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2016 AFL Season Forecast

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West Coast

Preview by: Alex Paull – @alex_paull

Aside from a disastrous Grand Final loss to Hawthorn, the Eagles surprised everyone with their stunning form in 2015. The Eagles were without their two key defenders for all except 10 minutes of the home-and-away season, before Adam Simpson’s ‘Weagles Web’ transformed an undersized defence into a legitimate attacking weapon. But with a full complement of defensive options at his disposal in 2016, will Simpson have more cards to play?

The Eagles are well-placed for a legitimate tilt at the premiership after adding valuable midfield depth, acquiring gritty Brisbane midfielder Jack Redden and the skillful Lewis Jetta from Sydney. Callum Sinclair has departed, but the Eagles still retain a strong ruck division with able replacements in Scott Lycett and Jonathan Giles. The big question is whether they can replicate what they did in 2015. Given the Eagles’ dominance in the west and its potency in all areas of the ground, a top four finish should be a minimum requirement for a side coming into its prime.

Predicted Finish: 2nd -4th

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2 Comments

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  1. ben marsh

    March 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    2016 afl ladder 1st hawthorn 2nd west coast eagles
    3rd sydney swans 4th geelong cats 5th port adelaide 6th richmond 7th / 8th north melbourne 9th fremantle / 10th western bulldogs /11th collingwood / 12th adelaide crows / 13th melbourne 14th gold coast suns / 15th st kilda 16th gws giants /17th essendon/ 18th carlton/ brisbane lions

  2. ben marsh

    March 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I think the dockers will fished maybe 3rd or 7th I think the dockers will have a good year but beyond that the dockers need a main gold to is to be at our best but the recruiting in the draft was very low dockers put less 10 years for players and dockers don’t do it enough but the will do ok

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