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Using my predictions for the remainder of this AFL season, the following ladder is the result. Will this accurately determine the winner of the 2013 AFL Grand Final? Only time will tell.
As a result of this ladder prediction, the following match-ups would occur.
Geelong are too strong for Fremantle this year. Last year they were surprised by the Dockers’ fanaticism.
Essendon defeat Carlton. Probably one of the best games of the year, and likely to be super close. Mick Malthouse will have done so good work with the Blues, but judging by the efforts earlier this year, they’re slightly behind the Bombers. It’s unlikely Waite will kick another 7 goals.
Collingwood defeat Richmond. Finally Richmond makes the finals! Unfortunately the hunger, experience and professionalism from the Pies should get the job done. They’re a better side currently experiencing problems, but by the end of the season those problems should be sorted.
Hawthorn defeats Sydney. At the MCG, and with a comprehensive win earlier this season, Hawthorn will prove too strong.
Essendon defeats Fremantle. Judging by early season form, the Bombers have proven exceptional travellers (a great change from previous years). A fantastic comeback win suggests they have what it takes to get the job done again in the finals this year. Likely to be a close, dour game.
Collingwood defeat Sydney. Collingwood vs Sydney matches at the SCG are always super close, and this will be no exception. One could toss a coin for the result of this game. Probably as close as the Essendon vs Fremantle match.
Geelong defeats Collingwood. Geelong are specialists in September. They probably have the deepest list, with some great young kids. The Sydney vs Collingwood match will have taken a massive amount of the Pies players, and this should help Geelong.
Hawthorn defeats Essendon. Ever since the Lloyd vs Sewell incident several years ago, Hawthorn have matched up quite well against the Dons. With more experience and probably a deeper list, Hawthorn should win. Travelling back from Perth will certainly hurt the Bombers’ chances too.
Another great match between Geelong and Hawthorn! No doubt it will be another of the great games – and the nation will stop to see the victor emerge.
Geelong. Paul Chapman will retire. As will several others. It will be a fairytale day for the club – and Buddy’s last day as a Hawk (and Hawthorn will be better off).
Do you agree?