AFL 2011 Power Rankings – Round 1 – Dog day not a problem?

So round 1 is out of the way and as always, there are winners and Losers. Sometimes these can be explained by looking at the match scores but sometimes you have to look deeper. And what better way to look deeper then by looking at Luke’s PowerRanking after round 1. Do you agree with Lukes views? Let us know in the comments.

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Collingwood 1st <NO CHANGE> Summary: Still the benchmark of the competition.

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For the most part, it was more of the same for the 2010 Premiers on Saturday afternoon against the Power. Collingwood was as consistent as ever – kicking no less than 5 goals in each quarter, matched only by the Power in the third term, but it didn't matter. The huge win by the Pies may serve as a reminder that their premiership window is, obviously, still very much open.

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Stat line: The Pies were the most accurate side on the weekend, kicking almost 2.2 goals to every behind.

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Bulldogs 2nd <NO CHANGE> Summary: When nothing short of a Grand Final appearance will do, a poor start.

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A horror opening to 2011, much like 2010 when they got belted by the Pies in round 1. Surprisingly, the Dogs were simply not up to it against the Dons. Lake and Gilbee were missing, but that doesn't equate to a 55-point smashing. It wasn't pretty, but it's far too early to write off such a talented list that appears primed to make a run in September.

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Stat line: After winning the first term against the Dons, the Dogs were belted in the next 3 by 58 points.

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St Kilda 3rd <NO CHANGE> Summary: Their Premiership Window is not shut – it's closing fast.

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The Saints seemed in control on Friday night, before a late surge by Geelong carried them over the line. After a solid opening term – St Kilda lost the final three quarters of the contest. Outside of their top group of 4-5 players, I still don't rate the Saints list going forward but they'll be Top 4 barring a meltdown.

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Stat line: The average age of St Kilda's "Top 10" players, is 28 years of age.

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Geelong 4th <NO CHANGE> Summary: No Ablett? No Bomber Thompson? No worries.

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The Cats appeared destined for an opening round letdown against the Saints, losing the first quarter by 13 points and were locked down by the suffocating style of the Saints. However under Chris Scott, the Cats appear a happier, more united unit – and they triumphed – winning the last 3 quarters of the contest, with a goal by Darren Milburn sealing the match in the dying seconds.

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Stat line: The Cats had 428 posessions in round 1 – the most by any team.

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Hawthorn 5th <NO CHANGE> Summary: A disapointing way to open 2011, but it's not panic stations yet.

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The Hawks started well against the Crows, winning the first two quarters by a total margin of 19 points away from home. But in a worrying sign for the Hawks, it fell apart in the second half – losing both quarters by a combined 39 points. It's very early in the season, but Lance Franklin has to play a more disciplined style of game – and I still worry about their ruck stocks.

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Stat line: In round 1, the Hawks gave up the most points to their opposition in the "premiership quarter" (44 points).

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Carlton 6th <NO CHANGE> Summary: It wasn't easy, but they got the 4 points.

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Whilst the Blues got the win in the season opener, taking home the all-important 4 premiership points, the Tigers gave them one hell of a fright. Carlton's inaccuracy kept the Tigers in the game throughout, even allowing the Tigers to kick almost 3 goals ahead in the third term – but the Blues came home strong.

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Stat line: The Blues lost the 3rd quarter by 36 points on Thursday night, and still won.

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Fremantle 7th <NO CHANGE> Summary: A character building victory away from Perth.

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The Dockers of days gone by may have let Saturday nights game against the Lions go by without so much as a whimper. Too hard. Too tough. Too far from Perth. Well, seemingly Fremantle may have decided to make a stand, escaping with a narrow 2-point victory in a game they had to win to set up their season.

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Stat line: The Dockers recorded 34% of their total score in the final term versus the Lions.

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Sydney 8th <NO CHANGE> Summary: Collected 2 Premiership Points away from home, not too shabby.

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The Swans will rue missed opportunities against the Dees on Sunday, ending in a draw to open their 2011 campaign. The typically tenascious Swans controlled much of the game, but in the end will accept the 2 premiership points given Melbourne also had its chances to steal victory in the last term.

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Stat line: Nearly 40% of the Swans score in round 1, came in the opening term.

