AFL Round 6- What Did We Learn?

Richmond are far worse than we thought

It was a battle of two out of form teams between Richmond and Port Adelaide and the power won by 35 points making Richmond’s season much worse. Once again, they made too many mistakes and just simply did not work hard enough around the ground.

Now they are without skipper Trent Cotchin and Alex Rance for this week’s Friday night clash with Hawthorn, Richmond are massive underdogs and will be 1-6 if they lose this weekend which will put enormous pressure on coach Damian Hardwick.

 

GWS’s brand of footy is exciting to watch 

The quick ball movement and superior running from their midfielders and half backs has made GWS a difficult team to nullify. We saw this against Port Adelaide a few weeks ago, then against St Kilda but are now on notice by all footy fans after seeing them demolish the reigning premiers Hawthorn by 75 points. 

Their run and carry is so exciting to watch and it putting teams like Hawthorn under pressure. The team is now showing their potential as it is full of high draft picks, academy players and experienced campaigners. They have Fremantle in Perth next week and will be playing at a big ground which will suit their running game. 

 

There are signs of improvement under Brendan Bolton at Carlton 

In the last 2 matches, Carlton have looked liked they have improved from last year and look to climb up the ladder this season. They had a huge upset against Fremantle in Perth and then won a scrappy affair against Essendon to gain back to back wins

Dale Thomas looks like he has found his best form for the first time since he was a Collingwood, Jacob Weitering looks like a star in the making and Marc Murphy and Brice Gibbs are leading the Carlton midfield well. The team is playing as a team which is important for a club like Carlton. They will give themselves every chance of winning their third consecutive game when they face Collingwood at the MCG as they now have belief under new coach Brendan Bolton. 

 

The absence of Steven May and Rory Thompson is hurting Gold Coast’s defence

Gold Coast were largely decimated by Geelong’s tall forward on the weekend and this is a concern for coach Rodney Eade. This comes after they were soundly beaten by North Melbourne and their tall forwards the week before. Losing May and Thompson has hurt their defence and they had to rely on players such as Kegan Brooksby who is mainly a ruckman and Clay Cameron and Trent McKenzie who are undersized to play tall. 

They will still be without May and Thompson for at least another couple of weeks which means other key position defenders need to fill the void and hold their own especially this weekend as they face Melbourne who have Jesse Hogan in some form after kicking 7 goals last game. If the key defenders can hold their own this weekend then that gives him a chance in winning the match and putting their season back on track. 

 

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