
Collingwood still had the second-worst disposal efficiency for the round
at 64.8 per cent, with only St Kilda performing worse.
10. Essendon (4)
being close on the scoreboard, the Bombers never really looked in the
contest against the Pies and questions will soon be asked about whether
the two years of dealing with the ASADA saga are starting to take their
11. Greater Western Sydney (12)
A quirk of the
draw sees the Giants sitting in second position on the ladder. They are
extremely impressive at the minute and we love watching them play,
especially new star Cam McCarthy, but they are not quite that far
advanced in their development.
12. Melbourne (13)
has been so long since Melbourne fans have had genuine reason to be
excited, but Jesse Hogan's performance against Richmond on Friday night
suggested he could become the next big thing. He crashed into packs,
took some brilliant marks and out-pointed an All Australian defender in
Alex Rance. Demon fans may even cancel trips to the snow to watch this
13. Richmond (10)
While the Tigers did
beat Brisbane without Brett Deledio, we still stand by our claim that
when he is missing they will continue to lose most of their games. When
he returns, however, they are a different prospect altogether.
14. West Coast (14)
object to people misappropriating the cricketing term flat-track
bullies to describe the Eagles. That term is meant to refer to the pitch
not the opponent. We prefer to think of West Coast as the vultures of
the competition – they are all over sides that are figuratively dead or
dying, but nowhere to be seen when there is live prey willing to put up a
15. Carlton (18)
If this season is all about
unearthing the players that are going to take the club forward into the
future, the Blues look to have done that with Patrick Cripps having a
break-out game, proving he was prepared to get his hands dirty under
packs to get first hands on the ball.
16. St Kilda (16)
good thing about playing their match against Carlton in New Zealand is
that most St Kilda fans didn't have to turn up and watch it. On a
serious note, they should at least be a lot more competitive for a lot
longer when Nick Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna return to the side.
17. Brisbane Lions (15)
We thought Tom Rockliff's return to the side would make the Lions more competitive. We were wrong.
18. Gold Coast (17)
putting up a fight against Geelong, things returned to normal for the
Suns this week as they were outclassed by the Giants. The Q-clash this
weekend to find out which side is really the worst team in Queensland
promises to be one of the worst games of the season.