With six team sitting at 5-3 and five teams sitting on four wins, the congestion in the middle of Zero Hanger’s Power Rankings remains. With little movement this week, where does your team sit after the first eight games of the season?
- Richmond (-)
They did what good sides do. They never gave up and did what they had to do to get over the line. They looked like they were about to open up the Kangaroos with plenty of run off half back, but a resistant North Melbourne outfit wouldn’t go away. Josh Caddy was impressive with four goals, while Trent Cotchin just led from the front all day.
- West Coast (+1)
The Eagles are the real deal. Another impressive win against the Giants and what makes it even better is that it was on the road. Jack Darling set the tone early while Eliot Yeo, Jack Redden and Shannon Hurn all stepped up in the absence of Luke Shuey. This win sets up a tantalising 1 vs 2 clash against the Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
- Adelaide (-1)
They looked assured of a big showdown victory after Mitch McGovern goaled with one-minute remaining. They should have held on with everyone but Taylor Walker and Josh Jenkins behind the ball, but it wasn’t meant to be. The game deserved two winners, but in the end the Crows go home with nothing.
- Sydney (-)
BEN RONKE – the unlikely hero that broke a three-game losing streak for the Swans against the Hawks. The wet and windy conditions played into Sydney’s hands, with Will Hayward (three goals) and Jake Lloyd (36 touches) among the Swans best.
- Geelong (+1)
They left it until the end to beat the Pies, but they never trailed in a solid 21-point victory. The undermanned Geelong defence has now just conceded nine goals in the past two weeks. Tom Stewart hardly puts a foot wrong, while the little master Gary Ablett was the Cats’ best with 32 disposals and a goal.
- Hawthorn (-1)
In an entertaining Friday night encounter, the Hawks couldn’t get over the line surrendering their lead with five minutes remaining. They simply had no answers for Ben Ronke, who bagged seven goals, however the performances of James Sicily, Jack Gunston and Ben McEvoy would have been pleasing for Alastair Clarkson.
- Melbourne (+2)
When you equal the record for most inside 50’s in a game, you’d think you’re doing something right. However, the game was still in the balance late in the second quarter after the Suns took the lead. However, in the end, it was a finals-esque performance from the Demons, which has consequently seen them jump ahead of the Pies and GWS into 7th on the Power Rankings.
- GWS (-)
The injury ravaged Giants couldn’t keep up with the in-form Eagles at Spotless Stadium on Saturday. To make it worse, they lost Matt De Boer and Phil Davis to injury. The Giants now only have one win in the past month but should be buoyed by the return of Brett Deledio, Josh Kelly and Toby Greene in the next one or two weeks.
- Port Adelaide (+1)
Port Adelaide recorded a thrilling five-point victory over the Crows and with some Robbie Gray magic in the third term, the Power came back from 27 points to storm home. Tom Rockliff was impressive with 31 touches, while Patrick Ryder was all over Sam Jacobs and convincingly won the ruck battle.
- Collingwood (-2)
In an even contest against the Cats, the Pies’ inaccuracy in front of goals meant they fell by 21 points. After an impressive couple of weeks, many thought the Pies would win and push into the eight, but it wasn’t meant to be. Another hamstring injury to Darcy Moore means more time on the sidelines, where they played most of the game with only two on the bench after Tom Phillips was KO’d.
- North Melbourne (-)
They threw the kitchen sink at the reining premiers on Sunday, but couldn’t come home with the four points, after falling by 10 points. The heart and endeavour was in full force but the execution in the final stages hurt them. Ben Brown missed two easy chances by his standards in the dying minutes which hurt the Roos.
- Western Bulldogs (-)
Jack Macrae and Marcus Bontempelli led the Bulldogs to their third straight win after beating the Lions by 14 points on Saturday night. Macrae should be firming as the Brownlow favourite, after racking up 47 touches, 10 clearances, eight tackles and eight inside 50s. After a poor start to the season the Dogs now sit at 4-4 and are looking to push into the eight.
- Fremantle (-)
Barring the third quarter, the Dockers looked the goods getting out to a 36-point lead. While they experienced a scare, they still ran over the top of the Saints by 30 points. Nat Fyfe was stellar once again, while Connor Blakely and Lachie Neale amassed disposals with ease.
- Essendon (-1)
Where to now for John Worsfold and the Bombers? Another miserable loss and they have now lost six of their last seven. It was a spiritless showing and finals footy looks well and truly out of contention. Jake Stringer, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Darcy Parish are severely out of form, while Zach Merrett can’t seem to break a tag at the moment.
- Gold Coast (-)
When you concede 83 inside 50’s you should be expecting a heavy loss and a 69-point loss flatters the Suns. Funnily enough, they were only 31 points down at three quarter time, but an eight-goal final term from the Demons rubbed salt into the wounds. To be fair, they haven’t had a proper home game this season and a trip to China against the Power next week isn’t going to get any easier.
- Brisbane (-)
They teased us against the Bulldogs, with an upset well and truly on the cards, however Brisbane now remain the only team winless team in 2018. They haven’t necessarily played that badly, it’s just in times of execution and when the game is on the line they have been poor.
- Carlton (+1)
Carlton are finally off the mark in 2018 and no better way to do it then against arch rivals Essendon. The injury ravaged Blues managed to overcome the Bombers without skipper Marc Murphy and Levi Casboult as Ed Curnow, Patrick Cripps and Charlie Curnow were among the main destroyers for the Blues.
- St Kilda (-1)
A shocking first half from the Saints, but a blistering third term set up an interesting final quarter. With the Saints looking like they were going to steal the win in Perth, they returned to the team we’ve been accustomed to all season, with poor field and goal kicking proving costly. Tim Membrey kicked a 1.5 while David Armitage continued his poor season.