2020 gets weirder and weirder; another challenging week for the tipsters. Particularly this man, who has paid the price for trying to balance tipping sensibly with calling the upsets. The upsets, which keep happening each week. The variability of almost every team's form has been incredible. Whilst the quality of football was not always pleasing; four games were decided by less than a goal, making for exciting viewing.
Western Bulldogs defeat Sydney by 28 points
Kicking off the theme for the weekend, the resurrecting of seasons, the Bulldogs were superb in Sydney. They stifled the Swans, who could not move the ball. Humbled by the Saints just two weeks ago - falling to 0-2 - the Bulldogs have resurrected 2020 with a tremendous attack on the football.
GWS defeated Collingwood by 2 points
The way results fell, GWS' season would have remained in touch with a loss. Yet, this victory feels like it will be critical to any success they manage in 2020. A cracking game in which GWS again lost multiple players - they managed to hold off a barrage of inside 50s for Collingwood across the last 1/4 and a half.
For the Pies - yet to score a 4th quarter goal this season - its a bitterly disappointing loss. Squandering 4 points, losing Jeremy Howe to an MCL/PCL injury, and blowing the momentum they had created for themselves last week will sting.
Port Adelaide defeated West Coast by 48 points
Through the first 3/4, this felt like an overmatched West Coast team, doing everything they could to hang on to season 2020. Eventually, they broke, and Port Adelaide cashed in with another monster victory. Their spinnakers are well and truly set.
How much of the West Coast's problems are down to them not handling hub life? How much is it an ageing list? Have they been worked out? In reality, it is always a mix.
St Kilda defeated Richmond by 26 points
The Saints took their 2nd chance card after last weeks horrible showing against the Pies. They were all over Richmond throughout this one. Like the Bulldogs; they now have a base to build on.
The Tigers have one win in the opening month. Hands up if you had that happening? Not me. Fortunately, for the Tiger army, the last few weeks have seen the ladder compressed. Their 6 points from 4 games could have seen them in a much worse place.
Carlton defeated Essendon by 1 point
Two weeks ago 2020 looked in grave danger for Carlton. Since then they have gone down the road to Geelong to bring back 4 points; then defeated bitter rival Essendon to draw to 2-2 on the season. Inefficient going forward, Carlton gave the Bombers an undeserved sniff. Yet, they were able to settle and overrun the Bombers for a well-deserved victory.
It's hard what to make of the Bombers performance. Their lack of spread from the contest was evident from the first minute. A flat performance; their forward line looked out of sync.
Gold Coast defeated Fremantle by 13 points
They've done it again; he's done it as well. The Gold Coast has won 3 on the bounce; Matt Rowell might have 9 Brownlow votes across those wins. Incredibly, this was the first time in AFL history that neither team registered a behind in the first half of a game. Winless Fremantle gave themselves every chance. The Gold Coast, yes the Gold Coast, had too much class.
Brisbane defeated Adelaide by 37 points
Starting post-isolation with questions asked of them, Brisbane has answered them resoundingly. Dominating an improved Adelaide outfit, the Lions should have won by 10 goals. Lachie Neale and Hugh McCluggage the prime culprits; booting 11 behinds between them. League-leading Port Adelaide awaits the Lions in a mouth-watering clash next week.
Adelaide - who was much better around the ball - face Fremantle next week, a battle of the leagues two winless teams.
Geelong defeated Melbourne by 3 points
A seesawing Sunday afternoon at the MCG saw Geelong hold on against Melbourne. Apart from this one being a close one, the less written about it, the better.
Hawthorn defeated North Melbourne by 4 points
Almost identical to the Geelong - Melbourne game, Hawthorn held off a fast-finishing North by 4 points. Combined, the style these two games were played in has given the media plenty of content for their Monday stories.