Another condensed round of footy did not detract from the exciting games we witnessed over the weekend.
With that being said, here are where each team sits in the Zero Hanger Power Rankings after Round 13.
1. Melbourne (-)
The Dees looked uncharacteristically flat on Monday for the Queen's birthday clash at the SCG, going down to the Pies in Nathan Buckley's last game by 17 points.
The Demons will return home to Melbourne for a week off, before they face the Bombers in their next matchup. Should the Doggies beat the Cats, then they will surrender their top spot, a blow considering they were looking like they were ready to pull away.
2. Western Bulldogs (-)
The Doggies had their week off, but will need all the rest they can get with their huge clash with the Cats next on the agenda.
3. Geelong (+1)
It was the quality of delivery coupled with their key forwards standing up that really made the difference. Jeremy Cameron, Tom Hawkins and Gary Rohan combimed for 12 goals between them, whilst Tom Stewart and Mitch Duncan thrived in their respective areas to propel the Cats into third.
— Geelong Cats (@GeelongCats) June 10, 2021
This week they have another mammoth test, this time at home to Luke Beveridge's Bulldogs. Should they come out victorious, then it'll be hard to see them being dislodged from the top four for the remainder of the year.
4. Brisbane (-1)
The Lions had their bye this week following their disappointing loss to Melbourne in the previous round.
This week they go up against the Roos down in Tassie, and should get the job done. Jarrod Berry, Jack Payne and Cam Ellis-Yolmen all could be available for selection following their spell on the sidelines with injury.
5. West Coast (+3)
The Eagles had a huge win over the Tigers in their Sunday night encounter, beating the reigning premiers in a nail-biter.
Josh J. Kennedy is the name on all Eagles fans lips at the minute, with his goal in the dying seconds proving the winner and capping off a successful night.
JOSH. KENNEDY. 🔥
— Fox Footy (@FOXFOOTY) June 13, 2021
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Jack Redden and Luke Edwards also continued their fantastic form, combining for 59 disposals, whilst defensive stalwart Shannon Hurn was huge down back for Adam Simpson's side, with 25 touches including 10 intercepts.
Suddenly West Coast's season has a bit of life back in it and are now within touching distance of the top four again. Next week they have their bye and will then face the Dogs at home in Round 15.
The Power were trumped by the on-fire Cats on Thursday night despite Ken Hinkley's side extending the lead to as much as 20 points in the second quarter.
Connor Rozee was immense for Port Adelaide on the night, booting five including four in the first term. Ollie Wines once again showed his pertinence to the side with 29 touches and a goal, while Charlie Dixon flexed his muscles too with four goals.
Hinkley would be disappointed that his side were in front in the last quarter and gave the game up. However, they have a chance to make amends on Saturday against the Gold Coast in Queensland. A win here would perk the players heads up again and keep them in touch with the top four.
7. Richmond (-2)
It was heartbreak for Tiger fans on Sunday night with Damien Hardwick's side surrendering a 22-point fourth quarter lead to go down to a late Josh Kennedy snap. Richmond looked out on their feet in the last term, a rarity in their current golden era.
Kane Lambert showed what the team had been missing in his return match, booting two majors to go with 27 touches. Defenders Nick Vlastuin (23 touches, 11 intercepts), Jayden Short (24 kicks) and Bachar Houli (26 touches, 15 marks) also had a great three quarters, but crumbled in the last.
It was a tough pill to swallow for Richmond with the side now sitting in eighth and expected to be two wins out of the top four come the end of Round 14.
They will have a huge mountain to climb if they wish to still get a double chance come finals, and a week off seems to be just what they need at the minute.
8. Sydney (-1)
The Swans were unexpectedly put to the sword by the Hawks on Friday night, collapsing in the last term to go down by a big margin of 38 points.
It was a night to forget for Sydney. However, Josh Kennedy (27 touches, eight tackles), Callum Mills (33 touches, seven touches) and newcomer Joel Amartey (two goals, seven tackles and five clearances) were the standouts for the losing side.
John Longmire's side have a week of to recompose themselves and make a push towards finals in the second half of the year. Their next match is in Round 15, with a showdown with the Power at Adelaide Oval to really test the Swans' quality.
9. Essendon (-)
The Bombers had a week off in Round 13, and would be looking to keep their promising form up going into the second half of the year.
10. Fremantle (+1)
The Dockers came up big in their clash against the Suns on Saturday afternoon, running out 27-point winners at Optus Stadium.
Despite having a host of stars absent, Freo found a way, with David Mundy once again leading from the front with two majors as interim captain.
💜 Hard not to love David Mundy!
After leading Freo to a win over the Suns, he was spotted the next day taking on goal umpiring duties at his son's footy game. Good technique as well with the flags!
(Courtesy Yeh Goodboy Goodboy Good Footy Energies) pic.twitter.com/vuFAeV4KGX
— ABC SPORT (@abcsport) June 13, 2021
Fremantle have a well-earned week off in Round 14, and find themselves in ninth just a win off Richmond. Next match they come up against the Pies, who under new coach Robert Harvey could present as a different beast.
