Who would you rate as the weakest runners up of the last 20 years?

Which runners up do you rate as the weakest?


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Holy Rioli

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I went with Port 2007 just because of the humilation, but strongly considered 2016 Swans, and Carlton from 1999.

2016 Swans because they lost to the weakest premiership team I can recall.
1999 Carlton because they were just BOG average but stole a famous prelim upset against Essendon. And then got flogged by North in the GF.
 

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Jcpdragonx

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Us 2017 is probably top 2. We were flogged about 4-5 times that year by 5+ goals. Difference between good and bad as pretty clear and made clearer in the GF. Every time a team brought immense pressure we crumbled. Lucky to play GWS in round 1 who were dreadful and poorly coached that day, and then Geelong who decided to play Danger forward for the first quarter and give us a 5-6 goal head start.

Never really had a gauge on how good Collingwood were last season, their defense was too thin and there was no way around Darling/Kennedy.

Richmond IIRC were one of the worst clearance teams and Cotchin (worst year in years) and an injured Dusty vs Grundy+superstar mids, it didn't look too difficult on paper, although it was a great achievement given Richmonds record. Leading forwards like Cox and Jenkins really got a hold of Richmonds defense as well.
 
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Us 2017 is probably top 2. We were flogged about 4-5 times that year by 5+ goals. Difference between good and bad as pretty clear and made clearer in the GF. Every time a team brought immense pressure we crumbled. Lucky to play GWS in round 1 who were dreadful and poorly coached that day, and then Geelong who decided to play Danger forward for the first quarter and give us a 5-6 goal head start.
Losing a grand final to the team widely recognised as the worst side to win a premiership in the AFL era definitely can't be ignored either.
 

El_Scorcho

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Us 2017 is probably top 2. We were flogged about 4-5 times that year by 5+ goals. Difference between good and bad as pretty clear and made clearer in the GF. Every time a team brought immense pressure we crumbled. Lucky to play GWS in round 1 who were dreadful and poorly coached that day, and then Geelong who decided to play Danger forward for the first quarter and give us a 5-6 goal head start.
I think you're being overly critical here. You finished top with easily the best percentage. The nature of the league at the moment is that you could throw a blanket over the top 10 teams in any given year, but it's still a great effort to finish top, and you went into the GF as strong favourites for a reason.

This is a pretty simple thread. If you're talking just about the Grand Final, it's Port easily. Didn't show up and Geelong showed up in about the most devestating way possible.

But if you're talking overall, Port were still the 2nd best side all year, and beat Geelong in Geelong less than 2 months prior, as well as beating the other strong sides in West Coast and Collingwood during the season.

It's hard to go past Carlton in 1999, making it from 6th at 12-10 and 102%.
 
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