AFL Round 16 – What Did We Learn?

GWS’s chances of top 4 has taken a big blow

It was supposed to be a walk in the park for GWS as they took on Collingwood who have been average this season.  It was looking like they were going to win as they took a 4 goal lead into quarter time. Though all of a sudden, Collingwood came out firing and dominated the rest of the game to win convincingly. 

It was uncharacteristic for GWS to lose at home this season and has created questions whether this team is good enough to be a premiership contender. At the moment, their top 4 hopes have taken a blow but they have 7 games to rectify the poor showing and starts with Brisbane at the GABBA this week.

 

North Melbourne’s current win/loss ratio resembles their season better

It was an amazing start by North Melbourne this season as they stormed to the top of the ladder as they won their first 9 games. However, in the past 6 matches, they have taken a dive and have only won 1 of those games. As a result, they sit in 8th spot with 10 wins. 

It could be said that their draw was easy but they were able to beat the teams that currently sit in the bottom half of the table. This shows they are not a bottom 10 side but losing to Sydney, Adelaide, Hawthorn and West Coast who are in the top also indicates that their current position is just about right. A big end to the home and away season is important for North Melbourne to give themselves any hope of finishing in the top 4 to gain that double chance. 

 

Adelaide Crows are a threat for fellow top 8 sides

It has been a great year for the crows despite losing star player Patrick Dangerfield to Geelong. Their last round win against Carlton was their 7th in a row which puts them third on the AFL ladder, a game behind top place Hawthorn. The major aspects to their current ladder position has been consistent football and having a healthy list to choose from.

They are a threat to other top 8 sides as they have shown at their best, they are good enough to beat any sides which included GWS, West Coast and Sydney. They face Collingwood at Adelaide Oval which is Scott Thompson’s 300th game and will start favourites to win their eighth consecutive game. 

 

Dane Rampe is in All-Australian form

Dane Rampe’s performance against Geelong this week has surely put him intro contention for this year’s All-Australian team. He collected 23 disposals, going at 91% efficiency, 6 marks and 8 rebound 50’s as he was able to dictate most of Geelong’s attack to help Sydney grab a big victory down in Geelong.

The Sydney defender has been reliable throughout this season and is rarely beaten one-on-one whether that is against a tall or small forward. His current form hopes to continue this week as they face Hawthorn at the SCG. If he can produce a similar performance like he did against Geelong then that goes a long way in claiming another win against a top 8 team. 

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