1 Geelong are clearly the team to beat right now. They were uncompromising away against the Adelaide Crows. Reinvigorated by young guns like Charlie Constable, Jordan Clark and Gryan Miers the Cats look twice as dangerous at they did this time last year.
2. Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti is Essendon’s barometer. The small forward hadn’t fired a shot in the Bombers’ first two matches but kicked four (including the piece of genius below) to help his team sink the hapless Dees and get their first win on the board.
3. Things only get harder for the Swans. The win over Carlton was well needed but with Jarrad McVeigh and Will Hayward out injured for 6-8 weeks and a month respectively it feels like one step forward and two back.
4. With 7.5 from 30 disposals Jeremy Cameron looks set to be who we thought he could be after kicking 62 goals as a 20 year old, the best forward in the AFL. Now 25 years of age the Giant leads the goal-kicking, could he be the one to take them past the prelims and deliver the flag many assumed they were fated to get?
5. Judging by their last two fourth quarters the Hawthorn IP brought into the club by Luke Hodge and Chris Fagan has well and truly rubbed off on the Lions. They now just find a way to win.
6. If Collingwood v West Coast is a testing of football theory, quantity (Collingwood) vs quality (West Coast), then the latter is winning. The Eagles did it even easier than the GF, even with the Pies baulked up by the addition of Dayne Beams.
7. Almost everyone in footy has massively underrated the Gold Coast Suns. After three games they have a 2-1 record quickly putting to bed pre-season theories that they could go winless in 2019 after their off-season from hell.
8. Early on in the match Chad Wingard was noticeably rusty in his first hit-out for the Hawks but his two goals in the fourth quarter just about sunk the Roos. Efficiency is so massive in football right now and the amount of damage he can do is huge for Hawthorn.
9. Not many players are made like Michael Walters. The brilliantly skilled forward can be just as effective in the middle. In Fremantle’s win over the Saints he finished up with 27 disposals (14 contested), seven clearances and two goals. It’s not the numbers but rather the speed and cleanliness of which he plays that impresses. One more number though: 92% efficiency when playing as an inside in unreal.