AFL Round 22 True to Form Ladder Unaffected

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Round 22 of the 2016 AFL season altered the positions a bit, but the top eight remained the same.

Hawthorn moved down as a result of failing to manage against West Coast, but they have only the Magpies remaining, so it is hard to see anything there. What could impact their prospects is that of the eight teams currently in, only the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne are lower on percentage.

The Swans got surprised by North Melbourne, getting a much more competitive game from the Roos than they expected.

Despite that, the Roos held onto the final slot, even though St. Kilda did its job against the Tigers, although it appears from the low score that both sides neglected to bring their boots to MCG.

GWS simply obliterated the Dockers, as per expectations, with fewer than 10,000 showing up to the Giants home ground in support, the lowest turnout of any of the nine games in the round.

The Magpies had a high point output against Gold Coast, a game as meaningless in terms of the standings as any, yet they had almost 18,000 spectators for the affair. Time for some Magpies resurgence talk.

In the battle for Adelaide supremacy, the Crows prevailed, barely, with the whole town in attendance, almost 50,000 strong, at the Adelaide Oval.

The Blues had the upper hand over the Dees, the Cats tamed the Lions, and the Bulldogs showed little regard in mauling the Bombers.