Definitive information to AFL 2019: Half one

What will be anticipated of every membership within the 2019 season? With the brand new 6-6-6 guidelines in play, it’s necessary to grasp what kind of influence it will possibly have on the type of groups. Clearances will likely be extra very important than ever, given the attacking benefit supplied by the open house within the ahead 50. Groups will preserve their finest inside midfielders in central stoppage conditions, for longer given the wild momentum shifts seen throughout the preseason, and the benefit many golf equipment will see in profitable it within the center. Large forwards that lead up on the goal will thrive within the open areas, whereas golf equipment with undersized defences could take some time to regulate to the brand new guidelines. 2019 will likely be compelling for a lot of completely different causes, enabling sure golf equipment to take full benefit of the panorama of the sport. Extra AFL Definitive information to AFL 2019: Half one When the King of Asgard meets an AFL guernsey Melbourne's and Collingwood’s rise isn't assured AFL high 100: Spherical 1 choice highlights (half two) 2019 AFL season preview: Richmond Tigers AFL Adelaide The Crows will go certainly one of two methods in 2019, after their efficiency final season following a dominant 2017 and grand closing look. They are going to both return to the highest 4, and re-emerge as contenders, or they’ll comply with the Western Bulldogs in displaying indicators that their sturdy season, whereas deserved, could have been an aberration. With the addition of Brad Crouch into the fold, Rory Sloane now a co-captain, and Brodie Smith to be the one largest beneficiary of the rule adjustments, it’s straightforward to see why many like Adelaide to move again up the order. The fixture is as a lot of a bonus as golf equipment let it's, and the Crows look set to capitalise on it grandly. Not solely is the draw fairly delicate, however they begin the season in opposition to six groups with a complete of zero September-wins in 2018. The Crows might simply win at the very least 5 of the primary six matches, which might set them up for the remainder of the season. The forwards will profit drastically from the brand new 6-6-6 arrange, given their love to guide up on the ball, whereas the sheer clearance energy this group possesses will give them a terrific benefit. Anticipate large issues from Adelaide this season. Predicted end: third (15 wins, 7 losses) Greatest and Fairest: Matt Crouch Main goalkicker: Taylor Walker Most improved: Alex Keath Charlie Cameron in motion (Photograph by Chris Hyde/Getty Photos) Brisbane Many are large on the way forward for Brisbane – I wrote concerning the membership ending within the high 4 in 2020 throughout 2018. The Lions can simply double their wins this season, given the very fact they're now sturdy all around the floor. Harris Andrews was stated to be taking part in in assault this yr, however Marcus Adams’ damage could stop that from occurring, which is a blessing in disguise. The lack of Dayne Beams allowed for the inclusion of Lachie Neale and Jarryd Lyons, which really strengthens the clearance work of the membership. This will likely be a vitally necessary a part of the “profitable components” with the brand new guidelines, and Stefan Martin’s work fee can solely profit these two new gamers. Charlie Cameron’s return to health would be the single largest increase to the membership by way of its attacking capability, and his mixture with Eric Hipwood will present many highlights. Add Lincoln McCarthy to the small ahead combine with Lewis Taylor and there’s loads of fluidity in assault. Brisbane will enhance significantly this season forward of a real finals onslaught in 2020. Predicted end: 11th (10 wins, 12 losses) Greatest and Fairest: Lachie Neale Main goalkicker: Charlie Cameron Most improved: Hugh McCluggage
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Carlton Carlton supporters have each proper to be excited for the longer term, because the membership lastly seems to be heading in a decidedly optimistic course in 2019. Positive, the prediction is that of a 17th-place end, however that isn’t to say the Blues gained’t enhance significantly this yr. Curnow and McKay will play each sport as the important thing pillars in assault with McGovern as a third-tall and cult hero Michael Gibbons taking part in the Matt Wright-like function. There’s Patrick Cripps who's difficult thrilling gamers for a Brownlow, resembling Paddy Dow, Zac Fisher, Will Setterfield and David Cuningham who can take the subsequent step. Sam Walsh additionally seems a star within the making. Jacob Weitering could have a breakout season on defence, whereas Nic Newman will settle in a job throughout halfback, trying to flip his superb NEAFL numbers into sturdy AFL output. There are potential positives all over the place for the Blues and whereas there will likely be instances in 2019 the place the group will endure from large losses and expertise stress, the general positivity surrounding the membership ought to go away gamers and followers in a buoyant temper. They'll notch up 5 wins this yr. Predicted end: 17th (5 wins, 17 losses) Greatest and Fairest: Patrick Cripps Main goalkicker: Charlie Curnow Most improved: David Cuningham A few of Carlton’s finest younger expertise (Photograph by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Photos) Collingwood It’s straightforward to see Collingwood having simply nearly as good a season as they did in 2018 and end decrease on the ladder. The fixture will likely be more durable to take