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2019 AFL Power Rankings: Round 13

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Roar Guru
16th June, 2019
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The bye weeks continue. There were a couple of good games at the weekend, it’ll be nice to have a full suite of nine games back. Just one week to go.

1.Geelong
Last week: 1
Had the bye this week.

2.Collingwood
Last week: 2
Had the bye this week.

3.West Coast
Last week: 3
The premiers had the bye this week.

4.GWS Giants
Last week: 4
Travelling to face a resurgent North was inevitably going to be a little tough, but the Giants managed to surge after half time to comfortably run out victors. Doing that while seeing only one goal apiece out of their tall trio of Jeremy Finlayson, Jeremy Cameron and Harry Himmelberg was a good sign.

5.Brisbane Lions
Last week: 5
Had the bye this week.

6.Fremantle
Last week: 8
Michael Walters. That’s all.

7.Adelaide
Last week: 6
Yes, yes – this clash was won because they were beating an injury-struck Richmond side, not because they were displaying their best play.

8.Essendon
Last week: 11
Could they make finals yet? Don’t make any hasty proclamation – they face West Coast and GWS in the next fortnight. Season-defining games to come in a season that keeps seeing the goalposts shifted for the Bombers.

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9.Richmond
Last week: 7
Injury hit, a rare departure from Victoria and led by Dustin Martin. Not the ideal way to head into a big game, and that’s how it transpired. Whether or not they can recover and still challenge for a top-four spot when they get their players back is another question.

10.Port Adelaide
Last week: 9
Did well for the first three quarters, but that final quarter was quite the capitulation. They’re another side awaiting the return of some players, but I’m not sold on Port. They could yet make finals, but they won’t go far.

11.North Melbourne
Last week: 10
Ah, so Rhyce Shaw can’t make it three straight. Pity that. I won’t begrudge the gallant North too much, although they did perform poorly when the game was on the line. The bye comes at a good time.

12.Hawthorn
Last week: 12
Are Hawthorn a good side? Yes, no, maybe? They’re not a great one, but they’re not a bad one. I hereby proclaim them the most mediocre side of 2019.

13.St Kilda
Last week: 13
A game that was pretty awful at times through the first half, but the Saints recovered a lot of ground and held on. I like the Saints, but I’m unconvinced about where they’re heading. They’ll garner a lot of players back into the side, but I have an overwhelming feeling of ‘meh’ surrounding the Saints.

14.Sydney Swans
Last week: 14
Had the bye this week.

15.Western Bulldogs
Last week: 15
The first team this year to concede 100 points to Carlton twice. They also let Carlton come back from a 30-odd-point margin twice. But they won, so it’s hard not to enthuse about a team that wins in a close matter, no matter how hard it is to read much into.

16.Carlton
Last week: 16
I’m very well aware that Carlton folk are beginning to hate the term ‘honourable loss’, but that is precisely what Saturday night’s loss was by a team that looked simultaneously rubbish and brilliant.

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17.Gold Coast
Last week: 17
The Suns have now lost nine in a row, and it’s getting sad to see. They should have won that game. It’s inexplicable they didn’t for the third time in two years. Will they pull a Brisbane and be better for all these close losses next year?

18.Melbourne
Last week: 18
Had the bye this week.