Aussie Football Update: 2017 AFL Finals Picture
The Aussie Rules football season will end with a bang soon.
We in America have our own sports that are all well and good, but the 2017 AFL Finals picture is heating up.
In Round 17, you only have a few games left before Finals Series spots lock up for good. The Adelaide Crows are the closest to that point at 48 points, and their tight battle with Geelong continues. They’ll be the first teams into the field, but who else joins them?
If the season ended today, there would be a tie for the lowest seeds, with others on their tails. That means the Finals Series remains up for grabs for at least three or four teams on the outside.
2017 AFL Finals Picture: If The Season Ended Today
The top team on the ladder, Adelaide, barely holds off Geelong for the second seed. With the Cats at 46, just two points separate the top teams. Add in Greater Western Sydney at 44 points, and it’s a competitive three-team race for the minor premiership. The last time we looked at this, Adelaide remained the frontrunner.
Port Adelaide rounds out the top four, setting up a potential all-South Australia meeting between the Crows and Power. The other qualifying final would be between Geelong and Greater Western Sydney.
Meanwhile, Richmond and West Coast meet in one elimination final. The winner would face the Adelaide/Port Adelaide winner. In the other elimination match, Sydney meets Melbourne. Both teams are at 36 points and in a tenuous situation entering Round 18.
2017 AFL Finals Picture: Who’s Out
St. Kilda dropped out of the mix with their loss to Essendon. In fact, it was quite an embarrassment, with St. Kilda losing by 61 points. The Saints have tough sledding ahead as well, with games against Port, West Coast, Melbourne, and Richmond still to come. Despite being on the wrong side of an eighth-place tiebreaker, their Finals status remains in jeopardy.
Essendon, the team vanquishing the Saints, holds at tenth on the ladder. They’re tied with the reigning premiers, the Western Bulldogs, at 32 points. The teams trail off from there, with Fremantle 12th at 28 points and Hawthorn 13th with 26. Nobody from the Dockers down appears ready to make a move, and time is nearly out.
2017 AFL Finals Picture: What’s Left?
Adelaide and Geelong meet in their next match, setting up a potential Grand Final preview. West Coast looks ready to move up again as they play Collingwood next week. Western has to beat sinking Gold Coast coming up to push themselves back into the picture.