At the start of 2022 I was adamant Port Adelaide were on the right track with their list build, but with external expectations being too high they were in the perfect place for criticism.
Sometimes it's easy to spot the potential of a slow start. Then there are instances like Port Adelaide.
In (trying to) analyse games, a part I always enjoy is watching key passages of play twice.
Why sort teams into tiers and not a ladder like normal people? Well, two reasons...
This is either going to end up being fun or embarrassing.
For a while I’ve been trying to figure out how to create as many impartial, simple-to-understand tools when attempting to analyse an AFL list. Things that you can look at and instantly glean unbiased knowledge from.
A slightly different structure to today’s edition of the Notebook, with two main observations followed by a string of mini-thoughts...
For how the round looked on paper leading in, it turned out to be quite entertaining in reality. A draw, two more games decided by a kick, Nathan Buckley’s Collingwood farewell and a ripper in Adelaide which kicked things all off.