The six things we learned from Round 11

We are eleven weeks into the AFL season as fans were treated to nine thrilling games over the weekend.

Round 11 told us a lot about certain clubs as the reigning Premiers were finally knocked down.

Here’s what we learned from the weekend’s matches:

COVID and injury excuses run out for West Coast

The West Coast has struggled all season, but Saturday’s loss to the Bulldogs was cruel on many levels.

After looking to regain some form last week against the Giants, the Eagles fell lower losing by triple digits.

Coach Adam Simpson has apologized extensively so far this year, with injuries and COVID plaguing the side, and while that has often been a fair assessment, there is no excuse for a miss. effort.

With one win under their belt and a save percentage of just 49.7, the Eagles are well on their way to matching the worst season in recent history, which was GWS in 2013 with a win and save percentage of 50. 97.

There’s no doubt that the West Coast needs to rebuild, but there’s also no way they could be as bad as this second-year Giants team.

They have to react, and quickly it gets really embarrassing.

Adelaide next week could be the perfect opportunity to show it.

Fremantle are real contenders

Just as we were beginning to doubt the Dockers, they picked up one of the most impressive wins of the season against reigning Premiers Melbourne.

With back-to-back losses to Gold Coast and Collingwood, Fremantle were starting to falter and a response didn’t seem likely with Melbourne and Brisbane on the horizon.

With the win over the Demons, the Dockers not only undo their recent poor form, but they’re truly embarking on the discord.

Although Steven May was a huge takedown for the Dees, he probably doesn’t have a 38-point difference, proving just how phenomenal Justin Longmuir’s team was.

The top four beckon Fremantle at 8-3, and a win over Brisbane next week would truly give them a firm grip on the number two seed halfway through the season.

We could be set for a dominant purple run if what we saw on Saturday afternoon continues.

This is probably the result Melbourne needed

Just as the result was critically important for Fremantle, so too could it be for Melbourne.

While the reigning Premiers went 10-0 before the clash, the way they did so was of some concern as they never really clicked into first gear in the majority of those wins.

While that’s a good sign to show how dominant they’ve been, they were probably getting a little complacent when in the back of their minds they would have known that a loss would eventually be on the horizon.

For him to come in Round 11, is only good for the Dees…they would definitely prefer that to happening in a Grand Finals.

In the event of a loss, the Demons will be able to correct any lingering flaws in their game and ensure that they are as hungry as ever, especially as we begin the turn in September after the midpoint of the season.

You would hate to be the team against this Melbourne team that just lost.

Sydney awaits at the MCG on Saturday, expect a big response from Simon Goodwin’s men.

Collingwood isn’t the one-trick pony we thought it might be

Having started the season well before falling back into the peloton, many had Collingwood as one of those teams that pushed hard.

While it works well at its best, when it goes bad it falls very quickly and we’ve seen that these pies have gotten used to Craig McRae’s game plan.

Although forward handball and overlapping are still an important feature of Collingwood’s game, over the past fortnight against Fremantle and Carlton we’ve seen their pressure to be elitist as well.

In two consecutive weeks, the Magpies have knocked out teams that were in the top four heading into weekend games, earning both wins after chasing their opponents without the ball.

Now, with what appears to be a structurally sound zone, the Magpies can truly win games with their tackle, as they force their opponent to turn the ball around in dangerous positions.

With two big scalps in his pocket, Collingwood will be the favorite in next Sunday’s game against Hawthorn.

Win that, and at 7-5 their fate will be well and truly in their hands.

Carlton’s Jacob Weitering looks set to cause some serious havoc

With Carlton’s big stocks looking decimated by injuries, star defender Jacob Weitering joined them after suffering an AC injury against Collingwood.

As a defender of competition form, Weitering’s defeat proved crucial in Sunday’s result, with the Magpies netting 24 shots.

While an AC joint injury won’t rule out the star for the season, his loss over the next six to eight weeks will be felt significantly at Ikon Park.

With games against Fremantle, Richmond, St Kilda and Geelong to come in his potential sideline spell, Carlton will have to go with a patchwork defense against some of the competition’s best attacks.

It won’t crush Carlton’s September dream, with Weitering, Harry McKay, Mitch McGovern and Marc Pittonet all set for comebacks later this year.

Saying that, the bye literally couldn’t have come at a better time for Michael Voss’ injured men.

It’s a big week for the Western Bulldogs

The Bulldogs return to the 2022 season with wins in their final three games.

Now 6-5 in 11 games, the Bulldogs find themselves inside the eight and with a real heartbeat.

Although they have won their last three, those victories have come against Collingwood, Gold Coast and West Coast, teams they would have backed each other to beat.

Next week comes Geelong, a much tougher test for the boys from the west.

If they win they will have claimed their first big scalp and we will start to believe in their credentials as Prime Minister.

Lose, and it’s back to the drawing board.

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