Round seven of the 2015 AFL season has been run and won and there were many talking points to come out of the weekend’s fixtures.
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North Melbourne kicked proceedings off with a thrilling win over Essendon, while Port Adelaide were the shock losers of the round following a 37-point defeat at the hands of the Brisbane Lions.
Just what did we learn, though?
Find out below:
Trent Cotchin silences critics with captain’s performance
Cotchin was quite simply superb in Richmond’s stirring win over Collingwood at the MCG and deserves the plaudits following a tough start to the season.
The Tigers skipper has copped flack of his leadership this season, but he silenced his critics with an excellent performance.
Can Sunday’s win kick the Damien Hardwick’s side back into gear?
Carlton hit all new low
Carlton were spiritless in their loss to the Giants and it’s hard to see the Blues getting any better as the season goes on.
The Blues players were either inept or disinterested or possibly both.
It remains incredible, however, that the Blues rank amongst the best in centre clearances and contested possessions but somehow continue to lose matches convincingly.
Hawthorn youngsters show there’s life after Hodge, Lewis…
Hawthorn belted Melbourne by 105 points on the weekend, but it was the performance of 20-year-old Billy Hartung that would have caught the eye of many Hawks supporters.
The youngsters provided plenty of run and carry and amassed 26 touches at 100% efficiency.
The Hawks are currently in a golden period, but Hartung’s performance has shown the side’s success may carry on longer than many expect.
Port Adelaide searching for answers following shock loss to Brisbane
Has the rest of the competition caught up to Port Adelaide?
The Power suffered a shock loss to the Lions on Sunday, leaving the premiership favourites 3-4 after seven rounds.
Ken Hinkley’s side look sloppy and slow in comparison to 2014, leaving many to scratch their heads and ask what has gone wrong.
Whatever it is, Hinkley must fix it. And fast.
West Coast’s unexpected run continues and shows no signs of slowing down
When the Eagles lost Eric Mackenzie and Mitch Brown to knee reconstructions early in the year, many could not see how West Coast could make the finals.
Fast forward to round seven and the Eagles are in second place with a 5-2 record.
21-year-old Elliot Yeo has added another dimension to the previously struggling West Coast midfield and the WA side are becoming a genuine top four hope.