LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02: Tom Mitchell of the Hawks runs with the ball during the round 11 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Port Adelaide Power at University of Tasmania Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

We’ve reached the midway point of the season and things in the AFL are starting to heat up. Only 14 rounds have passed and our predictions from the start of the season have gone all over the place. Our Brownlow favourites have been suspended, our premiership favourites have suffered injuries and based on weekly tipping it seems like nothing in the AFL can be predicted.

However, we enter the second half of the season confident that based on what we’ve seen so far, we have an idea of which teams will finish where and which players will etch their names in history.

Here are our midseason predictions:

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Our top eight predictions

1. Richmond
2. West Coast
3. Sydney 
4. Geelong
5. Collingwood 
6. Melbourne 
7. Greater Western Sydney 
8. Hawthorn 

Premiers: Richmond 

Just as it was last season, it’s difficult to predict who’s going to win the whole thing. The Tigers have been unstoppable this season as they currently sit first on the ladder, but the finals are a whole different ball game. Still dominant at the MCG, it’s tough to see who’s going to knock them off at the hallowed turf if they finish inside the top two. If the Tigers don’t make it to the Grand Final, the Eagles could win it all.

Runners-Up: West Coast 

If the Eagles make it to the Grand Final, they’d likely beat any team a part from the reigning premiers. If they’re fortunate enough to see another team knock off the Tigers in an earlier round, the Eagles may be hoisting up their 2nd trophy since 2006.

Wooden Spooners: Carlton 

It’s difficult to see the once great club suffering blowouts week after week this season. But unfortunately, it’s going to be much of the same in the second half of the season too. They’d be lucky to pick up one more win this season with the effort their players are currently putting it, although Sunday’s performance against the Pies was promising. Another wooden spoon for the blues, but on the brightside, it’s another number one draft pick.

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