In the early rounds of 2017 two powerhouses of recent years – Sydney and Hawthorn – were falling fast. Both lost around three goals worth of ranking points over just the first five rounds of 2017.
But over the past five weeks they have been the two best performed sides in the competition. Based only on their past five weeks Sydney and Hawthorn would both be at around 30 ranking points, better than current top team Adelaide.
There isn’t much more of a point I’m making here other than credit where it is due: the Swans and the Hawks came back.