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AFL Power Rankings 2018: Round 16

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    Power Rankings! Come get your freshly printed Power Rankings! Also, before anyone asks, yes, it feels weird seeing Brisbane feel so high.

    Last week: 1

    Richmond staying at the top of these rankings is almost obligatory nowadays.

    2.Port Adelaide
    Last week: 3

    Won a game not too many people would’ve been paying attention to, solidifying a top-four spot – for the moment.

    Last week: 4

    “The umps favoured them!” Sorry, just thought I’d join the outrage.

    A good win, but could come at a cost from injuries. Not that they need any more of those!

    4.West Coast
    Last week: 5

    Vital win. Great win. Good to see one West Australian team doing well.

    Wow, excuse me. Gotta go wash my mouth out with soap.

    5.Sydney Swans
    Last week: 2

    Last week, I said Sydney were like a straight-A student who gets nervous when mingling with the interstaters. Right on cue, they lose like that. Huh.

    6.GWS Giants
    Last week: 6

    So close, yet so far. Next up: the premiers. Might be a beauty, but could also quickly turn disastrous for the New South Welshmen.

    Last week: 9

    Damn, that was a powerful win. Probably among the most likely of the chasing pack to make finals – hell, they’ve snuck into the top eight after Saturday’s victory.

    Last week: 8

    Thursday night feels like three-and-a-half years ago, and 8.23 is a score that should never win a game. But hey, they got the four points.

    Last week: 7

    Didn’t see the bulk of their clash, but a quick scan of social media tells me the keyword here is umpires. Bollocks. If they wanted to stay in finals contention, they simply win against the walking wounded in Collingwood. They didn’t.

    Last week: 10

    And to think I thought Freo could upset this team! Dominated the Dockers, and should’ve won by a lot more.

    11.North Melbourne
    Last week: 11

    Not the prettiest win they’ll ever have, but they got the four points, which is all that matters.

    12.Brisbane Lions
    Last week: 14

    Two in a row! Feels condescending saying that, but it’s a good thing to celebrate. Am I deluded though, or do the next fortnight’s clashes against Hawthorn and Adelaide seem winnable?

    Last week: 12

    Uh oh. Almost a must-win to stay in finals contention, and they blew it. Some are saying next week versus Geelong will be their last chance, but let’s be honest: they’re done.

    14.Western Bulldogs
    Last week: 13

    Oh so bad. But oh so promising early. What a strange night.

    15.St Kilda
    Last week: 15

    From all accounts they were competitive, albeit outclassed. Lock ‘em in for win number four in a Friday night clash against the Blu- wait, that cannot be correct? Lemme check. Oh wow – yep, that’s what it says. Friday night featuring the Saints and the Blues.

    Last week: 16

    My banking app sent me a notification telling me how much I’d spent on food this month at the same time Freo’s app told me the final result in this one.

    Both gave a sense of disappointment yet disillusioned acceptance.

    17.Gold Coast
    Last week: 18

    Perhaps surprising no one, the Suns were reasonably competitive against North. Unfortunately, they weren’t competitive enough. No Sunday upset win for the Queenslanders, then.

    Last week: 17

    I don’t know what to say. This team sucks.

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    • Roar Guru

      July 9th 2018 @ 8:57am
      DingoGray said | July 9th 2018 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      Hi AD,

      Keep up good work.

      For me Swans should of dropped more….. really horrible night for them. They were utterly destroyed and got some bad injuries to boot. I’d swap them and the Cats.

      As for the Lions, can’t see them beating Hawks in Tassie…. they don’t lose down there….

      Adelaide however I Would think if form holds would be another W

      • July 9th 2018 @ 4:07pm
        Sean said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

        Lol power rankings are a season form guideline not based off one game, on that theory if Richmond lose next game they don’t deserve to be 1st? laughable.

        Cats third? lmao. They been inconstant all season, that ranking is fair.

        • July 9th 2018 @ 7:05pm
          Joe said | July 9th 2018 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

          Swapping Cats with Swans would put them in 5th mate, not 3rd. 5th would be a fairer ranking IMO, considering of the teams above them, Geelong have beaten Port in Adelaide, Collingwood at the MCG, Sydney in Sydney, and smashed GWS. Their losses to Richmond, WC and Hawks were all less than 3 goals, and all three were at their opposition’s homegrounds.

