Brisbane Lions
Position: 14th
Win/Loss Ratio: 3-7
Points: 12

Season so far
The Lions have not been as impressive as they threatened to be in the pre-season. Sitting below the Suns is never somewhere where the established Queensland club in the Lions wants to be. Unlike other years, the majority of their wins have come on the road, including an upset over the Bombers. Admittedly, their other two wins have come over Gold Coast and Melbourne. At the Gabba, the Lions have a 1-4 record this year, which is disappointing considering they now have a talented group who can win consistently.

Biggest Improver: Sam Mayes
The most pleasing development has come from their first round draft pick from last year, Sam Mayes. The biggest knock on the South Australian was over whether he would be able to find enough of the ball. This year he is averaging 16.6 disposals per game and he is showed his talent as an outside midfielder against the Dees, racking up 28 disposals and nine marks.

Biggest Slider: Patrick Karnezis
The ex-Marcellin boy threatened to breakout this year, after having an incredible pre-season. Like the Lions though, Karnezis has largely been a flop. This year, he is averaging 12.7 disposals and has not yet kicked a goal. For a third year player, only managing to play three games in a struggling side is not good enough.

Prediction for the rest of the season:
Brisbane must be valiant in their next three games against Fremantle (Patersons), Geelong (Gabba) and Hawthorn (Aurora), because after that they have an easy run against Gold Coast, North Melbourne, Melbourne and Port, where they should chalk up some wins.Predicting the Lions will win 6 of their last 12 games, finishing 12th on the ladder.

 

Fremantle

Position: 4th
Win Loss Ratio: 6-2-1
Points: 26

Season so far
The Dockers are sitting pretty in fourth place with a healthy percentage of 126%. As usual, they have been dominant at home, winning four of those five games. Freo should call themselves unlucky with their draw to Sydney, but they did have a chance to win. Whether they will sustain their ladder position without Aaron Sandilands and Jon Griffin remains to be seen.

Biggest Improver: 
Garrick Ibbotson
Ibbotson has been a revelation this season. Averaging a whopping ten marks and 23.8 disposals per game, the half-back has really lifted from his usual mediocrity. Whilst Paul Duffield, Danyle Pearce and Nick Suban have struggled a bit, Ibbotson has picked up the slack and given the Dockers plenty of drive from defense.

Biggest Slider: Nick Suban
The silky half-back is yet to finally break out and tear a game to shreds. Averaging a meagre 14.3 disposals per game and even being subbed off extremely early this year because he was rarely sighted, it is easy to pick out Suban as being disappointing. With the Dockers’ early season dominance, it is time for Suban to stamp his authority and consistently be a force, rather than a player who excels in one quarter then disappears the next.

Prediction for the rest of the season:

Looking at the rest of their draw, Freo could potentially win all their games bar one against the Cats at Simonds stadium. For Freo to ensure they are a top four team, they must beat those middle of the table sides in West Coast, Adelaide, Carlton and Richmond. Their next four are Adelaide (AAMI), Brisbane (Pattersons), North Melbourne (Pattersons) and Geelong (Simonds). Predicting the Dockers will win nine of their next 12 and finish third on the ladder.