PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: Dom Sheed of the Eagles and Shaun Grigg of the Tigers contest for the ball during the round nine AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Richmond Tigers at Optus Stadium on May 20, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Former St Kilda and North Melbourne midfielder Nick Dal Santo has had a look at the contenders and pretenders for the 2019 season, and has devised a system to break each team down into a category that reflects how their season could pan out.

Dal Santo has managed to break the competition into five categories, which are ‘big boys’, ‘challengers’, ‘finals floaters’, ‘developers’ and ‘hibernators’.

Dal Santo believes the past two premiers are in a league of their own, and has selected three other teams who could be ready to pounce should they fail.

At the other end of the table, three teams can already call a quits on 2019, while three more won’t feature in finals footy, but can seem themselves doing so soon.

“The big boys, the guys who are right at the top of the tree, the kings of the jungle.”

West Coast

“The challengers, the clubs that are right around the mark. If everything goes right, they have an opportunity to win it all this year.”


“The finals floaters. This is where the bulk of the clubs are, it will come down to percentage.”

North Melbourne
Port Adelaide

“The developers. The clubs who have been down the bottom but can see light at the end of the tunnel.”

Western Bulldogs

“The hibernators…it’s going to be a long winter.”

Gold Coast
St Kilda


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