1 – Geelong are premiership favourites
Geelong accounted for Essendon in cruise mode Sunday without Joel Selwood, and with Patrick Dangerfield not having much of a contribution due to a knock on the knee. The Cats have rebuilt their list while staying in finals contention and are now poised to make another run at a flag. They have the best culture in the competition, a fortress of a home ground and everyone wants to play for them. The Cats are a game clear on the top the ladder and look to be premiership favourites. They are a tier above other contenders Collingwood, GWS and West Coast.
2 – Andrew McGrath was the wrong pick
Andrew McGrath burst onto the screen as a solid wingman/back pocket winning the rising star award. In his third season the former number 1 pick is still just a solid wingman/back pocket. The Dons are desperate for big midfielders and Tim Taranto (the pick after McGrath) would have been just what the doctor ordered. Huge McLuggage and Sam Petrevski-Seton were two other players discussed as potential number 1 picks who are also having better season than McGrath. At this stage the bombers would love to have that selection again.
3 – Bolton’s Job in Jeopardy
Brendan Bolton is in the fourth season of his tenure at Carlton and the performance that the Blues served up against North Melbourne was plain unacceptable. North were the bottom of the ladder side at the commencement of the round and the Blues were simply bullied off the ball and blown out of the water in the first quarter. I said before the season that despite Carlton refusing to put a tally how many wins would be considered a successful season, they need to win a minimum of 6 games for Brendan Bolton to keep his job, with nearly a third of the season complete the Blues sit on one win. There has been clear improvement to the Blues competiveness up until Sundays performance and Bolts will be feeling the heat, especially with matches Collingwood and GWS the next two weeks.
4 – Lyon is the king of Boring Football
It doesn’t matter how many rules the AFL implement, Ross Lyon continues to find ways to make football boring, it is his life’s work. Fremantle scored a paltry 34 points on the weekend while holding Adelaide to 51. We thought Ross had turned the corner when Freo kicked 141 points vs North in round 1 but more recent times indicate he is up to his old tricks again of slow defensive football. He is not a bad coach, just a boring one and if I didn’t have 6 Supercoach players playing I would have turned it off.
5 – Shinboners Live
You can say what you want about Norths poor form this year, but one thing they cannot be accused of is being soft. They absolutely bullied Carlton on Sunday and were ferocious in their attack on the ball. They may not have the cattle to be a finals contender but opposition clubs should be wary of a bruising encounter when they match up on Jack Ziebell, Ben Cunnington and their other big bodied players.