Speculation has arisen that the strength of the Roos remaining schedule, contrasted to the Greater Western Sydney Giants’ easy fixture could result in the Giants finishing up the ladder from the Roos.
The Giants have one of the easiest draws remaining, having gotten past the hump of the beginning with a respectable 7 – 2 record.
North Melbourne to this point has faced only two of the top-eight sides. Seven of their nine victories have come at the expense of the current bottom seven. Their remaining 14 games will come against opponents that have an average percentage of 118.25 and all of them have winning records. They will need to play Sydney and Hawthorn twice and they have games to complete their double up with the Crows, Western Bulldogs and St. Kilda.
GWS, on the other hand, still has Fremantle on the card and after some tough games during the next three weeks; their last 11 games will have only two more games against current top eight sides. Projections seem to favour GWS finishing with a minimum of 15 wins. Only the Brisbane Lions and the St. Kilda Saints have easier fixtures for the remainder of the season.