AFL energy rankings: The empire strikes again.


The byes are over, and this week there have been some severe video games, severe outcomes, severe ladder modifications and severe actions within the energy rankings. The severely highly effective are flexing their muscular tissues.

18. North Melbourne Kangaroos

Their engine has stalled, and also you don’t get a lot energy when your engine has stopped operating. They had been completely belted by the Thirteenth-placed facet, Adelaide. The sport was laborious to observe. The picket spoon is all however assured.

17. Essendon Bombers

There was a slight blip of their downward trajectory final week with a superb win in opposition to the top-eight Saints. Possibly that stated extra about St Kilda than the Dons. A defeat by the easybeat Eagles confirmed their demise.

16. Hawthorn Hawks

The Hawks have claimed some severe scalps this yr, however not lately. A superb effort in opposition to Fremantle in Perth supplied hope. They had been simply lower than the talent and the depth of the Bulldogs. After quarter-time they had been blown away.

15. Adelaide Crows

They did have a win. They beat up on North Melbourne. However doesn’t everybody?

14. Better Western Sydney Giants

Their ultimate likelihood of creating the eight and the finals was extinguished this weekend. They confronted a vital recreation and introduced their B-grade effort to the MCG. They did attempt to kick it up within the second half, but it surely was too little, too late. Good luck, Clarko!

13. West Coast Eagles

They’d disappeared right into a deep, darkish place on the finish of final season and the primary half of this yr. Accidents, COVID, border closures – that they had all of it. Their solely reprieve this yr was a 2018 grand ultimate reverie in opposition to the Magpies. They made a contest in opposition to Geelong. Then they conquered the Bombers. A convincing win and no fluke. The previous V8 engine was coughing into life – perhaps it’s solely operating on six, but it surely’s blowing out the previous carbon deposits. Good luck to any crew taking a West Coast Eagles win as a right (apologies to Jack Riewoldt).

Jack Darling of the Eagles

(Photograph by Paul Kane/Getty Photos)

12. Gold Coast Suns

This weekend they noticed their finals hopes fade in Adelaide. They seemed dismal for the primary quarter however got here again and gave it their all. Mabior Chol looks as if the recruit of the yr. He’s solely getting higher. However they weren’t fairly ok. They’re now degree with Port and preventing with them for a dim likelihood of the finals.

11. Port Adelaide Energy

It has been a tough yr for the Pears. Accidents apart, that they had a dreadful begin. However they’re coming good. They might nonetheless but problem for the eight. This week it was a hard-fought victory. Todd Marshall has stepped up and is exhibiting what a star he could be.

10. St Kilda Saints

They’ve seemed promising, however proper now they appear deeply disappointing. They had been overwhelmed by Bombers at house final spherical after which gave a very smooth efficiency in opposition to a middling Swan. They’re sitting tenth on the ladder. I believe the place flatters them.

9. Western Bulldogs

Like Port Adelaide, that they had a horrible injury-inspired begin to the season. Gamers are coming again and they’re attempting laborious for the eight. They’re simply there on share however have a very laborious run house. There was nothing flawed with their workmanlike win in opposition to the Hawks and GWS the week earlier than. They’re on the up.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: Hayden Crozier of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2022 AFL Community Series match between the Western Bulldogs and the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium on March 4, 2022 In Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

(Photograph by Dylan Burns/AFL Pictures through Getty Photos)

8. Collingwood Magpies

They’re buzzing alongside properly. They’d a superb win over GWS, though they needed to maintain them off on the finish. They vanquished Melbourne earlier than the bye. Nevertheless it’s laborious to fee them larger when ninth-placed Richmond convincingly beat them the week earlier than. Aside from the occasional blond-headed objective sneak, it appears to be the oldies who’re producing the products.

7. Sydney Swans

They handled the Saints, however so did Essendon. And the week earlier than there was the weak effort in opposition to the resurgent Port Adelaide. The Swans nonetheless have Lance Franklin and Isaac Heeney however appear to be missing the true energy burst to drag away from groups. A bit like a six-cylinder turbo with the turbocharger bearings worn out.

6. Brisbane Lions

How the mighty have fallen. They performed a wounded Melbourne nonetheless lacking star ruckman Max Gawn. They’d a flying first quarter. Then the wheels fell off. They couldn’t rating on any ahead thrust they usually had been outmuscled within the center and decimated within the backline. This was their surprised deer earlier than the headlight second. I believe they’re gone. For the season. I believe I’ve to make use of the P-word. Pretenders.

Hugh Mcluggage of the Lions celebrates after scoring a goal

(Photograph by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Photos)

5. Fremantle Dockers

At one stage Fremantle followers had been taking a look at dwell ladders and seeing an increase to second, but it surely was to not be. Everyone was certain that the injury-laden, backline-denuded Carlton had been going to be defeated. However no, Fremantle had been overwhelmed for energy within the center and had no match for the tall Carlton forwards. The Dockers didn’t have the firepower to place the rating on the board.

4. Carlton Blues

What an impressive win. Injured gamers, makeshift backline, no downside. This can be a nice confidence booster and cemented a top-five spot and likely a top-four berth. Sam Docherty, Sam Walsh and Zac Fisher starred. Charlie Curnow kicked 4 on a quiet day.

3. Richmond Tigers

They’re the large movers, and why not? They’re taking part in effectively in bursts. Possibly not for a full recreation, however once they do it, they’re scary, they’re intimidating and they’re taking part in profitable soccer. Shai Bolton and Tom Lynch are completely starring. They’ve overwhelmed the Pies and Carlton. They simply pulled up wanting a firing Cats by an impressive Jack Henry mark and objective. Have they overwhelmed anybody else within the eight? Moreover Sydney, they haven’t performed many potential finalists lately.

2. Geelong Cats

What are they doing up right here? They need to be beneath the radar, however they haven’t actually taken a backwards step. They misplaced to Fremantle method again in April however since have been racking up workmanlike victories. Jeremy Cameron is in spectacular kind. Tyson Stengle is difficult Chol for mature-age recruit of the yr. Henry is again on the town, Tom Stewart is in Brownlow kind – perhaps the Charlie for him 2023 – and even Rhys Stanley taking part in alright. Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Rohan and Brandan Parfitt are nonetheless to return.

1. Melbourne Demons

The empire strikes again. Three straight losses after which a bye. Inner strife, injured champion ruckman and Christian Petracca taking part in like a reserves participant. They had been taking part in the top-of-the-table facet, Brisbane, who had been cruising, simply racking up wins.

Like an enormous monster truck, Melbourne rolled the starter motor and had a quiet first quarter, however then the engine powered into life, they usually monstered the poor Lions. They ran them over, choking up the ahead line. They persistently outmarked them. Steven Might requested: what morale problem? Then the previous agency within the center received collectively. Petracca and Clayton Oliver simply outmuscled any Brisbane midfielder, driving the ball forwards time and again. Then the Demons forwards fired. A demolition. Often I’d assume a facet would want a number of wins to re-establish first rating. However not this crew.



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