          Geelong have had two shockingly bad games this year and deserve criticism for that, but it’s a bit overboard to put them in 8th as far as I can be concerned.

        • Roar Guru

          July 9th 2018 @ 7:07pm
          Cat said | July 9th 2018 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

          Season long form guide is called the ladder.

    • Roar Guru

      July 9th 2018 @ 9:14am
      Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      Good stuff AD, yes indeed the umpires were truly dreadful and the Pies got heavily favoured first half. Yes the Goddard 50 m penalty was a momentum change but you make a great point. The Pies still have at least 8 of our starting 18 missing and the Bombers in the form they were in should have beaten us by 5 goals.

      • Roar Guru

        July 9th 2018 @ 9:54am
        JamesH said | July 9th 2018 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        While I agree that the Bombers had chances to win it in spite of the umpires, it’s getting to the point of being some kind of sick joke.

        In the last 13 quarters Essendon has played (3.25 matches) the free kick differential is just shy of 50. That is despite the fact that Essendon has had more disposals and more tackles than their opponents over this period. By pure coincidence (sarcasm intended) the four teams Esendon played (Bris, WC, NM and Coll) now sit top of the table in average free kicks for per game, while the Bombers are dead last.

        The time-wasting call against McKernan didn’t even register as a free kick but it was just another horrendous decision that didn’t go Essendon’s way. Ben Brown is allowed to walk back to the car park to start his run-up but McKernan can’t even put the ball down to pull his socks up?!? And apparently Tippa doesn’t have a neck.

        The 50m against Goddard was probably there if you want to be technical, although Sidebottom arguably wasn’t going to be in a position to get the handball receive anyway. The problem is that I haven’t seen it paid all season.

        I really hate harping on about umpires because Essendon has produced some good footy lately and could have won all four matches in spite of the free kick count, but something needs to be looked at.

        BTW, the Pies definitely have injury problems but three of Essendon’s best 7-8 players were out injured and we were a man down early in the second quarter.

        • Roar Guru

          July 9th 2018 @ 10:40am
          Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:40am | ! Report

          Hoskin- Elliott was basically gone by the 2nd too James and he has been our best forward plus we really missed his pace with your quick players. I’m glad Fantasia didn’t play as he always does well against us. The Bombers have recruited well and you are a quick side so will be in good stead for 2019. You just seemed off at the start of the year which goes back to the coaching I’d say more than anything. I genuinely like the Bombers and think you’ll contend next year so was just glad to get the win. As a long suffering Pies fan I have never seen us so favoured by umpiring in a game honestly in my living memory of watching the Pies for 40 plus years.

          • Roar Guru

            July 9th 2018 @ 1:21pm
            JamesH said | July 9th 2018 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

            I think it was an issue of players still learning to gel at the start of the year (and it still is, in high pressure situations like the last quarter on Sunday). Our core list has had no consistency in recent years.

            If you look at Richmond and now Collingwood, their key players have taken a few seasons of playing together to become really efficient as a unit. That will still take another season-ish for Essendon, which allows some of the talented youngsters to further develop.

            Draft wise, probably not the worst year to miss the 8 but I’d be disappointed if we aren’t in a better ladder position this time next year.

            On umpiring, this makes for some interesting reading (current up to the start of June 2018):


            Your boys are having a good year with the umps! But wow, look at the Eagles over the full 15 years!

            • Roar Guru

              July 9th 2018 @ 2:40pm
              Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 2:40pm | ! Report

              Wow James, also look at Sydney, Freo, Port and GWS – from that table it seems they are clearly on the Umps hate list.
              The Bombers were predicted to challenge this year but it seems maybe one year too early. Even Harsh Truth Harry must see that now.

              • Roar Guru

                July 9th 2018 @ 4:34pm
                JamesH said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:34pm | ! Report

                In hindsight it was probably a bit much to expect an already raw side to fire after bringing in three new key recruits.

            • Roar Guru

              July 9th 2018 @ 4:54pm
              Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

              The jury is still out on Stringer but I really like Saad and Smith.

