Not a terrible week. Once again, I only hit one of my weekly targets, but it was a rare case of me only hitting the tipping target and not the MAE one due to the high average margin. Outside of my performance, though, it was a rather dull round. Hawthorn v Port Adelaide and Adelaide v GWS got a bit close in the end and West Coast supporters got really nervous after almost giving up a 48-point lead in the last quarter, but outside of that we just saw regulation wins.
* : Affected by adjusted rating.
Two teams hit rock bottom with Carlton and Gold Coast getting below a -30 rating, which in the last few years is a level only hit by Brisbane. West Coast have dropped down to 5th after Geelong overtook them. It’s a bit difficult to drop down in the rankings to 5th in your 10th consecutive week of rating increase but West Coast seem to have achieved that. Along with Geelong, Collingwood and North managed to pick up a solid increase after mercilessly beating their opponents and then mercifully letting them get back into the game in the second half.
There weren’t many major rating decreases this week apart from GWS (whose rating is catching up after being adjusted last week). Gold Coast did go down 3.4 points into 18th after getting slaughtered by Geelong, mostly due to their defence rating almost dropping to Carlton’s level. They face GWS this week while Carlton have a bye, will they have the worst defence rating in a week’s time? There’s a pretty good chance of it.