The AFL captains have made their annual predictions for the upcoming season during the AFL launch on Thursday, with some interesting selections from some of the skippers.
Firstly, all captains were asked which seven clubs (apart from their own) would make the finals in 2019, with four other clubs tipped by every captain to feature in September.
West Coast, Collingwood, Richmond and Melbourne were the unanimous decisions, while Adelaide picked up 15 votes, and GWS 12.
When speaking about the grand final, Richmond were tipped by eight skippers to return to the final day in September for the second time in three years, while Collingwood received five votes.
West Coast (2), GWS (1), Adelaide (1) and Melbourne (1) were the only other clubs to receive votes in that category.
The 2019 Brownlow Medal is a wide open race according to the club leaders, with nine players receiving votes.
Patrick Dangerfield led the way with four, while Nat Fyfe and Patrick Cripps tallied three each.
Dustin Martin had two to his name as well as Hawthorn midfielder Jaeger O’Meara, who can be seen as a surprise selection in the category.
Eagles spearhead Josh Kennedy has been backed by seven captains to win the Coleman Medal, with Tiger Jack Riewoldt (4) the only other player to receive multiple votes.
Finally, and in arguably the most one-sided category, Carlton youngster Sam Walsh has been tipped by a whopping 11 captains to win the 2019 AFL Rising Star, and was the only player with multiple votes.
Others to pick up a nomination in the category include Port Adelaide’s Zak Butters, Gold Coast’s Jack Lukosius, and Western Bulldogs’ Bailey Smith.