Power Rankings

The Hawks finally stumbled and we now have a new leader at the top of the season. Could it be the year of the Giant in 2016? They surge to the top of the Footy Prophet Power Rankings. The premiership looks like it is going to be a race in five, but a rung lower there are plenty of teams that are already shaping their 2017 prospects.






1  GWS GWS +1 Scrapped it out against the Suns in a game that will probably be a blockbuster finals contest in 2019. Why can’t they win the flag in 2016?
2 Adelaide ADELAIDE +1 They picked up 11 percent in their demolition job of the Lions. When they’re up and running they’re a very difficult team to stop and at Adelaide Oval they look close to unbeatable at the moment.
3  Hawthorn HAWTHORN -2 Did the Demons expose the chink in the Hawks armour? They’ve been playing average at best footy recently, only just doing enough. Is this the end or are they just foxing in preparation for September?
4  Geelong GEELONG The Cats keep on keeping on at the moment without doing anything special. Only picked up six percent against the Bombers which they’ll be disappointed with. Scott Selwood could play a key tagging role in the finals.
5  Sydney SYDNEY The Swans are starting to tick as they share the load away from Buddy. Their pressure against Port Adelaide was immense and at one stage you wondered whether Port would score a point, but that might say more about the Power than it does the Swans.
6  Western Bulldogs WESTERN BULLDOGS A strong win from the Doggies led by their budding superstar Marcus Bontempelli. Tory Dickson’s return has seemed to straighten them up a little bit and they look more capable of kicking a winning score. Has anyone seen the package in 2016?
7  West Coast WEST COAST +1 Well, they’re sixth on the ladder because of percentage. I think they’re probably making up the numbers in 2016 though. Their off-season recruiting would have to be up there with some of the worst in recent history.
8  St Kilda ST KILDA +2 Went to the home of football and won rather comfortably to keep the faint finals dream alive. The signs going into 2017 are extremely exciting and this upcoming trade period is crucial for their premiership aspirations in the future.
9  North Melbourne NORTH MELBOURNE -2 Not only did they play poorly against the Bulldogs, but they suffered a key injury in Ben Brown. If he is out for any period of time, the load falls all on Drew Petrie which makes them too easy to pick off. Clinging onto a finals spot at the moment.
10  Melbourne MELBOURNE +1 The line in the sand game. They’ve promised for so long to take a scalp and there is no bigger scalp than the Hawks. Now the challenge is to back it up next week against the Power in Adelaide in what is a very winnable contest.


11  Port Adelaide PORT ADELAIDE -1 Dismal. Abject. Pathetic. Those three words would be being polite in describing Port Adelaide’s performance on the weekend.
12  Collingwood COLLINGWOOD -1 Lost a game they shouldn’t have lost against Richmond and really sums up their season. Win one week, lose the next week. Does that mean they show up against the Dogs this week?
13  Gold Coast GOLD COAST +1 Up in the rankings despite a loss. Rocket has them playing a brand which makes them competitive and fun to watch. The other 21 blokes on the ground should be doing their all to get it to Tom Lynch so he can win the Coleman Medal.
14  Richmond RICHMOND Crisis? What crisis? Forget the board challenge, Dimma reckons the Tigers are back and primed for finals in 2017. Excuse us whilst we politely disagree with him.
15  Carlton CARLTON -2 The long season took its toll against the Saints for Carlton. It also reminded them that they still have a lot of players that they need to cull off their list at the end of 2016.
16  Fremantle FREMANTLE Fremantle’s last couple of weeks is the perfect argument for those in favour of a 17 game season.
17  BL BRISBANE LIONS Did you know that China Town in Fortitude Valley was part of the movie set in Jackie Chan’s First Strike. I found that more interesting than their season.
18  Essendon ESSENDON Darcy Parish has had an underrated good season in a struggling side. He would be a worthy winner of the Rising Star and a shining light in a lost season.


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