AFL Power Rankings 2018: Round 12

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    It was a good weekend of footy. For the most part, the rankings were a little tricky this week (curse you, bye rounds) but there’s some big changes in the top eight. And Carlton ain’t bottom no more.

    1.West Coast
    Last week: 2

    Had the bye, but given both Richmond and the Demons (arguably their two closest competitors, or close to it) lost, it was a good weekend for Eagles fans – they’re now number one by default.

    2.Richmond
    Last week: 1

    This team is more adverse to travelling than the goal review team is to reviewing goals. Can’t win away? Shouldn’t be the June premiership contenders. Or, in a perfect world, premiership contenders at all.

    3.Collingwood
    Last week: 6

    Absolutely brilliant. There wasn’t a bad moment on Monday afternoon – Cox booting five probably the best of them. You just feel that this team is something special. Could they win the premiership? Well, who knows. I’d still say no – but I’m teetering on being undecided.

    4.Sydney Swans
    Last week: 5

    They could’ve selected 22 random people from their sizeable continent of Victorian fans and still defeated the hapless Saints. Huge game against the ladder leaders in four days time – that’ll tell us a lot about how authentic this side’s premiership aspirations are.

    5.Geelong
    Last week: 7

    Pretty good win, really. Always good for Chris Scott to get one over his brother, but more widely it’s another all important win for the side if they’re contending for top four or higher. Big game against the Tigers’ next weekend.

    6.Melbourne
    Last week: 3

    Oh, no. Melbourne did a Melbourne thing. It’s almost like watching a toddler take their first steps. They struggle for so long, before spending a little while walking, then beginning to jog – then smashing into the wall. Collingwood was the wall. The only question is can they get up again?

    7.North Melbourne
    Last week: 4

    Frustrating performance, actually, but they’ll live and die another day. Got the bye to freshen up, get a few injured players back and then tackle the second half of the year. If it’s anything as good as their first half, they’ll be ‘right.

    8.Port Adelaide
    Last week: 10

    A fine win, albeit overshadowed by the media’s universal questioning of Richmond. I suppose the lack of publicity could work in Port’s favour, though. They must quietly build on this – a few big games coming up.

    9.GWS Giants
    Last week: 9

    They played this week? I thought it was a televised training drill. They certainly followed up last week’s breakthrough win with a big, big win against their fellow expansion club.

    10.Hawthorn
    Last week: 8

    They had the bye, but Alistair Clarkson dressing up as John ‘Horse’ Longmire headed down the slide yesterday was a classic.

    11.Essendon
    Last week: 12

    They needed a win after the Dreamtime at the ‘G fiasco. They got the win. Did we learn too much? Nope. Will we learn plenty after the bye when they face the Eagles? Again, probably not. I do not see this team playing finals.

    12.Adelaide
    Last week: 11

    Is it weird to feel somewhat bad for the opposition when your team beats them? Cause that’s what I’m feeling right about now.

    Such a resilient team, I feel like this year’s fast becoming something the team can’t conquer. They’re probably about as likely for finals as Fremantle are. That’s saying something.

    13.Fremantle
    Last week: 15

    Winning without Nat Fyfe – yeah, awesome, but let’s leave the great man out of the conversation for a second. Fremantle won with some of the kids standing up tall. The future of the club, ignoring the cliche – proved themselves. They’ve gotta beat Carlton though. Or else we’ll be back to square one.

    14.Western Bulldogs
    Last week: 14

    The Dogs had the bye this round.

    15.Brisbane Lions
    Last week: 13

    Can we talk about the fact that their coach pulled a hammy headed down the MND slide yesterday? As for the team – well, trying amicably but losing is starting to become a frustrating trademark of this Brissy side.

    16.Carlton
    Last week: 18

    Had the bye. Thank god the Suns and Saints exist – if for nothing else than to give this side a momentary reprieve from last place.

    17.St Kilda
    Last week: 17

    Comfortably the most disappointing team in the competition – let alone one of the worst. I don’t think I’m being too harsh if I suggested next weekend’s clash against the Suns will be one of – if not the – worst game of the year bar none.

    18.Gold Coast
    Last week: 15

    I’m obligated to write something about them, so I’ll just type the word ‘ew’. Ew.

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    • Roar Guru

      June 12th 2018 @ 6:34am
      Cat said | June 12th 2018 @ 6:34am | ! Report

      Collingwood way too high, otherwise a fair ranking.

