With its win
in the Grand Final, Hawthorn ends the 2014 season as the #1 ranked team … just.
Though the margin was significant in the premiership decider the Hawks and the
Swans were pretty close throughout the year and between them held the top spot
for all but one week. This is the third year in a row the Hawks have ended up
as the ‘best’ team; despite their loss in the 2012 Grand Final they were rated
as the best team in that year as well.
terms of improving their standing, the Port Adelaide Power were the ‘winners’
out of the final nine games of the season. A big win against Richmond, a win
away against Fremantle, and a narrow loss against Hawthorn meant they ended up
as a clear third in the post-finals rankings.
The Swans, Dockers,
Roos, Cats, and Tigers all lost ground following their performances in
September. The Dockers dropped the most spots (from third to fifth), but the
Roos – despite making a preliminary final – lost the most ranking points after
their big loss to the Swans.
ALSO OF NOTE
adjusted the rankings points so that they now sum to zero, while maintaining
each of the teams’ relativities. Previously, as the net average margins of the
top teams fell during the finals this meant that on balance the sum of the
teams’ ranking points was negative, which always slightly bothered me.
That is it
for this year – as always the AFL Power Rankings will return next season.