Port still has some work to do…
All of us at Pinch Hitters House were pretty excited about the Port Adelaide v Collingwood matchup on Friday night. Unfortunately, it was over before it even began and Port has a bit of work to do before they can be considered a genuine contender.
so do West Coast.
The Premiers ended their run of losses, but were far from impressive in overcoming a dogged Gold Coast in Perth. With games against St Kilda and Melbourne over the next fortnight, we might remain unsure for a little while to come.
There is still some fight in the Dees.
At two and five, Melbourne could easily have raised the white flag and gone through the motions for the rest of 2019. Their thrilling victory over Hawthorn wouldn’t have anybody predicting them to go on a charge to the finals, but it showed they will still fight this season out.
The Hawks look shaky.
A one goal victory over Carlton is all Hawthorn has to show for their last four weeks. Hardly the kind of stellar form long expected from the men in brown and gold. A difficult stretch lies ahead over the next five weeks and could put an end to their finals hopes.
It’s getting harder to hate Collingwood.
They were might impressive on field against the Power on Friday night and even more so after their post game treatment of little fan Kyron.
The Giants are building.
GWS did what they needed to do against the Saints on Saturday, not needing to get out of first gear to record a 44-point victory. They will take a lot of beating this season.
Carlton’s worst is terrible.
Plenty of good judges gave Carlton a genuine chance against the Kangaroos on Sunday. Unfortunately for Brendon Bolton, his players didn’t give themselves any chance and they were humiliated by a team that started the round in 18th place.
The Cats are purring.
Geelong have yet to put a foot wrong yet in 2019 and, apart from a potential tribunal appearance for Gary Ablett, they had no real trouble in overcoming the Bombers. There is every chance that they will improve their record to 10 & 1 before facing any genuine chance of defeat.
The Dogs have a special one.
Aaron Naughton, with five goals, announced himself in a big way on Saturday night against the Tigers. If he can replicate that kind of form on a consistent basis, the Bulldogs will be a very difficult team to beat.
Tigers taught a lesson.
We spoke last week of how well Richmond had covered for their injured stars in recent weeks. This has been on the back of a concerted team effort that was absent against the Bulldogs. If they can’t bring their A-Grade effort they will struggle to have an impact this season.
Swans might start 1 & 11.
Sydney showed promising signs at stages against the Lions, with the game in the balance late in the contest. Full of fight but lacking a little polish, the Swans might rack up a few more honourable defeats in the weeks to come.
The Lions hype is real.
The men from Brisbane deserve their place in the top four after seven rounds and have the opportunity to stake a genuine claim on a finals berth in the coming weeks. The hype is real.
We have no idea about North Melbourne.
Are they bad? Are they on the move? Despite their impressive victory over Carlton we tend to think they are the former but they have a habit of proving expectations wrong.
We aren’t off the Saints just yet.
Glass half full or glass half empty? Either way you look at it, the Saints were disappointing in Canberra on Saturday but there is still a bit to like about them. The next two weeks will say a lot but we aren’t off them just yet.
There is some spirit on the Gold Coast.
The Suns don’t have the cattle to consistently challenge the best teams in the competition but they are prepared to fight. They will finish in the bottom half a dozen but they will grab a few scalps along the way.
The Bombers are a little off the pace.
There was talk of flag contention in the off-season for the Bombers but they could miss September entirely if they don’t find a way to challenge the better teams in the competition.
Adelaide isn’t back yet but is improving.
There is a little bit for Don Pyke to work on over the next few weeks but his team are tracking in the right direction. They have a challenging six weeks but we will know what we need to know about the Crows at the end of it.
Fremantle might rue this loss.
In a match in which the scoreboard attendants were called upon infrequently, the Docker will rue a number of ill-disciplined moments that cost them the opportunity of a win away from home. With the finals race looking likely to be one of the hottest in years, the four points lost might prove costly.