The final round of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition gained a bit of interest when the Adelaide Crows could not use home ground advantage to beat the Sydney Swans.
They now have to actually put forth some effort in their final game as the tourists at Domain Stadium for their season ender against the West Coast Eagles. West Coast is facing a must-win scenario, along with hoping the Freemantle Dockers can take care of the team ahead of the Eagles, the Essendon Bombers. An Eagles win and a Dons loss puts the Eagles in the finals in the eighth spot.
It might be asking too much, however, for the Dockers to serve the Eagles’ interests. Fremantle has lost four of their last five, although to be fair, those four losses came against top eight teams.
The bright side for the Crows is that their closest pursuers, the GWS Giants, have the Geelong Cats on their calendar to finish up the season, although nothing the Giants do can allow them to span the huge percentage chasm between them and the Crows. An interesting facet to that equation is that the Crows and the Giants have accounted for three of the six draws in the 2017 AFL season, two by GWS and one by Adelaide.
The Cats could move up to the number two spot on the ladder if they beat the Giants, as they would finish with 62 points to 60 for the Giants.
Round 23 figures to be interesting at the top and the battle for a top eight finish should be intriguing.
The Dons v Dockers game bounces ahead of the Eagles v Crows by an hour and a half, so if the Eagles see some glimmer of an opening, it could supply some added impetus to their game, although the Crows might feel that the onus is on them to prove that the Round 22 loss to the Swans was an aberration.