MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Dustin Martin of the Tigers runs with the ball during the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes and former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy have both made their season predictions ahead of the first week of the season on SEN. 

Cornes, who played 300 games for Port Adelaide, has predicted Adelaide to bounce back from missing finals in 2018 to take home the flag this season. Murphy can’t go past Richmond this season, and believes Damien Hardwick’s men will go on to collect their second premiership in three years.

For the highest individual honours, Cornes sees GWS star Josh Kelly taking the next step in season 2019 and collecting his maiden Brownlow Medal.

Murphy remains consistent with a yellow-and-black theme, predicting a second Brownlow for Richmond’s Dustin Martin.

After playing just 11 games last home and away season, West Coast’s Josh Kennedy is Murphy’s prediction for the Coleman, while Cornes believes Ben Brown will take that extra step after slotting 61 goals last season.

Both former stars have liked what they’ve seen from Carlton this pre-season, backing the Blues to rise up the ladder following a last-placed finish in 2018.

Despite making a couple major moves this off-season, Cornes can’t see Hawthorn challenging for September this year, predicting them to be the league’s biggest slider. Meanwhile, Murphy thinks the Swans will collapse to miss their first finals since 2009.

Many football personalities enjoy making the bold calls prior to the season opener, Cornes predicting the Crows to win it all is something South Australian’s wouldn’t have seen coming.

Murphy’s left-field call for season 2019 is that former teammate and premiership hero Marcus Bontempelli will transition into a full-time centre-half forward this year, topped off with a spot at the same position in the All-Australian side.

Cornes’ predictions

Premiers – Adelaide

Brownlow – Josh Kelly (GWS)

Coleman – Ben Brown (North Melbourne)

Biggest club improvement – Carlton

Biggest club slider – Hawthorn

Big call of the season – Crows to win the flag


Murphy’s predictions

Premiers – Richmond

Brownlow – Dustin Martin (Richmond)

Coleman – Josh Kennedy (West Coast)

Biggest club improvement – Carlton

Biggest club slider – Sydney

Big call of the season – Marcus Bontempelli to be moved to centre-half forward and make the All-Australian team as a forward