        • Roar Guru

          July 9th 2018 @ 10:41am
          Cat said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:41am | ! Report

          The umpiring was so bad the AFL swapped out an umpire for the emergency at halftime.

    • July 9th 2018 @ 9:24am
      Dan, Concord said | July 9th 2018 @ 9:24am | ! Report

      I think your banking app and your Freo App have definitely made you delusional! 😀 No way knowing Lions travel to Tassie and beat the Hawks. Too cold, too far, Hoping like buggery that the Hawks are switched on and are too good. If the Hawks can play like they did in the 2nd half against the Doggies they will win. We have to temper our expectations of the Lions as they were only playing the Blues. At this stage I think half the VFL teams would beat them. There are very good signs coming from them so I’d be expecting them to move up the ladder next season.
      Also I’d argue that North only getting the 4 points does matter as not getting a percentage boost may end up costing them a finals spot. Hawks leap frogged them because of their percentage boost. North needed to demolish the Suns.

    • July 9th 2018 @ 9:28am
      The Ghost said | July 9th 2018 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      It’s very quiet in Adelaide as the Crows were devoured by the Mighty Tigers. It goes to show that Adelaide can’t cope at the home of football in front of the 100k Tiger Army.

      The premiership is in the bag. Eat ’em alive Tigers.

      • Roar Guru

        July 9th 2018 @ 10:05am
        Paul Dawson said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        Funny how 54,934 people becomes 100,000

        More of that creative accounting that led to Save our Skins?

        • Roar Guru

          July 9th 2018 @ 12:36pm
          Cat said | July 9th 2018 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

          Goes to show how many fake memberships are being used to puff up membership totals these days.

          • July 9th 2018 @ 1:42pm
            Neil from Warrandyte said | July 9th 2018 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

            Any evidence of ‘fake memberships ‘ cat? Would be very interested to see your proof, as I know you’re a man of integrity

            • Roar Guru

              July 9th 2018 @ 2:18pm
              Cat said | July 9th 2018 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

              100,000 army and regularly pull sub 60k crowds … proof enough for me. I know, I know, 3 game memberships, non-access memberships and thousands of ‘free’ memberships included in sponsorship deals plus all the other garbage that gets counted these days. Every club does it – some better than others – but the entire membership count is bloated BS.

              • July 9th 2018 @ 3:18pm
                Neil from Warrandyte said | July 9th 2018 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

                Non access memberships are not counted in the official AFL audit.
                As ‘all clubs do it’ and Richmond have 100,000 memberships, with the next best having around 75,000, the tigers are undoubtedly the most supported club in the AFL. As last year, the club again this year will have the biggest home and away attendances and earlier this year set a new record of having 4 consecutive crowds in excess of 90,000.
                The former official membership record was previously held by Collingwood after their 2010 flag
                win with 79,000 members.
                Not a bad effort for a club that has been in the wilderness for 35 years prior.

              • July 9th 2018 @ 10:30pm
                Knoxy said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:30pm | ! Report

                I agree with Cat. Membership figures are pretty meaningless these days.

                I remember there was a joke/ rumour that some clubs included pet memberships in the final tally (Who the hell buys a pet membership anyway?).

                All clubs inflate the figures to make themselves appear more lucrative to sponsors. Personally I’d be more interested to see how many full season ticket holders each club has.

              • Roar Guru

                July 9th 2018 @ 4:34pm
                Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:34pm | ! Report

                The difference Neil between Pies fans and Richmond fans is Richmond fans go missing when you’re not in the hunt which to be fair has been most of the AFL era. Pies fans don’t disappear for 37 years and then re-emerge with shiny new scarves.

              • Roar Guru

                July 9th 2018 @ 4:55pm
                Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

                And yes I am winding you up. 🙂

              • July 9th 2018 @ 5:18pm
                Slane said | July 9th 2018 @ 5:18pm | ! Report

                You might want to check Richmond’s membership numbers and attendances over the last 3 decadea before you withdraw that comment, Peter. The fact that the worst performed team in the AFL has always outdrawn half the teams in the comp really says it all.

              • Roar Guru

                July 9th 2018 @ 7:12pm
                Cat said | July 9th 2018 @ 7:12pm | ! Report

                Actually Neil, non-gamedays access IS in fact counted.

