Two months ago, I had a decent rant here on The Roar, lamenting the repetitive nature of the competition, and moaning about the prospect of another Geelong premiership.
With the AFL draft having been completed, let’s preview every team’s 2019 season.
The Crows experienced a disappointing drop from grand finalist to 12th over the past few seasons, due mainly to injuries. I think they will bounce back in 2019 and will make the eight.
Predicted finish – Eighth
They have gained Lachie Neale and lost Dayne Beams. They will have a great forward line in 2019 and should have a similar year to 2018.
Predicted finish – Fifteenth
A young side who has gained Mitch McGovern and have delisted four players. Will be back to their very best soon.
Predicted finish – Sixteenth
An amazing rise from 13th to runner-up. The Magpies have a great lineup of players including Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom, Dayne Beams, Mason Cox and Adam Treloar who will all be unstoppable in 2019.
Predicted finish – Third
They have gained Dylan Shiel. They will have a stronger year in 2019 after a shock drop out of the eight with players including Joe Daniher, Jake Stringer, Cale Hooker and Michael Hurley.
Predicted finish – Fourth
The final year of their four-year rebuild. They have gained Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb which is a boost for the Dockers. I can see them causing a few upsets.
Predicted finish – Twelfth
The Cats may have elite players including Gary Ablett and Patrick Dangerfield but I believe the next few years will be development time for most of their players.
Predicted finish – Tenth
I am predicting another long year for the Suns. They have lost a few star players and will need to continue to improve on the depth of the team.
Predicted finish – Eighteenth
Greater Western Sydney
Have lost a few players but still have an exciting number of young stars including Jeremy Cameron.
Predicted finish – Sixth
The Hawks defied the odds and made top four. They have gained Chad Wingard and Tom Scully but I still think they will dip down the ladder.
Predicted finish – Seventh
Has a strong Lineup including Max Gawn. Although losing Jesse Hogan, they have gained Steven May and will have a similar year to 2018.
Predicted Finish – Fifth
Had one of the fastest rebuilds in 2018. Has a strong lineup of players but I can’t see them pushing for finals again in 2019.
Predicted finish – Thirteenth
Have gained Scott Lycett and has an amazing lineup of players. They have also lost Chad Wingard and I believe they will just miss out on Finals.
Predicted finish – Ninth
Richmond were the best team in 2018 leading into the third week of the finals. They gained Tom Lynch and have a great team which also includes Jack Riewoldt and Dustin Martin. Will go one better and claim the 2019 premiership.
Predicted finish – Second
Very inconsistent, a lot of pace, but extremely sloppy. Gaining Dan Hannebery may be a boost for the Saints but they should be back at their best soon.
Predicted finish – Seventeenth
Had a disappointing year at the SCG having only won 5 Games and have one of best forward line-ups as well as losing Dan Hannebery and I think they will drop out of the eight.
Predicted finish – Eleventh
A team everybody had dropping out of the eight in 2018. However, they finish second and claimed their fourth flag.
Mark Lecaras has retired and Nic Natanui maybe out for a fair bit of the season but still has an amazing lineup of players.
Predicted finish – First
Since winning the 2016 premiership, they have evolved into a rebuilding side and have gained Sam Lloyd. Will have a similar year to 2018.
Predicted finish – Fourteenth