Collingwood survived a scare from Carlton before powering home to another win, Geelong cruised to victory over the Kangaroos and the West Coast Eagles took care of business on the road against Saint Kilda in a round eight that once again had its share of upsets.
The biggest loser of the weekend was undoubtedly the Greater Western Sydney Giants who once again struggled to get going at the MCG, going down to a masterful Hawthorn by 33 points.
The Adelaide Crows, Richmond and the Western Bulldogs also banked impressive wins while the Sydney Swans held on to defeat the fancied Essendon at the SCG. Finally, the Melbourne Demons somehow managed to snatch victory on the road against the Gold Coast Suns, scoring twice in the final minute to win by the slimmest of margins.
The Magpies and Cats remain the teams to beat while the Crows have quietly steadied the ship to send them climbing up the AFANA AFL Power Poll into 5th place.
Here’s the six word summary Power Poll for round eight!
1. Collingwood Magpies (Last Week - 1)
Challenged but very composed under pressure.
2. Geelong Cats (2)
Tim Kelly in Brownlow Medal form.
3. West Coast Eagles (4)
Two in a row. Cruise Control.
4. Greater Western Sydney Giants (3)
The MCG mystery is still unsolved.
5. Adelaide Crows (7)
Finding Form, four in a row.
6. Brisbane Lions (5)
Clearance numbers down. Not panic stations.
7. Richmond Tigers (9)
Gutsy win despite heavy injury toll.
8. Port Adelaide Power (6)
Depth with injuries is an issue.
9. Western Bulldogs (10)
Young Bulldogs are on the rise.
10. Hawthorn Hawks (12)
Alastair Clarkson masterminded a massive win.
11. Fremantle Dockers (8)
Poor conversion leads to surprise loss.
12. Melbourne Demons (14)
Worked hard for an ugly win.
13. St Kilda Saints (11)
Starting to slide after brilliant start.
14. Essendon Bombers (13)
Schizophrenic Bombers turn bad once more.
15. Sydney Swans (17)
Parker, Kennedy lead Swans to victory.
16. North Melbourne Kangaroos (15)
Competitive but lacked finishing to win.
17. Gold Coast Suns (16)
Snatched defeat from jaws of victory.
18. Carlton Blues (18)
Great effort, lacked smarts to win.
Article last changed on Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:39 AM EDT