The Fight for Eighth place is on!

Port’s win over the Bombers has made the race for the eight all the more interesting. With the crushing victory the Power are within striking distance of the Crows who currently hold down eighth place, and the Crows are within a win of the Bombers themselves in seventh. The Power stood up when it mattered, so now they need to do it again, with three tough fifty-fifty games coming up against Sydney, North and Fremantle, perhaps two wins would be enough for the Power to see September.

Underestimate the Dockers at your peril

Freo blew us all away this week with one of the scalps of the season, knocking off the ladder leading Cats and re-entering everyone’s finals calculations. The Docker’s star players could play a big role in their charge toward the finals, Nat Fyfe, Michael Walters and Brad Hill were massive this week, and a win against the Saints next week will make things interesting for the Dockers.

15 losses in a row and counting

Gold Coast need something new. This week there were some ideas that maybe they could go close to an out of favour Magpies side, but the opposite occurred. The Suns were traffic cones once again and the Pies ran through them like they weren’t even there. All of Collingwood’s stars aligned and made the Suns look like the 18th placed team they are, something needs to change on the Gold Coast, quickly.

Brisbane are a contender

Against all odds, we need to talk about the possibility of Brisbane winning a Premiership. At the start of year, I would have said no way, now I’m not quite on board, but I’m damn close to being on the train. A percentage booster against the Suns next week means the Lions could look to cement themselves a home qualifying final and be in the box seat to play on the last day in September.

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Toby Greene is key to the Giants chances

A classic Sydney derby was one of the week’s most exciting matches and it proved the Giants know how to win. Not only that, but their match winner, Toby Greene, is back. Greene had 34 touches, six tackles and kicked a goal in a stellar performance. His form has lifted over the last month to a new level, and heading into finals, Greene could be the difference between sides in close games. With only three weeks left, if Toby can keep out of the MRO’s bad books, he could be a massive influence in September.

Let the kid play

The Crows finally got a win on the board this week after a poor month of footy. This week’s win highlighted by one of the most promising future prospects in the AFL, Darcy Fogarty. ‘The Fog’ may not have had the biggest game but had plenty of moments for Crows fans to get excited about. Leave the man in the team and let him play, there’s plenty to be excited about here.

Pure Silk

Shaun Burgoyne has always been, is and will always be one of the classiest players, and gentlemen in football. This week, Burgoyne achieved something great, becoming the Indigenous player to have played the most games in the AFL, an impressive 373. Although his team didn’t come home with the win, Burgoyne was classy in defeat, and brilliant as always. It’s not like we learned of his brilliance this week, we were just reminded of it.

Teague’s impressive audition continues.

Carlton proved themselves gallant again, but the Eagles look the team to beat. West Coast have finally been the side to knock of the competition’s feel good story of the last few months. The Blues were shooting for a fourth straight victory, but when it counted the Eagles stood up. With the problems the Cats are facing right now, perhaps it’s the Eagles who have become the team to beat, looking unbeatable through the midfield and unstoppable up front.

Where’s the heat?

We need to talk more about Melbourne. One of the great falls from grace in all of AFL history, for a preliminary final to being 17th with little hope of rising with just three weeks left, the Demons have disappointed beyond belief. At the start of the season I had the Demons in my top four sides, many did, but the collapse we have witnessed this year has gone relatively uncovered, especially when compared to the shortcomings of other clubs who have played far better football than Melbourne have. Something is wrong here, and there’s a long off-season ahead to find out why.

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