VOTE: Help The Roar predict the 2017 AFL ladder

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    Get excited, AFL fans. After months of waiting, the start of the 2017 AFL season is now just around the corner.

    As anyone who has ever tried to put one together knows, a ladder prediction for the season ahead is about as treacherous a task as you’ll find.

    Still, it’s good fun – and so today we’re asking you to help us out. Give us your 2017 AFL ladder prediction, and we’ll use math to create our consensus 2017 AFL ladder prediction.

    We understand it’s an arduous task we’re asking you to embark upon. Mountains will be climbed. Titans will be felled. Feelings will be hurt.

    So to help you out, here’s a few quick thoughts about the key things to consider when you make your ladder prediction.

    Who finishes No.1?
    Who are you going to put at the top of the table? There’s no doubting that at this early stage, the GWS Giants are the leading contenders.

    However, they’ve got an injury or two to worry about. Maybe the Sydney Swans, who’ve finished at the top twice in the last three years, should be the tip.

    Of course, you could also go the Western Bulldogs – maybe they were only seventh before finals last year, but a lot of us would be surpised if that stays the case.

    Who falls out of finals?
    Yes, yes. I know. You don’t have to tell me. North Melbourne probably won’t make finals this year. Moving on.

    This is a big enough question that Ryan Buckland has already written a novel about it this pre-season.

    I even made a Twitter poll! Maybe that’ll help you.

    Who goes into finals?
    St Kilda and Melbourne are the two sides most commonly touted as on the way up, and they’re difficult to separate, though I took a whack at that a little while ago.

    There are so many other teams who could feasibly crack in though. Fremantle? Essendon? Richmond? Collingwood? Port Adelaide? Gold Coast? Brisbane?

    No, not Brisbane.

    Who wins the spoon?
    It’ll be Carlton in my view, but I said it’d be the Bulldogs two years ago and look how well that panned out.

    Of course, it’s all up to you – this is your chance to let your opinion, no matter how wacky or wild, shape our consensus 2017 AFL ladder prediction.

    Vote below, and we’ll be back with the results tomorrow!

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (10)

    • March 21st 2017 @ 7:26am
      tibor nagy (big four sticks) said | March 21st 2017 @ 7:26am | ! Report

      Tigers will be first and Blues will be last. 2017 the year of the Tigers.

      • Roar Guru

        March 21st 2017 @ 7:58am
        AdelaideDocker said | March 21st 2017 @ 7:58am | ! Report

        I wasn’t aware possessing abundance of optimism was possible for Richmond fans!

        • Roar Guru

          March 21st 2017 @ 9:13am
          Gordon P Smith said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

          I live in the States and I felt that heat from here!

          Hate to be a conventionalist, but GWS first, Swans and Doggies next, Saints and Demons in 7 and 8; Brisbane in 18th, and Richmond looking for a new coach by September.

          • Roar Guru

            March 21st 2017 @ 9:26am
            AdelaideDocker said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:26am | ! Report

            Eh, I was just being sarcastic. Trying to parody his passion. It’s unfathomable for me to witness a Richmond fan being that optimistic!

            I also have that exact top three, the Saints in 8th and the Demons in 10th. And Brisbane last, like most people.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 12:51pm
      hal said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Top 8
      GWS
      Sydney
      Footscray
      Geelong
      Adelaide
      Hawthorn
      St Kilda
      Richmond
      9th North Melbourne
      Bottom four
      Port Adelaide
      Gold Coast
      Brisbane
      Carlton

      • March 21st 2017 @ 3:06pm
        true blue said | March 21st 2017 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

        Yes I agree with Carlton last. This season is about small steps for us.

    • Columnist

      March 21st 2017 @ 12:55pm
      Ryan Buckland said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

      I’m really interested to see these results. Many are predicting multiple changes to the top eight, but I don’t see it. One change for me.

    • Roar Rookie

      March 21st 2017 @ 4:13pm
      Jakarta Fan said | March 21st 2017 @ 4:13pm | ! Report

      Made the selection for 1-7 but nothing comes up by the * saying required. How do I know if the vote I was putting in is counted?

      • March 21st 2017 @ 6:52pm
        hal said | March 21st 2017 @ 6:52pm | ! Report

        Jakarta Fan: it will say your response has been recorded. That is how you know if your vote has been counted or not.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 7:35pm
      dave said | March 21st 2017 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

      After your top 50 players article I’m just curious.Will Ken Sakato be allowed to vote?

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