2019 AFL Ladder Predictions
It’s crystal ball time as we predict the 2019 AFL ladder. We rank every club and provide you with a tip.
With the 2019 AFL season now just around the corner, it’s time to look at the ladder and predict where we think every team will finish.
18th - Gold Coast
No surprises to see who we think will claim the wooden spoon in 2019. The Suns have been depleted with co-captains Tom Lynch and Steven May departing along with the highly rated Aaron Hall, Kade Kolodjashnij, Jarryd Lyons and Michael Barlow. Importantly though, all players who finished top 10 in their best and fairest last season have been retained and have added in highly rated talent in Izak Rankine and Jack Lukosius. The Suns are bullish about their prospects in 2019 but it’s important to remember they lost 16 of their last 17 matches last season. It’s hard to see them finishing anywhere else this season.
17th - Carlton
The wooden spooners from last season should expect to win more than their two-win tally from 2018 but perhaps doubling that amount is the best the young Blues can hope for. As long as they’re showing signs of improvement and are competitive in the majority of their games, fans will be content, knowing that this list has the potential to be something special in three to five years.
16th - St Kilda
If our prediction is anything to go by, this could be the last season Alan Richardson finds himself coach of the St Kilda Football Club. There was so much promise in 2017 and the expectations were high in 2018, but as we know the season was a disaster and it’s hard to see the Saints improving enough to climb up the ladder in 2019, let alone challenge for finals.
15th - Fremantle
It’s hard to place Fremantle this season. Eight wins last season was only good enough for 14th and we think that figure will be less in 2019. Around the 6-7 win mark is where we see them and with the competition becoming even more tight, that might leave Fremantle with a bottom four finish.
14th - Western Bulldogs
The Dogs were another eight-win team a season ago and another similar performance is on the cards. It could be a tough start for the Dogs were are down some key personnel with injury and while they still have A graders like Marcus Bontempelli, Lachie Hunter and Jack Macrae, their goal kicking issues will be in focus with no clear focal point up forward.
13th - Brisbane
The Lions are a team to watch in 2019 but may fall just short of their first finals berth this decade. 8-9 wins is probably their ceiling this season, which should have them around this mark. We’re still about 12 months off the Lions really making a splash.
12th - North Melbourne
North Melbourne have been aggressive in the trade period and while they didn’t land the real big fish that they were after they’ve stocked up on ‘role players’ who should be able to slot in and contribute straight away. Having Ben Brown up one end and Robbie Tarrant down another makes them pretty solid in the spine and their array of up and coming talent should see them again push for double-digit wins and could even sneak into the top eight. However, the teams fighting for positions 6-12 really could end up anywhere and we have the Kangaroos just on the wrong end of this cluster.
11th - Hawthorn
From no finals, to top four to no finals. That’s our prediction anyway for the Hawks in 2019 whose season was dealt a massive blow when reigning Brownlow Medalist Tom Mitchell broke his leg at training and will miss the entire season. They’re still the be best-coached team in the league and will reinvent how they play to cover Mitchell’s loss, but it might too significant to see them return to September action.
10th - Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide capitulated to lose six of their final seven games to fall from 4th to 10th last season and another mid table finish looks likely in 2019. The gap between the Power’s best and worst is too great and need to establish greater consistency if they’re to challenge for a finals berth. They can certainly sneak in to September but it’s hard to place them in front of the nine we have ahead of them.
9th - Geelong
Geelong just snuck into the top eight last season and we think they may just slip out in 2019. It’s hard to write off a team full of champions but they’re not the champion team they once were and could be the unlucky team ot miss out. GMHBA Stadium is still a great home field advantage for the Cats, but we feel teams have now gone past them and they could be the surprise team to drop out of the eight this season.
8th - Adelaide
The 2017 minor premiers had a disaster campaign last season to drop all the way down to 12th. Despite on and off field dramas, the Crows still managed to win 12 matches and it should only be onwards and upwards this season. Any improvement on 12 wins should see them sneak into the finals and while we don’t expect them to challenge for the top four, we know they still have the list to challenge in September and we think they will return to finals footy in 2019.
The Swans still have the equal second youngest list of teams who finished in the finals last year and are looking to extend their incredible streak to 10 straight years of finals footy. They have some extremely talented kids on their list and of course still the most mercurial and arguably the best forward of the modern era in their lineup. Don’t sleep on the Swans in season 2019 their demise is greatly exaggerated.
6th - West Coast
Last year’s premiers aren’t expected to reach the ultimate goal as they did last season but are we writing them off at our own peril? The Eagles proved they could win without Nic Nat last season and while Scott Lycett has now departed, the Eagles still have a strong lost and have the best home ground advantage in the game.
5th - Essendon
Essendon finished 2018 strongly after a horror start and surely are the team to make the biggest leap in 2019. They won eight of their last 11 games last season and have added prime mover Dylan Shiel to the mix. The Dons are in the window to challenge now.
4th - Greater Western Sydney
Our value top of the season. We’re still very bullish about the Giants and with a clean bill of health will again be up the pointy end of the ladder. It’s going to be a scrap for fourth spot with the top three (in our opinion) slightly ahead of the rest of the competition. The Giants still have what it takes to be premiership
Contenders but time is running out.
3rd - Melbourne
Melbourne have proven over the last two seasons they can beat anyone on their day but it just hasn’t happened enough for Dees fans with mental lapses still hurting the club. 2019 needs to be the yarn they get it together and if they do could easily be minor premiers but for now, they can slot into third place, a spot they would take with open arms.
2nd - Collingwood (Premiers)
Nathan Buckley has been given a contract extension and the Pies look to be right in the premiership window despite having the second oldest list in the league. Their heartbreaking Grand Final loss last year will no doubt drive them to succeed in 2019 and have added another superstar to an already stacked midfield.
1st - Richmond
The 2017 premiers are on the hunt (as their membership slogan suggests) for another premiership and if last season is anything to go by they’re going to be hard to stop. 18 wins in the home and away season before stumbling in the preliminary final, will certainly drive the Tigers this season and they’ve got a pretty handy new face up forward.
2019 Ladder Prediction
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