AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 3

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    Football lost its collective mind in round three – there were upsets galore including an unfathomable result in the final game of the weekend.

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    It did serve as a reminder, however, that in a league of professionals, preparation and application is every bit as important as ability.

    1.Adelaide
    Last week: 1
    Ladder: 1

    The Crows’ slow starts will eventually catch up with them if they can’t find a way to correct things – they’ve trailed at quarter-time every round – but another win against a quality opponent keeps them at the top of the rankings.

    2.GWS Giants
    Last week: 3
    Ladder: 5

    The Giants are good, damn good. Not much else to say about them at this stage.

    3.Port Adelaide
    Last week: 4
    Ladder: 4

    There’s no shame in losing to the Crows. Port took it up to their crosstown rivals for most of the night, but unfortunately when good teams play each other, a good team loses. This week’s clash with the Giants looks the game of the round.

    4.Geelong
    Last week: 6
    Ladder: 3

    Hard to get a read on the Cats. For the second week in a row they got out of jail. Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood again took charge when required. They’re good, but it’s hard to tell how good.

    5.West Coast
    Last week: 5
    Ladder: 6

    Struggled to get things on their terms after quarter time and didn’t adapt to the weather as well as the Tigers when the rain hit. Jack Darling keeps giving his critics ammunition. Why isn’t he better?

    6.Western Bulldogs
    Last week: 2
    Ladder: 9

    Playing like a bunch of guys who spent the summer being told how good they are. The Dogs had a round-low six tackles inside 50 at the weekend – things aren’t working as they’d like.

    7.Richmond
    Last week: 10
    Ladder: 2

    The Tigers’ win over the Eagles was full of toughness and class. It was the win of a good footy team, maybe even a very good one. Alex Rance looked like Alex Rance again after a poor first fortnight. Wet-weather footy rocks. Daniel Rioli… drool.

    8.Melbourne
    Last week: 7
    Ladder: 8

    Will be kicking themselves after kicking themselves out of Saturday’s game against the Cats. Were the better team in general play for most of the afternoon but wasted far too many chances. A fresh test awaits in the weeks without Max Gawn. This still looks like a good footy team.

    9.St Kilda
    Last week: 11
    Ladder: 10

    Did what they had to against the Lions. Nick Riewoldt is a cyborg. They have Hawthorn’s first-round pick.

    10.Essendon
    Last week: 9
    Ladder: 7

    Their two wins don’t look so impressive now. Now they must set themselves for a clash with the Crows at Adelaide Oval – ooph.

    11.Collingwood
    Last week: 14
    Ladder: 12

    The Pies finally got reward for effort after a couple of frustrating weeks for Collingwood fans. The first quarter was extremely impressive.

    12.Sydney Swans
    Last week: 8
    Ladder: 16

    The Swans can just about kiss finals goodbye. Development could soon become a priority for John Longmire with so many inexperienced players required to contribute.

    13.North Melbourne
    Last week: 12
    Ladder: 17

    The Roos are showing plenty of pluck and are playing an entertaining style of footy, but they continue to concede loads of scoring shots to opponents – 31, 27 and 34 in the first three rounds. They’ll continue to be a pain in the bum for good sides. Wins will come.

    14.Carlton
    Last week: 14
    Ladder: 14

    Of all the pieces the Blues have in place in the early stages of their rebuild, Brendon Bolton might be the most significant.

    15.Gold Coast
    Last week: 18
    Ladder: 11

    A 188-point turnaround in two weeks. Dominated from start to finish against the Hawks thanks in no small part to Gary Ablett jr, who for the 26th time in his career recorded at least 35 disposals and two goals – turns out he’s still pretty good.

    16.Fremantle
    Last week: 17
    Ladder: 15

    Where has that energy been? It would have been easy for the Dockers to fold after the Dogs took a handy lead into the final change; instead, they ratcheted up the intensity and pressure and outscored the reigning premiers 31-1 in the last quarter.

