Updated: Jul 15, 2020
After six rounds, the AFL ladder is a bunched as they come. Like a slow Melbourne Cup, almost all, bar lame-duck Adelaide, could make a run at the finals. Some fascinating round seven matchups await. But first, let's look at what happened throughout round six.
Geelong defeated Brisbane by 27 points
After last week's blitz against Port Adelaide; Brisbane found themselves on the receiving end of a sustained period of elite football. Geelong - at times pedestrian through the first half - produced a seven-goal third quarter to end this contest.
Tom Hawkins - three goals - was a clear winner against the Lions starlet Harris Andrews. Whilst Gary Ablett wound back the clock with a crucial two-game contribution. Geelong has now won three straight to leap into the top four. Brisbane - impressive throughout most of the first half - remain in the top four and face a difficult GWS team next week.
Collingwood defeated Hawthorn by 32 points
Another week, another fast Collingwood start. This week, however, Collingwood was rewarded with four premiership points. Four desperately needed points. Adam Treloar and Brody Mihochek - 15 contested possessions and four goals respectively - were the main architects in Collingwood's season rebuilding win. A fascinating clash with Geelong awaits.
Hawthorn's sporadic form continues to resign them to the mid-table crunch. Static and unable to generate quality scoring opportunities; Alistair Clarkson is starting to feel the media heat for the first time.
Fremantle defeated St Kilda by 6 points
Whilst we wondered if this one had upset potential, no one could have imagined it happening in this fashion. Seven first-quarter goals had the Saints positioned for a percentage boosting demolition. Three quarters later and the Saints were departing an AFL field humbled for the third time this season.
Fremantle - once 0-5 - have now won two on the trot. What looked like a horror WA derby three weeks ago now looks a real rip-snorter; both the Dockers and Eagles will carry in two-game win streaks.
West Coast defeated Adelaide by 33 points
The Eagles head home to Perth with back to back wins in their carry on. Whilst yet to hit their straps, parts are starting to click into the place for the 2018 premiers. Edging towards the top eight, West Coast will start favourites in the WA derby next week.
You have to feel for Adelaide. Winless after six weeks, it is starting to feel a little like we could see a winless team in 2020. Brave yesterday, their ability by foot prevented any chance of an Adelaide victory.
Melbourne defeated Gold Coast by 17 points
An enjoyable game of football. Marks, goals, and physicality, this one had it all. Ultimately, it was the Demons who secured a much needed, and much-deserved win. Clayton Oliver - slaughtered all week in the press - showed his ability in a gritty performance. Whilst the Sun's will be disappointed to drop a game from a winnable position, Izak Rankine provided a Rising Star worthy performance.
Rankine - Pick 3 from the 2018 AFL draft - kicked three brilliant goals, his first in particular exhibited an amazing skill set.
Essendon defeated North Melbourne by 14 points
Playing in front of fans for the first time this season, Essendon benefited from a strong home crowd, on the Gold Coast. Winners by 14 points, Essendon were fortunate not to be playing one of the local teams as they struggled to adapt to the Queensland dew. The Bombers - who moved into the top four with a game in hand - squandered numerous opportunities before finally building a match-winning lead in the middle of the final term.
North was brave throughout but struggled to create the same easy opportunities that Essendon was. Too tall up forward, they struggled to match the backline run from Essendon. Losers of five straight, it gets no easier for the Roos. Richmond awaits.
Port Adelaide defeated GWS by 17 points
A real topsy-turvy encounter; Port Adelaide held the momentum when the final siren sounded. GWS looked a winner at the three-quarter time break; Port Adelaide fought back as a premiership contender should. Four goals in the final term; along with the majority of inside 50's, was an impressive response to a third-term dominated by the Giants. Lonely at the top of the ladder, Port play one last game in Brisbane next week against Carlton before heading home to Adelaide.
The Giants - coming in off two massive wins - looked a little flat throughout. Yet they had their chances, a wasteful third term will frustrate Leon Cameron and his men. A massive round seven fixture against Brisbane awaits.
Richmond defeated Sydney by 8 points
Richmond was deserved winners on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Brisbane. Starting fast, the Tigers kicked the first three of the game to look like rampant winners. They would kick just one more. The Swans - minus Josh Kennedy who left the field in the opening quarter - ground their way into the game.
When Nick Blakey's flying shot in the final two minutes slid wide, the Tigers were home. Undermanned, Richmond moves into the top eight ahead of round seven fixture against a North Melbourne team who haven't won in a month. Their season is well and truly back on track.
Carlton defeated Western Bulldogs by 52 points
Carlton - a week removed from getting ahead of themselves - responded emphatically with a thumping win over the fancied Bulldog outfit. Early doors it appeared as though the Bulldogs thought they may be able to out bully the Blues; the only team bullied turned out to be the Bulldogs. Carlton's four-goal blitz to begin the final term felt like the final key clicking into place for the rebuilding Blues.
Both teams now sit at 3-3 on the season; with opportunities for momentum ahead in week seven. The Bulldogs will look to extend their recent dominance over a current top-four team in Essendon. Whilst Carlton can take their best shot at early season pace setters, Port Adelaide.