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Old 10-15-2010, 04:49 AM   #106
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Just for the sake of it I'll have a shot at predicting next years ladder. Unlikely to be correct, but well worth a crack eh?

1. Collingwood
2. Fremantle
3. Geelong
4. Hawthorn
5. Adelaide
6. Sydney
7. Melbourne
8. St. Kilda
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9. Richmond
10. North Melbourne
11. Western Bulldogs
12. Carlton
13. Brisbane
14. Port Adelaide
15. Gold Coast
16. West Coast
17. Essendon
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OK, I'll play, even though I'll probably be even more hopelessly wrong.

1. Collingwood
2. St Kilda
3. Fremantle
4. Bulldogs
5. Hawthorn
6. Sydney
7. Geelong
8. Melbourne
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9. Carlton
10. Adelaide
11. Essendon
12. Brisbane
13. Port
14. Richmond
15. Gold Coast
16. North Melbourne
17. West Coast

... except I was actually thinking West Coast would end up around 12th when I began writing this. Hmm. I don't know.

No idea why you'd reckon Essendon will come dead last though, Vladders.
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No idea why you'd reckon Essendon will come dead last though, Vladders.
It's not so much that I think Essendon will come dead last, as the last 5 I have definitely jumbled up. There is no clear wooden spooner for next year as it will be evenly fought out by several sides. And for the fact that Essendon, with a new coach probably will take a while to register some form.

Interested that you put North down so low, they're on the way up as a team as many would say.
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i don't see North missing the eight.
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North are going around the AFL stirring up apathy.

Seriously, I couldn't possibly feel anything less (positive or negative) about a team.
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1. Hawthorn
2. Collingwood
3. Fremantle (with no big injuries, and win a couple of game in melb)
4. Geelong
5. St.Kilda
6. Carlton
7. North Melbourne
8. Footscray


The rest don't really matter. I think the Gold Coast could sneak into the 8..but who knows. Geelong won't drop off that much. Hawthron can have an awesome season if they actually have some luck.

Any of Adelaide, Port Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and then maybe Richmond (who are destined to finish 9th) and Essendon could bob up, if hirdy isn't a complete dud.
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I reckon the Gold Coast are going to be a dud next year. They'll start shakily, then win a couple of games and start to look sound, then crash in a heap. Then 2012 they'll make the eight as they'll have properly gelled as a team by then.

Knowing my track record, I'll probably be completely wrong and they'll make the 2011 preliminary finals or something.
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i don't see North missing the eight.
I couldn't really fit them in, and Richmond are supposed to be 9th anyway.
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Melbourne and Brisbane are playing an ex. game in Shanghai today.
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There was a crowd of 7100, apparently. So not a bad amount of interest.
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Heh, yeah, but The Age says most of the audience was expats.

Though it also says the game was broadcast on a TV station with considerable viewership, so who knows.

Personally, as far as international expansion goes, all I really would like to see is New Zealand take on the game a bit more. Sure, our team is good by the standards of the AFL World Cup, but good god we'd be thumped by every VFL side ever. I have a pipedream of a Wellington team in the AFL sometime before I die.
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Yeah, interesting to see expansion attempts all over the far reaches of the world while across the Tasman not much is being done.

There haven't been any NZ AFL players, have there?
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Yes there have!

In fact, there's a few more than I thought: List of overseas-born AFL players - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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