Two months ago
Premier League Round 1 Power Rankings
Won't quite be so easy this year with teams playing an uneven amount of games but will try to give an indication of teams in form.
1. North Adelaide (1-0)
Showed Mt Gambier what PL is all about, laying the beat down at Hillcrest. I thought last years import duo was going to be great before Reed failed to impress but pairing Starling with Dowdell is a stroke of genius by former COTY Hawkes. McVeigh also looked a class above the Mt G players. Hillcrest was hot & steamy but well worth it for the spectacle. Hard to see many teams challenging this awesome collection of talent.
2. Forestville Eagles (1-0)
Won by 40 over a poor Mavs outfit but looked impressive in doing so. Star studded lineup including Teys and Majok who again looks a class above PL level. Will be interesting to see how shot distribution plays out amongst their guards.
3. Norwood Flames (2-0)
Two convincing wins over mediocre opposition for the Flames. Lycett judging by stats alone appears back to MVP level form and Legan makes them a legitimate threat. Brine could also be the pickup of the season.
4. Central District Lions (1-0)
Scores seemed to see-saw at St Clair but by all reports a great crowd in for their opening night. Unfortunately for Warriors faithful the Lions proved too strong with Chol Luk going off for 30. Look to potentially be a surprise finals side the way things are shaping up.
5. Mt Gambier Pioneers (1-1)
Would have been disappointed and maybe a little surprised by Saturday nights result. If they thought they'd walk into the PL comp and take all before them they'd have had a rude shock. Took Sturt out in classy fashion Sunday though and figure to get better as the season goes on.
6. West Adelaide Bearcats (0-0)
7. Southern Tigers (0-0)
Will know more after they face each other Friday.
8. Woodville Warriors (0-1)
Tough loss and one they'd have pencilled in as a win. Appears as though only one import showed up which was a big problem for them last season too. Will want to get back on track this week.
9. South Adelaide (0-1)
Heard a bit of hype around this side and thought they may trouble Norwood. Both imports appeared solid though I'm looking forward to confirming that when I see them in person. Will need much more production from their locals if they want to compete as 60 will not cut it. Big off season recruit Brad Jonnek might be wondering what he's given up at North to play with this bunch.
10. Eastern Mavericks (0-1)
11. Sturt Sabres (0-2)
Not sure either of these sides will be moving from these spots all season. Every competition has to have someone at the bottom but these clubs don't appear to even be competitive if week 1 is any indication. Both coaches must take a good look at themselves and ask if they're moving in the right direction. Mavs haven't been good even before Warhurst but Sturt are a perennial contender who had made finals the previous 4-5 year before Casella took over. Will be interesting to see if either teams imports impress once they get settled.