Their round 17 performance against St Kilda was borderline disgraceful, but their strong victory in round 18 against Collingwood was a joyful performance. With nobody seemingly willing to cement the eighth spot on the official ladder, Port are now a real chance of sneaking into the finals. Hawthorn’s best is still the best, as evidenced by their crushing performance against Fremantle, a team that was two games clear on the official ladder before that match. With West Coast getting over Fremantle in the Derby, Hawthorn remains third officially but remain the best team in the competition. Looking to this weekend, the Sydney-Hawthorn match stands out and hopefully it is more competitive than what Fremantle and Hawthorn dished up on Sunday. North face another test this week against the Western Bulldogs.

The Lions host the Roos this week, a team that hasn’t beaten them at the ‘Gabba since 2005 and it will take an improved effort to keep that streak going. Round 14 and the 2015 season will forever be remembered for the tragic passing of Phil Walsh. Subscribe We mainly discuss the top 8 with a slight mention to the bottom 10 sides. Unless WADA has a say, things can only get better for the Bombers. In round 17 Richmond suffered a gut wrenching loss and the fact they turned it around against Hawthorn to grab a win is testament to how mature this team has become.

It was a win for Geelong on Saturday, but it was a win that indicated how far the team has fallen. What was most impressive was their ruthless defensive effort, providing impressive pressure and winning the tackle count despite having 68 more disposals. While they could lean on a thin excuse of having not played a match in 20 days, the Cats seemed devoid of the ability to perform basic skills like handballing and short kicking, particularly in the painful second quarter. The Eagles showed the danger their forward line poses on Saturday, with Jack Darling controlling the game with a dominant display. Brett Deledio has found his most damaging position, roaming from the half forward flank and into the midfield, allowing his goal sense and smarts to be most useful.
Carlton were back to the strong contested style they showed early under John Barker on Saturday. The Dockers didn’t appear switched on in the first quarter of the Derby and it cost them. Hall has averaged 27 touches a game over his past three matches and has been a shining light as the season wears down. Adelaide did more than they needed to as they aimed to open up a gap between them and Geelong. While the Giants are still a young team, they need to take hold of opportunities like the one they had on Saturday in the near future.

The Bombers were a little freer in their ball movement, but still had more disposals than their opponent with less inside-50s. ScoresPro is the #1 football standings website, we cover a huge range of sports in Australia and all around the world, get the latest league tables today! Computer predictions, tips, picks and ratings for the Australian Football League, National Football League (USA), National Rugby League (AUS) and Super Rugby (AUS, NZ, RSA, ARG, JAP). Unfortunately for GWS, star Dylan Shiel suffered a knee injury that could end his year. The Dogs fought through another late fadeout to hold off the Blues on Saturday night, in a win that gives their finals chances a boost. This isn’t the end of the world – the Grand Final is still more than 10 weeks away – but Sydney have a lot to do if they want to be there in 10 weeks. Adelaide have been inconsistent this season, but if they replicate their form from Friday over the final month of this season they will comfortably play finals. To play finals Geelong need to beat St Kilda and Collingwood in the next two weeks and rely on a loss or two above them before they meet Adelaide in the final round. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. For the first time Fremantle are going to finish on top of the ladder, unless something drastic happens. The Eagles are still in a strong position, however a lot rests on their upcoming match with the Hawks. The Saints were better after half time – particularly in the third quarter – but were too far behind to truly challenge for the lead. The rise of North Melbourne results in some shuffling, with the Western Bulldogs and Richmond both falling, while Sydney is unlucky to be left stranded at seven. The draw doesn’t hurt the Eagles on the ladder, but it would raise concerns for Adam Simpson. There is no doubt Brisbane have improved in recent weeks and their competitiveness is on a much higher level than before, but they would certainly like to be rewarded with some wins. Bold – Home game Here’s hoping Goodes returns to the field in Geelong this week and the crowd acts appropriately.