Coach – Stuart Dew
Points For – 18th
Points Against – 17th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Jarrod Harbrow
- Touk Miller
- Lachie Weller
- Rory Thompson
- Alex Sexton
2018 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Corey Ellis, Anthony Miles, George Horlin-Smith, Jack Hombsch, Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine, Ben King, Jez McLennan, Caleb Graham, Sam Collins
Outs – Aaron Hall, Kade Kolodjashnij, Tom Lynch, Steven May, Jack Scrimshaw, Michael Barlow, Josh Jaska, Jesse Lonergan, Jarryd Lyons, Matt Rosa, Max Spencer, Mackenzie Willis
This list is something to behold. They have lost their captains, they have next to no heart and have gone out of their way to pick up as many VFL players as they can. The depth of other teams will be in their starting line up next year. They may find a couple of gems but overall the list is an abomination. If they had actual fans, they would be in for a long hard journey to find relevance.
The backline loses it’s best player in May as well as Kolodjashnij who had looked good up until a year ago and gave good drive from half back. They bring in Hombsch who is a good solid trier and from all reports, gives it all on the track and gets the best out of himself. Would imagine he has been brought in to set a standard and help change the culture as much as anything else. Collins was a handy pick up and thought he was unlucky when previously delisted. Thompson is a solid player as well leaving them with solid enough talls down back. They have Harbrow for run but I worry about their ability to rebound from half back especially when I expect the backline to see a lot of ball.
The midfield needs a lot of work. Weller and Miller are quality players, I would expect a lot of the AFL/VFL players they traded for will play serious minutes this year, it is after all why they would have gone up there. Horlin-Smith, Miles and Ellis will be looking to establish themselves and they need growth from their second tier with players like Brodie needing to show how he was rated so highly. I think it is the worst midfield in the AFL and it is really hard to compete without a solid middle.
The forward line last year is pretty much the same as this year. Lynch never got going last year due to not giving a stuff about his team and his body letting him down. They were the worse performed forward line last season and I think that more of the same is on the way. Outside of Lynch, Sexton was the only other player to average more than a goal a game. I really like Sexton but he needs support. Peter Wright looked to be on the outer last year but they need improvement from him.
The rucks are actually ok for now. Witts has been good up there and I think Nicholls and Crossley give him enough back up. Wright is also available but seems ineffective in the ruck when called on. The coach has plenty of time up his sleeve. No one is expecting miracles up there and he will be given time to try and get things right.
I expect them to finish last. Their list is as bad as we have seen in the AFL for a while. The home ground advantage as well as complacency will mean they pick up a couple of wins somewhere along the way but I don’t think it will be enough to drop Carlton to another spoon.