Monday, June 1, 2015

AFL Power Rankings: Round 9 2015

The rankings show the same segmentation of teams as last week, with four very good teams, a bunch of teams in the middle, and five very bad teams. Most of the movement this week was at the middle and bottom.

The middle part looks pretty interesting. Admittedly few will likely be too invested in terms of where the middle teams eventually end up on the rankings here.  However the closeness of the teams in the middle suggests that there may be a close race for the bottom two or three spots in the final eight. Over the past few weeks the ‘middle class’ has produced a few thrilling games, including Richmond v Collingwood, Essendon v North Melbourne, Richmond v Essendon, and Collingwood v North Melbourne. If this recent trend continues Essendon v Geelong this week could be another close-run affair.

The bottom part is kind of interesting as well, in a slightly morbid way. The two bottom teams as of this week are the two Queensland teams; Brisbane re-takes the last spot after its loss at home to fellow cellar-dweller St. Kilda, while Gold Coast sits in the second last spot. The swing in form towards the non-Victorian teams in recent weeks has certainly not spread to the Sunshine State.

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