Connect with us

DT TALK

Who wins the wooden spoon?

Is it the Blues or someone else that takes home the wooden spoon this year.

Carlton could be headed for their third wooden spoon in six years, currently sitting on the bottom of the ladder at 1-10.

The Blues suffered a terrible defeat on the weekend against rivals Essendon, which spelled the end of Brendon Bolton’s reign as coach.

Bolton won just 16 of his 77 games in charge of the Blues, including just four of his past 43.

Carlton are two games clear on the bottom of the table, and it’s now up to interim coach David Teague to turn their season around. If you don’t think he can, use AFL betting predictions to help get the best odds for another spoon for the Blues.

It’s going to be tough for Teague, as the Blues really only have a handful of winnable games left this campaign.

Games against the Dogs, Melbourne, Gold Coast and St Kilda loom as matches the Blues have circled on their calendar, but they’d need to win most of those in order to avoid an 18th-placed finish.

The side who many deemed odds on to finish on the bottom during the pre-season, Gold Coast, are starting to slump after a slow start to the season. And it feels like they are starting to show their true colours.

Losing both co-captains in the pre-season to cap off what has been a mass exodus, this new-look Suns outfit is one of the most inexperienced sides ever fielded in the competition. Once the grind of the season starts to really wear in, these youngsters will seriously struggle to win games.

Currently sitting two wins ahead of the Blues with a 3-8 record, the Suns’ rebuild may not be a total disaster, but this is looking like another write off season.

While these two sides look far and away like the main contenders for the spoon, two other teams in Sydney and Melbourne are equal with the Suns on 12 points.

The Demons have shown a little more than the Swans this season, but blew their chance to climb the ladder after kicking 1.8 in the final term of their two-point loss to Adelaide last weekend.

It’s been a big fall from grace for Simon Goodwin’s side, who less than 12 months ago were one win away from a grand final.

Their clash with Collingwood on Queen’s Birthday could reignite their season with a win, but it could well and truly put the final nail in the coffin with a loss.

The Swans are rebuilding this season, but it’s always a shock to see such a powerhouse club languishing so close to the bottom of the ladder.

Just three wins from 11 games isn’t Sydney-like, although the club have struggled with injuries this campaign that may have robbed them of a win or two.

North Melbourne were looking at heading south when Brad Scott was relieved of his duties as head coach following their win over the Bulldogs, but after Rhyce Shaw led them to a victory over the Tigers on Friday night, the Roos have won two on the bounce and have pushed themselves away from Carlton and out of wooden spoon chatter.

Advertisement

Podcasts

Facebook

Advertisement

More in DT TALK