Adelaide’s return to form on the weekend, in which it did more damage to Carlton
bowels did to Will’s face in the new Inbetweeners flick, sees it re-enter
the top four in the rankings. Port’s win also shores up the decidedly
non-Victorian feel that the top of the rankings have had in 2014, particularly
in the second half of the season. Indeed, the last time the non-Victorian teams were this dominant Twitter had just been launched, and the
Australians were winning World Cup matches.
the obvious team to spotlight here after it undid much of its progress in recent
weeks by getting Neiled on by Port. Things have not really gone right for the
Blues since they spent over $600,000 a year on a midfielder that averages 17
disposals a game. As
shown in the major American sports league being able to pay big money to lure
players away also means that teams need to be judicious in which players they
give that money to. (To be fair to Dale Thomas though, he is far from the only
reason for Carlton’s mediocre form this season.)
ALSO OF NOTE
moves above North Melbourne despite losing to the Kangaroos on the weekend. The
Crows only lost narrowly, and even though the match was played in Tasmania I
have counted it as a home match for the Roos, with the usual +12 points home
ground advantage. This is consistent with how I treat Hawthorn’s Tasmanian
matches against non-Victorian sides. Should the same logic apply to North
Melbourne though? What do readers think?
Also of note: next week, for the penultimate
rankings of 2014, I will do my usual summary of the season.