Never easy to win a spoon when you have to get below the masters....carlscum! They will start tanking any round now....oh and the Dees have form in this area, they might pack it in after a few more rounds.
Will probably win our last 9 games to scrape into 8th then win 3 interstate finals (one in Brisbane, Sydney and Geelong), then the AFL will backflip and move the GF to Optus Stadium, where we play WC, and win again in golden point. It will be the hardest flag we’ve ever won but still, we won the flag..
You left out one of our biggest threats - Carlton .... surely their ambitious, ambiguous, futile, pointless, purposeless, impractical, vain, in vain, to no purpose, to no avail, unavailing, bootless, nugatory, hopeless, unusable, ineffectual, inefficacious, impotent, fruitless, unprofitable, profitless, unproductive re-build will crystallise this year, but then again maybe next year.
In all seriousness, it's literally two weeks into the season.
No one can sprint ahead and no one will sustain the first run.
Richmond 2018, Fremantle and North 2015 spring to mind as early bolters who faded.
All premiers outside of perhaps Geelong of 2009 have ground out the season to win the big dance.
We have months left of football.
Hard start to the year, compacted by our literal starting 6 all out but we have found a few gems already (Balta and Stack) and a few more we haven't given a run to yet.
With a nice middle draw and players not just back by then, but hopefully into a bit of match fitness and form (plus a successful VFL team to come through if needed) and a very easy and Melbourne based finish to the fixture we are primed to storm home like like 2017 and like 2017, catch a few teams off guard.
Focus on 4 week blocks and it's still a very, very achievable flag... and without, in my mind, any stand out teams who have one foot in the top 4 before long, it could yet be our easiest.