The 2019 AFL season has been a spectacle.
We’ve seen upsets totally destroy our tipping, spectacular marks that have left us gasping, impossible goals that have defied reality and individual performances by many amazingly talented players, but the best is yet to come.
The grand final is fast approaching, and I have studied each of the current top eight teams to come up with a prediction for September. Have a read and then post your views below to see what we’re all thinking.
Geelong dominated the first half of the season but have fallen well short of average since the bye. The fact is it will take only one loss in the finals to end their season and it is very clear the Cats are not the unbeatable team they started off as.
The Eagles are poised to go back to back. Seriously, they are in really good condition even without big Nic Naitanui. Based on their winning consistency, even with an injury list that includes one of AFL’s best ruckmen, these guys are my first tip for the grand final.
The Lions are the sleeping giants of the finals series. They’ve been just quietly going about their business below the radar while other teams have become the focus of attention for various reasons. The Lions keep winning game after game and are genuine contenders come September. But are they capable of winning the flag? Maybe!
Collingwood are hanging around like a bad smell, but don’t panic, as their run is diminishing by the week. I can’t see the Pies even making the top eight.
The Tigers have suffered injuries to key players right from Round 1, yet they’ve continued to surprise us by coming out every week and playing like absolute champions. Richmond have the potential to win the flag, especially if they get their full list back on the park.
The Bombers and the Crows have played great seasons, I doubt very much if they will do any better than the second week of the finals. Maybe next year will be stronger for both teams.
I have left Greater Western Sydney until last because I’d be shocked if they didn’t make the grand final. These guys have the talent and strength to take it right up to the Eagles and could even beat the boys from the west. My only doubt, and it’s just a small one, is whether they could beat the Lions in a preliminary final. If Brisbane were to get the job done, then look out, Eagles fans, because the boys from the Banana State have got what it takes to send the Eagles home with their tails between their legs.
So there you have it, my wrap for September. I predict a West Coast Eagles versus Greater Western Sydney grand final with the possibility of the Brisbane Lions causing an upset.
But who will win the flag? Well, we’ll find out come the end of September.