Gold Coast and Hawthorn in Top Four After Two Rounds of AFL

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While we are waiting for Round 3 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition, here is a glance at how things stand after two rounds of home-and-away play.

Early as it is in the 2018 AFL season, it is hard to arrive at any firm conclusions, but we say that knowing that 8 or 10 weeks will find us in much the same position.

The Gold Coast Suns may be bringing in a sports psychologist to help the side deal with the vertigo it is undoubtedly experiencing from itlofty perch of the third rung on the ladder and the dizziness of looking down and seeing 15 teams on the lower rungs.

Can the Suns carry on undefeated for much longer? Will the old habits reassert themselves? Coach Stuart Dew seems to have got the boys in a different mindset and they could enter week six undefeated when they make an appearance at the Adelaide Oval for a game with the Crows.

The other surprise, to some at least, are the unbeaten Hawthorn Hawks, who beat the Collingwood Magpies handily in the first round, and then squeezed by the Geelong Cats by one point in Round 2, where they clearly demonstrated that they have the heart to rise to a challenge and dominate a finals team from last season.

Geelong mounted a charge in the fourth quarter and it would have been easy for a team like the Suns to fold their tents and accept their fate, but they managed to win despite losing the battle in the key statistical categories.

The Hawks face a true test in Round 3 when they face the 2017 Premier Richmond Tigers, but if they can come out of that with a win or their confidence intact; their fixture for the next four rounds offers only the Essendon Bombers as a speed bump.

The Port Adelaide Power has been on a power trip in the first two rounds. They beat Fremantle by 50 and the Swans by 23. Similar dominating performancesagainst the next two, Brisbane and Essendon, will potentially give the Power Adelaide bragging rights.

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