The recipient of this yearâ€™s wooden spoon could be harder to predict than meets the eye
- Updated: April 18, 2019
Pegged to finish toward the bottom, the Gold Coast Suns seem to be rejuvenated with a close loss to the Saints but a come from behind win against the Fremantle Dockers. Although showing good signs early, this young team will have to surprise many with an undermanned forward line led by Alex Sexton as well as a defense that sees veteran Jarryd Harbrow doing most of the heavy lifting. They do seem to be going down the right path, but a couple years of experience and team bonding should see this team lift off the bottom of the ladder.
An eye-opening start by St Kilda, whose wins over Gold Coast and a disappointing Essendon outfit may have done enough to persuade the footy public that this team will not be winning the wooden spoon. However, their next game in Fremantle against the Dockers proves to be a hard task and following that is the Hawks and Dees, two premiership fancies. Richardsonâ€™s boys are showing good signs with Gresham and Billings at the helm, but the question stands as to how long the Saints can keep this up for. Many have them pegged to decline and fall from a great start in 2019.
A so-so start for Carlton suggests a lot of improvement was made by the baggers seeing their turnout against the Power and determined outfit against the Tiges. With a young forward line in Mckay and Curnow as well as Weitering and Plowman down back, it may take the Blues a couple of years to bulk these guys up and get experience into them. However, with a pillar player like Cripps and the No.1 pick in Walsh, the Blues are on the right path to make their way up the ladder, just not in season 2019. Punters can get some value for Carlton finishing at the bottom at Unibet Football Betting.
The Bulldogs starting 2019 season 2-0 has proposed a rise in the 2016 premiers further up the ladder. However, a string of tough games including two against premiership fancies in Geelong and Collingwood as well as games in West Coast against the Eagles and travelling to play against the Power might prove to much for this young outfit. To add insult to injury, there are many players from the best 22 that are sidelined by injury. The move up the ladder will only come with the development of their younger players, which will take time.