AFL Round 4: Losers and Improvers

A weekly look at which teams improved their position in week 4 and which teams fell further in the power rankings

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Sat, 22 Apr, 12:26 AM
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Improvers:

Fremantle Dockers

A left field selection here with the Dockers, but they’ve quietly strung together a couple of good performances after their poor opening to the season. Dropping their first two games, the Dockers have seen a resilient showing winning their last two and ensuring that they don’t drop off the pace.

The 106-104 victory over the Demons was a galvanizing one considering the Dockers lost the lead late in the fourth only to re-establish themselves on top and hold out for the ‘W’.

Next week hosts a good opportunity to get their nose above 0.500 for the season as they face a floundering Swans outfit.

Richmond Tigers

I must say, I didn’t quite expect this. Richmond’s chemistry was called into question before the season kicked off. What they’ve done is quite extraordinary holding the best defence in the competition has helped alleviate the need for a quick fix in the chemistry department.

Richmond has swept the board in their opening matches and with a game against the Demons coming up, there’s no reason why they couldn’t go 5-0 by the end of round 5.

Let's not be sidetracked with their quality of opposition though. They have beaten the teams coming, 14th, 13th, 15th and 5th. With that said, it’s the way in which they’ve won their games that’s been impressive.

They’ve been convincing performances while putting teams to the sword. If the Tigers can continue playing this team-centric defensive brand of footy there’s no telling how far they can go.

Losers:

Hawthorn Hawks

No surprises here. Hawthorn’s 86-point loss to the Cats was more of the same for this wayward club. Hawthorn’s 0 wins from 4 games are really starting to wear thin on Hawthorn members and their board.

Next week, a trip to West Coast offers another test to get into the win column for the first time this season.

Sydney Swans

Well who would’ve seen this coming? Sydney is in all sorts at the moment. They’re not on North Melbourne or Hawthorn levels just yet but bloody hell. What’s happened to the Swans?

Sydney has been extremely sub par in the attacking third of the field. Sydney has recorded a meager 313 points for, which is basically 78 per game. Only Hawthorn, Carlton and the Pies are worse in attack.

Fremantle next week is a winnable game. The Swans will need a morale booster to get their season back on track and it better come fast for coach and co.

By Nik Hatzi

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