    17.Brisbane Lions
    Last week: 15
    Ladder: 13

    It could have been worse if the Saints kicked straight, but a five-goal loss on the road against a decent team is nothing for these developing Lions to be ashamed of.

    18.Hawthorn
    Last week: 13
    Ladder 18

    Wow. Not even Cam Rose could have seen this coming. Just… wow.

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    • April 10th 2017 @ 9:17am
      tibor nagy (big four sticks) said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:17am | ! Report

      When will Richmond be first? We are three and zip. It is time to talk about Dusty not just as a Brownlow medallist, but as a Norm Smith medallist. Forget Selwood and Dangerfield, we have Martin and Cochin. They know we are coming!

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        April 10th 2017 @ 9:45am
        AdelaideDocker said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

        Eh, okay. Is this secretly Cam Rose? 😉

      • April 10th 2017 @ 9:48am
        hal said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        Richmond are right where I thought they would be; 3 and 0. I picked them to make the eight. I couldn’t believe WCE were favorites. Once again they got showed up in the wet away from home. Richmond were honest and tough and deserved the win. Well done to Carlton as well. I did not see the game but saw highlights. Williamson looks like a likely prospect.

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        April 10th 2017 @ 9:54am
        Cat said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        When they actually accomplish something. WCE at MCG doesn’t even qualify as a tough match and beating up on Carlton and Collingwood is not exactly impressive either.

        • April 10th 2017 @ 11:08am
          BigAl said | April 10th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

          Very true Cat, I have the feeling that many Tiger fans are setting themselves up for an even harder fall than usual !

    • April 10th 2017 @ 9:29am
      Theeva Kumar said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Hey Adrian, I think you have the knowledge of power rankings wrong. I dont understand how footscray and west coast are above richmond and how their win only pushes them up 3 spots. I’d like to know the basis of how you decide power rankings as I am used to the NBA/NFL power rankings

      • April 10th 2017 @ 9:49am
        Arky said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report

        I’d say his power rankings are based on not getting ahead of himself.

        The Dogs came into the season reigning premiers; the Tiges came into this season as a basket case. It’s a bit earlier to be annointing the Tiges as better than the Dogs; it’s a testament to how well the Tiges have begun the season that they’re now just one rung below the Dogs, in fact.

        I assume they are also taking into account opposition, since my Roos are still listed ahead of the Suns and Freo despite those teams winning and North being 0-3. That streak ought to go to 0-4 after this week (seriously, North got handed a murderous first month’s draw). I can already smell the top 3 draft pick from here.

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        April 10th 2017 @ 1:02pm
        Cameron Rose said | April 10th 2017 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

        I don’t understand how people can’t get the rankings. It’s not a championship belt scenario, where if you beat a team you go above them. Nor is it a ladder, because, well, there already is a ladder.

        • April 10th 2017 @ 2:04pm
          Macca said | April 10th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

          Cam – Maybe it is because Power rankings are not much more than an argument starter. When people aren’t given the criteria or weighting and results often seem arbitrary I really don’t see why people bother with them.

        • April 10th 2017 @ 8:02pm
          Pete said | April 10th 2017 @ 8:02pm | ! Report

          Totally agree with you there Cam. Richmond may be 3-0 and Sydney may be 0-3 but I’d still rate the Swans a better chance to make the eight then the Tiges !
          Trying to predict where teams are at and where they will end up is one of the best discussion points at this time of year.

    • April 10th 2017 @ 9:29am
      Nigel Fauntleroy-St John III said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      I didn’t get to the game because my chauffeur had a dreadful malady, so I went to watch the game on the big screen at Royal South Yarra (don’t panic it is actually located in Toorak, as it is on the east side of Williams Rd). I was disappointed that the Dees kicked themselves out of the game. The mighty fuchsias should have vanquished Dangerwood F.C despite the biased anti Melbourne vitriol bewing spewed by the blinkered Geelong fans. Don’t despair Melbourne fans, we will be back. Have a sherry and relax Melbourne fans.

