The way the drama is shaping up there will be more interest this week in the off-field turmoil than the round four matches.
For none of the nine games scheduled from Thursday sets the blood tingling.
Arguably the most appealing clash is between Port Adelaide – along with Essendon and Collingwood the only unbeaten sides in the competition – and the West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
However, while Port heads the ladder the Eagles are down in 15th place with just one win.
Worse still the attitude within the West Coast camp is lamentable.
Everyone from coach Adam Simpson down is “crying” because the players are in camp at a luxury resort on the Gold Coast, rather than being allowed to return to Perth.
What the coach and players fail to realise is that their job is playing AFL and if that means being away from their homes so be it.
Obviously some sense of reality, along with some maturity and awareness of the team’s responsibilities, is urgently needed within the Eagles group but judging on the half-hearted displays against Brisbane and the Gold Coast that is not going to happen.
On the other hand Port has a positive attitude to the COVID-19 situation and, once again, was effective against Fremantle last week.
It was pleasing to watch Charlie Dixon perform creditably and Justin Westhoff played in his usual valuable style so they will both be problems for the dispirited Eagles.
Fremantle is languishing down in 17th place – with Adelaide the only other side to have not won a game – and the Dockers should provide easy pickings for the Suns at Metricon on Saturday night.
After what, at the time was a surprise win over West Coast, Gold Coast was untroubled to defeat the Crows with newcomer Matt Powell again starring.
The clash between Greater Western Sydney and Collingwood at Giants Stadium on Friday night was shaping as a blockbuster until last weekend.
While Collingwood humbled St Kilda the Giants were major disappointments against the Western Bulldogs.
Instead of concentrating on playing football Greater Western Sydney indulged in a “rough ‘em up” approach that proved to be a dismal failure.
It was not the first time the Giants have concentrated on being overly-aggressive and coach Leon Cameron should realise, by now, that does not work as the gutsy Bulldogs proved.
The Bullies now meet the Sydney Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday night, in a confrontation which will have an important bearing on the 2020 prospects for both clubs.
Last Week Tipped: 4
2020 Total: 11
Western Bulldogs by 10pts
Collingwood by 15pts
Port Adelaide by 26pts
Richmond by 10pts
Carlton by 30pts
Gold Coast by 14pts
Brisbane by 35pts
Geelong by 31pts
North Melbourne by 7pts