AFL Season Review 2019 (Part 1)
I have reviewed 9 teams in the 2019 AFL Season with some highs, lows and disappointments in Part 1 of 2. In the end it turned out to be an unpredictable Season, especially the Grand Final! There were some remarkable performances ranging from youngster Sam Walsh from Carlton who won the Rising Star to Nat Fyfe who won the AFL’s most prestigious honour; the Brownlow Medal; for a 2nd time! It was a challenging task going through the teams and reviewing them 3 per subheading. Find out all the trials and tribulations of half of the teams!
Adelaide Crows-Carlton Blues
Adelaide had a disappointing season on the surface, but it will lead to players being traded and the list being turned over appropriately.
This was a successful season for Brisbane in some respect as they finished in the top 4, but they lost 2 successive games in the final series this season.
They lost their coach, which was unfortunate, but in many ways the Carlton football club made many strides as they won in Perth, against Fremantle in a morale boosting victory under new coach, David Teague.
Collingwood Magpies-Fremantle Dockers
It was a reasonable season for Collingwood; they finished in the top 4, but Nathan Buckley referred to the season as a “waste.” Failure helps drive improvement and Collingwood were within a goal of playing in the 2019 AFL Grand Final.
Essendon had a mixed season, but after all of that they still managed to make the finals and get a pass mark for the season. They amicably appointed Ben Rutten as coach of the football club from the 2021 preseason, with “Woosha” to coach in 2020.
Ross Lyon was sacked!
Geelong Cats-Greater West Sydney Giants
Coach, Chris Scott made some bold moves in the final series, bringing in Sam Menegola for Rhys Stanley and playing Marc Blicavs on a wing; sometimes unpredictable moves don’t bring success!
Gold Coast Suns
After a reasonable start to the season, the Suns showed that they have plenty of deficiencies on their lost, hopefully they recruit well, learn from their mistakes and improve.
Greater West Sydney Giants
They will need to learn from the Grand Final shellacking that they suffered if they are to get better as a team!