Another excellent round of footy, capped off with a great game on Sunday evening seeing the Bombers win over the Saints which pretty much kills off Port’s hopes for the finals. With Melbourne’s win over Fremantle despite them having beaten Port last week, and Richmond’s pathetic display over Collingwood I’ve decided all three are equal 14th. In any given week they’re a chance to be the worst team ever to have played the game.
But now let’s break down the jostling for the last spot in the Top 8:
Essendon play Fremantle (W) and the Hawks (?), which puts them on 10 1/2 wins and 1 “maybe”.
Port plays Brisbane (L) and North (W), which puts them on 10 wins Sydney play Collingwood (L) and Brisbane (L), which leaves them on 8 wins.
Hawks play Richmond (W) and Essendon (?). Which puts them on 9 wins and 1 maybe.
Port are no chance unless they beat the Lions this week. It looks almost certain to come down to who wins out of the Bombers and Hawks in the last round.
For the top 4:
Collingwood play Sydney (W) and Bulldogs (?), which puts them on 15 wins and 1 “maybe” – safe for third.
Bulldogs plays Geelong (?) and Collingwood (?), which puts them on 13 wins and 2 “maybes”.
Carlton plays Melbourne (W) and the Crows (?), which puts them on 13 wins and 1 “maybe”
Crows play the Eagles (W) and Carlton (?), which puts them on 13 wins and 1 “maybe”.
Brisbane plays Port (W) and Sydney (W), which puts them on 13 1/2 wins.
The Pies are safe for third, my prediction is that fourth will come down to the Carlton-Crows game - whoever wins that will come fourth, whoever loses will come or 7th, and Brisbane to finish 5th, and the Bulldogs, 6th. (Though it all gets mucked up if the Bulldogs win either of their matches.)