North piled on nine goals in the third term to open up the game, with Drew Petrie slotting three goals in that term. Perhaps James Hird took the advice in this column last week too seriously and the Bombers actually are tanking, or Hird will have to start putting the European study trips to good use in a different career soon. Their win over GWS was strong and Geelong easily took care of Brisbane on Saturday, with Josh Walker putting together a breakout game. Port can get their record into the positive when they meet Gold Coast in round 22. The Western Bulldogs have entered the True Ladder top four for the first time. Get the final AFL table standings from the 2015 season of the AFL of Australian Rules Football in Australia only at ScoresPro.
Looking to round 20, there are three games that take a large importance. After their pathetic performance last week, Melbourne’s start to the game on Sunday was just so disappointing. With John Butcher struggling to have an impact and Jay Schultz not playing, Port were often without a target up forward, something they’ll need to change next season as they aim to deliver the ball forward more directly towards the goal square. However, Richmond fought back, thanks to the leadership of Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt who stood up in crucial moments. We cover all of the AFL including the ladder standings and a huge range of Aussie Rules football stats including games played, wins, losses, draws, overtime results, goal difference & the ending form of every AFL team for the whole of the 2015 season and the Play Offs & Regular Season. How they respond will be interesting. The Suns were again led by Aaron Hall, who collected 31 disposals and has been a key factor in that good month. The 2015 Australian Football League finals series was the 119th annual edition of the VFL/AFL final series, the Australian rules football tournament staged to determine the winner of the 2015 AFL Premiership Season.The series ran over four weekends in September and October 2015, culminating with the 2015 AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 3 October 2015.
The Saints were outclassed on the weekend, getting torn open in the first half by the Dockers and although they hit back late, the Saints didn’t really fire a shot when the game was on. Jeremy McGovern’s injury will stretch an already thin West Coast backline as they prepare to hold Lance Franklin and the Swans back this week. Nathan Buckley was very thoughtful and interesting after the game when he tried to will his side to believe they have “a license to be great.”. Adelaide did more than they needed to as they aimed to open up a gap between them and Geelong.
At three quarter time things were looking pretty rosy for the Suns. Although they didn’t win the match, the Blues won the contested possession count by 11 and clearances by 14. They suddenly look like a genuine finals team thanks to an improved defensive effort. West Coast showed enough in their defeat to Hawthorn to remain second. It was a positive performance from Essendon on the weekend. It’s clear everyone at Essendon wants this season to be over, but what do they have to look forward in 2016? What was most impressive was their ruthless defensive effort, providing impressive pressure and winning the tackle count despite having 68 more disposals. Following the tragedy of Walsh’s passing, Geelong’s game against Adelaide was cancelled this week, in a smart and decent move by the AFL. While they could lean on a thin excuse of having not played a match in 20 days, the Cats seemed devoid of the ability to perform basic skills like handballing and short kicking, particularly in the painful second quarter.
RIchmond haven’t put in a more complete performance against Collingwood in my living memory.
With West Coast getting over Fremantle in the Derby, Hawthorn remains third officially but remain the best team in the competition. The Dockers looked sharp against the Saints on Sunday, clinically taking the game away from their opponent in the first half. Any sort of constant effort would be an improvement over their performance this week. Melbourne need to show some determination in the final two weeks when they play Fremantle and GWS. The Giants have the season in their hands, if they want to make finals they can. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. GWS are out of gas. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Richmond may have found the secret to success: have your best players play their best footy. Melbourne was blown apart by West Coast in the final quarter on Saturday, in an otherwise strong showing. The Eagles must keep winning.
Richmond are closing in on the official top four and if they defeat Fremantle they strengthen their claims. Patrick Dangerfield brought himself back into Brownlow contention with a best-on-ground performance, but the most important result for Adelaide is the 10 percentage point gap they opened up over Geelong. Brisbane probably didn’t secure the best result for their future, but it was nice to see them kick another big score. The Swans did what they had to do to get a win on Friday but it wasn’t pretty. Carlton were back to the strong contested style they showed early under John Barker on Saturday.