11. Adelaide (+1)
The Crows had an extraordinary win in Cairns on Saturday night when they snatched the win away from the Saints in the dying stages courtesy of a Riley Thilthorpe overhead kick.
Matthew Nicks' side would have been pleased to get across the line considering they were six goals down at one point.
— FIVEaa (@1395FIVEaa) June 12, 2021
The aforementioned Thilthorpe was big for Adelaide, booting three of the teams nine majors, whilst their midfield as always was their strong suit. Ben Keays (31 touches, ten tackles), Rory Laird (33 touches, ten clearances) and Paul Seedsman (31 touches, six tackles) all put in big shifts.
Travelling back to the City of Churches with the four points in their back pockets, the Crows will be happy considering their result against the Pies a week earlier.
They will have a week to recoup and gear up for the second half of the year, with their next clash being against the Blues being a huge one in determining the makeup of the bottom 10.
12. GWS (-2)
The Giants somehow found themselves 28 points down against the Roos on Sunday afternoon before they woke up and turned it around. They managed to comeback and salvage a draw in an ultimately disappointing day for the club.
Josh Kelly further pushed himself into the shop window with a monstrous 39-touch, two-goal display, whilst Nick Haynes (26 touches, 14 intercepts) and Isaac Cumming (seven intercepts, one goal, 24 touches) both starred in defence.
It only seemed like yesterday when the Giants were starting to click in 2021, but the last couple of matches seem to have undone all their hard work. They welcome the Blues to Sydney on Saturday, and would do well to take the four points and get back on track.
13. Carlton (-)
They have managed to secure the signature of Harry McKay for a further two weeks in a boost for the club.
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14. Collingwood (+1)
The Pies amazingly pulled off a huge upset in the Queen's Birthday match at the SCG, beating the Dees to send off faithful servant Nathan Buckley in style.
Scott Pendlebury claimed the Neale Daniher Trophy with 31 disposals and a goal, whilst Darcy Cameron (four goals), Jordan De Goey (32 disposals, ten score involvements) and Brayden Maynard (33 disposals, nine intercepts) also dished out some emphatic displays to mark the end of an era at the Holden Centre.
How good was this 🤩 pic.twitter.com/LxNSsQLOxL
— Collingwood FC (@CollingwoodFC) June 14, 2021
What comes next for Collingwood will be intriguing, with caretaker coach Robert Harvey stepping in to fill the boots of the departing Buckley. Next week they have the bye, and will face the Dockers at home in Round 15.
15. St. Kilda (-1)
The Saints put up another woeful display in the second half, surrendering a six-goal lead to go down to the Crows in Cairns. Brett Ratten and supporters alike would have been tearing their hair out at full time as the side slumped to their eighth loss of the year.
This year is slipping away from the Saints at a rate of knots. The side have capitulated on multiple occasions and they seem a far-cry from the team of last year. They have the bye this week, and Ratten and co. will need to do some real soul-searching if they're to salvage anything from 2021.
16. Hawthorn (+1)
After not being given a chance by many, Alastair Clarkson's Hawthorn pulled off the upset of the round when thrashing the Swans in Sydney to the tune of 38 points. It was their pressure that shocked the Swans into submission, with the Hawks kicking away in the last to cement a huge win.
Tom Mitchell was huge for the Hawks with his work in the contest, finishing with 34 touches and a goal whilst Jonathan Ceglar starred with 35 hitouts, 20 disposals and a goal to cap off an incredible evening.
Mid-season draftee and debutant Jai Newcombe's performance saw record tumbles, with the 19-year-old putting up 14 tackles to break the record for the most tackles in a debut game.
The most tackles on debut by anyone in VFL/AFL history.
The Hawks have got one in Jai Newcombe 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SqEQ2ywlV0
— AFL (@AFL) June 11, 2021
Hawthorn won't have time to dwell on their victory, with a game against the Bombers in Tasmania on the cards.
17. Gold Coast (-1)
The return of the prodigious Matt Rowell wasn't enough to spark the Suns into life at Optus Stadium on Saturday as they fell to a 27-point defeat against the Dockers.
Stuart Dew would be frustrated again, with his side not on the trajectory he would've hoped for after last year's promising signs, finishing 6.13 for the match.
Touk Miller was a ball magnet in this one, finishing with 31 touches and a goal, whilst Wil Powell (26 touches) and David Swallow (23 touches) were also some of the best on a disappointing day for the club.
Things don't look like they will be getting easier for Gold Coast, with their next match taking the form of a home encounter with the Power. The Suns need to show fight but they need wins.
18. North Melbourne (-)
The Roos almost had their second win of the year against the Giants, with the side up by 28 points at the final change. However it wasn't enough as the fast-finishing GWS put their foot to the floor with the game ending up tied.
Despite this, there were plenty of positives for David Noble to take out of the game. Aaron Hall, Jy Simpkin and Ben Cunnington lead from the front, all combining for 91 touches and two goals, whilst Cam Zurhaar was admirable down forward, booting two majors and racking up 16 touches.
North Melbourne will take comfort in the fact that they stuck it to a side above them even though they didn't come away with the full four points.
Things will be slightly more challenging this week, with the Lions surely proving to be a bit more of a handful than Leon Cameron's side.