Preview 2022 Spoon (poll)

2022 Spoon

  • Adelaide Crows

    Votes: 48 7.9%
  • Collingwood Magpies

    Votes: 161 26.5%
  • Gold Coast Suns

    Votes: 110 18.1%
  • Hawthorn Hawks

    Votes: 172 28.3%
  • North Melbourne Kangaroos

    Votes: 67 11.0%
  • Fremantle Dockers

    Votes: 10 1.6%
  • St Kilda Saints

    Votes: 14 2.3%
  • West Coast Eagles

    Votes: 25 4.1%

  • Total voters
    607

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PonsfordMagpie

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 3, 2013
9,104
17,232
AFL Club
Collingwood
Other Teams
Chelsea
"Winning" the spoon 2 years in a row doesn't really happen often.

It's out of Collingwood/Gold Coast/Hawthorn in that order.
Consecutive Wooden Spoons
  • St Kilda (6) = 1897-1902
  • St Kilda (2) = 1904-1905
  • St Kilda (2) = 1909-1910
  • University (4) = 1911-1914
  • Hawthorn (2) = 1927-1928
  • North Melbourne (3) = 1929-1931
  • North Melbourne (2) = 1934-1935
  • South Melbourne (2) = 1938-1939
  • Hawthorn (2) = 1941-1942
  • St Kilda (2) = 1947-1948
  • Hawthorn (2) = 1949-1950
  • St Kilda (2) = 1954-1955
  • Geelong (2) = 1957-1958
  • Fitzroy (2) = 1963-1964
  • St Kilda (4) = 1983-1986
  • Brisbane Bears (2) = 1990-1991
  • Sydney (3) = 1992-1994
  • Fitzroy (2) = 1995-1996
  • Carlton (2) = 2005-2006
  • Melbourne (2) = 2008-2009
  • GWS (2) = 2012-2013
 

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Cyber_punk

Doomer
Feb 16, 2020
703
1,526
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Consecutive Wooden Spoons
  • St Kilda (6) = 1897-1902
  • St Kilda (2) = 1904-1905
  • St Kilda (2) = 1909-1910
  • University (4) = 1911-1914
  • Hawthorn (2) = 1927-1928
  • North Melbourne (3) = 1929-1931
  • North Melbourne (2) = 1934-1935
  • South Melbourne (2) = 1938-1939
  • Hawthorn (2) = 1941-1942
  • St Kilda (2) = 1947-1948
  • Hawthorn (2) = 1949-1950
  • St Kilda (2) = 1954-1955
  • Geelong (2) = 1957-1958
  • Fitzroy (2) = 1963-1964
  • St Kilda (4) = 1983-1986
  • Brisbane Bears (2) = 1990-1991
  • Sydney (3) = 1992-1994
  • Fitzroy (2) = 1995-1996
  • Carlton (2) = 2005-2006
  • Melbourne (2) = 2008-2009
  • GWS (2) = 2012-2013

I'm meaning more recently in the AFL era. It's more unlikely than not. Equalization has made it so most clubs don't stay down for too long
 

Blackhawk42

Norm Smith Medallist
Feb 5, 2018
7,645
15,729
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Other Teams
Chicago Blackhawks Melb Renegades
Going to be a lot of disappointed people next year when Hawthorn are no where near 18th.

Only way we are contending for the spoon are if two of the following things occur.

1. Half our best 22 get season ending injuries (happy to admit that we don't have the depth to cover it).

2. Mitchell coaches like the second coming of Mark Neeled and his appointment becomes a clear mistake early on.


We won 7 games (finished on 32 points, so essentially 8 wins) in 2021, lost nobody of note in trade period and gain James Sicily and Jack Gunston after 12 months off each.
The expectation is 8 wins at an absolute minimum.

Collingwood and Adelaide are my two major contenders. Crows are on the right path but I think it will be a slow burn of a rebuild.
 

