In (trying to) analyse games, a part I always enjoy is watching key passages of play twice.
Today's focuses are the Bulldogs and Gold Coast for one of my favourite parts of the season; attempting to nail predictions based on one weekend of action.
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.
Three weeks ago the Western Bulldogs were in trouble. Big trouble. A midfield, supposed to be their edge over the competition, was falling apart and much of their hard work earlier in the season had been squandered.
Of all the times for a strength to turn in to a weakness, a fortnight out from finals is no-one’s choice and out of nowhere that's where the Western Bulldogs find themselves.
A slightly different structure to today’s edition of the Notebook, with two main observations followed by a string of mini-thoughts...
On the agenda this week: Gold Coast's terrible third quarter, the Western Bulldogs' maturity, and a starting point for Melbourne's forward trio.