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.
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.