AFL Power Rankings: Round Six

Round Six of the AFL season has come to an end, so see how your team stacks up in this week's edition of Edge of the Crowd's Power Rankings

A big Round Six of the AFL commemorated the ANZACs, as the country marked ANZAC Day yesterday. On the field, there were all sorts of excitement across the football of the weekend.

We take a look at how each team fared in this week's edition of theEdge of the Crowd's Power Rankings.

(The club's previous week's position is in brackets.)

1. Melbourne (1)

The Demons were on top last week. In case anybody had forgotten why they put together flashes of their brilliance against Richmond. It was far from Melbourne's best, as Richmond hung around in the contest.

The Demons started slowly but found their feet in the third term to blow past the Tigers, in a familiar theme for Demons fans. In more familiarity, Clayton Oliver was best on ground with 41 disposals and 13 clearances.

Most pleasingly for the Demons was the forward line workings, with Sam Weideman kicking three goals, while the ever consistent Bailey Fritsch had two.

Christian Petracca and Ed Langdon were also their usual damaging selves, as they wreaked havoc through the midfield and breaking away from the contest.

2. Brisbane (2)

The Lions were faced with the Suns in the QClash, but after six QClash wins in a row, they came into the match full of confidence.

Zac Bailey showed that straight away with two early goals, on his way to a dazzling six goals for the match, as the Lions easily accounted for the Suns. Bailey wasn't the only small forward running riot, as Charlie Cameron added four second-half goals of his own.

Jarryd Lyons took another opportunity to remind the Suns what they let go, as he had 30 disposals and 10 tackles, and was arguably best on ground.

The Lions didn't have it all their own way, losing the inside 50 count, but had enough class to finish their opportunities better, and were well ahead of the Suns on the scoreboard.

3. Sydney (3)

The Swans seemed to forget when the match started, as 16 minutes into their match against Hawthorn, they were down 32-0. From there, the Swans outscored the Hawks 109-36, and it could have been more.

The Swans were their own worst enemy for much of the day, as they had kicked 4.11 at one point, with two shots sailing out on the full as well. A dominant final quarter, including the last nine goals in a row, which showed the Swans' capability to run with anybody.

Peter Ladhams was influential, as he made another impact for the Swans against the undersized Hawks' ruck group, collecting 34 hit outs and six clearances.

In more distressing news for the Swans, Paddy McCartin suffered a concussion after a stray knee and was subbed out of the game in the third quarter, and young key forward Logan McDonald failed a concussion test of his own minutes later.

4. St Kilda (4)

The Saints were faced with an invigorated Giants outfit, playing at home, and with Toby Greene. The Saints were thrown a curveball when star recruit and ruck Jack Hayes to a knee injury before quarter time.

Hayes' season was over, but the Saints weren't done. Jack Higgins had four goals and 17 disposals, while a wayward Max King could have blown the giants away, after kicking 1.7, in a repeat of his goal-kicking yips.

Jack Steele, Brad Crouch and Jack Sinclair continued their strong midfield form, with the trio tallying more than 75 disposals, 10 clearances and 13 tackles in a strong performance in the engine room.

The Saints will be hard-pressed to replace Hayes after Brayden Preuss had 47 hit outs for the Giants, but the midfield continues to run wild and win clearances off other rucks.

5. Geelong (5)

Geelong cantered back to their best, as they easily accounted for the Kangaroos. The Cats were never challenged, as Jeremy Cameron (seven goals) and Tom Hawkins (four) outscored the Kangaorrs themselves.

The Cats were fast out of the blocks, with 53 extra possessions, and a 17 point lead at the break. As the match played out in dominant fashion, the Cats coasted to victory, including a six-goal final term, as Hawkins and Cameron dined out.

Zach Tuohy starred for the Cats, with 33 disposals, including 12 in the first quarter when the match was there for the taking.

It was a good rebound for the Cats as they bounced back from a shock loss to the Hawks last week.

