2018 Ladder Predictions

Discussion in 'AFL - The Australian Football League' started by Connar, Jul 16, 2017.

Put it out there
  1. Lynchy04

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    Gotta laugh when you see people do predictions and have their own team in the top 8 and the premiers or a top 4 finisher in the bottom 8.

    Melbourne are next to no chance to finish top 4, be lucky to make top 8 at best.

    1. GWS
    2. Adelaide
    3. Richmond
    4. Geelong
    5. Port Adelaide
    6. Essendon
    7. Sydney
    8. Hawthorn

    9. Western Bulldogs
    10. St Kilda
    11. Melbourne
    12. West Coast Eagles
    13. Collingwood
    14. Carlton
    15. Brisbane
    16. Fremantle
    17. Gold Coast
    18. North Melbourne
     
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  2. Lsta062

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    Just some early thoughts given how Fremantle finished up the season. Probably will do one after the fixture release, trade period and draft.
     
  3. Lsta062

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    They are no locks, but if they acquire Lever then Melbourne could jump up to the top 4.
     
  4. adammania9

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    Great to see the White Knights come out and tell everybody whose predictions are right and whose ones are wrong... and then not even leave their own predictions as well. Take off your capes.
     
  5. TJASTA

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    1. Richmond
    2. GWS
    3. Port Adelaide
    4. Adelaide
    5. Geelong
    6. Sydney
    7. Melbourne
    8. Essendon
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    9. St Kilda
    10. Collingwood
    11. Western Bulldogs
    12. Hawthorn
    13. West Coast
    14. Carlton
    15. Brisbane
    16. Fremantle
    17. North Melbourne
    18. Gold Coast
     
  6. Rance2Mewtwo

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    - Richmond will finish top 3.
    - Melbourne will finish 5th or higher, they have a premiership foundation like Richmond did in 2013.
    - St Kilda will play finals and top 4 smokey, their best is excellent and I rate their coach (one of the very best in the AFL).
    - Carlton will finish around 8th with the Clarkson fairy dust rubbing off. Bolton won't blow his load on next year though, slow burn upwards.
    - Essendon will go backwards, slightly. Emotionally charged season this year and still couldn't make finals, and have ageing players like North last year.
    - North I'm predicting will rebound quickly like Richmond did and finish 5th-8th. Two reasons: Consistent drafting over 10 years, and missing out of guns will galvanise their battlers to go up a level. Dislike them, but strongly expect them to do a Richmond.
    - Collingwood is interesting, they'll either do a Richmond with Buckley or they'll finish bottom 4. I haven't seen Bucks display the emotional capacity to do a Hardwick yet, so bottom 4 with a lottery ticket chance of a premiership.
    - Brisbane rising to a proud 10th.
    - Adelaide will miss the finals because several bottom 8 teams will mimic Richmond's high pressure game plan and half the teams will dismantle their elite passing strategy
    - Geelong's list consists of the wrong type of players for the modern style and they seem to be trading several of them not because they're not talented, but because they aren't suited for the modern high pressure game now. This indicates their long-term list strategy has gone the wrong way and they could have a talented list, but the wrong players. Still makes the finals on talent, though.
    Hawthorn lower third of the ladder. Won several great games this year on the back of a superior psychological advantage in the shadow of past premierships, but their aura has disappeared now and Clarkson will be rebuilding the list for a totally new style of football to get ahead of the curve. It takes more than 1 year to reshape a list to get ahead of the curve again.
    Port as much as I dislike them, they will make finals. They've stuck by their coach like Richmond, and look to be trying to emulate Richmond's team unity approach.
    Dogs will be top 4 now that they've ejected a culturally poisonous player and their young list will be hungry to regain respect.
    West Coast lower third of the ladder. Other clubs around them just look more promising, they've done nothing wrong themselves. I just don't see anything particularly special with them, and one of their strengths is conning the umpires for technical free kicks, so I'm a little biased against them due to that being their priority at training and I don't see how they're going to gain an advantage through more honourable means, and objectively I think North, Dogs, Port, Saints, Carlton, Collingwood, Melbourne, etc look like they're doing more to improve.
    Fremantle, Gold Coast, Sydney I don't know enough about them TBH.
    GWS I actually think they're well-suited to drop off next year. They've failed in 2 prelims in a row due to lack of teamwork, not talent, which I predict will lead them to fracture as they point fingers during the off-season. Too many prima donnas for them to rally, and not enough media exposure up there to kick their ass into the "us vs the world" mindset they desperately need.
     
