For the seventh week in a row we have a new club in third spot in the rankings behind the stable top two. From Round 16 to Round 22 third spot has belonged to, in order: Sydney, Fremantle, Sydney, Fremantle, Western Bulldogs, Richmond, and now Sydney again.
of this movement, the gap has also closed between the top two – Hawthorn and
West Coast – and the seven teams that are next in line behind them, one of
which, Port Adelaide, has left its charge too late for finals this season.
With St. Kilda’s big loss against Sydney this
weekend, the Western Bulldogs look likely to be 2015’s most improved club.
According to the rankings the Dogs have improved by about six goals a match
compared to the end of 2014. Conversely Essendon and Carlton have deteriorated
by about the same amount, and are still fighting it out to see which club went
backwards the most.