Throughout 2013 St. Kilda has been highlighted so much in the ‘Falling
Down’ section that it seems only fair to give them a run here after gaining
over nine ranking points on the weekend. The Saints moved up to fourteenth spot
after thrashing the depleted Dockers to put a positive end on a dismal year.
The largest gain over 2013 though belongs to North Melbourne, who gained 24
ranking points and almost finished the home and away season in third spot,
despite missing the actual AFL finals.
The Fremantle Dockers fall down to their lowest placing of the year
after getting thrashed by the lowly Saints. Dockers’ fans (and others) would no
doubt note that their team rested twelve players on the weekend, and therefore
their drop in ranking points this week doesn’t reflect the true quality of
their team. And they may well be right. However, a similar thing might have
been said when Collingwood
switched places with Geelong after getting touched up the Cats in the final
home and away round in 2011, and that proved to be prescient in terms of
the results of the subsequent finals series. Meanwhile, the Dockers’ cross-town
rivals, the Eagles drop another three ranking spots, and end up with the
largest decline in ranking points for the season.
ALSO OF NOTE
After very little happened last week in the Power Rankings, nearly early
team moved places this week, with the exceptions being the two teams, Melbourne
and GWS, who have not moved at all in 2013.
Below is a summary of where each team has been during the course of the
2013 season (click to enlarge). As you can see, most of the movement was in the middle of the pack,
in positions 5-10.
here is a summary of where each team spent the most time in the rankings this
season, along with their highest and lowest rankings, and the variation
(standard deviation) in their positions.