1. Richmond (-)
The Tigers remain at the top after a comprehensive win against Adelaide on Friday night. The premiers blew the Crows away in the second half kicking eight goals to four, a formula that keeps them on top of the ladder and top of the power rankings.
2. Collingwood (+1)
Collingwood did what it needed to against an in-form Essendon side in Steele Sidebottom’s 200th game. Jordan De Goey and Sidebottom stood tall in the last quarter to ensure a 16-point victory and keep the Pies second on the ladder. They will look to hold that spot when the Eagles come to town on Sunday.
3. West Coast (+1)
The Eagles withstood a spirited Giants team at home Sunday afternoon, with Andrew Gaff starring with 41 disposals and two goals. They travel to Melbourne for maybe their biggest test this season, a Collingwood side running rampant on a ground where the Eagles have historically struggled against decent opposition.
4. Sydney (-2)
Sydney were felled by the Cats on their own deck in a scrappy encounter. One could argue it would not have been as close come the final minutes with the Cats struggling to convert all night. The Swans will look to bounce back against a tough North Melbourne on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.
5. Port Adelaide (-)
The Power hold their spot after a solid yet unspectacular win against St. Kilda at home on Saturday. Charlie Dixon kicked four in an impressive display to continue his good form. Port Adelaide head to Perth for a potentially tricky encounter against the Dockers on Sunday.
6. Geelong (-)
The Cats stand firm at six after a big win up at the SCG. Tim Kelly kept his good form going with 21 disposals and two goals, including a big one in the final term. Geelong travel to Adelaide for another Thursday night matchup with the Crows, hoping to keep this form up.
7. Melbourne (-)
A much needed victory for the Demons against the Dockers in the top end, which could have been much larger with better accuracy. Clayton Oliver ran wild in the middle and will need to do so again when his side face the Bulldogs at the MCG this Saturday afternoon.
8. North Melbourne (-)
North Melbourne did what it had to against a disappointing Gold Coast side, with Ben Brown kicking four goals to stretch his lead in the Coleman Medal. A big test awaits against Sydney who will be on the rebound and typically play Etihad Stadium well.
9. Hawthorn (+2)
The Hawks’ big win against an in-form Bulldogs team shoots them back up the rankings as Luke Breust put on a clinic with 24 disposals and six goals. The Hawks travel to their home away from home down in Tasmania to take on a hot Lions side in a bid to keep rising up the ladder.
10. Essendon (-)
Essendon hold steady after losing a game they will feel was theirs for the taking after Mitch Brown gave them the lead in the final term. However, they fell away and may have also lost their chance to challenge for the top eight and now sit two games out. The Bombers travel to the Gold Coast on Saturday night to keep their slim finals chances alive.
11. GWS (-2)
The Giants will feel hard done by to slide down after a fighting display in Perth. Adam Tomlinson created a spark up forward kicking three minus Jeremy Cameron and Jon Patton. They now have to face the Tigers at home on Saturday night, a daunting task indeed.
12. Adelaide (-)
Adelaide could not replicate their fighting spirit they showed against the Eagles, although that is no easy feat against Richmond at the MCG. They will be desperate to win against the Cats this Thursday night to keep their remote finals chances alive.
13. Brisbane (+2)
Yes, it did not come against the most attractive opposition but a 65-point win with this young side should be rewarded. Eric Hipwood showed why he could be the future up forward with six goals. The Lions take their red hot form to Tasmania to face Hawthorn on Saturday.
14. Western Bulldogs (-1)
The good form for the Dogs was lost as they were smashed by the Hawks last Saturday night. They conceded 12 goals to two after half time in an ugly display. Their next challenge is the Demons at the MCG, a winnable game if they replicate their form of two weeks ago.
15. Fremantle (-1)
You would never expect Fremantle to win against Melbourne without Aaron Sandilands and Nat Fyfe, but this was just ugly. They were smashed and it should have been worse if not for poor Melbourne shooting. They will look to redeem themselves at home against the in-form Power.
16. St. Kilda (-)
The Saints’ run of back to back wins was snuffed out by the Power in Adelaide. The Saints were never in it as they struggled to score and will look to bounce back against Carlton on Friday night.
17. Gold Coast (-)
There was no monsoon at Etihad to help the Suns beat North Melbourne this time around. The end to their season cannot come quickly enough, they will host Essendon on Saturday night.
18. Carlton (-)
The Fremantle debacle was worse, but only by default. There seemed to be little effort and no organisation across the backline without Kade Simpson who was a late out. They could not be this bad against St. Kilda on Friday night, surely?