Round 18 of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition might not be done yet, but closer to doneness are the clubs from South Australia, as both the Crows and the Power lost.
The Essendon Bombers beat the Crows 96 – 15 and we doubt that even the new review system under development could impact the outcome.
Port fell to Richmond, as the Tigers continue to climb back from the poor start to the season that found them unable to beat the top clubs and struggle with some of the bottom half, with losses to Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne by sizable margins giving pause to all of those who tipped the Tigers as clear premiership favourites ahead of the season.
Port won the first encounter with Richmond by seven points, but the Adelaide Oval did not supply the boost the Power needed to send the message that they were something other than mid-rungers.
The Crows have wins over GWS and Richmond to show for their 2019 campaign, but aside from those two scalps, have nothing to suggest they are anywhere close to their 2017 form.
The shocker to this point in the round was GWS beating Collingwood at Giants Stadium, not so much from the standpoint of the victory, as ahead of the game, the outcome looked every part of a flip of the coin, but the 47-point margin had us humming something about 24 blackbirds baked in a pastry.
Fremantle beat Sydney by one point, 52 – 51 at Optus, although we will not spend the money we earned from that one until the result is declared official and is not flipped on the basis of some manner of countback.
Excuse us, that is a feature of the code of cricket, not footy.
There are games remaining in the fixture, but nothing that seems to offer any impact on the standings with regard to finals.
Even if Hawthorn pull off an upset over Geelong, the Cats have many lives remaining and only the Round 22 game with Brisbane to offer any semblance of concern.