Many observers picked Port Adelaide, after last year’s
improvement, to slide back down the ladder in 2014, and given that I assessed
the Power’s final ladder position as flattering them a bit, I nodded my head in
agreement. But Port has improved more than almost any other team, and this week
they climb from 8th to 5th in the rankings with a massive
win over Brisbane.
Richmond swap places with the Power after another
disappointing result, this time against Collingwood. Given that, prior to last
year, the last time they played a final (2001) Carlton and Richmond both fell
away badly the next season, I am hoping as a Richmond supporter they do not
meet again in a final until 2055.
ALSO OF NOTE
Four of the bottom seven teams – Carlton, Gold Coast,
Brisbane, and St. Kilda – lost over six ranking points this week. But on the
other hand, bottom placed Melbourne gained over six ranking points from their
win over the Blues.