La Dispute

La Dispute
Jul 14, 2005
15,810
23,895
AFL Club
Carlton
Other Teams
Manchester City, Boston Bruins
There's no clear favourite this year.
Are the Crows tipped to improve again in 2022?
They’re still consolidating. Took a few teams by surprise this season, but wouldn’t be surprised to see them go backwards.

I like their mix going forward, they’ve sorted their key position posts pretty early (Butts, Thilthorpe) and some handy young players who look like they are made of the right stuff: Scholl, Hamill, Pedlar, Berry etc.

They definitely need some more midfield class and are leveraging a couple of more experienced heads rotating heavily through there. It’s interesting they seem to be keen on Rachele when they’ve gone for flankers with early picks before and haven’t had much success. Plus they’ll probably get Rankine at some point.

Could see them finishing pretty much anywhere in the bottom 10 tbh.
 

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Schauermann

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 27, 2011
6,282
3,662
Hamburg
AFL Club
Fremantle
No poll on the spoon is complete without freo being included. Its a well established tradition.
We don't like the spotlight of a wooden spoon. We prefer to be bad silently. Apart from winning in 2001 we were only in real contention in 1999. In 2016 we didn't even finish second last which was probably the real spoon (but I'll give you, that you could count that year as well).
 

DEVO

Debbie Harry's Love Child
Sep 8, 2000
13,185
9,489
Canberra, ACT, Australia
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Parramatta, Carlisle, Ross County
If it’s somehow us we’ll definelty be getting the priority pick this time
There were enough positive signs from the second half of the season to suggest we will be more than competitive in most matches next season. I think eight wins is a real possibility depending on the draw.

My pick for the spoon is Hawthorn, their list looks a little disjointed and light on depth. Also, they kicked out the master coach and replaced him with a rookie and I'm not sure he can provide the spark to lift the team when in a winnable position.
 

the Ziebull

Brownlow Medallist
Nov 14, 2010
26,450
24,871
AFL Club
North Melbourne
There were enough positive signs from the second half of the season to suggest we will be more than competitive in most matches next season. I think eight wins is a real possibility depending on the draw.

My pick for the spoon is Hawthorn, their list looks a little disjointed and light on depth. Also, they kicked out the master coach and replaced him with a rookie and I'm not sure he can provide the spark to lift the team when in a winnable position.
I agree that we should be on the improve but if worst case scenario we don’t then there’s at least that PP
 

Jack Green

Team Captain
Feb 14, 2018
393
317
AFL Club
St Kilda
Going to be a lot of disappointed people next year when Hawthorn are no where near 18th.

Only way we are contending for the spoon are if two of the following things occur.

1. Half our best 22 get season ending injuries (happy to admit that we don't have the depth to cover it).

2. Mitchell coaches like the second coming of Mark Neeled and his appointment becomes a clear mistake early on.


We won 7 games (finished on 32 points, so essentially 8 wins) in 2021, lost nobody of note in trade period and gain James Sicily and Jack Gunston after 12 months off each.
The expectation is 8 wins at an absolute minimum.

Collingwood and Adelaide are my two major contenders. Crows are on the right path but I think it will be a slow burn of a rebuild.
The Hawks like Adelaide and North in early days of a rebuild and Collingwood and Gold Coast for different reasons will be in the mix.
I think most fans [ even most the supporters of these clubs ,would have those 5 grouped in the bottom 6 realistically. Whoever gets a poor run with injury , loses a few close games will get the chocolates. The coaching for a few of these clubs also a consideration. Regards to Mitchell you would like to give him 3 years at the helm to try and create his own system and culture at the club, now Clarkson is gone. Remember the early years of both Hardwick and Clarkson- it did not happen overnight.
 

boncer34

Formerly "Dos23"
Jul 11, 2005
53,315
60,658
Baghdad
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Melbourne Storm
:laughing: Tradition- doesn't work for me, mind you. Like the Saints in this poll, Dockers feel to me in that middle grouping of 7-12 .Both have solid lists and solid coaching and a have a few years of development ahead of the other sides mentioned.
Saints were the big disappointment of 2021 for me. I can see 2022 either having it all come together and they do deep or it all explodes spectacularly and they bomb out.
 

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