                To count as an official member the following criteria must be met:

                1. A name and physical address
                2. Cost $50 or more
                3. A membership package must be sent to the given physical address.

                That is it. No games required.

              • July 9th 2018 @ 11:23pm
                RichieTiger said | July 9th 2018 @ 11:23pm | ! Report

                Cat, no free memberships at Richmond. I am pretty sure we hit 80000 before the season even started and before 3 game memberships were made available.
                There will always be people who can’t go week to week that is obvious (kids at night, others who can’t go on Friday night and Richmond have thousands of interstate members.

                Peter you have no idea. Since 2003 Richmond’s membership has increased every year bar one, which is more than can be said for Collingwood.

      • July 9th 2018 @ 10:19am
        big four sticks said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:19am | ! Report

        The Crows ain’t crowing now. It seems like they went the early Crow early in the season only to end up roasted. Back to back is a reality for the mighty Tigers. It’s still Tiger time folks!

      • Roar Guru

        July 9th 2018 @ 10:46am
        Peter the Scribe said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:46am | ! Report

        It is in the bag ATM Ghost but you are finally getting a few injuries, let’s see how you cope with the reality that faces the rest of the competition when depleted by injuries before getting your back to back tattoos. (Cameron)

        • July 9th 2018 @ 4:25pm
          sean said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

          this tiger support sounds like a muppet, gives us humble ones a bad name.

          Finally getting injuries? lol. Broad only gonna miss 1-2 and he missed the first 5 games of the season and didn’t affect them, Graham is important to them though no doubt.
          But that’s it…Conca is rubbish…not glad he’s injured but happy he’s not playing. We had more injuries at the start of the season and it didn’t matter..Houli missed a month, Rioli has only played 3 games, Prestia only played 3 games. Our injury list is better now that it has been earlier on. With only Broad and Graham missing from the best 22…Houli and Vlastuin back in this week too.

          • July 9th 2018 @ 11:25pm
            RichieTiger said | July 9th 2018 @ 11:25pm | ! Report

            Sean, Peter is obsessed with injuries, he mentions potential injuries in nearly every post.

      • July 9th 2018 @ 4:53pm
        sammy said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

        Fair chop – I went to the game and the 3/4 time score flattered the crows big time. Richmond’s run and spread is by far and away the best in the league -particularly at the MCG. We got you in Adelaide earlier in the year and you got us at the MCG but Richmond’s flag to lose as no one in the league will knock them off. The media in Adelaide is talking port up – as they always do, but considering they only just beat you in Adelaide minus Dusty martin and Richmond don’t travel all that well, they like everyone else will be playing for first placed loser this year

        • Roar Guru

          July 9th 2018 @ 5:01pm
          Joel Erickson said | July 9th 2018 @ 5:01pm | ! Report

          Pretty nice of the Adelaide media to stop talking about the Crows for long enough to acknowledge the Power are going alright.

          • July 9th 2018 @ 5:15pm
            sammy said | July 9th 2018 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

            I suppose they just cater for their market. A lot more people in Adelaide follow the crows. But you have nothing to complain about considering one of yours has had control of the only Adelaide based newspaper for years 🙂

        • July 9th 2018 @ 5:15pm
          Slane said | July 9th 2018 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

          No doubt missing Dusty hurt Richmond in the Port Adelaide game, but losing Astbury in the first quarter was even worse. The Tigers don’t exactly have a dearth of talls. Port got a 6 goal lead in the first half and then shut up shop for the day. Put 2 extra players behind the ball and strangled the Tigers to death. Hard to imagine too many teams being able to beat Richmond at the G while only kicking 1 goal in a half of football.

    • July 9th 2018 @ 9:48am
      Pope Paul VII said | July 9th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

      Thanks AD. I’d swap Sydney and Geelong though. Maybe put them at 17 and 18. That was one of the most abysmal matches of all time.

      Collingwood win was worth it for Essendon supporters severe case of collective hysterical apoplexy. The umpires also put up a valiant effort against the home crowd in the WC vs GWS but in the end couldn’t quite….as old Brucey is won’t to say.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 9th 2018 @ 11:13am
      WCE said | July 9th 2018 @ 11:13am | ! Report

      Andrew Gaff you are a superstar !! gotta be up there for the Brownlow surely