care of and, regardless of the addition of Beams, it implies that Collingwood should take care of much more aggressive groups than they did final yr. The place the advance comes from is a stronger defence, which has solely been boosted by the inclusion of Jordan Roughead and the health of Darcy Moore. It’s straightforward to see Jeremy Howe play a barely extra defensive function as Moore makes use of his athleticism and top to take over the intercepting. Having all these versatile gamers additionally permits for Nathan Buckley to modify issues round mid-game, very like Richmond, which is certain to have a powerful influence. There are nonetheless query marks over Collingwood’s capability in assault, nevertheless, and it places a ceiling on the group’s capability to stand up the ladder to problem the likes of Richmond and Melbourne. Mason Cox is 28 years of age and the preliminary closing was the perfect sport of his profession. Apart from that, he has averaged round a objective a sport and never many marks. He shouldn’t be seen as a genuinely sturdy ahead possibility. Jordan de Goey is clearly the star, however his health is seemingly a relentless concern, which can also be the rationale why Jamie Elliott isn’t seen as a real, dependable possibility. Josh Thomas’ yr was unimaginable however anticipating him to again it up is probably an excessive amount of to ask, whereas Will Hoskin-Elliott and Jaidyn Stephenson combining for 80 objectives was massively surprising. There will likely be a bigger presence from resting midfielders in assault given the improved midfield depth, however this advert hoc formation of attackers mightn’t work as effectively as final season. Predicted end: fifth (15 wins, 7 losses) Greatest and Fairest: Brodie Grundy Main goalkicker: Jordan de Goey Most improved: Darcy Moore Essendon As quickly as Essendon signed Dylan Shiel, many pundits catapulted the Bombers into their high 4 as a result of addition of an elite participant. Embody a match Joe Daniher and it’s understood why there may be a lot hype surrounding Essendon throughout the preseason. The fixed problem with the group, nevertheless, is an plain lack of consistency stemming from psychological utility. Too many instances Essendon seems to be going via the motions, with a tinge of disinterest getting into their play, whereas the subsequent quarter they'll produce essentially the most scintillating footy seen from any membership. After lacking the finals final season and underperforming total, the Bombers will certainly play finals this season. The defence seems moderately good with Aaron Francis’ emergence, the midfield is extraordinarily sturdy and it’s seemingly Essendon takes after West Coast’s attacking technique with three talls to combine with the fast, small forwards. At Marvel Stadium, the Bombers will likely be fairly near unstoppable if their ball motion is as fluent because it was throughout their good run in 2018, which ought to give Essendon the required wins to comfortably make the eight. Zach Merrett could have far much less stress on him to carry out and the added help via the midfield might see him return to being a high 15 participant within the competitors at simply 23 years of age. He’s one to observe within the Brownlow. Predicted end: sixth (14 wins, eight losses) Greatest and Fairest: Zach Merrett Main goalkicker: Jake Stringer Most improved: Aaron Francis Adam Cerra of the Dockers celebrates after scoring a objective (Photograph by Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Photos) Fremantle Particular enchancment will come to Fremantle this season, even when the ladder doesn’t present it. The Dockers are utterly neglected by way of potential within the coming seasons, and for as a lot as I've spoken concerning the Lions’ top-four end in 2020, Fremantle must be aiming for a high eight end in the identical season. They've lastly shaped a powerful ahead line, now led by Jesse Hogan, Rory Lobb, Brennan Cox and Cam McCarthy. The midfield is trying actually good and gamers like Adam Cerra, Andrew Brayshaw, Stefan Giro, Darcy Tucker and Bailey Banfield will profit drastically from one other season. With Joel Hamling and Alex Pearce as the primary key defenders, Griffin Logue could possibly be re-introduced into the group as an intercepting possibility, offering extra help to, potential All Australian, Luke Ryan. Aaron Sandilands must be not more than an insurance coverage coverage in his final season, with Sean Darcy the clear primary ruck for the subsequent 12 years. Groups can anticipate powerful contests this season in Perth in opposition to the Dockers, which will likely be a welcomed change for the competitors. With a number of long-kicking choices to distribute out of defence, and large talls in assault to benefit from the open areas created by the rule adjustments, the Dockers ought to enhance their attacking numbers significantly. One concern to observe for is the work out of the center, given the significance of clearances and transferring the ball ahead out of the center. In 2019, it appears as if solely Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, and Michael Walters can do that, with Connor Blakely lacking half a season. If Ross Lyon picks up on this shortly, anticipate Brayshaw to enhance his numbers significantly and for Hogan to spend a while within the center. Additionally, look ahead to Brennan Cox to turn out to be a real swingman in 2019 because the Dockers attempt to handle all their talls. Predicted end: 14th (eight wins, 14 losses) Greatest and Fairest: Alex Pearce Main goalkicker: Jesse Hogan Most improved: Andrew Brayshaw