With only two teams holding their ranking after Round 9, there has been plenty of movement in this week’s Power Rankings. We have a new number one, while GWS has fallen three places to sit 11th. Where does your team sit after nine rounds?
- West Coast (+1)
How good has Jack Darling been? Another six goals on the weekend and his partnership with Josh Kennedy is going from strength to strength. They cemented the number one spot after a dominate display against the reigning premiers, playing selfless and team first footy. Next week’s game against Hawthorn shapes as a must win considering West Coast’s inability to travel and win games consistently.
- Richmond (-1)
Shaped as a big test for the Tigers, travelling west to take on the red hot team in the competition. They showed a heap of fight to claw their way back to be level at half time, but West Coast had too many weapons in a lopsided second half. No need for the Tiger army to panic until a team can match them at the MCG.
- Adelaide (-)
A dominate win in wet conditions and an undermanned team. Adelaide’s skills were sublime in the wet and this win firmly puts them in the running for a top four chance. Eddie Betts stole the show once again, highlighted by a drop punt goal from the boundary line.
- Sydney (-)
Regulation win for the Swans after finally winning a game at the SCG after a couple of poor performances in front of their home crowd. The return of Buddy Franklin was promising with the star forward bagging three goals in his return from a heel injury.
- Melbourne (+2)
Although they have now jumped four places in two weeks, Melbourne have only beaten Essendon, St Kilda, Gold Coast and Carlton – four teams expected to finish in the bottom half of the ladder. However the scoring power of Melbourne was exceptional on the weekend with Tom McDonald and Jake Melksham kicking nine goals between them. The Dees could be 8-4 come the bye, with Collingwood, Bulldogs and Adelaide coming up in the next three weeks.
- Geelong (-1)
Their patchy and inconsistent form has returned to haunt them. Just as we thought the Cats were back to their consistent best they dish out a performance like this. They were outworked by a more hungrier and aggressive Essendon side and they were beaten in almost every statistic.
- Hawthorn (-1)
Very un-Hawthorn like performance this weekend and after a very positive start to the season, they Hawks now sit at 4-5 and outside the eight. They were simply ball watching and slow to react to the footy and they were caught out by a Brisbane side that was desperate for a win. It always shaped as a danger game considering they were up against Luke Hodge and Chris Fagan – two integral members of Hawthorn’s recent dynasty. With West Coast and Port Adelaide before the bye – could the Hawks lose four in a row and sit at 4-7 at the half way point of the year?
- Port Adelaide (+1)
Port got the job done in China against a disappointing Suns outfit. Sam Powell-Pepper’s form has been extraordinary since his return from suspension, while Tom Rockliff and Tom Jonas’ form of late has also been impressive. With a week off next week, the Power travels to Tasmania to face the Hawks which is already shaping as a much win for both sides.
- Collingwood (+1)
- North Melbourne (+1)
How impressive have they been? Beat a finals hopeful in Hawthorn and Sydney and took it right up to Richmond last week and now they have beaten another finals hopeful in GWS. Brad Scott has formed this side into a genuine contender for finals footy this year and with a pretty favourable draw in the back half of the season, a spot in the eight in firming for the Roos.
- GWS (-3)
Wounded and low on confidence. Injuries or not, this week’s game against North was basically a 50/50 match and they failed to put up much of a fight. Credit to North, however finals footy is looking more and more unlikely after three straight losses. With Josh Kelly, Toby Greene and Brett Deledio looking 2-3 weeks away, games against Essendon and Adelaide are looking to be just as tough as the previous three.
- Western Bulldogs (-)
Looked non-competitive and lackluster on Friday night. The conditions didn’t help the situation, but the lack of genuine forward line options is a worry for Luke Beveridge. Against a wounded Crows side, the Dogs had a real chance to make a stand but they failed to do so. Do they need to play Marcus Bontempelli solely as a full forward?
- Essendon (+1)
- Fremantle (-1)
Fremantle look a very different team on the road. They offered close to no desire and effort against the Swans on Saturday night and they were totally outclassed. But with a match up against the Roos at home this weekend, can they cause a massive upset?
- Brisbane (+1)
They’ve finally won after causing a massive upset with a win against the Hawks on Sunday. It’s a reward for effort after an impressive four weeks. Bookends Eric Hipwood and Harris Andrews look a very exciting prospect, along side Cam Rayner and Hugh McCluggage – who had a breakout game against the Hawks.
- Gold Coast (-1)
They were competitive but it didn’t cut it over in China. They look like they’ve uncovered a gem in Nick Holman – who ferociously tackles all day – however they had too many passengers against the Power with seven players having 10 disposals or less.
- St Kilda (+1)
They move up the rankings despite being over run against the Pies. They need to learn how to kick if they want to competitive in games. They were penciled in to remain last on the Power Rankings, however after Carlton were humiliated on Sunday, they were a no brainier to fall to last position.
- Carlton (-1)
After breaking through with a massive win last week, they dish out a performance like this. Insipid at best, with only Patrick Cripps and Jeremy Lamb showing some fight. Brendon Bolton must be feeling like a nervous man after his side suffered their third loss by more than 50 points this season.