AFL Pre-season rankings
We take a look at how the teams stack up before the season commences in 2017. The rankings are based on previous season’s finishes plus predicted form in the beginning of this season. The rankings will be updated on a weekly basis depending on form and results.
→ 1 (1) Western Bulldogs
The Doggies didn’t have the best JLT series with losses to up-and-coming Melbourne and Brisbane. Their only win came against Gold coast in the final week after a 9 (2 super-goals) goal to two, final quarter. Had a lot in reserve and will look to start the season in strong form against Collingwood.
↑ 2 (3) GWS Giants
GWS had a fantastic preseason and JLT series. They smashed both the Eagles and North without raising a sweat. They tried many new faces that lever looked out of their depth. Will go straight to the top of the rankings if the reining premiers falter even the slightest.
↓ 3 (2) Sydney Swans
Typical grind that we expect to see from Sydney, neither performed strongly nor poorly and will remain thereabouts throughout the year.
→ 4 (4) Geelong Cats
An indifferent preseason and was a quarter-by-quarter prospect. At times look to be going backwards in a hurry but also showed bursts of brilliance. The first two weeks of the season will teach us a lot about Geelong.
→ 5 (5) Hawthorn Hawks
Similar to Geelong in many respects and just edged them out after the siren in the opening JLT game. Jaeger O’Meara and Tom Mitchell are a lock in the midfield but will take some time to fully gel with the established players.
→ 6 (6) Adelaide Crows
A relatively strong pre-season by the Crows with impressive wins against the Cats and against Brisbane in a shootout. Key players in Brad Crouch and Rory Sloane missed out but should be back by either round 1 or 2.
→ 7 (7) West Coast Eagles
Despite the difference in personnel between the matches and also from last year, some things never change. The eagles looked great at home and poor interstate. From what we can see from the preseason, will be a lock for bottom half of the 8 with around 10 of 13 wins at home and one or two elsewhere.
→ 8 (8) North Melbourne
Probably the toughest JLT series by any team and still managed to come away with two wins and tough loss against premiership favorites GWS. Looked solid remain on track for a similar season to last.
→ 9 (9) St Kilda Saints
Performed very well over the preseason with their only loss coming to Sydney in the final round by 3 points. An Impressive debut by Steele will see him cemented in the starting 18 and fans should be excited by this year’s potential.
↑ 10 (11) Melbourne Demons
Fantastic preseason by Melbourne and arguably would be fighting for pre-season honors along with GWS. Great win against the reining premiers and a solid hit out against the Eagles at Domain. Melbourne are easily the top prospect from bottom 10 teams to make the move to the 8 this year.
↑ 11 (12) Collingwood Magpies
Good JLT form against three bottom 10 teams from last year. The inclusions to the team made in the off-season look to add the needed depth to assist in a push to the top-8.
↑ 12 (13) Richmond Tigers
Richmond moves up the rankings one place due to their good showing in the JLT series. Wins against Port and Adelaide with a narrow loss to Collingwood displayed what fans would hope for the year. Be careful with expecting too much from the year though.
↓ 13 (10) Port Adelaide
The power didn’t show too much in their three JLT matches despite performing adequately. They move down the rankings only due to the strong form of the three teams above.
↑ 14 (15) Gold Coast Suns
The off-season has been kind to the Suns. Additions in Hanley, Barlow, and Lyons all looked at home and with the strong comeback of Swallow, the team looks more settled than in the previous 2-3 seasons. Also are we seeing the second coming of Gaz?
↑ 15 (16) Fremantle Dockers
A fairly good JLT series with Fyfe making a solid comeback from a broken leg last year and McCarthy staring with six goals in their final match. The real test will be against the Cats in the first week of the season.
↑ 16 (17) Brisbane Lions
A solid JLT season by Brisbane who are expecting to make large strides this year after a disappointing last year. Chris Fagan looks to be a great appointment by the club.
↑ 17 (18) Essendon Bombers
A vastly improved Essendon from the outfit we saw last year. How the banned players integrate back into the team will determine how high they will climb.
↓ 18 (14) Carlton Blues
Out of their depth in the JLT series against three bottom 10 teams from last year. Expect Carlton to “park the bus” at 18.