One indication that a footy club might not quite be ready for prime time and going deep into finals is that of a stumble agasint a club that should supply an easy W.
The prime example from Round 15 of the Toyota 2018 AFL premiership competition belongs to the Melbourne Demons.
They have been climbing in recent seasons and looked to be one of the clubs to watch come September, but they shot themselves in the footy this weekend past when they permitted the St. Kilda Saints to beat them 119 – 117 at MCG Sunday past.
That loss cost the Dees several rungs, moving them to seventh. It was the third consecutive loss for Melbourne. Their form for 2018 shows without ambiguity that the Dees are not getting it done when it comes to recording wins agasint the stronger clubs and the only true scalp in their bag for the season was a Round 10 91-point win over Adelaide, but by Round 10, it was increasingly apparent that the Crows of 2018 were not the Crows of 2017.
Throw in a stumble, such as that evidenced by losing to the 15th ranked Saints and a picture emerges that is not especially attractive to Melbourne members.
The Dees were not the only top club to be tripped up in Round 15.
The Western Bulldogs squeezed by the Geelong Cats 103 – 101 at Etihad and the Adelaide Crows rose up to beat the West Coast Eagles 88 – 78 at Adelaide Oval.
Scoring across the league seems to be down this season, almost as though the AFL has added goalkeepers to the game. Round 15 was a bit of an exception, but only four of the clubs that posted wins for the round scored above 100 points.
North Melbourne squandered a 108-point output by permitting the Essendon Bombers to kick the hide off the ball for a tally of 125.