Adelaide and Port Adelaide switch spots after their contrasting results, with Adelaide now firming as the likely side to take up the eighth position at the end of the season. His ability to win the contest and put himself in the right spots around the ground has seen Goldstein become a dominant ruckman. That match is between St Kilda and Richmond and will be played on Sunday. Brian Lake was subbed out for the Hawks and it seems as though they will have to make a choice between him and James Frawley. The result of the Showdown was fantastic for everybody but Port Adelaide.
AFL Ladder 2015. The Eagles are still in a strong position, however a lot rests on their upcoming match with the Hawks. North avoided a scare to shore up their position in the top eight. While Alan Richardson lamented the work of his side around the contest, the Saints were impressive in the first half. Things fell apart, with a 48-point turnaround occurring and Gold Coast suddenly looking hapless in the contest. Round 14 and the 2015 season will forever be remembered for the tragic passing of Phil Walsh. The Hawks were a little indifferent at the beginning of the season but currently look like the team to beat. With the Adelaide-Geelong clash cancelled, the Giants didn’t lose much ground in terms of making the top eight with their loss, and they will look to gain some ground when they host St Kilda this week. The Swans have been pretty poor in the past month, but perhaps this win will act as a boost to their form as they prepare for the finals and they can move back up this ladder. Elsewhere, Adelaide has jumped up to ninth after their big win over Essendon and another win this week could see them enter the top eight instead of Geelong. North Melbourne’s excellent run of form has seen it break into the top four right on the edge of finals.
Carlton were competitive early but fell away very quickly on Friday. Cam Guthrie played a strong game, with three goals before half time to go with his 30 possessions, while Steve Johnson kicked a couple in his 250th match. Collingwood and West Coast Eagles should be an interesting test of West Coast’s credentials, and the Western Bulldogs would like to shore up their spot in the eight against Geelong who should be hungry for a good performance after their recent efforts.  At the remaining seven matches of the round (Sydney and Port Adelaide had already played on Thursday night), respect was paid to Walsh by observing moments of silence both before and after the match; and pre- and post-match celebrations or promotions, including the playing of club songs and running through banners, were not carried out. For the second consecutive year, the NAB Challenge series took place, featuring 27 practice matches played over 25 days, beginning 26 February and ending 22 March. Pingback: Round 21, 2015 | The True AFL Ladder. St Kilda may be pleased with their last quarter fight back, but the match was well and truly over by that stage. Ollie Wines was outstanding, particularly as Port built a lead in the first quarter, while Justin Westhoff seemed to pop up everywhere, including under a knee. After dominating Sydney in round 17, West Coast were lacking a spark on Saturday night. As we have seen under John Barker, Carlton displayed strong fight as they went down to the Western Bulldogs. Expect Sydney to climb back up as the season winds down, but right now they are struggling a little for form, a problem that the Western Bulldogs aren’t encountering. The Giants were led by a five goal effort from Rhys Palmer, although it didn’t all go to plan. The Suns have a tough final two rounds, but have a great chance to register their fourth win of the year when they host the Bombers on Saturday.
When the Dogs are on, they really are unstoppable. The Eagles can’t afford to drop any games if they want to hold onto second spot. Their round 17 performance against St Kilda was borderline disgraceful, but their strong victory in round 18 against Collingwood was a joyful performance.
Posted in 2015, AFL, Sport, True AFL Ladder | Tagged AFL, AFL True Ladder, Richmond, Sydney Swans | 1 Comment | Round 15, 2015. An impressive win from Adelaide this week, in a game they truly dominated. It feels like it has been a long time since that happened. The back end of this season has been like the van in Inception: the Magpies have driven off a cliff in slow motion. Matches in Adelaide and Perth retained their respective local starting times of 7:10 pm and 5:40 pm. Sure, it matters as far as the ladder goes, but the fact that the Adelaide team was able to go out and perform with such intensity and grit was impressive, even if they were matched up against a better side.