6. Fremantle (8)

The Dockers jumped away from the Blues in the second quarter with a five-goal barrage that split the game open.

The Dockers showed off the array of small forwards in their lineup, as Lachie Schultz had three, and Sam Switkowski and Michael Walters each had two.

Alex Pearce had a day out against Harry McKay, with the defender keeping the star Blue to three disposals and one goal, as the spearhead battled a knee injury.

The Dockers have now managed five wins for the season, and have built a strong resume for the year.

7. Carlton (6)

The Blues continued their up and down season, as they again conceded a run of goals that cost them dearly. The Blues mounted a late comeback, but it wasn't enough to catch the Dockers.

The Blues had plenty of strength at the coalface, as Adam Cerra had 32 disposals against his old side, and Patrick Cripps (32 disposals) and Sam Walsh (36 disposals) continued their fine seasons.

After Marc Pittonent went down with a knee injury, Tom de Konig was forced to go up against Sean Darcy but was unable to match the Dockers' ruck.

Concerningly for the Blues, Harry McKay also appeared to be battling an injury, as the Blues spearhead was kept very quiet.

8. Hawthorn (10)

Hawthorn flew out of the blocks, stunning the Swans in the early part of the game. Their speed, and willingness to play on put the Swans under pressure in the same way it flummoxed the Cats last week.

Jacob Koschitzke starred for the Hawks with three goals, after coming off the ground after a big collision with Paddy McCartin in the first quarter.

The Hawks' defence stood strong, with 13 intercept marks, but the weight of the Swans' forward pressure eventually caught up in the 68 inside 50s.

Dylan Moore provided one of the highlights for the Hawks, as he put forward his entry for Mark of the Year with a spectacular leap over Justin McInerney.

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9. Western Bulldogs (7)

The Western Bulldog's slide continued, as a late Marcus Bontempelli goal drew them within a point, but they couldn't get closer in the final seconds.

Josh Dunkley (28 disposals) and Tom Liberatore (33 disposals) did the hard work underneath with ten tackles each, as the Bulldogs stymied the Crows' momentum.

The Bulldogs continued to struggle to find the right forward mix, as Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Aaron Naughton and Josh Schache combined for five goals, while the team recorded just eight marks inside 50.

The Bulldogs are now in peril of losing touch with the top eight, as they struggle for form this season.

10. Collingwood (11)

The Magpies were challenged on one of the big occasions of the football calendar, but held on, despite the loss of Nathan Kreuger to beat the Bombers.

Jack Ginnivan was a deserving ANZAC medalist, after recording five goals in a match-winning performance. He was well-supported by Brody Mihocek, who returned from health and safety protocols to boot four goals of his own.

Further afield, Scott Pendlebury was his usual domineering self, with 25 disposals, as he controlled the Pies' midfield for much of the afternoon, and stood up early in the fourth quarter when the game was in the balance.

11. Richmond (9)

The Tigers fought hard against the Demons, maintaining pressure throughout the night, with 48 tackles across the match. The pressure was high enough that three straight goals before halftime gave the Tigers the lead.

The Tigers started the third term with a goal to Tom Lynch, but after that, the Tigers couldn't slow the Demons' run.

Jayden Short and Nick Vlastuin led the way for the Tigers with 30 disposals each, but the rebounding defenders leading the way showed that the Tigers are missing Dustin Martin, who remains on indefinite leave.

One shining light for the Tigers was Josh Gibcus, who held down a key role with 12 marks in defence and may have won himself a Rising Star nomination for his performance.

12. Adelaide (14)

Taylor Walker again showed his capability as a dominant forward as he kicked the match-sealer in the dying stages of the Crows' thrilling one-point win over the Bulldogs. Earlier in the match, Walker brought up his 500th AFL goal as he finished with three goals.

It was a scrappy affair, as neither side found any real rhythm, but the Crows found more momentum in the last quarter and skipped away to a match-winning lead in the dying moments.

