Best On Ground: Are AFL hubs a dud idea or an exercise in overcoming adversity?

READY TO GO: Essendon players emerge from the hangar at training this week. Picture: Morgan Hancock
READY TO GO: Essendon players emerge from the hangar at training this week. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Talk of new teams entering quarantine hubs, Conor McKenna's positive-turned-negative COVID-19 test and of course, more on-field questions than you could poke a stick at.

Footy is certainly not short of a talking point entering week three of the AFL restart.

The AFL announced on Wednesday that West Coast and Fremantle would return to Western Australia after their round six fixtures in Queensland.

Two Victorian teams, Geelong and Collingwood, will then fly west to set up the second hub.

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said the body was still working through finer details with the West Australian government.

Analysing the impact being in a hub has had on the Eagles and Dockers is no easy task.

When you throw Adelaide and Port Adelaide - the competition's two South Australian teams - into the mix it becomes even harder.

West Coast has looked lethargic and poor in its Queensland stint while Fremantle, rebuilding under new coach Justin Longmuir, has suffered two respectable defeats so far.

Port Adelaide is flying undefeated while Adelaide is an early contender for the wooden spoon after a couple of heavy losses. The latest - a 53-point defeat to Gold Coast - raised concerns.

If you're a Crows fan, you'd be feeling the heat. Defender Daniel Talia put it best this week - saying "we're so far off the mark".

"The majority of our guys aren't playing their role to the standard needed to win a football game," Talia said. "The playing group is really hurting... I don't think I've been in a team this non-competitive.

"We're under no illusions, we need to get better."

Can Adelaide buck its poor form against the in-form Lions on Sunday?

Buckle up for another round - it all starts tonight with Sydney and the Western Bulldogs from 7.40pm

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