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TOPIC: 2019 AFL Movers, Shakers and Drifters?

2019 AFL Movers, Shakers and Drifters? 1 week 6 days ago #160475

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Early days I know but in all honesty pre season games aren't much of a guide either. Fremantle flogged WC in the JLT last season and look where they both ended up. The draft is done and dusted so anyone prepared to make a goose of themselves and make any bold predictions for next year? Robert Walls over to you!

I'll have a crack using the 2018 season ladder order.

West Coast Eagles - should be hard to beat again given all the adversity they went through with injuries this year and Gaff's, well gaff, Ryan's off field issues etc. Re signing Gaff must almost feel like a gain. Maybe vulnerable in the ruck if Vardy or Hickey goes down. Missed out on Tim Kelly but will most likely get him next year.

Richmond - The addition of Tom Lynch has to add to their firepower you would think but they will have to get used to a new structure. Should be thereabouts again and share early favs with WC.

Collingwood - Probably fair to say the surprise packet in 2018. Can they do it again or will that be a flash in the pan? They threw everything to get Tom Lynch and missed out. Can the big Texan become a consisted tall target? Thereabouts I reckon.

Hawthorn - Sliders I reckon. Roughead not getting any younger and past his best, I think they played above themselves and surprised a few people last year.

Melbourne - Seemed to not miss Jessie too much and Sam Weiderman (is it) stepped up. Young side chock full of talent and hungry for success. They should be challenging for the top 4.

Sydney - I'd be happy to see them slide out of the 8 but they have a knack of hanging around. Seemed to have lost their way last season. Tipping them to slide out of the eight.

GWS - Very hard to read. Big losses in Sheil, Lobb and to a lesser extent Scully but as usual they got well compensated and picked up top end talent to replace them. Should be top 8 but bottom half of the 8 for me.

Geelong - Surely has to be another slider. Starting to look like Dad's Army but probably got enough high end talent to be a nuisance and sniff around the 8 but I'm hoping and tipping them to slide as others improve.

North Melbourne - Always a hard club to predict. Could surprise but knocking on the door and will depend who else steps up. Around the 8 but not sure if they are in or out.

Port Adelaide - Probably the biggest disappointments of 2018 and Ken Hinkley will need a big year next year or he's in trouble. Scott Lycett should be a good asset for them to support the injury prone Paddy Ryder. They have to make the 8 next year or I predict Hinkley won't see the season out as head coach.

Essendon - I predict to be one of the big improves next year. Devon Smith was an excellent recruit last season and his former GWS team mate Dylan Shiel will really add some grunt. Predicting they make the bottom half of the 8.

Adelaide - Had a bad 2018 after making the GF the year before. Should be knocking on the door of the 8 and maybe fighting their cross town rivals for a spot in the 8.

Western Bulldogs - Lost their way last couple of years after being premiers in 2016 but could force their way back in the 8 if things go right and Bevo gets them playing that brave football again.

Fremantle - Ahh yes finally we land a couple of big fish after all these years. Incredible we pick up not one but two big key forwards in one trade period but lost a gun midfielder in the process so it will come down to how well the rest of the young midfield pick up the slack and if Ross Lyon can ditch his old habits and put in place a brave attacking style of football. We should be knocking on the door of the top 8 and if things go well could be one of the big movers in 2019. Also could be Ross Lyons last year as coach of Fremantle if we have anything like last season with the two big new additions.

Brisbane - Showed big signs of improvement in 2018 and look like a club moving in the right direction under Chris Fagan. Might seem like a nil all draw gaining Lachie Neale from Fremantle but then losing Dayne Beams but I see it as a win for Brisbane in the long run given Lachie is a few years younger. I think Brisbane are going to be one of the big movers in 2019 but probably have them just outside the 8.

St Kilda - Taken a bit of a risk picking up one of the King twins coming off an ACL in the draft but I'm sure they've done their due diligence there. Took a punt on Dan Hannebery coming off a couple of quiet seasons by his standards but if he can find his old form and bring some of that Sydney culture it should rub off on his team mates. Missing Josh Bruce last season really hurt them. Should be improves but can't see them threatening the top 8.

Gold Coast - after finishing second last and losing Tom Lynch and Steven May they had a swathe of early picks in the draft which will rejuvenate their list and they could surprise in 2019. Still probably got to have them in the bottom 4 at this stage.

Carlton - Blue baggers have been more like the hand baggers in recent times still paying for salary cap breaches several years ago and an appalling decision to sack Brett Ratten and appoint an angry and bitter old dinosaur in Mick Malthouse. Not sure Brendon Bolten is the right man to lead them out of the darkness. Bottom 4 again for me.
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2019 AFL Movers, Shakers and Drifters? 1 week 5 days ago #160478

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Good summary DD, agree with most of it.

I know you haven't got to Brisbane yet but with the recruiting they have done I would expect them to rocket up the ladder next year and maybe even challenge for top 8.

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2019 AFL Movers, Shakers and Drifters? 1 week 5 days ago #160482

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Cheers Mike agree re Brisbane. Not sure why I spent more time on the bottom 5 I guess they need more explaining lol.

Anyway after all that I will have a crack at where I think they'll all finish up.

West Coast
Richmond
Collingwood
Melbourne
I expect all these clubs above to stay where they finished in 2018. Now it gets interesting.
Essendon
Fremantle (biased I know and wishful thinking)
GWS
Adelaide

Western Bulldogs
North Melbourne
Hawthorn
Port Adelaide
Brisbane
Sydney
Geelong
St Kilda
Carlton
Gold Coast

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2019 AFL Movers, Shakers and Drifters? 1 week 5 days ago #160503

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Well done DD. It is always hard to make selections at this time of the year.For me, I think that GWS will be sliders in 2019.They have had the guts ripped out of them for a number of years now and not sure they can recover.
Hawks and Geelong could be on the slippery dip as well.
Hard to go past the West Coast as favourites, but do they have a harder draw this coming season than last season.Some experts said they had the dream draw.A bit like the Bulldogs and Richmond.
If Carlton and Adelaide finish in the positions that you have them, then the Crows will benefit from their trading with the Blues.
For me the Lione will be the real improvers. They played some damn good football last season and looked like a team on the rise.They have some good talent, and securing Lachie Neale can only be a plus.He will be a better player for them than Beams was.So a win for them.It seems that Chris Fagan has the players in his hip pocket.
Fremantle!! Well we did really well with our trades, and seem to have drafted well also.There will be pressure on many to perform, Ross Lyon included.The pressure will be on the kids from last year with the recruitment of a couple of mature age recruits with ready made AFL bodies.Like you I can see plenty of upside to the team, but whether they can get it all together at one time will be the question.I see the inclusion of Lobb and Hogan as a bonus for the likes of McCarthy and Taberner. McCArthy in particular. He will now be number four in the list up forward, rather than be the main focal point up there.
From a Dockers perspective, it is an exciting time.Maybe the best feeling for the club since we began.

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