AFL Round 16 Wrap Up

BLOWOUT wins, nail bitting finishes and back-to-back draws for the Giants shaped the 16th round of 2017. Just when we thought that we have our thoughts straight on who are legit flag contenders, we were thrown curveballs in the yo-yo season that continues to shock the football community.

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In A Nutshell

– A string of 10 unanswered goals in the second half set up the Crows 59 point win over the Bulldogs. The win pushed Adelaide back to the top of the ladder with Rory Laird and the Crouch brothers instrumental.

– FOR the first time since 1921 a team played out a draw in consecutive weeks. The GWS Giants were once again forced to split the points after the Hawks failed to rush through a crucial point in the dying moments.

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– COLLINGWOOD’S finals aspirations are in tatters after Essendon dealt them a 37 point loss at the MCG. The Bombers September chances are still alive as they sit just one game outside the eight.

– A sluggish start by Sydney didn’t stop them recording a percentage boost against the Suns. Gold Coast led at quarter time (5.2.32 – 4.3.27), only to see the Swans steamroll them from that point onwards, en route to a 67 point win that pushed them into the top eight.

– TO no ones surprise Geelong dominated Brisbane on Saturday night, blowing the Lions out with a 85 point victory. The Cats seemed like they were in for a long night early, with Brisbane fighting hard, but they blew the game open in the second quarter and never looked back.

– ST Kilda underlined their finals intentions with a barnstorming thrashing of Richmond. The Saints set up their mammoth 67 points with a second quarter onslaught were they scored 9.5 to Richmond’s 0.1.

– ANOTHER close finish between two teams who are used to being in this position provided us with one of the games of the weekend. North once again found themselves on the losing side of a single digit deficit, while the win snapped a five game losing streak for Roos Lyon’s troops.

– A gallant Carlton outfit were unable to steal a win from the Demons. The eight point triumph keeps the injury torn Melbourne squad in touch with the top four as Carlton continues to build for the future.

– PORT Adelaide finally claimed the scalp that they so desperately craved, with a big win against West Coast in their own building. The inconsistencies of the Eagles continue to be an issue while the Power stay inside the top four after recording their best win of the year to date.

The Four Points

Tom McDonald Might Be The Demons Secret Weapon
WITH 14 goals in five games as a focal point for the Demons attack, Tom McDonald up forward might be a permanent move. Alongside Jesse Hogan McDonald managed to snag four goals against the Blues showing they can co-exist together. If they can formulate a plan to play alongside one another it may help Melbourne take the next step to becoming a contender.

West Coast Needs Josh Kennedy….NOW
SINCE going down in Round 10, Josh Kennedy’s Eagles have gone 2-3, including back-to-back losses at home. If they want to feature in September at all, they need to have the focal point of their attack in uniform.

Hodge Calls It Quits
ON the eve of his 300th AFL game, Luke Hodge held a press conference to tell everyone 2017 will be his last season. The 4x premiership player and dual Norm Smith medalist is one of the most decorated players in history of the game. Kudos on a great career Hodgey.

Just Quietly Patty Could Go Back-To-Back
AVERAGING 37 points in his past month worth of games Patrick Dangerfield has quietly played himself into Brownlow medal contention once again. Dustin Martin seemed destined to be the favourite to take home ‘Charlie’, but not if the 2016 winner has anything to say about it.

Power Rankings

1. Adelaide Crows (Increase 2) – Looked like the best team in the league on Friday.
2. Geelong Cats (level) –
 Huge fortnight coming up.
3. GWS Giants (Decrease 2) – Bit harsh, but I’m guessing the Giants won’t sit here for long.
4. Port Adelaide Power(Increase 2) – I still have my doubts on if the Power are legit.
5. Melbourne Demons (level) – Treading water and flirting with a top four gig.
6. St Kilda Saints (Increase 3) –
I asked the Saints for a sign they were legit. They gave it.
7. Richmond Tigers (Decrease 3) – Are the Tigers destined to finish 9th once again?
8. Sydney Swans (level) – Took care of business vs the Suns.
9. West Coast Eagles (Decrease 2) – Tough loss raising even more questions about their legitimacy to compete in finals.
10. Essendon Bombers (Increase 1) – 
Finals are still an option, they need to top the Saints next week though.
11. Fremantle Dockers (Increase 2) –
The real test comes this weekend against the Eagles.
12. Western Bulldogs (Decrease 2) –
What is happening to the Dogs? Premiership defense in tatters.
13. Carlton Blues (Decrease 1) –
Fear not Blues fans the future is bright.
14. Hawthorn Hawks (Increase 1) – Really needed all four points, but will settle for two.
15. Collingwood Magpies (Decrease 1) – 
Finals are out of the question.
16. Gold Coast Suns (level) – 
Demoralising loss at the hands of a finals bound team.
17. Brisbane Lions (level)
 – Ditto.
18. North Melbourne Kangaroos (level) – There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and a single digit North loss.

THE Eagles and Tigers are the teams with the biggest drop off, while Fremantle, St Kilda and Adelaide all rise up multiple spots. The finals dreams of several teams appear over and next weeked may shut the door on a few more September dreams.

Fantasy +3

2218 – I decided to bring in Dustin Martin (73) this week, which of course meant he dished up a 2nd lowest score of the season. I continue to struggle to crack the top 10,000 and time is fast running out.

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  • THERE were plenty of big scores across the board this week. There was none bigger than Dayne Zorko, who threw out an incredible 181! Honourable mentions go out to household names Patrick Dangerfield (150), Tom Mitchell (143), Sam Docherty (152) and Josh Kelly (136), while popular choices Rory Laird (135) and Nat Fyfe (114) restored the faith owners have shown in them. Popular rooks Hibberd (87) and Witherden (82) and Ryan (88) also helped coaches crack a smile around the country.
  • TAYLOR Adams (87) and Elliot Yeo (86) were amongst the premium culprits who failed for their owners last week while the reputation of S.Martin (85), Dahlhaus (85), Brodie Grundy (75) and Adam Treloar (57) continues to plummet.
  • WITH so many under performing ‘premiums’ it’s hard to know what direction we should move in this week. The good old tactic of upgrading and downgrading weekly might be thrown out the window if we can’t manage to trust popular picks like the aforementioned Grundy, Dahlhaus, S.Martin and others like Rocky and Sloane. I know it’s tough, but have to back the big names in to produce the scores we know they are capable of.

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