AFL Rd 7 - Carlton v Port Adelaide
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19: Travis Boak of the Power (second right) celebrates a goal with team mates during the round 7 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Port Adelaide Power at The Gabba on July 19, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

Just over halfway through the AFL season, six clubs have emerged as true flag contenders.

The ladder may look similar to this come season’s end, with no one outside of the current top eight expected to make a huge impact in the finals if they get in.

St Kilda and Collingwood are unlikely to make it too deep into September too – the Pies are missing too many stars to injury and it’s hard to trust the Saints.

Here are our top six premiership contenders.

Port Adelaide

Have only lost two games so far this year and if their form continues, will play home finals finishing in the top two, giving them more of a chance to progress through September.

However, the test will come under the bright finals lights. Will this team crack under the final pressure? Will their lack of experience cost them from making the big dance?

Brisbane

Currently second on the ladder with eight wins and three losses, the Lions have all the tools to win the premiership. With the success and the finals experience they gained last year, the Lions can take it out. They will fly under the radar with the focus being on the bigger name clubs, giving them the underdog status.

If the grand final is played in Queensland then they are a huge chance to go far. Imagine that – Queensland save the AFL season, get given the grand final event and their number one team takes it out.

Geelong

Geelong has the superstar power to take it all the way. This season they look more of a contender, getting a better spread of contribution from the whole team. Their hunger and drive from all players is what makes them look scary. Second-tier players are stepping up and have shown they can match it with the best.

With senior heads in Joel Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield, Harry Taylor and Garry Ablett guiding the younger players, you can see the improvements around the ground. Their experience in previous years in September along with their great depth of young talent could help them go all the way. Click here for sports betting in Malaysia.

West Coast

They have had their ups and downs throughout this season, however, their recent form shows they have all the tools. Their experience in previous years in September along with their great depth of young talent will help push their chance to win it all.

If Nic Naitanui can continue to stay free from injury, this side can no doubt go all the way. The Eagles midfield thrive when Naitanui is running hot and makes them near unstoppable. He could also be this year’s All-Australian ruckman.

The addition of Tim Kelly really is the icing on the cake for Adam Simpson’s side.

Richmond

The reigning premiers are back on track to defend their title – they have the talent, game plan and experience. However, the Tigers struggle to tie together four quarters of football at times and still have injury concerns. Plus, they have only beat one team above them on the ladder in Brisbane.

The Tigers are a big chance to go back-to-back. They will need the remaining games to fall in their favour and good form leading into the finals to do so.

GWS Giants

Still have time redeem themselves after an indifferent 2020. Like Richmond are struggling with injuries, they are a side that could let their season slip if they aren’t careful. Like Richmond, GWS also haven’t beaten anyone in the top eight expect the Cats in Round 1 and Collingwood in Round 4.

The test for the Giants will come on Sunday when they face the red-hot Eagles. If the Giants can get a big win in the west on the board they’ll take great confidence heading into September.