Despite finishing on top of the ladder, with the second most points scored, the fewest conceded and the biggest inside 50 differential in the league, the Power sit a distant fourth in premiership favouritism.
Over the final month of the season, I’ll be using each game to look at a separate line of the field. Round 14 was all about the forwards, Round 16 is all about the defenders.
Let the madness begin. In 20 days we’ll likely have a clear view of what separates the top four from the top eight, and the race for the eight from the also-rans.
In today’s Notebook there’s a look at how the Bulldogs beat Essendon’s pressure, Brisbane’s movement around stoppages and all the what ifs in the final stages of Carlton v Port Adelaide.
It’s an all-positive edition of the Notebook this week, because there are too many of them to ignore.
The highlight of being able to sit through a match review was learning about little intricacies which have a major effect on results.
Some background to explain why the process and ball movement against the Power was so surprising...
From time to time there’ll be games which are grinders, ones which it feels like you’re always fighting uphill.
Game day at Etihad Stadium, and standing in the way of three wins in a row is a Port Adelaide side which has had an … interesting week, to say the least.
On exposed form in 2018, the Port Adelaide that arrives at Etihad Stadium on Saturday is an extremely different beast to the one North Melbourne faced at Adelaide Oval in 2017.