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Melbourne 9th <NO CHANGE> Summary: Along with the Swans, will regret missed chances in round 1.

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The Dees allowed the Swans to get away in the second and third term, before a frenetic finish set up the seasons first draw. Whilst not ideal, Melbourne will accept the 2 premiership points and look ahead to Hawthorn at the MCG next round.

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Stat line: The Dees gave up a league fewest amount of posessions in round 1 – 304 (to Sydney).

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Adelaide 10th <NO CHANGE> Summary: Marked their 20th Anniversary in style.

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The Crows secured a terrific opening round victory over the Hawks on Saturday night, marking the 20th anniversary of the Crows' entry into the AFL (1991). There is no doubt that taking the scalp of the Hawks is exactly what the club needed to kick-start their 2011 campaign.

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Stat line: Almost 75% of the Crows score came in the second half in round 1.

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Essendon 11th <NO CHANGE> Summary: Backed up their good pre-season form with a stunning win.

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The critics will have to wait just a little bit longer to see the Bombers bubble burst. A stunning 55-point win over the highly fancied Bulldogs was a surprise and a dream beginning to the coaching reign of James Hird at Windy Hill. But, I need to see a bit more before they rise in the rankings.

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Stat line: The Bombers have a league best percentage of 194.8% after 1 round.

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North Melbourne 12th <NO CHANGE> Summary: Couldn't afford to drop a game to the Eagles, poor start to 2011.

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The Roos came so close to an elusive victory outside of Victoria – and one that would have set up their season perfectly. To their credit, it was a tight contest – but needed to get over the line, especially once Le Cras exited the contest. Must back up now against the Pies next round. Good luck.

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Stat line: The Roos fielded the shortest team on the weekend, at an average of 185.7cm per player.

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Port Adelaide 13th <NO CHANGE> Summary: If there's something building here, I don't see it.

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There wasn't a lot of "good" to come out of Port Adelaide's opening match of 2011. The Power can be slightly encouraged by their 6-goal third term, getting to within 2 or 3 goals of the Pies at one stage, but it all went awry from there. I don't see the Power being any kind of factor in 2011, but I am loathe to write them off this early.

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Stat line: The Power's defense leaked a league high 155 points in round 1 (to Collingwood).

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Richmond 14th <NO CHANGE> Summary: I expect the Tigers to be more competitive in 2011.

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Whilst they would have loved a victory, the Tigers can take a lot away from Thursday night's encounter with the Blues. Sure, Richmond was almost doubled in the scoring shots and 'Inside 50' count – but they persisted – and at one point, looked like they could be over the line. The reliance on Jack Riewoldt is a concern.

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Stat line: The Tigers fielded the youngest squad of 22 in the competition in round 1.

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West Coast 15th <NO CHANGE> Summary: A terrific win, but will lose Le Cras for 3 months.

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Scored a crucial win at Subiaco over the Roos, but will lose their match winner Mark Le Cras for 10 weeks in a cruel twist. Is Daniel Kerr suddenly in the picture for the Eagles? They have a chance to make it two wins in a row to open 2011, against the Power next round.

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Stat line: Dean Cox dominated the Roos on Sunday, with 29 touches, 8 marks, 29 hit-outs & 2 goals.

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Brisbane 16th <NO CHANGE> Summary: Jonathon Brown is out for at least a month – say no more.

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Hampered by the tweaks to the interchange rules, Brisbane literally limped to the final siren, allowing the Dockers to snare a crucial win away from Perth. Brisbane's horror run is made more difficult with the loss of Jonathon Brown (for at least a month, possibly more) – whilst Brent Staker and Claye Beams were other casualties on the night.

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Stat line: There was just 7-points (or less) separating the Lions and Dockers in each quarter on Saturday.

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Gold Coast 17th <NO CHANGE> Summary: Will make their debut in Round 2 against the Blues.

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An opening round bye for the AFL's newest team. Their first match is against the Blues next week in Queensland. Still the bottom ranked team until we see what they can do.

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Stat line: The Suns potential squad of 22 for next weeks match, is surprisingly NOT the youngest 22 in the competition.



Comments

  1. Nice job mate, you are an AFL-nut!!!!

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