Following another poor loss, North Melbourne drop down two spots in the ladder this week, while Adelaide and Brisbane move up.
1. (Last week – 1) Hawthorn Hawks – Record: 13-2
With a niggle forcing Lance Franklin’s absence, fellow forwards Jarry Roughead and Jack Gunston stood tall for the Hawks on Saturday. They both kicked five goals as Hawthorn won comfortably in the end.
2. (2) Geelong Cats – 13-2
Geelong’s poor kicking probably cost them a 100-point victory, but it would have been happy with the overall performance on Saturday against Melbourne. Skipper Joel Selwood celebrated his 150th game with a best on ground effort.
3. (3) Sydney Swans – 11-1-3
Sydney was dominant against Greater Western Sydney on Sunday, tallying 51 scoring shots in a 129-point victory. Nick Malceski was instrumental off halfback, while Kurt Tippett kicked another three goals as he continues to impress.
4. (4) Essendon Bombers – 12-3
While they remain in the top four, Essendon wont be overly happy with their performance on Sunday. Facing the Western Bulldogs, Essendon were outplayed for the better part of two quarters as the Bulldogs got a running game up and going. Essendon have now won five in a row and will make is six when they play Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.
5. (5) Fremantle Dockers – 11-1-3
The Dockers continue to knock on the door of the top four following a victory against the Eagles on Sunday. Fremantle ran away with the game late and ended up with a comfortable victory.
6. (6) Collingwood Magpies – 10-5
Despite some poor kicking – and poor umpiring according to Pies fans – the Magpies got over the line against the Crows on Friday night. The win keeps Collingwood’s top four hopes alive, and with that their Premiership hopes.
7. (7) Richmond Tigers – 10-5
It wasn’t pretty, but Richmond finally broke its hoodoo against Gold Coast on Saturday night. Fans would have been nervous when a late goal brought the Suns within nine points, but that was where the margin stayed.
8. (8) Port Adelaide Power – 8-7
The Power faced a tough task this week facing the Hawks coming off a loss, and while they were competitive, they were simply outmatched. Travis Boak again was a stand out for Port Adelaide, continuing his terrific form.
9. (10) Carlton Blues – 7-8
Carlton picked up a much needed a win against St Kilda to keep its relatively slim finals hopes alive Saturday night. Lachie Henderson was thrown forward in what proved to be a masterstroke, as he kicked four goals and gave the target the Blues needed.
10. (9) West Coast Eagles – 7-8
A derby win would have seen West Coast push into the top 8, but unfortunately Fremantle denied it the chance. The Eagles were in much of the contest against the Dockers, before losing the game in the final five minutes.
11. (13) Adelaide Crows – 6-9
The Crows had one last crack at making the finals on Friday night and fell short. Against Collingwood, Adelaide came out hard but was pressured by harder bodies and couldn’t stop Scott Pendlebury. Tom Lynch continued his good form to kick four goals, and his work rate was excellent all night.
12. (11) North Melbourne Kangaroos – 6-9
Just when it looked like North Melbourne was putting a horror season behind it, another big lead was lost against Brisbane on Saturday. The Kangaroos looked set to cruise to an easy victory in the last quarter, but the wheels fell off and they lost by 12 points.
13. (14) Brisbane Lions – 6-9
Proving their stunning comeback in round 13 was no fluke; the Lions did it again on Saturday night. Trailing by 33 points in the final term Brisbane came from nowhere to steal it from North Melbourne in the final moments.
14. (12) Gold Coast Suns – 5-10
Gold Coast was outplayed for the last three quarters by Richmond. Trent McKenzie used his kicking to advantage, while Rory Thompson – before succumbing to injury – was excellent on Jack Riewoldt, limiting him to one goal. Gold Coast faces an in form Collingwood in round 17.
15. (16) Western Bulldogs – 4-11
After a slow start to the match, the Bulldogs played impressively on Sunday. The Dogs played skillful, free flowing football that was entertaining to watch. They didn’t win, but the Western Bulldogs would have won over some new fans on Sunday.
16. (15) St Kilda Saints – 3-12
While the talking point will be the return of Stephen Milne, the Saints suffered another poor loss on Saturday night as they went down to the Blues. The 2013 season is becoming a nightmare for St Kilda having only won three games.
17. (17) Melbourne Demons – 2-13
After a little resurgence under Neil Craig, the Demons went backwards on Saturday against the Cats. Melbourne was embarrassed by the hardness of Geelong’s midfield and set a new record low for inside 50s.
18. (18) Greater Western Sydney Giants – 0-15
GWS was simply not good enough on Sunday, going down by 129 points in a poor performance. Jeremy Cameron again played a lone hand up forward, kicking three goals.