Adelaide began life without Rory Sloane for the season, after his knee injury, and Rory Laird stepped into the breach, with 30 disposals and 11 tackles, while Ben Keays recorded 33 disposals and eight clearances.

The Crows big men dominated, as Reilly O'Brien recorded 49 hit outs and 18 disposals in a prolific afternoon. Billy Frampton continued his transition to defence, recording a career-best 26 disposals, with ten intercepts for the afternoon.

13. GWS Giants (12)

The Giants had a strong showing against the Saints. Toby Greene returned from suspension and showed immediately the impact that he had on the Giants' forward line.

While Greene's scoreboard impact was only 1.2, the Giants' forward line was a different complexion with him as a target. Greene's impact was not immediately effective, but Tom Green had an impact immediately.

Green had 25 disposals, nine clearances and nine tackles in a night out in front of his fan club.

Adam Kennedy, Nick Haynes and Isaac Cumming had a strong night rebounding from the defence for the Giants, but as the defenders continue to lead the disposal counts, the Giants' inside midfield shows signs that it is not firing on all cylinders yet.

14. Gold Coast (13)

The Suns were outclassed by the Lions, but there were bright spots across the park in a tough QClash.

Sam Collins held his own against Joe Daniher, with 12 intercepts, and only one goal for the Lions' spearhead before the final term. It continues a strong season for Collins, who has been a standout across the first six weeks.

Noah Anderson had a standout game, with 33 disposals and almost 700m gained. Anderson was joined by draftmate Matt Rowell who had a monstrous 13 clearances from his 24 disposals.

Levi Casboult continued his rejuvenation playing for the Suns, racking up three goals - as did Nick Holman, as the two led the Suns' attack.

15. Essendon (15)

The Bombers have slumped to another loss, this time going down to the Pies in the ANZAC Day clash. While the return of Zach Merrett and Jake Stringer was a strong positive for the Bombers, they didn't have the answers needed today.

Darcy Parish was dominant in the midfield, with 30 disposals at half time, and 44 at full time, but with a missing key forward presence, the Bombers were unable to convert centre-clearances into goals.

Mason Redman and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher fought hard, they were unable to contain Ginnivan and Mihocek.

Alec Waterman (four goals) and Stronger (three goals) led the Bombers in attack, while a spearhead presence was missed.

16. Port Adelaide (18)

Port Adelaide are on the winner's list, after thumping the West Coast Eagles in a bottom of the table clash, to win by 84 points.

The Power showed a fluency that was reminiscent of last season, as they outworked and outcompete the Eagles at the contest. Brownlow medallist Ollie Wines (33 disposals) and former skipper Travis Boak (34 disposals) were among the Power midfielders to recapture their best form.

Jeremy Finlayson showed the promise that the Power had hoped when they traded for him during the offseason, as he kicked five goals to kickstart his Power career.

While Port are coming from a long way back, this performance was a reminder of the capabilities of a side that has made the preliminary final the last two seasons.

17. North Melbourne (16)

North Melbourne was blown away early, as the Cats hit the gas. The Kangaroos are on a four-match losing streak and have lost by an average of almost nine goals.

Cameron Zurhaar kicked three goals, as the lone bright light down forward for the Kangaroos, as the team kicked nine goals for the match.

Further afield, Luke Davies-Uniacke (23 disposals, seven clearances) and Jason Horne-Francis (19 disposals, eight clearances) showed the promise of the future, but it was a stark reminder that the future is not here yet.

18. West Coast (17)

For the Eagles, it was another insipid performance, as they fell to the previously-winless Power by 84 points. The on-field calamity was compounded by a concussion suffered by Elliot Yeo during the second term, but that cannot be an excuse for the Eagles.

The Eagles managed just one goal to three-quarter time, and the defence was unable to stem the tide for a second week in a row.

The Eagles have now slumped to their worst start to the year in more than a decade but will be desperately searching for answers as to how to arrest their slide.