So Hawthorn and West Coast met in the Grand Final, as these rankings expected they would, and Hawthorn came out on top, which was expected as well. Watching the Hawks is kind of like watching a computer at chess. Hawthorn has now finished atop these rankings for a fourth straight year.
Melbourne was perhaps the only significant surprise in September, or the only
other team to raise its form in the past month. Sydney dropped back the most,
but it was hit by injuries which likely made it play below its best.
year Hawthorn held the top spot in the rankings for all but one week, all the
way back in Round 2. Fremantle, Sydney, and West Coast – the other top four
teams after the home-and-away season – were the only other teams to be in the
top eight all season. The Eagles making the finals wasn’t a surprise at all to
these rankings. The Eagles making the Grand Final was a surprise compared with
their position at the start of the season, though less of one after Round 7. More
surprising was the capitulation of Carlton and Essendon, particularly the
Bombers after the first few matches.
had a highest ranking of third during the year: Fremantle – who was actually
never ranked in the top two despite being the minor premier – Port Adelaide,
Adelaide, Richmond, and the Western Bulldogs.
That’s it until 2016!