AFL Finals crystal ball predictions from the team

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    AFL Finals start tonight! The team at The Roar have put our heads together and come up with some September predictions that are sure to embarrass us all a great deal, and quickly too.

    See the predictions from our expert writers, editorial staff, live bloggers and video producers below, and let us know in the comments what you reckon will happen in the 2017 finals.

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    Ryan Buckland
    Premiers: Adelaide Crows.
    Runners-up: GWS Giants.
    Norm Smith medal: Rory Laird.
    Best finals player: Callan Ward.
    Most goals in finals: Eddie Betts.
    Definitely will happen: Richmond win a god damn final.
    Definitely won’t happen: Essendon get a satisfying end to their poor taste comeback story.

    Jay Croucher
    Premiers: Adelaide.
    Runners-up: Richmond.
    Norm Smith medal: Brodie Smith.
    Best finals player: Matt Crouch.
    Most goals in finals: Lance Franklin.
    Definitely will happen: Richmond fans begin to believe deep in the third quarter of the Grand Final that they have the premiership sewn up.
    Definitely won’t happen: Richmond win the premiership.

    Josh Elliott
    Premiers: Sydney.
    Runners-up: Adelaide.
    Norm Smith medal: Zak Jones.
    Best finals player: Josh P Kennedy (back-to-back).
    Most goals in finals: Eddie Betts.
    Definitely will happen: Loser of Port Adelaide vs West Coast cops the flat track bullies tag in perpetuity.
    Definitely won’t happen: A pre-finals bye ever again, after both qualifying final winners lose their prelims.

    Daniel Jeffrey
    Premiers: GWS Giants (after a first-up loss to the Crows tonight)
    Runners-up: Sydney Swans.
    Norm Smith medal: Josh Kelly.
    Best finals player: Josh P Kennedy.
    Most goals in finals: Jeremy Cameron.
    Definitely will happen: Port Adelaide crashing out in the first week, furthering their flat track bullies reputation.
    Definitely won’t happen: A repeat of last year with the seventh-placed team winning the flag.

    Tim Lane
    Premiers: Sydney.
    Runner-up: GWS.
    Norm Smith: Buddy.
    Best finals player: Luke Parker.
    Most goals in finals: Buddy.
    Definitely will happen: Big statement I know, but The Killers will be better than Meatloaf.
    Definitely won’t happen: The volume of tears of 2016.

    Cameron Rose
    Premiers: Richmond.
    Runners-up: Adelaide.
    Norm Smith medal: Alex Rance.
    Best finals player: Trent Cotchin.
    Most goals in finals: Jack Riewoldt.
    Definitely will happen: 90,000 Richmond supporters to the MCG for a preliminary final against GWS, the single biggest amount of people supporting one team at any AFL game in history.
    Definitely won’t happen: Sydney winning the flag.

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    Kishan Badrinath
    Premiers: GWS.
    Runners-up: Geelong.
    Norm Smith medal: Callan Ward.
    Best finals player: Patrick Dangerfield.
    Most goals in finals: Jonathon Patton.
    Definitely will happen: Don’t hate me Tigers fans – Richmond to go out in straight sets.
    Definitely won’t happen: Fox Footy grow weary of talking about anything and everything Patrick Dangerfield does or doesn’t do.

    Connor Bennett
    Premiers: Sydney Swans.
    Runners-up: Geelong Cats.
    Norm Smith medal: Jarrad McVeigh. Come on, the man is a machine.
    Best finals player: Patty Dangerfield. To make up for no Brownlow.
    Most goals in finals: Someone who plays the most weeks, thinking Sydney, thinking Buddy.
    Definitely will happen: Bruce McAvaney bursts multiple veins calling a magical Eddie Betts finals moment. Also Richmond to crash out in straight sets.
    Definitely won’t happen: An all-Sydney final.

    TomC
    Premiers: Adelaide.
    Runners Up: Geelong.
    Norm Smith Medal: Matt Crouch.
    Best finals player: Patrick Dangerfield.
    Most goals in finals: Lance Franklin.
    Definitely will happen: No matter who wins the Grand Final, it will be described as a ‘fairytale’ in the press for some tenuous reason or other.
    Definitely won’t happen: The Killers’ post-match concert will be widely acknowledged as the highlight of Grand Final Day, overshadowing the match itself.

    Dylan Carmody
    Premiers: Adelaide.
    Runners-up: Geelong.
    Norm Smith medal: Eddie Betts.
    Best finals player: Patrick Dangerfield.
    Most goals in finals: Lance Franklin.
    Definitely will happen: Toby Greene punches somebody.
    Definitely won’t happen: Razor Ray keeping out of the headlines.

