Port Adelaide’s older, shakier brother the Adelaide Crows started 2014 relatively badly, but they have lifted over the past few weeks with good wins over North Melbourne, and the Power themselves on the weekend. The win now places the Crows at #7 on the rankings, and just a game outside the eight on the actual ladder, indicating that they still have a reasonable chance of playing an elimination final this September.
Geelong’s form over the past five weeks: thrashed by Sydney, just beat Carlton, hammered bottom-ranked St. Kilda, beaten easily by Gold Coast, just beat Essendon. The Cats have not been rated this low since Round 16 2012 – that time around they soon lifted their form (despite a finals loss to the Dockers), which they then carried into a top four finish in 2013. But even the Cat Empire has to come to an end someday, and perhaps enough of their golden generation have now reached the age where the Cats may return to the pack.
ALSO OF NOTE
I am posting this on Monday because, like Collingwood and Carlton supporters, I could not be bothered with football on Sunday night. Actually the real reason was that I have been getting up early to watch those other football matches at the World Cup, and therefore went to bed before the Pies/Blues match had even finished.