MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Collingwood Magpies on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Following last week’s NAB AFL Draft and the arrival of a new batch of rookies, Champion Data has provided an insight into each club’s demographics heading to the 2020 season.

With the oldest list in the league, at an average age of 24.88 as at round one of the 2020 season, Collingwood will be under immense scrutiny to contend for a flag next year. The Pies also boast the fourth-most experienced squad, averaging 75.93 games each, meaning there is little room for excuses if the club falls short of their premiership aspirations.

Conversely, the Gold Coast Suns’ struggles are expected to continue, with both the youngest (23.41) and most inexperienced (52.08) side in the competition. The club has just three players with 151 games of experience or more, the equal-lowest tally alongside Melbourne.

Following the retirements of Hayden Ballantyne and Aaron Sandilands at the end of last season, Fremantle’s are now the only club to have less than three players over the age of 30, with 34-year-old David Mundy the sole member of the exclusive club.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn and Geelong have the largest veteran contingents, with seven players aged 30 or older within their squads, and both clubs, along with West Coast, lead the league in 151+ game players with 12 apiece.

Despite having the fifth-most experienced list in the competition, with an average of 69.03 games played, Port Adelaide also has the most players playing 20 games or less, with 22 players in that bracket.

Club-by-club age breakdown
AVERAGE AGE 18-21YO 22-26YO 27-29YO 30+
1. Collingwood 24.88 15 16 8 6
2. West Coast 24.8 14 15 11 4
3. Hawthorn 24.66 19 13 5 7
4. North Melbourne 24.66 14 15 12 3
5. Geelong 24.65 21 8 10 7
6. GWS 24.56 16 18 6 5
7. St Kilda 24.3 13 24 5 3
8. Essendon 24.19 13 20 6 3
9. Richmond 24.01 18 13 9 4
10. Western Bulldogs 23.99 14 21 7 4
11. Port Adelaide 23.9 20 12 9 4
12. Adelaide 23.87 17 16 7 3
13. Melbourne 23.86 13 22 5 3
14. Carlton 23.75 16 20 3 6
15. Brisbane 23.54 21 16 5 4
16. Fremantle 23.54 20 16 8 1
17. Sydney 23.54 20 16 6 3
18. Gold Coast 23.41 19 18 9 3

*Ages at round one, 2020

Club-by-club matches breakdown
MATCHES <20 21-50 51-100 101-150 151+
1. Geelong 80.72 19 7 5 3 12
2. Hawthorn 80.25 19 3 8 2 12
3. West Coast 77.89 14 10 5 3 12
4. Collingwood 75.93 18 5 7 6 9
5. Port Adelaide 69.02 22 2 7 6 8
6. North Melbourne 68.95 18 5 7 8 6
7. GWS 68.87 17 6 8 7 7
8. Richmond 68.82 20 5 7 2 10
9. Carlton 64.33 17 8 11 3 6
10. Essendon 62.83 15 6 11 5 5
11. St Kilda 62.2 18 8 8 6 5
12. Melbourne 60.42 17 6 11 6 3
13. Adelaide 59.19 21 5 5 6 6
14. Western Bulldogs 57.67 17 9 7 10 3
15. Brisbane 56.15 21 7 6 6 6
16. Sydney 55.6 18 9 8 6 4
17. Fremantle 54.11 18 9 11 3 4
18. Gold Coast 52.08 21 9 8 8 3

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