AFL Season Review 2019 (Part 2)
I have reviewed 9 teams in the 2019 AFL Season with varying talking points to Part 1 in Part 2 of 2. The story of Part 2 was Richmond who won the Premiership and specifically the debut of Marlion Pickett who debuted in the AFL Grand Final and was outstanding. The Western Bulldogs played some good footy to make the finals. It was a tough task to go through and review the 9 teams and revisiting them 3 per subheading. There were new coaches and of course some entertaining footy played; that’s the most important part!
Hawthorn Hawks- North Melbourne Kangaroos
Hawthorn nearly made the finals, but the fact is they didn’t. Tom Mitchell was unavailable all season due to an injury, but every team has injuries.
Melbourne went from playing in a Preliminary Final in Season 2018 to finishing 2nd from bottom in Season 2019. It was a remarkable fall down the AFL ladder.
North Melbourne Kangaroos
There are plenty of positives for North Melbourne on the surface, winning 10 games predominantly with new coach, Rhyce Shaw, they are a tough team to analyse as they finished 12th this Season.
Port Adelaide Power-St Kilda Saints
Port Adelaide Power
Port Adelaide are a tough team to analyse, as they finished just outside the top 8. They were disappointing at times and contrastingly impressive at other instances.
Richmond may have won the Premiership, but it wasn’t always easy for them; they were forced to cope with key injuries to the likes of Alex Rance and Trent Cotchin in particular. They peaked at the right time, but I don’t see a dynasty.
St Kilda Saints
St Kilda played some good footy in the last few weeks of the Season under new coach Brett Ratten.
Sydney Swans-Western Bulldogs
They struggled to get a genuine ruckman fit. They finished 4th last, but had a percentage close to a 100%, which is a contradiction; it indicates they were fairly competitive.
West Coast Eagles
West Coast played some reasonable footy, but they struggled against Geelong in the finals, following an obliteration of Essendon in the first week of the finals.
The Western Bulldogs were the form team of the last few weeks of the home and away Season, but unfortunately for them they couldn’t keep the momentum up in the final series.