If you watched North Melbourne vs Collingwood on Saturday night then you are probably wanting those couple hours of your life back. Both sides have played terrific football in parts of 2017, but the game on the weekend was no where near that level.
Dropped marks, grubber kicks and inaccuracy in front of goal were just some of the blights in this game. It was probably summed up best when Josh Thomas was running into an open goal and stubbed his toe on the ground as he was going to kick. And to think it was played in perfect conditions at Etihad Stadium under the roof.
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2. Adelaide sent a message to the rest of the compeition
It was one of the most dominant displays of the season and no doubt Adelaide sent a message to every other side in its win against the Power.
It was supposed to be a tough, tight, physical contest, however, that never eventuated. The Crows were excellent, and coach Don Pyke said post-match, he believes they can play even better.
If there were any doubts over who the premiership favourites are, those doubts were obliterated on the weekend.
3. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti is the most exciting player in the competition
Seeing Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti play is worth the price of admission. The Bomber is an absolute genius and gets the crowd to their feet nearly every time he has the ball.
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He kicks goals, takes impressive marks, and has elite decision making. There is no doubt that every fan would love to have the little wizard on their team.
4. This will be a make or break finals series for Richmond
It’s got the makings of the perfect Cinderella story for the Tigers and their loyal fans. They look to be destined for a top four finish, and have a genuine chance of claiming the premiership.
However, if the Tigers do make the top four, then are eliminated without winning a game, questions will be asked. Add the potential of Dustin Martin leaving and you could be left with another disappointing season if you are a Tigers’ fan.
If the ‘yellow and black’ can at least make it to the preliminary final, then that would be adequate. But as the promise and hype builds, the pressure on the players will also continue to grow.
5. It’s been a disaster season for West Coast
West Coast now sit outside the top eight, and are a chance to miss the finals. This comes after they decided to load up with proven, experienced talent in the way of Drew Petrie and Sam Mitchell at the end of last season. Those two players have performed well, however, as a whole it hasn’t worked out for the Eagles.
Heading into the season, West Coast had the most experienced list in terms of games played and the second oldest list in regards to age. They have played very few debutants this year and may potentially feel the consequences in the years to come.