AFL Ladder Prediction - How will you club fare in 2019?

Adam Cusworth 14 Mar 2019
  • Here is our prediction for how the AFL Ladder will look like after Round 23 of the 2019 season.

The 2019 AFL season shapes as another fascinating one and as usual it is a difficult one to predict. 

Last year's champions, West Coast, are now the hunted, while the likes of Collingwood and Adelaide will be out to challenge after finishing runner up in 2018 (Collingwood) and 2017 (Adelaide). 

Just which sides will be the improvers and sliders? Can Hawthorn, Geelong and Sydney hang in there after featuring regularly at the top end for the best part of the last 12 years? 

Here is how we think the 2019 home and away season will pan out. 

1. Collingwood
The Magpies are the team to beat after overcoming a stack of injuries to almost win the flag last year. Their host of midfield stars should enable them to overcome what is a tough draw. 

2. Adelaide
Not much went right for Adelaide last year, from the moment they stepped out to their pre-season camp. But with a number of key players back in the fold after injury interrupted seasons in 2018, the Crows shape as the big improvers.

3. West Coast
The Eagles landed big time last year, capturing a memorable premiership and while they will be the hunted this time around, their quota of games at their new home ground, Perth Stadium, should mean that they can pick up enough wins to finish top four. 

4. Richmond
The Tigers have probably been the best side over the past two years as a whole and only an off night in the Preliminary Final cost them last year. With Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt as hungry as ever, they will be thereabouts. 

5. Melbourne
The Demons came of age last season, finally ending the misery for their long suffering fans by making finals and their two wins in September were memorable. They have too much class to not make the eight. 

6. Hawthorn
Most experts have written Hawthorn off after the Brownlow Medalist, Tom Mitchell, broke his leg in a recent training mishap. But the Hawks top four finish last season wasn't just because of Mitchell and they have recruited well since then. They have missed finals just once in the last 10 years and will be there again in 2019. 

7. GWS Giants
GWS were tipped to be a force for years to come but that hasn't quite eventuated. The loss of another batch of stars means that they will rely a lot on the likes of Jeremy Cameron and Toby Greene this year. As long as they can avoid a repeat of the injuries that have plagued them in recent times, they should just secure another finals berth. 

8. North Melbourne
Underrated by most, the Kangaroos were tipped to finish wooden spoon last year and surprised everyone by just missing out in 9th. While their pre-season form has been a bit sketchy, they should improve on last year on the back of their recruiting and a finals berth beckons. 

9. Geelong
Appeared to be on the way down after their straight sets finals exit last year but have topped up nicely with Luke Dahlhaus and Gary Rohan the additions. They are in the mix for a top eight spot but their tough first month of footy may make it hard. 

10. Sydney
There are some question marks over Sydney after their slide towards the end of last year. With Lance Franklin in doubt for the opening rounds and their ageing veterans in the middle, it is hard to see where improvement will come from. 

11. Essendon
The Bombers have been hyped up big time in the off-season but I am not convinced. Dylan Shiel adds grunt to their midfield but they were largely underwhelming in 2018. Will need a massive season from Joe Daniher in order to feature at the business end. 

12. Fremantle
Picked up Jesse Hogan and Rory Lobb in the trade period but still a lot of work to do for Ross Lyon's side. 

13. Brisbane
Won five games in 2018 and should pick up another couple this season but still developing. Addition of Lachie Neale will help but that has been offset by the loss of Dayne Beams. 

14. Port Adelaide
The perennial underachievers might have missed the boat and will find it tough this season. Did little to bolster their list and the loss of Chad Wingard and Jared Polec removes some of their depth. 

15. Carlton
Will definitely improve on their two wins from 2018 and anything north of six victories will be a bonus for the Blues. 

16. Western Bulldogs
What a fall it has been for the Western Bulldogs since their amazing win in the 2016 Grand Final. They continue to struggle up forward and have been unable to settle on their best 22 since their triumph.
 
17. St Kilda
Expect Alan Richardson to be under scrutiny from the get-go. Lack the stars to be competitive enough for a top eight finish. 

18. Gold Coast
The Gold Coast have bottomed out and will battle throughout 2019. 


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