AFL Round 14 – What Did We Learn?

St Kilda’s best can beat any team

If you need any proof about St Kilda’s best footy then last round’s 3 point win against premiership favorites Geelong shows that St Kilda’s best footy can beat any team. They were able to put Geelong under enormous pressure including their star man, Patrick Dangerfield. 

However, consistency has always been an issue for St Kilda as they have not been able to do the job away from Melbourne. Big losses to Adelaide and West Coast away this season has hurt the team. This week’s match against Gold Coast up at Metricon Stadium is important for St Kilda to continue their good form and find some much needed consistency that the club needs to propel up the ladder. 

 

Hawthorn are still in the running to claim their fourth premiership in a row 

They have flown under the radar, going up the ladder to top spot. Despite blooding youngsters and injuries to some of their experienced players, the hawks have been able to get the job done and as a result, have the most win of any club this season thus far. 

They had a little scare against Gold Coast last match but were able to come away with a win. They now have a bye which will allow their older players to rest up and fire for the second half of the season to try and capture their fourth flag in a row which will be an AFL first. 

 

Jack Steven should be St Kilda’s next captain 

There is no question that St Kilda midfielder Jack Steven is having another brilliant season. He is currently averaging 28 disposals, 6 clearances and 6 tackles and helped guide St Kilda to a memorable win against Geelong.  

He leads by example with his toughness at the ball and the multiple efforts he gives to try and win the ball for his team. This is why when Nick Riewodlt decides to give up the captaincy, it should be given to Steven.  He will make a great captain and will be the right man to lead St Kilda into the future. 

 

GWS’s draw should see them finish in the top 4

Only facing 2 teams in the top 8 in the remaining 8 matches, GWS should be looking to finish in the top 4. They play against teams like Collingwood (home), Brisbane (away), Fremantle (home) and Gold Coast (away) which in their books should be wins.

They had a good win over Carlton last game and now have a bye until they face Collingwood at Spotless Stadium. This is now their chance to stamp some authority into the league and show that they are a top 4 team. If they can grab the double chance, then it might be a chance that GWS could win the premiership. 

 

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