AFL Power Rankings – Preseason – How far the Cats?

Last week Mike Sheahan put his top  50 players. It isn’t an easy task and either is the Ladder predictions that the professional commentators have had to released in the last few months. The log jam between 3 and 15 could fall a hundred different ways and I am going to be very very wrong on lots of these predictions but its a fun exercise. So based off the preseason form (which lets face it, is an extremely poor source of form) and last years results. As the weeks go on, I want to try to rank them on there results week-to-week. Who they beat, who they get beat by and where they don’t beat teams by enough. So here it is. Let me know your thoughts. Who did I get right, and who did I get wrong? Let me know in the comments.


Rank

Past Rank

Difference

Team

Record (W-L)

1

2

+1

Geelong

0 – 0

NAB Cup winners. Best team over last few years. Must start the season as number one and hard to see this changing

2

1

-1

Hawthorn

0 – 0

Could lose this position quickly. Defense questionable early due to injuries, but Buddy/Roughead could drag them through the first month

3

4

+1

St Kilda

0 – 0

Need good players to stand up to justify the position. Word is they are playing the cluster and playing it well

4

8

+4

Collingwood

0 – 0

Looked the goods in the preseason. Thomas down back could be a difference maker. Cloke could be the barometer

5

3

-2

Western Bulldogs

0 – 0

Is the Josh Grant the answer to the Dogs Forward questions? Need to to do it now as Johnson and Aker won’t be around long

6

11

-5

Carlton

0 – 0

Judd, Murphy, Gibbs makes a formidable midfield. Fev could kick the ton this year but needs help up forward

7

13

-6

Port Adelaide

0 – 0

Are we being fooled or will the return to Grand Final form of 2007? Chad needs to stay healthy for them to return to finals

8

5

+3

Adelaide

0 – 0

Hardest position to pick. Goodwin reported to be over injuries.

Lets see if they can hold this spot. On the slide.

9

9

0

Richmond

0 – 0

I admit there is a pervious pleasure in naming them 9th. Can Richo stay on the park this year? Cousins will be the story early but if they don’t win, Wallace could be put on ice

10

10

0

Brisbane

0 – 0

Brown and Bradshaw will be hard to stop again. Rich will have a lot of eyes on him early, as will their new coach, Voss.

11

7

-4

North Melbourne

0 – 0

I dread having them so low. Ziebell and Anthony could inject youth if played. Wells has to justify the his position in the New AFL ad!!!

12

6

-6

Sydney

0 – 0

Kenally is gone and so is finals footy. Will Hall be able to stay on the track and keep them relevant?

13

15

+2

West Coast

0 – 0

Building a very good young list but have a way to go to build back to finals. A rebuilding year. Still eyes will be on Dean Cox at least for DreamTeam and Supercoach

14

14

0

Fremantle

0 – 0

Harvey needs to show something. Pav is a star but can Palmer continue on and will Haslebry be the in and under player they were missing last year?

15

12

-3

Essendon

0 – 0

Hard to pick as well. Llyod and Lucas need to bring on the young forwards and Fletcher the young backs.

16

16

0

Melbourne

0 – 0

Apart from not trading a big name, following the Hawks model. Watts not playing much this year should mean another wooden spoon and pick 1 and 2!

Comments

  1. Crap, that format doesn’t look right! Will work on improving it

  2. Crap, that format doesn’t look right! Will work on improving it

  3. Crap, that format doesn’t look right! Will work on improving it

  4. Great post Molly, really well constructed. I’d suggest Collingwood a bit lower than 4th, however having said that – who will take their spot? I’d say St.Kilda, but they don’t impress me too much. The Doggies are just the same old Doggies. Funny that you’ve selected Richmond to finish 9th – I love it!

    Go Blues.

    • I know what your saying. It was a raffle from 3 (maybe even 2) to about 15. I think Geelong and Melbourne were the only easy picks. The whole middle park of the Ranking could be upside down after this week.

  5. Great post Molly, really well constructed. I’d suggest Collingwood a bit lower than 4th, however having said that – who will take their spot? I’d say St.Kilda, but they don’t impress me too much. The Doggies are just the same old Doggies. Funny that you’ve selected Richmond to finish 9th – I love it!

    Go Blues.

  6. Great post Molly, really well constructed. I’d suggest Collingwood a bit lower than 4th, however having said that – who will take their spot? I’d say St.Kilda, but they don’t impress me too much. The Doggies are just the same old Doggies. Funny that you’ve selected Richmond to finish 9th – I love it!

    Go Blues.

    • I know what your saying. It was a raffle from 3 (maybe even 2) to about 15. I think Geelong and Melbourne were the only easy picks. The whole middle park of the Ranking could be upside down after this week.

  7. Looks good, although i think Essendeon and West Coast will end up swapping spots. A shame as I am a WCE fan and I’d hope they’d do well, but Essendon look to have a little better in them this year.

    • Yeah, I can see that being possible. They are already having bad luck with injuries. Wouldn’t want that to continue or could challenge the Dees for the Spoon!

  8. Looks good, although i think Essendeon and West Coast will end up swapping spots. A shame as I am a WCE fan and I’d hope they’d do well, but Essendon look to have a little better in them this year.

    • Yeah, I can see that being possible. They are already having bad luck with injuries. Wouldn’t want that to continue or could challenge the Dees for the Spoon!

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