AFL Power Rankings: Round 3

1 — PORT ADELAIDE (Previous rank – 1)

It’s hard to sugarcoat their effort against West Coast. Should bounce back opposed to Richmond, giving them a 3-1 win-loss record with games against the Eagles and Tigers behind them.

2 — RICHMOND (2)

Couldn’t go stride for stride with Sydney. Even the best of the best have slip-ups. Have multiple credits in the bank.


Loved their ruthless edge after half-time against a vulnerable opponent. Travelling sweetly.

4 — WEST COAST (5)

Head east this week fresh off a vintage performance against a legitimate contender. The loss of Luke Shuey (hamstring) is a bitter blow.


Have been a surprise packet to start 2021. Perfectly placed ahead of this week’s assignment against Geelong at the MCG.

6 — SYDNEY (7)

 The transformation from a dour, defence-first team to a free-flowing outfit has been the feelgood story of the season. Get a great look at improving to 4-0.

7 — BRISBANE (10)

Got the win against Collingwood that they were denied a week earlier opposed to Geelong. Take a bow. Zac Bailey.

8 — GEELONG (6)

Improved to 2-1 on Easter Monday. Injuries to key personnel, the latest being Shaun Higgins’ hamstring, isn’t ideal. Still not convinced.


It’s only early in the campaign, but the loss to Brisbane after being in a winning position may haunt them. Best when they play with freedom.

10 — FREMANTLE (11)

Took a step backwards against Carlton. The result again underlined how important Nat Fyfe is. He returns this week.

11 — CARLTON (15)

Justified their short quote against the Dockers. How potent could a forward line of Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow be in the current AFL landscape?

12 — ST KILDA (8)

The wheels have come off. Their inability to defend against Essendon. Even if they lose to West Coast, their effort must be unconditional.

13 — ADELAIDE (13)

Rallied from a wobbly start on Good Friday to gun down Gold Coast. Taylor Walker’s resurgence remains a talking point. Will dismiss North Melbourne and be 3-1.

14 — HAWTHORN (14)

Showing some really positive signs. A 1-2 record is more than okay considering they have fronted up to Richmond and Geelong in back-to-back weeks.

15 — ESSENDON (17)

Put St Kilda to the sword, but not ready to declare they are back. Look like they again are best suited inside Marvel Stadium.

16 — GOLD COAST (12)

Cannot get a run at it. The loss of Jarrod Witts with an ACL injury is a cruel blow given leg issues have already sidelined Matt Rowell, Connor Budarick, Zac Smith and Sam Day. Finals are out of reach.

17 — GWS (16)

Gave a yelp early against Melbourne only to be overrun. Are banged up and devoid of confidence. The blowtorch will be applied soon to coach Leon Cameron.


Horrible. Plain and simple. Nothing to be enthused about whatsoever.

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