    Stirling Coates
    Premiers: GWS Giants.
    Runners-up: Adelaide Crows.
    Norm Smith: Josh Kelly.
    Best finals player: Rory Sloane.
    Most goals in finals: Eddie Betts.
    Definitely will happen: Sydney’s recovery from an 0-6 start getting mentioned in every game.
    Definitely won’t happen: Headline – ‘”The concessions meant nothing”: McGuire lauds effort of GWS players in first premiership.’

    AdelaideDocker
    Premiers: Adelaide.
    Runners-up: Richmond (you win some, you lose some).
    Norm Smith medal: Rory Sloane (appendi-what? pfffft!).
    Best finals player: Jake Lever (T R A D E – B A I T); more realistically, it’ll be someone we don’t expect.
    Most goals in finals: Eddie Betts.
    Definitely will happen: An important player will get suspended.
    Definitely won’t happen: People caring about Port versus West Coast.

    Caitlin Doyle
    Premiers: Sydney.
    Runners-up: Adelaide.
    Norm Smith medal: Josh Kennedy.
    Best finals player: Josh Kennedy.
    Most goals in finals: Eddie Betts.
    Definitely will happen: Richmond supporters experience false hope.
    Definitely won’t happen: Richmond actually succeed.

    Stuart Thomas
    Premiers: Sydney Swans.
    Runners-up: Adelaide Crows.
    Norm Smith medal: Dane Rampe.
    Best finals player: Dane Rampe.
    Most goals in finals: Buddy Franklin.
    Definitely will happen: If Bruce gets a Sydney match, ‘special’ and ‘Buddy’ will be inextricably linked for ever.
    Definitely won’t happen: Richmond will not win the flag (as much as it would please me and many others).

    Sam Walker
    Premiers: Sydney Swans.
    Runners-up: Adelaide Crows (interstate final Victorians will love it).
    Norm Smith medal: Luke Parker.
    Best finals player: Isaac Heeney.
    Most goals in finals: Lance Franklin.
    Definitely will happen: Richmond getting bundled in straight sets, lid is already off at Tigerland so let’s disappoint them once again.
    Definitely won’t happen: GWS and Sydney playing against each other.

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • September 7th 2017 @ 6:20am
      Swannies said | September 7th 2017 @ 6:20am | ! Report

      Swans or GWS look the likely premiers…an all Sydney GF would be great. Buddy for norm smith.

    • Roar Guru

      September 7th 2017 @ 9:45am
      Paul D said | September 7th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Premiers: Richmond
      Runners-up: Adelaide
      Norm Smith medal: Alex Rance
      Best finals player: Dustin Martin
      Most goals in finals: Taylor Walker
      Definitely will happen: GWS go down in an arrogant column of fire and flames to the joy of every traditional football fan
      Definitely won’t happen: The Eagles have to get on more than one return flight in September.

    • September 7th 2017 @ 10:33am
      Aaron said | September 7th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

      I like Cam Rose’s predictions the best!
      I bet all those who predict Richmond to be out in straight sets also predicted the Tigers would finish bottom 4 this year…or 9th.

    • Roar Rookie

      September 7th 2017 @ 3:27pm
      ikejeffo16 said | September 7th 2017 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

      Premiers: Sydney
      Runners-up: Geelong
      Norm Smith medal: Dane Rampe
      Best finals player: Joel Selwood
      Most goals in finals: Lance Franklin
      Definitely will happen: Richmond leading at half time in both of their finals and losing.
      Definitely won’t happen: Tom Hawkins kicking goals that matter

      • September 7th 2017 @ 4:28pm
        Slane said | September 7th 2017 @ 4:28pm | ! Report

        This is basically my prediction also.

    • Roar Guru

      September 7th 2017 @ 3:34pm
      TomC said | September 7th 2017 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

      Stirling’s will happen/won’t happen is the closest to being genuinely funny.

      Not much comedic talent among this lot.

      • Roar Guru

        September 7th 2017 @ 3:38pm
        Paul D said | September 7th 2017 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

        Having you pass judgment on humour is like having Stephen Hawking judging Dancing with the Stars

        Not a lot of first hand experience in that area, even if your other qualifications are considerable

        • Roar Guru

          September 7th 2017 @ 4:26pm
          TomC said | September 7th 2017 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

          That’s completely false. My other qualifications are non-existent.

      • Roar Guru

        September 7th 2017 @ 4:26pm
        AdelaideDocker said | September 7th 2017 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

        You do realise you’re among this lot, as well?

        In all seriousness, I thought there was some humour throughout there! Not a massive amount, admittedly, but each to their own.

    • September 7th 2017 @ 4:15pm
      johno said | September 7th 2017 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

      Premiers: Adelaide
      Runners-up: Richmond
      Norm Smith: Eddie Betts
      Best player in finals series: Dustin Martin
      Most goals: Buddy
      Will happen: Bruce referring to Hawthorn and Hodgey every single game (arghhhhh)
      Won’t happen: Essendon or West Coast being anyone’s “second team” in the finals series, because gee whiz they deserve a break those guys

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