First there was one upset, then another, and all of a sudden THREE of the flag favourites were beaten by far inferior opponents. Ask some and they might say they were the losses those sides needed to have going into finals. A minor blip, or signs of something sinister?
Our footy experts cast their eye over the week’s action to find out whose stocks are up — whether it’s a coaching masterstroke or a player having a blinder — and whose are down. Every club features, so jump ahead to your team below (desktop only).
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Stocks up: At times he’s looked off the pace of senior football, but Harry Schoenberg really took a step in the right direction with an impressive Showdown performance in which he tallied 31 disposals, six clearances and over 500 metres gained. Not bad at all for a 20-year-old.
Stocks down: Taylor Walker. Need we say more? The culture shift at Adelaide won’t be fully complete until players like Walker are ultimately moved on.