SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Suns players celebrate in the rooms after the win over the Swansduring the round 18 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Gold Coast Suns at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 21, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/AFL Media/Getty Images)
  1. Brody Mihocek is one of the great stories of the 2018 season

The 25-year-old Tasmanian kicked three first quarter goals for Pies on Saturday and ended up finishing with an equal high four for the game to go with 12 disposals and seven marks.

He is one of the reasons why the Magpies are right in the mix for a top two finish and a tilt at this year’s flag. Mihochek was picked up by the Pies in last year’s rookie draft and has kicked 14 goals in his seven games this year to be a more than handy recruit.

  1. The Suns finally gave their fans something to smile about

The Suns manufactured arguably one of the best wins in the history of the club by upsetting top four contender, the Sydney Swans at the SCG on Saturday by 24 points.

Going into the game, the Suns were a rank outsider, and many expected the Swans to win comfortably, a big win looked even more likely when the Swans were up by 29 points in the first quarter.

However, the Suns produced an amazing comeback to win the game by an even four goals and give the fans, players and coaching staff something to smile about after a disappointing season so far.

The win made even more impressive considering they were without several first-choice players including: Tom Lynch, David Swallow, Jack Martin, Aaron Hall, Sam Day and Pearce Hanley.

  1. The Giants are starting to look very dangerous

GWS have had their fair share of bad luck with injuries and suspensions to key players this year, however they are starting to look very ominous at the pointy end of the season.

The Giants have now won two in a row, against fellow contenders, Richmond and Port Adelaide and all of this without star forwards Jeremy Cameron (suspended) and Jonathan Patton (injured).

They defeated Richmond last week at Spotless Stadium by two points and backed it up with a 22-point win over the Power. With one of the best midfields in the competition and Cameron still to come back into the side, the season is well and truly alive for the Giants.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 22: Harry Himmelberg of the Giants celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 18 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the GWS Giants at Adelaide Oval on July 22, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media/Getty Images)
  1. The race for the 2018 AFL Premiership is wide open

In one of the most exciting seasons in recent history, this year’s flag is well and truly wide open with several different teams in the mix.

With five rounds to go and many of the games seeing contenders playing against each other, it is very exciting and extremely hard to predict how the teams will finish at the end of the minor round.

Whilst Richmond are in the box seat to win the minor premiership, as we have seen in recent years, it doesn’t guarantee them the flag. We saw Adelaide last year going into the Grand Final as a red-hot favourite only to be beaten by the Tigers in the big dance.

  1. Ken Hinkley got it wrong by not picking a recognised ruckman against the Giants

Port Adelaide lost to the Giants by 22 points on Sunday and their forward structure cost them dearly in the first half when Charlie Dixon played in the ruck.

The Power won the inside 50 counts for the game (58 to 51), however by playing a small forward line and continually bombing the ball inside 50, the likes of Heath Shaw, Phil Davis and Lachie Whitfield had a field day and it was only in the second half when Dougal Howard went into the ruck that Port got back into the game.

If Billy Frampton had played, that would’ve seen Charlie Dixon in the forward line for most of the game and the result could’ve been different. It could prove costly as Port has now slipped out of the top four with a tough five games to come.