AFL Round 17 – What Did We Learn?

Sydney can’t win close matches this season

It was 1st vs 2nd as Sydney took on Hawthorn at the SCG and Sydney fell again in a close match due to a Cyril Rioli goal from outside 50 in the dying minutes. This is now 3 games where they have lost by a goal or less. Some costly mistakes whether that is from their kicking or positioning have caused Sydney being in 5th place instead of top of the ladder at the moment.

It is an issue that needs to be solved by coach John Longmire because for all we know, this could all happen in a final and could get eliminated based on another mistake in the dying minutes. They will like to rectify their narrow loss when they take on Carlton at the SCG,. The team will be looking to respond and get themselves back in the top 4. 

 

Right now, West Coast are not good enough win this year premiership 

This time last year, the media were talking about West Coast being premiership contenders but this year is a little different. Despite West Coast defeating Carlton at the MCG, they had a 33 point lead into the third quarter but squandered that to only win by 7 points.

This team is not playing as well as last season and their defensive web is not as strong which is a concern for he Eagles.  They will be in finals but it looks like West Coast won’t be in consecutive Grand Finals.

 

North Melbourne need to start winning games

The top 8 looked all set a couple of weeks ago but after Port Adelaide defeating North Melbourne, the kangaroos are only 2 games clear in the top 8 and with 6 games remaining, they face 4 top 8 teams in those matches. Port Adelaide and St Kilda are 2 games behind and are looking to take that last spot.

North Melbourne have lost 5 of the past 6 games and play Collingwood at Ethiad Stadium this Friday night who have been in solid form of recent. This is a game that North Melbourne need to win to keep themselves more secure in the top 8. If they lose and the power and the saints win, then the kangaroos will be in more danger of missing out the 8. 

 

If Dangerfield is favourite for the Brownlow, Dustin Martin would be the second favourite 

Patrick Dangerfield produced once again another best on ground performance with 31 disposals and 4 goals. He is definitely favourite for the Brownlow Medal but Richmond’s Dustin Martin would close to second favourite. 

Martin collected 43 disposals, 35 kicks, 6 marks, 14 clearances and 2 goals in a dominant display against Essendon. He has been more consistent than he has even been in his career and his strength and power around the midfield has made him a superstar midfielder. He will be looking to continue his form and produce another big game against Hawthorn and maybe could guide Richmond to a massive upset win.  

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