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        April 10th 2017 @ 10:30am
        Paul D said | April 10th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

        Toodle pip. Hope your chauffeur recovers. Not good for the Bentley to spend too much time idle in the garage I’m sure

        • April 10th 2017 @ 10:40am
          Nigel Fauntleroy-St John III said | April 10th 2017 @ 10:40am | ! Report

          I went to get a platform built at the MCG that will hoist the Bentley up so I can view the mighty Fuchsias from it, just as Sir Robert did at Carlton. Wellington, my chauffeur is being looked after by the Melbourne club doctor. He will be up and about in no time. He got to meet big Max yesterday.

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            April 10th 2017 @ 12:36pm
            Paul D said | April 10th 2017 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

            Do the members not already have a private lift & entrance so they don’t have to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi?

            I would have thought given the ever widening disparity between haves and have-nots in recent years such economic segregation would be front and centre of the MCC’s priorities

            • April 10th 2017 @ 1:25pm
              Nigel Fauntleroy-St John III said | April 10th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

              Yes the members pavilion is fenced off from the terraces. We Melbourne faithful are accustomed to watching the game from behind glass, with a snifter of brandy and a gin and tonic. Many fans didn’t go on Saturday as they rushed up to Hotham in anticipation of catching snow. We have decided to expand our multi faith pre game blessing to include vicars from the Calvanist and Baptist faiths, who will work alongside vicars from the Anglican, Presbyterian, and Methodist faiths. Go Dees.

    • April 10th 2017 @ 9:59am
      true blue said | April 10th 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      I was at a refugee rally so I didn’t see the game but I saw the highlights and was happy with Carlton’s win. I like the look of Williamson and SPS continues to excite. As usual Carlton v Essendon games don’t go to script. I was angered by Snapper’s rant on Finey’s final siren last night. He was disrespectful to Essendon and Matthew Lloyd’s view on Carlton’s list. I don’t hate Essendon, I respect them. The Carlton Essendon rivalry is far different to Carlton Richmond and Carlton Collingwood. Snapper perpetuates the born to rule arrogance that has marred our club. Get over it Snapper and have some humility.

      • April 10th 2017 @ 12:37pm
        Slane said | April 10th 2017 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

        I was actually having a little laugh about the rivalries while watching the Carlton/Essendon game yesterday, too. My girlfriend couldn’t figure out why I have so much more hatred fro Carlton than I do for Essendon but I reckon you’ve nailed it, True Blue. As a Richmond supporter I love to beat Essendon, but not only do I love to beat Carlton, I also love to see Carlton lose. That’s a genuine point of difference for me. I want Carlton and Collingwood to lose!

        • April 10th 2017 @ 1:34pm
          true blue said | April 10th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

          Slane: That makes me laugh. It is true. I must admit I always want to see Richmond and Collingwood lose, but I don’t feel that way about the Dons. Even if Snapper was carrying on that way about Richmond and Collingwood I wouldn’t have liked it. He doesn’t speak for Blues fans. His comment about Essendon celebrating like they won a grand final because they beat Carlton in round 23 last year was idiotic. They were up and about because they had a year from hell and ended the year on a high note. I did not want them to get the wooden spoon. If he said such things about the Tigers I would have been offended too. Our win yesterday was not revenge for anything, it was just a win.

        • April 10th 2017 @ 2:06pm
          hal said | April 10th 2017 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

          I feel that way about Hawthorn. I was rapt when GCS smashed them. I am up and about that they are the bottom of the ladder, with no wins. That being said they will probably come out and beat us.

    • April 10th 2017 @ 1:06pm
      Pete said | April 10th 2017 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

      Tough gig doing power rankings this year. I thought it was pretty clear who the 3 worst teams in the comp were last week but they all turned it around and won this week. This year looks like being even better than last year.

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      April 10th 2017 @ 1:31pm
      Andrew Young said | April 10th 2017 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

      Hawthorn has got us all baffled… And was pleasantly surprised by Fremantle’s energy, fast ball movement and win! good on them! As a Geelong supporter I will be very interested to see how the season pans out once the dust settles.

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