Poll – 2018 Premiers

Written by Schwarzwalder on July 6 2018

We’re all so focused on Supercoach at the minute (and rightly so) but what about the competition in general?

Over the last two years, the Bulldogs and Tigers literally came from nowhere to win the flag after a period of dominance from Hawthorn.  With eight weeks of the regular season left to play, who do you see lifting the Cup on Grand Final Day?

 

Who is going to win the 2018 Premiership?

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13 thoughts on “Poll – 2018 Premiers”

  1. I didn’t see the Dogs or Tiges coming so with that logic any of them are a chance. But the Tiges are amazingly well placed to get a home QF, home PF, home GF. The crowd support is a huge advantage over most of their opposition barring a potential final against Essendon or Collingwood which would be a more 50/50 split.

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    1. At least according to Squiggle, which has a frighteningly accurate track record of predicting premiers.

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    1. At this stage, I’d put them 2nd to Richmond.

      Swans also a chance if they can get some consistency rolling over the next month.

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  2. Tigers looking the goods. That said, Adelaide were the dominant team at this time last year and the Tigers rolled them. #anythingispossible

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  3. – Richmond are clear favourites, but the other teams have 8 weeks to figure them out. Dusty is off the boil, so if teams put a little more time into Crotchin and JRoo then things may change. It’s dealing with the Tiger pressure tho that is the main thing.

    – Pies are a surprise, but their last 6 games have been relatively easy, with maybe only Melbourne of any significance. They’ve played themselves into some form though, but not sure they’re good enough for a real blow torch. Losing Trealoar and Dunn hurts badly.

    – West Coast had a great run with 10 wins in a row, but the wheels appear to be falling off. Injuries to all keys in their forward line are not going to help.

    – The Swans are always a chance, but have been pretty inconsistent overall. I’m not sure if losing McVeigh, Jack and Hanners for a few weeks will be a total disaster, as they will probably be able to replace them with quicker players, but their scoring output is becoming a concern. Reid needs to come in sooner rather than later and find form quickly.

    – Port are going along nicely and have plenty of stars and a pretty solid defence to spring from. A lot still rests on the shoulders of Dixon in the forward line and he can make or break them. I’m sure no other team wants to play them in a final in Adelaide.

    – GWS are starting to get some form back, but injuries have hurt them all year. Could still be a smokey, but when they haven’t made the GF in other years when they had all wheels turning, not sure I can see them getting there this year.

    -Melbourne can play some good footy and some terrible footy. Still showing the signs of an inexperienced team, especially losing games that they should’ve won. But then that’s where the Dogs and Tigers were at in their premiership years, so if they can become consistent in the backend of the year and take form into the finals, we may have another upset.

    – Geelong are also showing to be inconsistent due to the number of young guys in the team. It looks like they’ll be getting a few more of those senior guys back, but does that take away from the young, pacey guys? Dangerfield hasn’t really destroyed a game, but less reliance on one man is probably a good thing. Another smokey?

    – North are a tough team to assess and with an easier draw, they could still be a difficult team to overcome. They weren’t even meant to be in the conversation at this stage of the year, so they played well above themselves early on. Can they find that form again, maybe, but probably not good enough to make it all the way to glory.

    – Hawthorn need to get a move on to make the finals, top 4 is out of the question so will have to do it the hard way. Probably missing the star power from their flags years and an over-reliance on TMitchell makes them a little one-dimensional. Could well have the Brownlow already sewn up though.

    – The Crows have dropped off dramatically with injuries and form. Last year, their forward line was the talk of the town, but this year, it’s had a lot of issues. I can’t see them coming back from this.

    – The Dons have improved on last year, but there’s too many better teams for them to be able to surprise from here.

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  4. Would love to see a Tigers v Pies GF!

    It’s been way too long since 2 absolute powerhouse teams of the competition have played off in a GF!

    Head ….. Tigers
    Heart …. Hawks ( The Castle, tell em their Dreamin )
    Smoky …Port / GWS

    Winning a GF is huge these days, winning 2 in a row is tremendously hard…..Imagine holding the Premiership Cup for 1000 days 😉 Gulp, sorry I’m still on holidays & been watching the best of Cyril ( I’m gunna miss you ) & the 2014/15 & 16 3peat in recent days with my boys!

    The Roughie tackle on Hannebery, Hodge’s banana goal from the boundary & Cyril in 2015 GF were memories that last a lifetime

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