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The King!

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Obviously a little premature before the offseason is over, but I'm tipping Brisbane to have a disappointing 2020 relative to 2019. They almost certainly won't have the golden run with injuries again, teams will be up for them and plenty of their good players are still quite young. The final reason is crucial imo to why Melbourne disappointed so badly this year. After you do so well, teams begin to pick you apart and really get up to play you and if your leaders are largely younger, it's a lot for them to take in before they've really matured. Hipwood, Cameron, Andrews, McCluggage, Gardiner will need to do a lot of heavy lifting this year under more intense scrutiny. They also have lost a big batch of "next cab off the rank" depth in Cutler, Taylor, Walker, Bastinac, Keays, and Robertson. While none of them are stars, they're all capable of seniors footy and would be useful in case of injury. They got in Birchall, CYE, and Ah Chee which goes some way to replacing them, but losing Hodge is another big one for them. I don't think they'll slide like Melbourne did this year, but I can see them missing finals very easily.

I can see Hawthorn making a good push up the ladder too. The Bulldogs have got a lot of acclaim for finding their bookends, but you could quite easily argue that the Hawks have almost as good a pair in Frost and Patton. I'd take Keath and Bruce probably, but that's nothing to sniff at for the Hawks and just the kinds of players they needed. Plus they get Tom Mitchell back. Wingard with his first full year under wrap too, they could be a top 4 team imo.
i agree with that, melbourne i can see bounce back too
 

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S120

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i agree with that, melbourne i can see bounce back too
I'm not as sure, tbh. After the year they had, there's no excuses for them to not be motivated over the pre-season and early part of the H&A but I'm not convinced they're good enough. They had one excellent year (in which they didn't finish top 4 on the ladder, bear in mind) and I certainly doubt they'll be top 4 material, I can see them around the 7-10 mark. I think Langdon will help them but I don't rate Tomlinson. He's versatile and a good runner but his decision-making and skills are pretty rubbish imo. Plus they're relying on Tom McDonald, Weideman, May, Lever, and Oscar McDonald as their keys in defence and attack. That's a talented but, as yet, very inconsistent bunch. Partly from inexperience and partly from injury/poor discipline. Not sold, personally.
 

The King!

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anywhere from 6 to 16 depending on availability of best players.

I actually dont think we were as bad last year as ladder suggests.

the eagles win was great, we were good at times, not blown off the park, but we played not to lose by too much at times imo

who knows

rampe kennedy and buddy all older yet our big keys is a worry

think the list will take a bit of work, but will bounce back after a few years
 

brad cooper

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the eagles win was great, we were good at times, not blown off the park, but we played not to lose by too much at times imo

who knows

rampe kennedy and buddy all older yet our big keys is a worry

think the list will take a bit of work, but will bounce back after a few years
yer depth a major issue, I think were on the right track though.

let's see what happens.

geez it's boring without it
 

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DavyRed

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Need a great key forward to come out of our Academy
that would be awesome, not to mention the shits a giggles watching the melts
Hamish Ellem this year. 6’ 4” and 100kgs. Kicks a country mile and good when the ball hits the ground. Areas to improve - body on body work and overhead marking sometimes lets him down.
 

simmo97

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JOE DANIHER won't have to wait long to play at the SCG in 2020, with the AFL scheduling an early Sydney-Essendon showdown under Friday night lights.

AFL.com.au understands the Bombers will travel north to tackle the Swans in round two on Friday, March 27.

 

Heeney2Franklin

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JOE DANIHER won't have to wait long to play at the SCG in 2020, with the AFL scheduling an early Sydney-Essendon showdown under Friday night lights.

AFL.com.au understands the Bombers will travel north to tackle the Swans in round two on Friday, March 27.

Is he even going to be playing?
 

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