Adelaide are better off without Dangerfield
Adelaide have started the season very well with a 2-1 start and after another strong performance against Richmond, Dangerfield is now a distant memory for them.
Their midfield is standing up with veteran Scott Thompson leading the way with another outstanding game. Experienced players Rory Sloane, Richard Douglas are playing well, David Mackay is stepping up and new recruit Paul Seedsman has a had a good start to the season in his new colours. You also can’t forget Matt Crouch who has performed superbly too. The test for Adelaide’s midfield will be against Sydney’s elite midfield which will see where they are at with the best.
Aaron Hall is slowly becoming an elite midfielder
4o disposals, 27 kicks, 13 handballs, 6 marks, 4 tackles and a goal. What a player he is becoming for the Gold Coast Suns. Hall has continued his early season form with another potential best on ground performance.
With injuries to Ablett, Prestia, O’Meara and Swallow late last season, someone had to step up and fill the midfield void. Hall has done that and since then, has been playing well week in and week out. Even with Ablett and Prestia returning to the lineup this year, Hall has been able to continue his form and with averaging 36 disposals, 7 marks and 1 goal a game so far, he is currently a lock for All-Australian and maybe in contention for the Brownlow medal.
Western Bulldogs are showing they can compete with the best
The Bulldogs nearly pulled off a great win over Hawthorn but just felt short by 3 points but they have not lost any fans after that performance. Their run and ball movement is fast and superb and even troubled the reigning premiers which is not easy to do and shows they can match with the best.
They have started the season fantastically with big wins over Fremantle and St Kilda and they will be looking to bounce back with a win against Carlton this weekend. A season ending knee injury to their skipper, Robert Murphy will hurt them because his elite ball skills across half back but this team and their game style is good enough to make the finals and maybe push for a top 4 finish.
Fremantle are far worse off than originally thought
Things are looking grim at Fremanle after a loss to WA rivals West Coast which has left them 0-3. To make matters worse, ruckman Aaron Sandilands will be out for at least a couple of months with a punctured lung which is a big blow as he is a key player to this team.
Ross Lyon’s gameplan has not worked at all this season and they are in big danger of missing finals unless they can turn it around. However, they will have to do that fast as they have North Melbourne this weekend who are undefeated so far. The whole team has to step up now while Ross Lyon will need to put his coaching hat on if he wants to get his team out of this mess they are currently in.