MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Alastair Clarkson, Senior Coach of the Hawks lines up for the national anthem with his players during the 2018 AFL First Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn will carry the oldest list into the 2019 AFL season, according to Champion Data.

The Hawks average list age of 24.9 years is narrowly ahead of the Pies’ at 24.8, with Adelaide (24.7), Geelong (24.2) and West Coast (24.1) rounding out the top five.

Geelong’s average player age next year will be 24.2, the fourth oldest in the competition.

At the other end of the scale, Gold Coast will have the youngest list (23.2) after parting with 2018 co-captains Tom Lynch and Steven May in the NAB AFL Trade Period, while Brisbane (23.4) and Carlton (23.5) will be the next youngest.

In terms of games played, The Pies’ list boasts an average of 78.9 games’ experience, second again to the Hawks (80.4 games).

The next clubs with the most experience are the Crows (71.4 games) and Richmond (70), while the bottom three teams for games played are Gold Coast (50.2), Essendon (55.4) and Brisbane (56.6).

In terms of finals experience, Sydney (6.1 games on average), Hawthorn (6) and Geelong (5) head the list as expected, given their dominance over the past few years, followed by West Coast (4.6), Collingwood (4.4) and 2017 premier Richmond (3.4).

Only Gold Coast (0.57 games) and St Kilda (0.96) have played fewer finals.

Here are the figures for each club’s average age prior to Tuesday’s final list lodgements, courtesy of

Hawthorn 24.90
Collingwood 24.80
Adelaide 24.76
Geelong 24.22
West Coast 24.14
Essendon 24.11
North Melbourne 24.09
Melbourne 23.99
Sydney 23.94
Greater Western Sydney 23.94
Richmond 23.92
St Kilda 23.90
Western Bulldogs 23.90
Port Adelaide 23.87
Fremantle 23.86
Carlton 23.55
Brisbane 23.43
Gold Coast 23.24