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    Trolls are usually funny.
     
  8. Rance2Mewtwo

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    Seriously, read the whole thing not just your club.

    West Coast haven't done much wrong, but they had one of the oldest lists in the competition and Saints, Melbourne, North, Carlton, etc look more promising to me.
     
  9. Forward Press

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    It wasn't just your assessment of West Coast.

    Essendon played finals this year, for example.
     
  10. Rance2Mewtwo

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    Honestly forgot about them playing finals, but 9th vs 8th, it's the same logic going forward to next year with the ageing players on their list meaning 10th-12th is most likely for them.

    What's wrong with that?
     
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    1. GWS
    2. SYDNEY
    3. ADELAIDE
    4. WESTERN BULLDOGS
    5. RICHMOND
    6. GEELONG
    7. HAWTHORN
    8. MELBOURNE

    9. COLLINGWOOD
    10. ST. KILDA
    11. ESSENDON
    12. PORT ADELAIDE
    13. CARLTON
    14. WEST COAST
    15. BRISBANE
    16. FREMANTLE
    17. GOLD COAST
    18. NORTH MELBOURNE

    QF1: GWS VS. WESTERN BULLDOGS = GIANTS WIN
    QF2: SYDNEY VS. ADELAIDE= SWANS WIN
    EF1: RICHMOND VS. MELBOURNE= DEMONS WIN
    EF2: GEELONG VS. HAWTHORN= CATS WIN

    SF1: ADELAIDE VS. MELBOURNE= CROWS WIN
    SF2: WESTERN BULLDOGS VS. GEELONG= CATS WIN

    PF1: GWS VS. ADELAIDE= GIANTS WIN
    PF2: SYDNEY VS. GEELONG= SWANS WIN

    GF: GWS VS. SYDNEY= GIANTS WIN THE PREMIERSHIP
     

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  12. bh90210fan

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    Reckon Melbourne have a better midfield and forward line than you lot
     
  13. Papa G

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    Port actually finished 7th which puts us in the 2nd band. We will play the Crows twice and then only 1 other top 6 team at a maximum.
     
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    9 - saints
    10 -crows
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    12- pies
    13- dons
    14- lions
    15- suns
    16- blues
    17- dockers
    18- ...?????
     
  15. BuffDog

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    why do fans of the reigning premiers constantly believe they know more than everyone else and their opinions are more valid :rolleyes:
     
  16. Madtiger2006

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    Richmond will go out in straight sets. Bookmark it
    Opinion?
    The thread is 2018 ladder prediction not 2018 ladder wishes. We're just informing a few of this :cool:
     
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    Essendon had a wooden spoon draw and still scraped in.
     
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    Without seeing the fixture, trades & draft:

    1 Adelaide
    2 Sydney
    3 Richmond
    4 GWS
    5 Melbourne
    6 Essendon
    7 Port
    8 Geelong
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    9 St Kilda
    10 Hawthorn
    11 Bulldogs
    12 Carlton
    13 West Coast
    14 Collingwood
    15 Fremantle
    16 North
    17 Gold Coast
    18 Brisbane
     
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    Richmond will make finals, but with a tougher draw and perhaps not as good a run with injuries, it won't be super high.
    Still, based on pre-trade, and the fact that the AFL season is so unpredicatble I'll have a stab.
    I expect Melbourne to improve with astute trading. Bombers have the firepower to do well. I also expect Pies, Blues and Lions to improve, albeit slowly, but improve all the same.
    Port needs to convince me that they can handle the mental side of things to be a big improver, but on talent, they are capable.
    Hawks could surprise too. I probably have them too low.
    Jury is out on the Dogs for mine. Could be high, could be middle.