      • Roar Guru

        June 12th 2018 @ 8:40am
        Paul Dawson said | June 12th 2018 @ 8:40am | ! Report

        Good stuff AD

      • Roar Guru

        June 12th 2018 @ 8:53am
        Peter the Scribe said | June 12th 2018 @ 8:53am | ! Report

        AD very patient with your annoying negative barbs at the Pies all game yesterday Cat. Anti Pies stuff is very juvenile with no substance behind it. Pies have been third best side over the past ten weeks and deserves their ranking here.

        • Roar Guru

          June 12th 2018 @ 1:09pm
          Train Without A Station said | June 12th 2018 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

          How does beating only 1 top 8 team and not really being in the hunt against any others make you the third best side?

          • Roar Guru

            June 12th 2018 @ 2:30pm
            Peter the Scribe said | June 12th 2018 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

            Geelong beat us by 20 points and we were still in it halfway through the last qtr. The Tigers trounced us in the final quarter after we competed well for three quarters. Dimma says the Pie are the best side the Tigers have faced this year.

            • June 13th 2018 @ 3:17pm
              truetigerfan said | June 13th 2018 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

              Still hangin’ onto that? That was 2 months ago, dude.

        • Roar Guru

          June 12th 2018 @ 1:21pm
          Cat said | June 12th 2018 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

          Did I annoy you? Sorry, not sorry. Mission accomplished. Pies 3rd oldest on the weekend! Better hurry up your ‘window’ is gonna close quickly.

          • Roar Rookie

            June 12th 2018 @ 3:40pm
            Mattician6x6 said | June 12th 2018 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

            Hey cat, so Chris Scott has voiced his desire to chase Scott lycett
            Understandable he’s a quality ruck man but if he goes to the cats Kelly will be an eagle 😉

            • Roar Guru

              June 13th 2018 @ 1:05pm
              Cat said | June 13th 2018 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

              You’ll have to chip in more than a backup ruckman

              • June 13th 2018 @ 3:26pm
                Doctor Rotcod said | June 13th 2018 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

                Cats might have to offer more than a mature-age rookie

              • Roar Guru

                June 13th 2018 @ 4:08pm
                Cat said | June 13th 2018 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

                Pick 24 that has elevated his standing. If the draft was redone he’d go a lot higher.

              • Roar Rookie

                June 13th 2018 @ 4:33pm
                Mattician6x6 said | June 13th 2018 @ 4:33pm | ! Report

                Pretty sure wce hold the cards here

            • June 13th 2018 @ 4:25pm
              Doctor Rotcod said | June 13th 2018 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

              And where are you going to find a ruckman schooled by Dean Cox whose hitouts per minute on ground are 8th or 9th in the comp? And who is ranked 13th overall- above any of your players .

      • June 13th 2018 @ 1:30pm
        powa said | June 13th 2018 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

        yeah a few of the teams below them have only played 11 games, so they are artificially higher than their W/L ratio

    • June 12th 2018 @ 6:43am
      Roger of Sydney said | June 12th 2018 @ 6:43am | ! Report

      As with every year the fat lady has not sang and the premiership is still open to maybe 5 teams. I love the fact that none of the so called experts rate the Swans, again. Cant wait to take out the Victorian love children and maybe a WCE as well.

      For me still GWS for the flag, at full strength they have no equal.

      Cant see why Freeo is so low

      • June 12th 2018 @ 8:14am
        IAP said | June 12th 2018 @ 8:14am | ! Report

        Sydney won’t win the premiership. They don’t know how to win the premiership. They’re like that dog you bet on that always runs well, but gets to the front runner and doesn’t have the fortitude to run past them. Back them for a place, you’ll always get your money back, but they’re incapable of winning.
        Freo are so low because they’re not very good.

        • June 12th 2018 @ 12:41pm
          Angela said | June 12th 2018 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

          Well, let’s see – they’ve won two premierships in recent times I believe. We’re still not waiting after 30,40, 50 years to get a flag. And, unlike other premiership winners Swans have stayed in the top eight even after, last year, starting out 0-6.
          We may not win a premiership this year but we’ll be well up in the finals.

          In a non-afl state Swans membership has soared to 60,000+ largely on the back of how predictably well the team perform each season, always giving their fans something to cheer and hope for.

          A truly great club to be part of.

