Sometimes a side’s good form comes at the wrong time … from Round 13 to Round 15 Collingwood put together three good performances, but the Magpies were playing Hawthorn, and Fremantle and Port Adelaide outside of Victoria, and ended up losing all three matches by narrow amounts. Since then Collingwood has put in less impressive performances against West Coast, the Western Bulldogs, and this week lowly ranked Melbourne, and as a result have now lost six games on the trot.
suggested that the Magpies were going to come back to the pack on the ladder once
they got around to playing the tougher clubs, but this week’s loss to Melbourne
is a more concerning development. From being considered one of the eight best
sides in these rankings last week, Collingwood is now only considered the tenth
best club, which seems pretty much in line with their finals chances from here
Bulldogs meanwhile are now ranked as one of the top eight clubs for the first
time in a few years – not just the beneficiaries of an easy draw, the Bulldogs
are now considered here as a ‘legitimate’ top eight side.
During the final quarter of Friday’s night match
against Hawthorn, I commented to my wife that Richmond may just well be the
third best side in the AFL. Then Tyrone Vickery muffed a goal chance from a few
metres out, and my wife may have snorted wine out of her nose. That aside, the
Tigers’ win against the competition’s best club made me feel a lot better about
their chances for the rest of the season.