North Melbourne move up to 5th this week, with the Kangaroos
gaining over six ranking points from destroying the Demons. The rankings say
that North are the third most improved team this season after Gold Coast and
Port (yes, even more so than Essendon!), while the ladder says that they have
taken a step backwards, languishing in 10th spot after making the
finals in 2012. North has gained most of its points from three games – its
massive wins over Melbourne, Richmond, and St. Kilda – and has actually been
playing like a top flight team over the past nine weeks … that is, apart from
being able to hold on to win more than half its games ….
The rankings have supported the West Coast Eagles over the past couple
of months even as the ladder has not. But no longer – the Eagles drop to 11th
this week after losing to the Bulldogs, and they have lost the third most
amount of ranking points this season after St Kilda and Melbourne.
ALSO OF NOTE
Sydney retains the #1 position that it grabbed from the Hawks last
week. Hawthorn regains some form, and Geelong scores a big win over the Saints,
meaning that the top three have put some distance between themselves and the rest.