          • Roar Guru

            June 12th 2018 @ 12:57pm
            Peter the Scribe said | June 12th 2018 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

            The Swans are amazing Angela, they simply contend each year. Flying under the radar a bit I’d say too with the focus on Melbourne, Richmond, The Eagles and now the Pies.

            • June 12th 2018 @ 4:58pm
              Angela said | June 12th 2018 @ 4:58pm | ! Report

              Mwah!

          • June 13th 2018 @ 6:55am
            IAP said | June 13th 2018 @ 6:55am | ! Report

            Exactly. They’re perennial bridesmaids; and they’ll be a bridesmaid again this year. There’s no prizes for second.
            It’s easy to be always in the eight when you get gifted players like Franklin, Heeney and Mills even when you’re at the top of the ladder. Sydney are the perfect example of the manipulation of the competition by the AFL.

            • Roar Guru

              June 13th 2018 @ 9:33am
              Paul Dawson said | June 13th 2018 @ 9:33am | ! Report

              Franklin was paid for under the existing contract rules. He cost them Tom Mitchell and may yet cost them someone else before he’s done.

              Heeney was drafted under the existing academy rules (which were subsequently changed!)

              Mils was drafted under the new academy rules

              How you could claim any of this was manipulation is beyond me. Unless of course you’re IAP, the cro magnon keyboard obliterator

        • June 12th 2018 @ 6:33pm
          Roger of Sydney said | June 12th 2018 @ 6:33pm | ! Report

          IAP, dont make a bet as yet.

          Sydney are probably the best non Vic team on the road and best at MCG by far.

          Facts are won 2005, lost 2006 no drama there WCE outstanding team, won 2012 not the best team but played the best, lost 2012 to Hawks sad but outcoached, outplayed. Lost to Bulldogs 2016, best team by far, umpiring absolute disgrace and in reality the Bulldogs will always be scared as an umpire and AFL assisted Victorian team win. If I was a Bulldog I would hand the cup back.

          Did not get in the GF last year but as a fan the Swans delivered week in week out. Great team, great club and great value

          • June 12th 2018 @ 11:58pm
            Doctor Rotcod said | June 12th 2018 @ 11:58pm | ! Report

            Sorry to burst your bubble Roger but the Eagles are the best non-Victorian side for away wins,and ,remarkably ,the best team in the AFL competition for home wins.

          • June 13th 2018 @ 7:02am
            IAP said | June 13th 2018 @ 7:02am | ! Report

            Sorry Roger, but for all that they’ve won two premierships in 72 years. Like I said; they don’t know how to win.
            As far as the loss to the Dogs goes, they were beaten by a better team. Sydney lack the players with x-factor to win them premierships, and that’s what lost it for them on grand final day. The dogs were on top pretty much all day, except for 5 minutes when Josh Kennedy kicked 2 goals, and were able to pull away in the last quarter. I know, I’ve watched that game many times.
            The AFL don’t make teams win 4 out of 4 finals, including 2 interstate. It was the greatest run we’ve ever seen from a team.

            • Roar Guru

              June 13th 2018 @ 1:07pm
              Cat said | June 13th 2018 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

              And subsequent form since shows how lucky the Dogs were.

      • June 12th 2018 @ 2:08pm
        Glenn said | June 12th 2018 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

        It makes me laugh how the writer of the article thinks that Sydney playing WC this week will give “us” an idea of where Sydney sit. Good grief. There is a fair chance it will show that WC have been overrated.

        • Roar Rookie

          June 12th 2018 @ 2:14pm
          Mattician6x6 said | June 12th 2018 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

          Think you mean no chance wce are overrated

        • June 12th 2018 @ 4:48pm
          Tom said | June 12th 2018 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

          Any team that wins 10 in a row deserves to be rated, that being said the swans should start that game favourites given it’s at the scg.

          • June 12th 2018 @ 5:00pm
            Angela said | June 12th 2018 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

            Dunno, we’re not doing so well on our home ground and last time we played West Coast Nic Nat and Josh K were out.
            Much as I’d love it, I’m not confident of a Swan’s win nevertheless I’ll be there to cheer them on.

      • Roar Guru

        June 12th 2018 @ 9:10pm
        AdelaideDocker said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:10pm | ! Report

        Freo? Low? Any higher and the masses will be barging through my front door with pitchforks!

