West Coast

Position: 8th
Win/Loss Ratio: 6-5
Points: 24

Season so far:

West Coast entered the 2013 season as considerable flag favourites. Although just scraping into the eight halfway through 2013, much of this optimism has significantly diminished. The Eagles have been unable to prove that they are genuine contenders, losing to all three top eight sides they have met; Hawthorn, Fremantle and Carlton. To add to their woes, they have lost to bottom side Port Adelaide and narrowly escaped defeat from St Kilda. The most worrying sign is that four out of the Eagles’ five losses have been at their home ground, Patersons Stadium, a ground that in the past has almost guaranteed them wins.

Biggest Improver: Josh Kennedy

Despite the Eagle with that distinct run-up being injured for the majority of the 2012 season, Josh Kennedy’s form has improved significantly on the games that he did play in 2012. Kennedy played nine games in 2012, and has played 10 thus far, already kicking 16 more goals, and all of his other main statistics in kicks, marks and handballs are up considerably on last season as well. Currently second in the Coleman medal, Kennedy is executing his role as the main goal-kicking target for the Eagles very successfully.

Biggest Slider: Darren Glass

2012 All-Australian Captain Darren Glass is not travelling too well during the 2013 season. It could be age that is catching up to the defender or the loss in Eagles’ form. But whatever it may be, it is evident that the 32-year-old has gone missing in games where his leadership as skipper was pivotal. Glass needs to stand up in the second half of the season, if the Eagles wish to retain their top eight position.

Prediction for the rest of the season:

After the bye, the Eagles have a harsh five rounds that could make or break their season. They face off in difficult clashes with Hawthorn, Essendon, Adelaide, Fremantle and Sydney who, aside from Adelaide, are showing considerable form earning them a top eight place. If the Eagles want to play finals, it is crucial that they win the majority of these upcoming rounds.

 

Sydney

Position: 3rd
Win/Loss Ratio: 8-2-1
Points: 34

Season so far:

The reigning premiers are doing everything they can to prove that they can go back-to-back in 2013. They definitely have not had an easy draw, although have only lost games to Hawthorn and Geelong, incidentally the only two teams that are above them on the ladder. The likes of recurrent top performers in Adam Goodes, Kieren Jack and Dan Hannebery have been vital to how the season has panned out so far.

Biggest Improver: Daniel Hannebery

Daniel Hannebery has entered the bye round as one of the current Brownlow favourites. The 22-year-old is proving pivotal to the Swans midfield as a ball magnet that compliments the likes of dual Brownlow Medalist Adam Goodes. Hannebery is averaging 28 disposals a game, chalking up a career-high 42 in last week’s game against the Crows. If he continues this in the latter half of the season, the possibility of Hannebery taking the Charlie home will become an even greater possibility.

Biggest Slider: Lewis Jetta

The uncatchable pocket rocket in Lewis Jetta has been visibly absent during the season so far. 2012 was his breakout season, so it was expected that he would build on this form and continue to develop in 2013 as a reliable forward source for the Swans. However it is apparent that his overall presence on the field has notably decreased, with all of his main statistics lower on last season and used as a substitute.

Prediction for the rest of the season:

Sydney have the potential to only get better as the season goes on, with one major inclusion expected to debut after the bye; Kurt Tippett. The former Crow and suspended forward is expected to successfully slot into the line up and only add to the likes of Goodes, Ben McGlynn and Sam Reid. The Swans’ draw doesn’t pose many obstacles, so they have the potential to go all the way again in 2013.