1. Richmond (-)
The Tigers this week keep their spot on top following their bye in what has been an outstanding season so far. The Tigers have won 10 of 13 last quarters this season, with their ability to overpower their opposition paramount to their domination of the league ladder.
2. Sydney (-)
Off this week’s bye, Sydney is set to take on the Tigers next round in what will be their toughest test so far. Taking on the premiers for top spot of the ladder, the Swans are nestled nicely at second spot following six consecutive wins.
3. West Coast (-)
The Eagles this week also keep their spot despite their shock loss to the Bombers on Thursday night – copping a caning in the first half but with some redemption later on, West Coast disappointed fans in what was ultimately a game of missed opportunities.
4. Collingwood (+1)
Moving into the AFL’s top four, Collingwood this round got the better of arch-rivals Carlton in a 20-point upset on Sunday afternoon. Though initially surrendering their lead, the Magpies quickly regathered their composure in the last quarter, keeping the Blues at the bottom of the ranks.
5. Geelong (-1)
The Cats this week move down our rankings – though taking a bye this round, Geelong have fallen from grace following on from last week’s loss to Richmond. Taking on the Bulldogs on Friday night, the Cats have a chance to redeem themselves.
6. Port Adelaide (+1)
In their third straight win, the Power this round were victorious over Melbourne, in a trying win of 10 points. Initially a low-scoring contest, the game opened up in the third term, a proper arm-wrestle that saw the Power just scrape through. Recently re-signed Ollie Wines (29 possessions) led the way.
7. Melbourne (-1)
Held goalless in the final term, Melbourne this round were defeated by the Power, in what was a gritty and grueling match. Though defeated, the Demons put the pressure on Power – but they managed to absorb the heat.
8. North Melbourne (-)
In what was a thrilling two-point triumph, the Roos were able to snatch victory from the Bulldogs, continuing its unlikely finals push. Jack Ziebell’s goal-square match-winner sealed North Melbourne’s win for the night with only 20 seconds left on the clock.
9. Hawthorn (-)
A massive 53-point win over the Suns this round has seen the Hawks win their third match in a row, in comparison to the Suns’ dismal eight consecutive losses. Taking a 37-24 point lead into halftime, the Hawks toppled the Gold Coast, squandering their chances of a win late in the third quarter.
10. GWS (-)
The Giants this round silenced the Lions in a 27-point victory at the Gabba – though holding Brisbane at arms length for most of the night, their latest victory makes three straight wins for Greater Western Sydney. Sam Taylor kept the Giants defence in good stead, thwarting many of the Lions advances.
11. Essendon (+1)
A shock win this round has seen the Bombers move up the rankings, beating top-four side West Coast in a thrilling 28-point win. Essendon now turn their attention to Round 15’s game against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, hopefully continuing a successful month of play. Tom Bellchambers played an exceptional game with 22 hit-outs, 13 disposals, seven marks and a goal.
12. Adelaide (-1)
Following on from the Crows crushing loss to Hawthorn last week, the mostly-injured side this week took their bye. The Crows are set to take on the third-place Eagles on Saturday.
13. Fremantle (-)
Also taking a bye this week, the Dockers keep their place at 13th on the Power Rankings as well as the league ladder, facing up against the Lions on Sunday.
14. Western Bulldogs (-)
The Dogs’ time-fiery encounter with the Roos on Saturday saw them go down by just two-points. They certainly didn’t give up their lead, however, arguably playing one of their best games of the year. The two sides traded blows like boxers with the Roos sealing the deal in the game’s last 20 seconds.
15. Brisbane (-)
The Lions’ 27-point loss to GWS this week keep them in their place at 15th – valiant in defeat, Brisbane were unable to catch up to the Giants after losing Harris Andrews early, later taken to hospital following a huge hit to the head by GWS star Jeremy Cameron.
16. St Kilda (-)
The Saints were another team to sit back this week, set to take on Melbourne on Sunday in what will prove to be a trying match.
17. Gold Coast (-)
A wayward Hawthorn defeated the Suns this week in a trampling 53-point win, trailing by nine points at quarter-time, but proving not enough to topple Hawthorn. This marks eight losses in a row for the Suns – here’s hoping they can redeem themselves against Collingwood on Saturday.
18. Carlton (-)
The Blues just can’t seem to catch a break this season. Though bringing a much-improved effort to their loss against Collingwood this round, the Blues couldn’t defeat their arch-rivals in a 20-point loss. Only time will tell whether the Blues can get their act together before their face-off to Power on Saturday night.