Well Essendon and Lions draw, the Bulldogs lose, so does Geelong, and then Port. So much for it all being nice and orderly. The Pies’ win over the Crows nearly got them bumped up to 2nd, but to be honest, the game was there for the Crows to win, and they kicked it away, so I’ll keep Collingwood at third.
But really, I’ve got no idea what’s going on (obviously – Taylor Walker finally gets a game for the Crows, and he has a shocker), but let’s break it down:
For the last spot in the Top 8:
Port plays Carlton (?), Brisbane (L), North (W), which puts them on 10 wins and 1 “maybe”.
Essendon play the Saints (L), Fremantle (W), Hawks (?), which puts them on 9 1/2 wins and 1 “maybe”.
Sydney play Geelong (L), Collingwood (L), Brisbane (L), which leaves them on 8 wins.
Hawks play the Crows (L), Richmond (W), Essendon (?). Which puts them on 9 wins and 1 maybe.
Port are completely useless, Essendon have forgotten how to win, Sydney are dreaming, and the Hawks are a basket case. Does it really matter anymore who gets there?
For the top 4:
Collingwood play Richmond (W), Sydney (W), Bulldogs (?), which puts them on 15 wins and 1 “maybe” – safe for third.
Bulldogs plays Brisbane (?), Geelong (?), Collingwood (?), which puts them on 12 wins and 3 “maybes”.
Brisbane the Bulldogs (?), Port (W), Sydney (W), which puts them on 13 1/2 wins and 1 “maybe”.
Carlton plays Port (?), Melbourne (W), Crows (?), which puts them on 12 wins and 2 “maybes”
Crows play the Hawks (W), Eagles (W), Carlton (?), which puts them on 13 wins and 1 “maybe”.
The Pies are safe for third, the Crows really needed the Lions to lose; a draw did them no favours. At this point I think the Lions will finish 4th, the Crows 5th, Bulldogs 6th, Carlton 7th.
That would mean the first week of the final would be Saints-Lions; Cats-Pies; Crows-Port; Bulldogs-Carlton.
Though I am sure all that will change by this time next week.