Another week of footy down. Now, as we enter the last 5 weeks of the regular season, we have a new leader sitting on top of the FFSS ratings. Low and behold, that new leader is the irritatingly familiar face of Hawthorn.
The Hawks now sit two games clear of any challengers on top of the ladder and FFSS, for the first time since very early on in the season, considers their performances worthy of top-spot. Once again, the Hawks are finding a way to come good when it matters.
Are we destined to hear the portmanteau "Fourthorn" for the rest of our days? It's looking increasingly likely.
The battle for 8th seems to have cooled off a bit this week. Order has been restored after North controlled Collingwood and Port were unable to overcome GWS. If North can beat the Saints this weekend, the top-8 might just be done and dusted.
Down the bottom, Essendon seem to have secured the spoon, and are now also rated the bottom team by FFSS after the Lions managed to beat them in Melbourne. This was quite a strange game. Despite the 37 point margin, the Bombers actually managed to create the better quality chances over the course of the four quarters. It was the straight-kicking of the Lions and the wayward kicking of the Bombers that managed to decide this one.
Because of this fact, the ratings down the bottom haven't changed perhaps as much as you would expect given a 37-point win on the road.