Prior to the start of the year, the Crows and Hawthorn were seen by many judges to be the teams to watch – the Hawks had had an injury plagued 2009, and looked to be ready to get back into the big time; the Crows were good in 2009, and with their many young players, were thought to be ready to go up a level and be firmly in the top 4. The Swans and Fremantle however were thought to be in the midst of rebuilding – no thought of finals this year.
After 6 rounds the Hawks and Crows have one win between them; the Swans and Fremantle meanwhile both are on 5 wins and one loss.
Potential means nothing; expectations guarantee nothing. Last year is irrelevant.
AFL football lives in the present; you can’t afford to think of winning a flag in two year’s time, you have to try and win it this year. In 2008 many thought the Hawks were a good side, that would be challenging for the flag in 09 or 2010. Instead they won it in 2008, and since then have been pretty damn average. You have to win it when you can, because despite all the planning and logic, your team can suddenly be the Crows and Hawks in 2010. At least Hawks’ supporters can still remember 2008; for the Crows’ 1998 is fast becoming ancient history.
Not much chance this week at the top or bottom; but plenty of movement in the middle: