AFL 2011 Power Rankings – Round 18

Following the excitement of last week’s hypothetical “Equalisation Draft”, we’re back to a more traditional format this round – with a look at the most recent form of the AFL’s finals contenders.  Plus, more random statistics than even Bruce McAvaney would know what to do with!  So let’s get straig

 

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Collingwood 1 <NO CHANGE>

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A business-like performance, but would Mick Malthouse be happy with the Pies being unable to out-score the Suns in the second half? I'd think not, but they still managed a 54-point win against the new boys. The Pies are travelling very well, on top of the ladder.

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Only the Saints have more 50-game players on their list (with 23). The Pies have 22.

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Geelong 2 <NO CHANGE>

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Very much like the Pies, put in a good performance against a lowly and suddenly struggling Richmond team. Did enough but seemed to lose interest throughout the second half. Perhaps the top two sides are saving themselves for finals?

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The Cats have a very comfortable fixture for the remainder of 2011, at least up until their round 24 clash with Collingwood.

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Hawthorn 3 <NO CHANGE>

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Another 50+ point victory for a top 4 side, this one against the Demons – who haven't beaten the Hawks in their last 8 attempts, dating back to 2006. Buddy and Rioli were electric in the win. They face a big test in the West against the Dockers next round.

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The Hawks have accumulated 1,048 more disposals than their opposition so far in 2011.

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Carlton 4 <NO CHANGE>

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My Facebook status from Saturday night tells the story: "Well that was a rather enjoyable game to be at! Judd BOG, Betts 8 goals including Goal of the Year, Walker Mark of the Year… and a 70+ point thrashing of the Bombers. Done our top 4 chances no harm either."

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Carlton's 54 point 3rd quarter against Essendon is the 21st 50-point quarter of the AFL season.

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West Coast 5 <NO CHANGE>

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Scored a most memorable victory against the Dockers, by just 1 point. Keeps their top 4 chances very much alive. The Eagles victory over the Blues in round 14 was huge in hindsight, and may yet prove the difference between 4th and 5th position for the two clubs.

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Bad news for Carlton & Hawthorn – the Eagles arguably have the most favourable draw remaining in season 2011.

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Fremantle 6 <NO CHANGE>

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Despite a nail-biting loss in the Derby, the Dockers are again finding their feet with 4 wins from their last 6 games, before the encounter with the Eagles. A tough schedule awaits in the final 6 rounds, starting with the Hawks on Saturday.

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Having played only 2 games against the current top 4 sides, the Dockers have a difficult fixture ahead.

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North Melbourne 7 <NO CHANGE>

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The Kangaroos have won 5 of their past 8 games and are finding form at the right time Of the three defeats, two were by a combined margin of 10 points – whilst the other was the soul destroying 117-point loss to the Pies. Massive game against the Blues coming up.

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Outside of a round 24 fixture against Richmond, the Kangaroos face an uphill climb into finals with a tough run to come.

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St Kilda 8 <NO CHANGE>

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The turn-around at St Kilda throughout 2011 has been, in a word, immense. Sitting 15th with 1 win after round 8, they were gone. They've since won a further 7 games (out of 9), with a host of stars back in form. I wouldn't want to see them in week 1 of finals.

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The Saints are yet to win a game after losing the first quarter. Luckily, they've won 13 of 16 first quarters so far this season!

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Sydney 9 <NO CHANGE>

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The Swans sit in 6th on the AFL ladder, but fail to crack the top 8 in my Power Rankings again this round. Whilst they have some quality in their best 22, I can't see a significant finals push coming from them this season. Have a solid run home & should make finals.

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Other than the Gold Coast, the Swans are the least accurate team in the AFL (based on total scoring shots).

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Essendon 10 <NO CHANGE>

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Essendon were woeful in the second half against the Blues, but can legitimately use injuries as an excuse with a number of first choice players on the sidelines. Will struggle to make finals from their current position – a disappointing result after a blistering opening to 2011.

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The Dons fielded the 3rd youngest side in round 18, in terms of both age and games played.

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Bulldogs 11 <NO CHANGE>

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Much like the Saints, the established core of the Bulldogs side is quite old – an average age of 29.

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Melbourne 12 <NO CHANGE>

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The Dees have won just 2 of their past 12 quarters. Their upcoming schedule is not pleasant reading, either.

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Gold Coast 13 <NO CHANGE>

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The Suns are often blown out early, but their second halves and particularly final quarters have been amongst the best in the AFL.

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Richmond 14 <NO CHANGE>

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The Tigers are struggling down back. Even in wins, they give up close to 100 points to their opponents (the most in the AFL).

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Brisbane 15 UP 1

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The Lions have led their opponent at quarter time a total of 8 times. Disturbingly, they've won just 1 of those 8 games.

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Adelaide 16 DOWN 1

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Only the Suns average fewer points per game than the Crows. Tippett plays a lone hand and is struggling at the minute.

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Port Adelaide 17 <NO CHANGE> BYE

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The Power have won just 22 of 64 quarters this season (in comparison, the Suns have won just 14).

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