        • Roar Rookie

          June 12th 2018 @ 9:26pm
          Mattician6x6 said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:26pm | ! Report

          Not me, been pleasant interacting with freo fans this week 😉

    • June 12th 2018 @ 7:10am
      Neil from Warrandyte said | June 12th 2018 @ 7:10am | ! Report

      Tigers going along nicely ATM. After sprinting out of the blocks early, now having their mid season lull, before building up momentum when it counts to storm home again in September. It’s all about getting your timing right as we saw last year.

    • June 12th 2018 @ 8:16am
      IAP said | June 12th 2018 @ 8:16am | ! Report

      Richmond: “Shouldn’t be the June premiership contenders. Or, in a perfect world, premiership contenders at all.”…What an odd comment to make, especially coming from a West Australian. Your teams have been making the finals for years without the ability to travel. It comes across as a bit petty and spiteful actually.

      • June 12th 2018 @ 11:44am
        fractal pixie said | June 12th 2018 @ 11:44am | ! Report

        Adelaide Docker is a South Australian who barracks for a Western Australian team.

        Yesterday we saw that Melbourne aren’t to be taken too seriously. It will only be a matter of time before their fickle fans abandon them for the ski slopes.

        • June 12th 2018 @ 12:38pm
          IAP said | June 12th 2018 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

          Did you even read my comment?

          • Roar Rookie

            June 12th 2018 @ 2:18pm
            Mattician6x6 said | June 12th 2018 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

            Dunno wce and freo have had 17+ win seasons before kiddo, and that’s right wce have travelled and won 4 times this year….oh that’s right it’s the umpiring and gcs/gws fault

            • June 13th 2018 @ 7:04am
              IAP said | June 13th 2018 @ 7:04am | ! Report

              Don’t call me kiddo.

              • Roar Guru

                June 13th 2018 @ 1:08pm
                Cat said | June 13th 2018 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

                Stop acting like one.

      • June 12th 2018 @ 12:43pm
        Angela said | June 12th 2018 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

        Ditto your comments about the Swans. Not nice is it?

        • June 13th 2018 @ 7:06am
          IAP said | June 13th 2018 @ 7:06am | ! Report

          Truth hurts? 2 in 72…

          • Roar Guru

            June 13th 2018 @ 1:10pm
            Cat said | June 13th 2018 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

            Better than your clubs 2 in 93.

            • Roar Guru

              June 13th 2018 @ 4:37pm
              Peter the Scribe said | June 13th 2018 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

              Geelong went 44 years without a flag Cat, Tigers 37, even the Pies went 32 years between flags though were at least making Grand Finals during the period.

      • Roar Guru

        June 12th 2018 @ 9:13pm
        AdelaideDocker said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

        Huh? Freo and West Coast play half their games interstate. Freo’s not too good at the travel this year, granted, but Richmond plays about four games interstate and if they ain’t winning those, why the hell are they premiership contenders?

        Okay, maybe that’s harsh. Still, I think my point stands.

        • June 12th 2018 @ 9:32pm
          PeteB said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

          Um maybe cos their still 2nd on the ladder and could play all their finals in Melbourne…

    • Roar Rookie

      June 12th 2018 @ 9:40am
      Mattician6x6 said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      Good to see Richmond and Melbourne % get knocked back to earth, was tiring to continually hear how good they are for beating up on lesser teams.

      • Roar Rookie

        June 12th 2018 @ 9:42am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:42am | ! Report

        It might be a bit about the Tigers playing the GF on their Home Ground as well?

    • Roar Guru

      June 12th 2018 @ 10:01am
      Rick Disnick said | June 12th 2018 @ 10:01am | ! Report

      Love the Melbourne analogy.

      Collingwood are playing as good as anyone. About right for me these rankings.

      Keep it up.

      • Roar Guru

        June 12th 2018 @ 9:14pm
        AdelaideDocker said | June 12th 2018 @ 9:14pm | ! Report

        Thank you.

        • June 13th 2018 @ 12:17am
          Doctor Rotcod said | June 13th 2018 @ 12:17am | ! Report

          Geelong a place too high for me.Who did they beat and where did they beat them? Melbourne got ahead of themselves for one game and Collingwood turned it on for one game. Melbourne still ahead for now.
          Tigers will be too much of a push for the Cats.Melbourne the bye, but with any sort of loss by the Cats,the Demons don’t play but go back to 4th.
          Is this one of your predicted losses for the felines,Rick or are you all coy again?

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