1. Richmond (-)
The Tigers wrapped up the minor premiership and ended Essendon’s season without skipper Trent Cotchin, David Astbury, Dion Prestia and Kane Lambert, winning by eight points. Superstar Dustin Martin looms ominously over the finals series, getting back to his best with 26 disposals and kicking four goals. The Tigers finish off their season looking for win 21 on the trot at the MCG against the Western Bulldogs.
2. West Coast (-)
The undermanned Eagles fought well against the Demons at home, however ultimately fell short, losing by 17 points. The Eagles also lost Jack Darling to concussion in the first term to further their injury worries. West Coast travel to Brisbane to take on the Lions, needing to win to guarantee a top two finish and a home final.
3. Collingwood (+1)
The Pies kicked seven goals to Port Adelaide’s one in the last quarter to win comfortably by 51 points at the MCG. Collingwood had 13 separate goal-kickers, highlighting the potency of their forward line. The Pies travel out west to take on Fremantle, with a victory ensuring a double chance finish.
4. GWS (-1)
The Giants’ terrible luck with injury got worse on Saturday with Ryan Griffen forced to sit out most of the second half with a hamstring issue and captain Phil Davis finishing the game as a forward after suffering a corked hip, prior to which he had the better of Lance Franklin. The Giants will need to results to go their way this weekend if they want to sneak into the top four, they face Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.
5. Hawthorn (-)
The Hawks hold their spot after scraping by the Saints by four points on Saturday night. Jack Gunston continued his stellar patch of form, having 24 disposals and kicking four goals. The Hawks travel to Sydney to face the Swans on Saturday night, with a victory locking in a top four finish.
6. Sydney (-)
Sydney locked in a finals berth once again as Lance Franklin dominated the second half to give the Swans victory in the Sydney derby. Luke Parker was another to star, kicking two goals and having 33 possessions. Remarkably, Sydney could steal a top four place with a victory over Hawthorn on Saturday night.
7. Melbourne (+1)
Melbourne will play finals footy for the first time since 2006, after beating the Eagles at Optus Stadium on Sunday. The Demons lead for most of the day and responded well in the last quarter to win by 17 points. Melbourne faces GWS at the MCG on Sunday, with a win giving them a home final at the MCG.
8. Geelong (+2)
The Cats kicked 23 goals consecutively against a deplorable Fremantle side to demolish the Dockers by 133 points at GMHBA Stadium. Tom Hawkins ran riot with six goals and 22 disposals, one of 11 goal-kickers for the home side. The Cats will seal their place in the eight provided they take care of business against the Suns at home.
9. Essendon (-)
Essendon left their run too late against the premiers, falling by eight points, officially ending their chances of playing in this year’s finals series. Aaron Francis showed why he is rated so highly by Bomber fans, taking eight marks in defence. Essendon end their season at Adelaide Oval against the Power on Friday night.
10. Port Adelaide (-3)
Port Adelaide’s finals chances are all but done after a second half fadeout saw them lose to Collingwood by 51 points on Saturday. To play finals, the Power must beat Essendon at home on Friday night and hope Geelong fall to the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.
11. Adelaide (+1)
Adelaide held on to end the Kangaroos’ season, winning by nine points at Adelaide Oval. Young gun Tom Doedee’s season has been cut one game short after suffering a presumed broken collarbone in the third quarter. The Crows finish their season against Carlton at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
12. North Melbourne (-1)
Any finals chances the Kangaroos had were snuffed out after losing to the Crows on Sunday. North Melbourne kicked four goals in five minutes to almost steal victory but the task was too much in the end. The Kangaroos’ last game is against St. Kilda on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.
13. Western Bulldogs (-)
The Dogs kicked four straight goals in the final term to beat the Blues on Sunday in an ugly encounter. Stars Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae once again had a lot of the footy to continue their strong finishes to the season. The Bulldogs will look the end the 20-match MCG win streak of the premiers Richmond on Saturday.
14. Brisbane (+1)
Brisbane recovered from a nine point deficit in the final quarter to take home the spoils in the Q-Clash on Saturday night, finishing four point winners. Dayne Beams was the standout for the Lions again, having 38 disposals. The Lions finish their season at home, where they take on the West Coast on Sunday.
15. St. Kilda (+1)
The Saints showed an improved effort this week, falling just short to the Hawks and arguably could have won after having much of the play in the final term. Youngster Jack Lonie was a spark kicking a career high four goals. St. Kilda’s season ends with a game against North Melbourne on Sunday.
16. Fremantle (-2)
After a promising first quarter where they lead at the first change, the Dockers did not kick a goal for the rest of the game, embarrassingly losing by 133 points. The sole highlight was the return of Nat Fyfe, who had 37 disposals on a dirty day for the club. The Dockers end their season at home, facing Collingwood on Saturday.
17. Gold Coast (+1)
The Suns produced a more fighting performance and almost stole their fifth win of the season in the Q-Clash on Saturday night. Brayden Fiorini replicated his NEAFL form at the senior level, collecting 32 disposals. Gold Coast finish their season at the Cattery on Saturday, looking to put a dent in the Cats’ finals hopes.
18. Carlton (-1)
After hitting the lead in the final term, the Blues couldn’t keep the momentum and finished 17 point losers on Sunday, officially handing them the wooden spoon. Carlton only managed seven goals for the game to continue their low scoring run, they rank 18th in the competition for scoring. The Blues will look to end their season with their third win for the year, taking on the Crows at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.