The Half Back Flanker season preview is broken up into four categories – Top of the Heap, Scraping In, Missing Out and Bottom of the Barrel . But rather than pretend that we know anything about footy, let’s look at what the ‘experts’ are saying and then, in 25 words or less, sum up the fortunes for each side this year.
So, without further ado…in ascending order of bragging rights:
WEST COAST: The Eagles are looking to rebound from a highly controversial couple of years and the loss of two outstanding and influential (in different ways) midfielders. Will they remain to be one of the competition’s elite teams?
The Herald Sun have their doubts;
The Age are not entirely convinced;
- But the AFL website seems to think so;
And Sportal seems to think so too;
Half Back Flanker says: They will make the top four, all be in bed by 11:30pm and be as boring as all get-out!
PORT ADELAIDE: The Power came out of nowhere to make the Grand Final…where Geelong sent them back to nowhere very quickly. Are they really that good…or did psycho-coach Mark Williams scare them into believing they can play?
- The Age have them in seventh;
- Sportal think they are better than that…but only just;
- The Herald Sun compared them to licorice allsorts – the journo must have been hungry at the time;
- The AFL website think they will be ‘around the mark’ – that’s great and all…you want to tell us where ‘the mark’ is? Is it in the top-two? Just inside the eight? Somewhere in Australia?
Half Back Flanker says: We have faith in Port but Choco Williams is very scary. We are just covering our ass in case he finds out where we live.
(Source: abc.net.au – Getty Images)
HAWTHORN: The Hawks made giant strides last season after Spida Everitt pissed off to Sydney. With new cult figure Buddy Franklin running amok, this team is on the rise…but just how good are this mob?
The AFL website reckons top-four…easy;
- The Age pundits both agree with that;
- Sportal has them third;
- The Herald Sun just waffles on for ages without actually answering the question…yes, it’s Mike Sheahan!
Half Back Flanker says: They are headed for the top four and provided the likes of Hodgey, Browny and Jordan Lewis stop hitting blokes, could go further. Spida who?
(Source: 3aw website)
GEELONG: The Cats swept all before them in 2007, ending a long premiership drought and giving Billy Brownless yet another excuse to piss on for weeks at a time. Can they be stopped in 2008?
- The Age pair say no…and no;
- Sportal says no;
- The AFL website takes the soft ‘top-two’ option;
- While the Herald Sun just want you to buy their new book!
Half Back Flanker says: Young nucleus, plently of depth – the Cats are the team to beat. But remember; don’t go to Thailand for your back-to-back premiers tattoo!