Ladder Prediction 2017

added 21 March 2017

This will be quick and without huge detail

1 gws
2 wce
3 stk
4 syd
5 haw
6 geel
7 adel
8 wb
9 melb
10 rich
11 nmfc
12 gcs
13 coll
14 port
15 freo
16 ess
17 bris
18 carl

Notes: everyone has GWS way up high; they will achieve this barring huge injuries or suffering from sudden weight of expectations

The Eagles have assembled the best midfield in the AFL (for top end talent plus depth); and this will help them cover the loss of Nicnat – plus they will beat the Dockers twice again in 2017

The Saints look to have an extremely well balanced list and are tipped as the big risers; but they have a much tougher fixture in 2017; however, their playing list has been improved + natural development will more than offset that – good coach, too.

Every year, the Swans are tipped to drop; they may, but not far; and still a flag hope; hopefully, Heeney is firing come end of the year.

Hawks are vulnerable, but have a low injury list; Roughy looks fine at this early stage; a lot depends on how O’Meara holds up.

Cats struggled a bit during the JLT and lose Enright plus Bartel; a bit vulnerable – like the Hawks – but should make the finals

Crows have a lot of early season injuries and are another team that are not certs to play finals; will the team improve in the second year after the tragic death of their 2015 coach? Time will tell.  Should win both Showdowns

Dogs – see Penny’s article entitled: Dogs down; this gives the best explanation; again, vulnerable but could even go back to back if they can avoid the “won a flag too early premiership hangover”

Dees: big chance this year and on an upward trajectory; recent injuries don’t help; Jordan Lewis helps them for experience

Tigers get a great recruit in Neil Balme; plus Toby Nankervis looks to be an excellent recruit

Roos tipped to miss the finals by almost everyone; have several injury worries plus some other injury-prone players on the list; could sneak into the finals if they have luck with injuries but are probably in a mini-rebuild

Suns had a horror run with injuries in recent years; Hanley and Barlow are handy inclusions, but Day already gone for the year; should be highly competitive with a reasonably healthy list

Pies have begun the year poorly; the exit of Neil Balme was a bit shambolic – looking at it from the outside; Wells looks a long way away from playing and Elliott will miss the season opener and then be underdone after that; the potential for improvement is there is they can get their list healthy and they have been aiming for 2018 for some time now as the opening of their premiership window.

Port couldn’t lure a player to them after 2016; they seem to be struggling; keys might be Ryder back from suspension and Wingard off the back of a proper pre-season

Dockers – may finish much higher if Fyfe and Sandilands have great seasons; but they are building for the future after clearing out quite a few players; Brad Hill joining brother Stephen could work like 2 bishops on a chess board; lost 10 in a row to start the 2016 season, so will be desperate for an early win

The Bombers may struggle to maintain the intensity – having a group of players coming back from a 1 year ban; plus the ability of the team to gel quickly; should be better in 2018

The Lions are a chance for the spoon, but will be tipped for 17th; their talent is generally too young to produce big time; Dayne Beams being fit would be a huge bonus. Have 4 winnable games in first 6 (Suns away R1 with home games against Dons Tigers and Port early on)

The Blues realised a while ago that they had THE WORST LIST in the AFL; so a huge clear-out was required; as a share, they are getting close to being a BUY; but right now, they are a WAIT; a small plus is a minuscule injury list to begin the season