This week, now that we are almost halfway through the season, I’ve brought back the ‘change over past five matches’ indicator to sit alongside the ‘change over season’ figure. The main thing to notice is that many of the top teams have come back to the pack over the past five weeks with some less than dominant performances. But since they have pretty much all fallen together Adelaide and GWS retain a clear advantage over the other sides, with the exception of Port Adelaide, who has joined them at the rankings’ summit.
This means that the clubs can be basically categorised like this:
- Top sides – Adelaide, Port Adelaide, GWS.
- Second tier sides – Geelong, Sydney (though they’re only mid-range if you take out last season’s results), Western Bulldogs, and arguably West Coast.
- Mid-range sides – Melbourne, Collingwood, North Melbourne, St. Kilda, Richmond.
- Lower sides – Hawthorn, Essendon (also mid-range if you take out last season’s results), Gold Coast, Fremantle (they may be in the eight, but they’ve had some close wins and some horrible beltings), Carlton.
- Way worse than everyone else – Brisbane.