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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 12

Cale Hooker of the Bombers celebrates with team mates after scoring a goal during the Round 2 AFL match between the Brisbane Lions and the Essendon Bombers at the Gabba in Brisbane, Saturday, April 1, 2017. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
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12th June, 2017
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It’s become cliche to say that any team can beat any other team on their day, but this season is proving that cliche true.

I keep waiting for things to settle into place… and I keep waiting for things to settle into place.

1.GWS Giants
Last week: 1
Ladder: 2

The margin in five of the Giants’ past seven games has been fewer than 10 points, they’ve been playing with fire and finally got burnt.

2.Adelaide
Last week: 2
Ladder: 1

Got back to their high-powered ways, winning every quarter and belting the Saints by the best part of 10 goals. Looks to have found a player in Hugh Greenwood, who has 44 contested possessions and 20 uncontested possessions in his four games.

3.Geelong
Last week: 5
Ladder: 3

Had a week off and moved up two spots. Not bad.

4.Port Adelaide
Last week: 3
Ladder: 5

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That was a really disappointing performance, reminiscent of the flaky Power of the past two seasons.

5.Western Bulldogs
Last week: 4
Ladder: 8

Probably as poorly as they’ve played under Luke Beveridge. Desperately need to figure out what their best side looks like and get it on the park. Something’s not right.

6.Richmond
Last week: 6
Ladder: 4

Had the week off.

7.Melbourne
Last week: 8
Ladder: 6

Big win against a feisty opponent on a big stage. Christian Petracca is going to be a hell of a player.

8.West Coast
Last week: 7
Ladder: 9

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The bye came at a very nice time for the Eagles.

9.Essendon
Last week: 11
Ladder: 7

Their first-quarter was just about perfect. Cale Hooker is now in the top-20 for goals kicked this season.

10.St Kilda
Last week: 9
Ladder: 12

It’s been a very disappointing three weeks for the Saints. They’ll be searching for answers ahead of Friday night’s important clash with the Roos.

11.Collingwood
Last week: 12
Ladder: 11

Another solid performance from the Pies, who have won three of their past five games – and those two losses were by a combined seven points. They’re an honest mid-table team.

12.Fremantle
Last week: 10
Ladder: 10

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One of the most disappointing things for Fremantle fans would be the lack of surprise at them losing to the Lions. Their percentage of 78.5 is the third worst in the league.

13.Sydney Swans
Last week: 15
Ladder: 14

Were too tough, skilled, disciplined and prepared for the Dogs. Somehow, their finals hopes have been resuscitated.

14.North Melbourne
Last week: 13
Ladder: 15

Unlucky to move down on their week off.

15.Gold Coast
Last week: 17
Ladder: 13

The Suns are only one game out of the eight. What the hell is happening?

16.Carlton
Last week: 16
Ladder: 16

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That win will sustain Carlton fans for a long time. Awesome.

17.Hawthorn
Last week: 14
Ladder: 17

These Hawks just aren’t any good.

18.Brisbane Lions
Last week: 18
Ladder: 18

First Josh Schache re-signed and then they touched up the Dockers – it’s been an excellent week for the Lions.

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