PROGNOSTICATION as you well know is bold and very often wildly different to eventual outcomes. If this is anything to go by, former Carlton and Fitzroy, coach of four different clubs and long-time commentator Robert Walls predicted last season’s premiers, the West Coast Eagles to finish as wooden spooners. Last season saw some surprises and this season will, West Coast were not expected to win the flag, Adelaide missed the finals, Collingwood made the Grand Final after a five-year finals absence, Melbourne reached September after 12 years out and Hawthorn found its way back into the top four. So, without further ado here are my predictions for what will hopefully be a topsy-turvy, rollercoaster of a season ahead.
Here’s my crystal ball broken up into awards, headlines and ladders:
Wooden spoon: Gold Coast
Moving up: Essendon
Set to fall: Geelong
Brownlow Medal: Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
Coleman Medal: Josh Kennedy (West Coast)
NAB AFL Rising Star: Izak Rankine (Gold Coast)
Recruit of the year: Aaron Hall (North Melbourne)
Surprise All-Australian: Aaron Hall
Headline you’ll see: Josh Kelly joins Essendon on a record 11-year deal worth $2.5 million dollars a year.
Headline you won’t see: Sun-rise: Gold Coast overcome the odds to win their first flag.
Buzzword or phrase of the year: ‘FREE AGENCY!’
Which free agent will change clubs? Matthew Kruezer (Carlton)
Game-changer: New rule changes will see major coaching adaptations.
Pass the tissues: Gary Ablett tares his ACL and retires effective immediately.
- West Coast Eagles
- Brisbane Lions
- Port Adelaide
- North Melbourne
- Western Bulldogs
- St Kilda
- Gold Coast