AFL Round 9- What Did We Learn?

Geelong received a reality check

Geelong were going into the match against Collingwood confident after beating Adelaide at Adelaide Oval which is not easy to do. Despite being favourites, Geelong were beaten by 26 points as Collingwood produced the upset of the round. Collingwood wanted the win more and attacked the ball harder.

Geelong are still 7-2 and sit second on the AFL ladder and this result looks to be more of a reality check than anything. The team will now learn that every team is difficult and can beat any team on their day and will bounce back. Geelong face Carlton next round and coming off a lose against North Melbourne, Carlton will be looking to prove themselves and do what Collingwood did last round and beat Geelong. 

 

GWS are basically unstoppable at Spotless Stadium

That’s 3 from 3 at Spotless Stadium this season for GWS after defeating fellow top 4 contender Western Bulldogs by 25 points. They have been dominant at home with an average winning margin of 63 points at Spotless Stadium this season. They sit in third place on the ladder with 7-2 win loss ratio.

The next test is can they do it away from home when they take on the Adelaide Crows at Adelaide Oval. Giants have won 2 out of 4 matches away from Spotless Stadium and Manuka Oval this season which had been against bottom 8 teams in St Kilda and Fremantle. The match will determine how well they can perform against a current top 8 team in front of a full crowd with pressure on them. If they can win this match then talks will be discussed about them being a top 4 side. 

 

West Coast’s Josh Kennedy is the best full forward right now

He was in doubt for the match against Port Adelaide due to the possibility of his wife giving birth but he flew over the day before the game and kicked a lazy 7 goals as the match winner. He was by far the dominant forward on the ground as West Coast won by 8 points.

He has a great kicking action which allows him to kick multiple goals on many occasions. He can take strong contested marks and is quick and agile for his height which makes him the most dominant full forward in the game right now. He is second in the Coleman Medal behind Lance Franklin (37) with 32 goals and he will be looking for a bag this week as they take on the injury depleted Gold Coast at Domain Stadium.

 

After 9 rounds, there is no clear premiership favourite

At this time in previous years, there had always been a clear favourite for the premiership but at the moment, it looks like many teams can possibly win it. Although North Melbourne are on top of the ladder and are currently undefeated, they are not the Premiership favourites. In fact, Geelong are favourites ahead of Sydney, Hawthorn, GWS and then North Melbourne. 

Based on form right now, Sydney would be current favourites after defeating Hawthorn at the MCG last round but GWS are in top form, North Melbourne are undefeated thus far, Geelong will bounce back and you can’t rule out Hawthorn so spots for the top 4 are still open. It has been a while since there has not been a clear Premiership favourite but as an AFL fan, it is exciting that it is not just a one or two horse race.

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