Fearless: Some observations

Well wherever he is I hope he’s ok but…we’ll leave it at that.


Hope you are otherwise all in all aspects of life.


The form has appeared in 6 weeks of the AFL season thus far. I thought the best way to gauge is by how many quarters your side can muster relative to Richmond, the only 4 quarter side in the competition at present.


Adelaide 2.5 quarters – have ability but not there yet. Watchout if they get it all together!


Brisbane 1 quarter – potential there and learning, but it’s a steep learning curve. Hodge leading from the front.



Carlton 1 quarter – injuries have taken an unexpected toll, but Bolton’s on the right track. Patience, Bluebaggers!


Collingwood 2.5 quarters – a surprise packet but maybe the cards are beginning to fall into place as per Bucks’ vision…imagine no injuries…


Essendon 2 quarters – not as good as 1st thought but a couple of good wins and will improve as the season progresses.


Fremantle 2 quarters – maybe a surprise packet for some, but genuinely exciting mix of experience and youth. Away form needs consistency.


Geelong 2.5 quarters – surprisingly not there yet, some injuries but major inconsistency and lapses.


Gold Coast 1.5 quarters – for a club with no home ground some really good signs but consistency will need to improve.


GWS 2.5 quarters – injuries have hit hard but base is there to work deep into September.


Hawthorn 2.5 quarters – Clarko’s lightning rebuild is generally solid and working well. Ahead of schedule in return to finals action.


Melbourne 2 quarters – good in parts, terrible in parts…if they don’t get ahead of themselves, then they may actually play finals.


North Melbourne 2 quarters – good very good, bad serviceable…just can’t rely too much on older players. Brown a gem.


Richmond 4 quarters – the clubhouse leader…catch them if you can…and depth to cover injuries.


St.Kilda 1.5 quarters – struggling up forward post Riewoldt, but McCartin showing promise. Lacks X-factor. Some things take time and require patience.


Sydney 2.5 quarters – can do wonders without Buddy but generally solid across the board. Buddy adds the X-factor to return them to deeper into the finals.


West Coast 2.5 quarters – another surprise packet but don’t seem to have missed a beat, despite losing heaps of experience.


Western Bulldogs 2 quarters – 2016 and the dais seems so far into the past. Inconsistent and with injuries, but best is still pretty good.


After 6 rounds, the competition is very even. As quoted on the radio on Saturday: “the AFL’s version of utopia is each team on 11 wins and 11 losses”


Watch this space!


Cheers PT



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