In a week that little happened in terms of The Power Rankings,
Fremantle was the only team to move up a spot, shifting from 4th to
3rd. The Dockers are up there with the Cats, Hawks, and Swans in
terms of The Power Teams in the AFL comp. Indeed, you could say the rankings system
‘underrates’ Freo because it expresses a team’s worth in terms of net margin.
This might be thought to disadvantage teams like the Dockers that choke the
life out of an opposition, rather than teams like the Hawks which score (and
concede) more freely.
With the Dockers being the only team to move up a spot this means the
Swans were the only team to move down a spot. But to highlight them here seems
a bit unfair to the Swans, who came up against the #1 ranked team on its home
turf. So let’s highlight GWS instead, who lost the most ranking points this
week, and now look certain to spend the entire 2013 season ranked stone
ALSO OF NOTE
from Richmond intruding in Round 14, Geelong, Hawthorn, Fremantle, and Sydney
have been the top four teams in the rankings since Round 4, and they will now
finish the home and away season in the top four spots. This is in contrast to
the actual AFL ladder, which somehow thought Essendon was one of the top four
teams up until a few weeks ago, and even thought Port Adelaide belonged there
early in the season. The lesson, as always: put your trust in the rankings and
you won’t be led astray. And just ignore the fact that it still had West Coast
at #6 eight weeks ago.