Sunday, April 29, 2012

AFL Power Rankings: Round 5 2012

The big development in this week's rankings is the Sydney Swans jumping from eighth to fifth - yes, even above Collingwood - after comfortably beating Hawthorn on the weekend. They're still a bit away from the top four, but they've closed the gap considerably in the past two weeks.

Meanwhile in the bottom half of the rankings Fremantle has significantly improved their standing so far this season. Could it be that Ross Lyon is one of those coaches who actually has a considerable impact on his team's performance? Possibly, given that St. Kilda - the team he left - has gone backwards so far. Or could it just be that the Dockers have regained a few of their better players? Or maybe it's just natural improvement? Whatever it is I'm feeling less certain about my bet that the Dockers would win less than 11 1/2 games this season.

1 (1) Geelong 35.9 (37.5)
2 (2) Carlton 29.9 (34.4)
3 (4) West Coast 27.7 (28.7)
4 (3) Hawthorn 26.2 (31.1)
5 (8) Sydney 16.2 (11.6)
6 (5) Collingwood 16.0 (20.4)
7 (6) St. Kilda 13.1 (14.7)
8 (7) North Melbourne 8.3 (11.8)
9 (9) Richmond -3.3 (-4.4)
10 (10) Essendon -3.5 (-6.3)
11 (12) Fremantle -7.8 (-9.6)
12 (11) Western Bulldogs -10.6 (-9.4)
13 (13) Brisbane -13.5 (-14.3)
14 (14) Adelaide -15.8 (-15.8)
15 (15) Port Adelaide -34.5 (-33.5)
16 (16) Melbourne -38.3 (-40.4)
17 (17) Gold Coast -49.5 (-52.1)
18 (18) Greater Western Sydney -55.5 (-55.3)

2 comments:

@TKYC said...

And the Tigers almost into positive territory!
Love it... Keep it up.

Troy Wheatley said...

Yes, they're not winning games yet, but the narrowness of their losses against top opposition suggests that they have considerably improved from last season. Of course they will quickly ruin some of that if they happen to lose to Port this week!