    Sydney
    GWS
    Adelaide
    Geelong
    Richmond
    Melbourne
    Essendon
    Port Adelaide

    West Coast
    St Kilda
    Collingwood
    Hawthorn
    Western Bulldogs
    Carlton
    Brisbane
    Gold Coast
    Fremantle
    North Melbourne

    I will add that right at the moment I don't really give two ****s, because it's still tiger time.
     
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  20. 3121 premiers

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    If Brisbane signs Hodge do you see them climbing higher than Rockliff?

    For mine:
    1. GWS Giants
    2. Adelaide
    3. Port Adelaide
    4. Essendon
    5. Richmond
    6. Melbourne
    7. WC Eagles
    8. Western Bulldogs
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    9. Geelong
    10. Sydney
    11. Hawthorn
    12. Brisbane
    13. Carlton
    14. St Kilda
    15. Collingwood
    16. Fremantle
    17. Gold Coast
    18. North
     
  21. Benjodt

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    1. Adelaide
    2. Sydney
    3. GWS
    4. Tigers
    5. Geelong
    6. Port Adelaide
    7. Melbourne
    8. Bulldogs

    9. Essendon
    10. St Kilda
    11. Eagles
    12. Collingwood
    13. Hawks
    14. Carlton
    15. Dockers
    16. North Melbourne
    17. Lions
    18. GC
     
  22. Bazza97

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    Yeah, I think it's quite possible Freo might have a disappointing 2018. I'm not sold Lyon is the man going forward for the Dockers but we'll know more next year. Personally think they will finish bottom 4 in 2018 but open to the possibility that they could win around 8 games and avoid the bottom 4 like they did this year. Seems the consensus bottom 3 so far is Fremantle, Gold Coast and North Melbourne in any order.
     
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    Freo had the glass that was half full/ Half empty season.

    The two games vs your mob summed up freos season. In good day, we can beat your mob at the MCG. On bad day as taking your mob at Subi Late in the season, we looked very bad.

    People go on about how freo lost to Port by 89 points, Lost to Crows, Richmond and Sydney by over 100 points each. Fair enough. I get p***ed off Yet People forget we were a good Michael Walters goal to beat the cats In Geelong and lost Narrowly to GWS in NSW.

    People wondered why we struggled in the 2nd half of the season...Injuries came and we had no choice but to play more youth. Guys like Logue, Cox and Darcy each got around 10 games each. Nyhuis, Ryan, Deluca and Balic all played round 2-5 games each. That's 7 1st year players. What I just said crushes the Myth that ross Lyon doesn't play youth.

    As I said I rather take the 8 wins we got with a young squad like freo had in 2017 than get 4 wins with an old squad freo in 2016.
     
  24. HODGEYROAD

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    Without seeing the fixture and trades its hard but I will have a go

    1. Sydney
    2. Adelaide
    3. GWS
    4. Geelong
    5. Melbourne
    6. Port Adelaide
    7. Richmond
    8. Western Bulldogs

    9. Collingwood
    10.Hawthorn
    11.Essendon
    12. St. Kilda
    13. West Coast
    14. Carlton
    15. North Melbourne
    16. Brisbane Lions
    17. Fremantle
    18 Gold Coast
     
  25. westking

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    1. GWS
    2. Sydney
    3. Adelaide
    4. Melbourne
    5. Richmond
    6. Dogs
    7. Port
    8. Geelong
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    9. Saints
    10. Essendon
    11. Collingwood
    12. Hawthorn
    13.West Coast
    14. Fremantle
    15. Brisbane
    16. Carlton
    17. Norht
    18. Suns

    Why oh why did I just waste a minute of my life compiling this list?
     
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