AKA, So I wanna pick a team, which one should I pick?
Welcome to Balls of Steel’s AFL Beat!
The AFL season starts this week and some of you haven’t picked a team yet. I can easily understand the difficulties involved in picking a team in a sport you barely understand in a country on the other side of the globe. That’s why we have today’s post.
There are several reasons to pick a team. Here are some of them:
Do you like to go with the crowd? Do you like to watch others make horrible mistakes and learn from them so that you don’t repeat them? Then this chart is for you! Here are the teams that various DFOers have picked as their own:
|AFL Team||DFO Commentist|
|Carlton Blues||King Hippo|
|Collingwood Magpies||JJ Fozz, Moose|
|Essendon Bombers||Rikki Tikki Deadly|
|Fremantle Dockers||Yeah Right|
|Geelong Cats||tWBS, Balls|
|Gold Coast Suns|
|GWS Giants||BFC, Lemonjello|
|North Melbourne Kangaroos||Sunrisesunrise|
|Port Adelaide Power||WhyEaglesWhy, entropy|
|St. Kilda Saints||Litre_cola, Dok Zymm|
|Sydney Swans||Spanky Datass|
|West Coast Eagles|
Alternatively, you may want to pick a team that no one has picked already.
The West Coast Eagles won last year’s Grand Final over the Collingwood Magpies. Here is how all teams finished in the 2019 Home and Away season:
And here is how last year’s finals turned out:
Also, here is last year’s final Balls Graph:
Maybe you like a team that has been around for awhile? Take a look at this:
In that chart, you can clearly see the history of each current AFL club. One thing that is not readily apparent is that the Footscray Football Club is now the Western Bulldogs. However, their history is still shown on their guernseys as you can see the initials F.F.C. on the back:
Maybe you prefer a team that’s actually won premierships over the years? Check this out:
Do you like a jaunty tune with lyrics made to support your favourite team? As with everything, some are better than others. Please click on the link below to access the post I made that has every single team’s Team Song:
Within that same link above, I have links to previous previews where I provided pictures of each team’s mascot. To make life easy for you, I’m putting them all here:
I also suggest going back through my season previews from the previous year as I put in some other fun reasons why you might want to support each club such as famous celebrity fans and some historical data/fun facts. Those previews for the teams are found in these links:
I’ve been talking quite a bit about how a membership to a club is an easy way to support the team and watch all the games. Here is an easy table to show you what you get for the cost of your membership, in Australian dollars, on top of watching all AFL games through the Watch AFL app:
Finally, you probably want to know how the teams will do this year. Who will end up Premiers? Who will end up with the Wooden Spoon?
Here is my team-by-team outlook for each team in reverse order from last year’s finish:
|Team||Last Year Finish||Preseson Record||This Year Predicted Finish|
|Gold Coast Suns||17||1-1||18|
|St. Kilda Saints||16||2-0||13|
|Port Adelaide Power||10||1-1||9|
|North Melbourne Kangaroos||9||0-2||10|
|West Coast Eagles||2||2-0||1|
I expect some movement with the race for the last two finals spots coming down to the wire. I don’t think the Demons can maintain their form, so I see them dropping out of the Eight with the Adelaide Crows taking their place.
I also anticipate the 9 through 14 spots to be hotly contested and those teams to be separated by percentage and one win at the most. The Gold Coast Suns will take the Wooden Spoon from the Carlton Blues.
There you have it! Now there is no reason for you not to pick a team. Please pick one and tell us about it in the comments. Also, I apologize if I missed anyone that already has picked a team and didn’t write it in the table above. Please let me know in the comments so I can add you.
AFL Footy Tipping Contest!
Part of the fun each year is to pick the winners each week. You can compete with your fellow commentists by following this link:
and signing up. I will award a prize to the winner as long as there are more than 10 tippers. Sign up today as games start this week!
AFL Round 1
Here is this week’s schedule (all times Pacific):
Thursday, March 21, 2019
1:20 AM (Late Wednesday Night) – Carlton Blues v Richmond Tigers at the MCG
Friday, March 22, 2019
1:50 AM (Late Thursday Night) – Collingwood Magpies v Geelong Cats at the MCG
7:45 PM – Melbourne Demons v Port Adelaide Power at the MCG
10:35 PM – Adelaide Crows v Hawthorn Hawks at Adelaide Oval
Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:25 AM (Late Friday Night) – Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium
2:20 AM (Late Friday Night) – Brisbane Lions v West Coast Eagles at The Gabba
7:10 PM – St. Kilda Saints v Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium
9:20 PM – GWS Giants v Essendon Bombers at Spotless Stadium
Sunday, March 24, 2019
12:20 AM (Late Saturday Night) – Fremantle Dockers v North Melbourne Kangaroos at Optus Stadium
See you next week for Week One of the AFL Beat!