If you look at that as a season ladder it's about right I reckon. You can practically put a line through everyone from GC and below making the 8, the top 7 were finalists this year and we are in a pack of clubs fighting for the final spot. The only reason we are a bit higher in the pack of chasing clubs is the unknown of how the boys come back & probably a bit of recognition for how well the young'uns came alone this year.
That and the fact as someone mentioned earlier the bookies would want to protect themselves from early season betting optimism, until they can see some form.
I won't be taking those odds, but if I can get something decent on us making the 8, I will depart with some hard earned. My "tell'im he's dream'n" bet might be some sort of multi involving finals action, into McCluggage (if we get him) for the rising star, into Zerret for the brownlow. B)