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Who will win the AFL premiership this year?
The Geelong Cats won the premiership last season in an epic final against Collingwood
So who will win the AFL Premiership this season?! Will Geelong win there 4th premiership in 6 years? Will Collingwood fight back from the heartbreak of last season and grab there 2nd premiership in 3 years? Will Hawthorn bounce back to its 2008 glory? Or will a rising team like Essendon spring a surprise? Here I will discuss every teams chances in the upcoming season.
Very slim chance: The Crows are still in a rebuilding phase will not likely make the finals, likely to show some flashes of there form of a couple of years ago but I feel that they are destined to stay in the bottom half of the league for a few years yet.
Slim chance: The Lions are on the rise, very rarely got blown away last year even though there win/loss ratio wasnt that high, this year they will have there King Jonathon Brown back in action which will boost them massively, I predict that they will be right on the edge to make the finals or not.
Good chance: The blues were quite unlucky not to recieve a top 4 spot last year, if there superstar Chris Judd continues to fire and the rest of the team improve, this could be the blues year to really challenge for the flag.
High Chance: The pies dominated all season, until it finally mattered on the last day of September, but with the pies still having a young and strong list with there 3 superstars in Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury and Dale Thomas, do not be suprised if they get back that premiership cup.
Good Chance: The bombers this season are already looking bigger and stronger which is what they need to compete with the best, they rose big time last season and if they continue to make that sort of improvement they could be a surprise, only question mark is who is there other superstar to help out Jobe Watson? Michael Hurley perhaps, but only time will tell.
Good Chance: The dockers almost made the finals last year with a horrific injury list, if they get rid of that injury curse and there star players in Aaron Sandilands, Michael Barlow and David Mundy step up, along with gun coach Ross Lyon, look out.
Good Chance: As brave as Geelong where last season to clinch the premiership when everyone wrote them off, the run might have ended. But as they say never write off a champion team and Geelong are just that and might give it one final run.
Gold Coast Suns:
Slim Chance: As impressive as Gold Coast where last season with there first year in the AFL, they were carried on the shoulders but one man, Gary Ablett. Too early for the suns to make a title shot, but give them a couple of years and this team could be unstoppable.
Greater West Sydney Giants:
No chance: Entering there first year of the AFL with no superstar as such in there team, expect them to be lucky to win 3 games for the season, it will be a tough one for the Giants.
High chance: It would seem at this present time that the hawks with be the biggest challengers to Collingwood this season, they have multiple superstars in there team and look set to launch into a massive season.
Slim Chance: Having just lost former number 1 draft pick and future superstar Tom Scully to the Giants, they are in for a tough season, though I feel they will improve this year, the premiership cup is a long way away.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
Slim Chance: I feel that the Kangaroos will step up this season and make the finals, however in saying that they do not have the superstars or fire power to challenge for a premiership yet.
Port Adelaide Power:
No chance: After being handed the wooden spoon last season and not getting many great draft picks, port fans will again have to deal with another hard season with watching there side getting beaten week after week.
Slim Chance: The tigers every year seem to give there fans some hope, but it comes crashing down again every season, I doubt this season will be any different as the tigers still attempt to build there list.
St Kilda Saints:
Good chance: Some may wonder why I have said good chance, this is because I feel with that strong core of superstars the saints have and the return of Lenny Hayes, the Saints will always be around to give a fight.
Slim Chance: Even though the swans will almost certainly make the finals as they do most years, there list is ageing and they just dont have the firepower to pull off those upsets that they need.
West Coast Eagles:
Good Chance: The Eagles came from no where last season, this season I feel will be a bit harder for them after such an impressive year, but with players such as Dean Cox and Daniel Kerr, how can you right them off?
Slim Chance: After losing there star full-forward Barry Hall and promising midfielder Callan Ward, the doggies are in for a rebuilding season one feels, may sneak into the finals if they have a good season.