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AFL.com.au's end of year predictions

staff writers  August 28, 2013 8:15 AM

WITH one round remaining until the finals series, AFL.com.au reporters were tasked with trying to answer some of the biggest questions from the biggest month in football. 

Here are the results...

NICK BOWEN
Premiers: Hawthorn
Runners-up: Geelong
Norm Smith: Shaun Burgoyne
Finals X-factor: Steven Motlop
Brownlow: Joel Selwood
Brownlow smokey: Travis Boak
Who will coach Melbourne: Mark Williams
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Adam Simpson
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Jack Watts to Carlton
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett
The headline you'll read: I always had faith in Clarko: Kennett
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Eight

BEN COLLINS
Premiers: Geelong
Runners-up: Hawthorn
Norm Smith: Steven Motlop
Finals X-factor: Steven Motlop
Brownlow: Scott Pendlebury
Brownlow smokey: Travis Boak
Who will coach Melbourne: Mark Williams
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: John Worsfold
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Greater Western Sydney
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Lance Franklin to GWS
All Australian captain: Joel Selwood
The headline you'll read: Buddy's new role... as Jezza's decoy
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Eight


Could Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak be a Brownlow Medal contender? Picture: AFL Media

JAMES DAMPNEY
Premiers: Hawthorn
Runners-up: Geelong
Norm Smith: Brad Sewell
Finals X-factor: Joel Selwood
Brownlow: Gary Ablett
Brownlow smokey: Jarryd Roughead
Who will coach Melbourne: Mark Williams
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Adam Simpson
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Carlton
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Mick Malthouse banks his Carlton revolution on rehabilitating his former charge Dale Thomas
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett
The headline you'll read: Kennett speechless as curse is cracked
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Four delistings, three trades

MARK MACGUGAN
Premiers: Hawthorn
Runners up: Geelong 
Norm Smith: Ben Stratton
Finals X-factor: Paul Chapman
Brownlow: Joel Selwood
Brownlow smokey: Travis Boak
Who will coach Melbourne: Rodney Eade
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Leigh Matthews
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Eddie Betts to leave Carlton
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett
The headline you'll read: Kennett Curse killed as Hawks crush Cats
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Nine

PETER RYAN
Premiers: Geelong
Runners up: Hawthorn
Norm Smith: Steven Motlop
Finals X-factor: Michael Walters
Brownlow: Gary Ablett
Brownlow smokey: Ryan Griffen
Who will coach Melbourne: Neil Craig
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Scott Burns
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Greater Western Sydney
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: On the wing
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Eddie Betts to Adelaide
All Australian captain: Joel Selwood
The headline you'll read: Melbourne on top after round one
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: 11




Steven Motlop is a popular choice as a player who could light up September. Picture: AFL Media

CALLUM TWOMEY
Premiers: Hawthorn
Runners up: Geelong
Norm Smith: Jarryd Roughead
Finals X-factor: Steven Motlop
Brownlow: Gary Ablett 
Brownlow smokey: Patrick Dangerfield
Who will coach Melbourne: Neil Craig
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Adam Simpson
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Eddie Betts leaves the Blues
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett
The headline you'll read: GWS puts pick one up for trade… then keeps it
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Nine

MICHAEL WHITING
Premiers: Hawthorn
Runners up: Geelong
Norm Smith: Jarryd Roughead
Finals X-factor: Steven Motlop
Brownlow: Gary Ablett. Probably needs three votes this weekend though.
Brownlow smokie: Ryan Griffen
Who will coach Melbourne: Mark Williams
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Rodney Eade
Where will Buddy be in 2014: GWS. If they offer the cash that’s being reported, surely that's too good to refuse.
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Buddy to GWS
All Australian captain: Joel Selwood, by a whisker from Ablett.
The headline you'll read: Richmond bundled from finals by ninth-placed team
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Plenty. Let's go with eight.

NATHAN SCHMOOK
Premiers: Geelong
Runners up: Hawthorn 
Norm Smith: Joel Selwood
Finals X-factor: Mitch Duncan
Brownlow: Gary Ablett
Brownlow smoky: Travis Boak 
Who will coach Melbourne: Mark Williams 
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Scott Burns 
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn 
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood 
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Jack Watts leaves Melbourne
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett 
The headline you'll read: Brownlow heartbreak for ineligible Fyfe 
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Nine 




Jack Watts is out of contract and might look elsewhere during the trade period. Picture: AFL Media

ASHLEY BROWNE
Premiers: Geelong
Runners up: Hawthorn
Norm Smith: Joel Selwood
Finals X-factor: Lance Franklin
Brownlow: Gary Ablett
Brownlow smokey: Luke Hodge
Who will coach Melbourne: Rodney Eade
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Adam Simpson
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: The MCG, Etihad, SCG, Patersons Stadium, the Adelaide Oval, the Gabba, Skoda Stadium.
Biggest trade week/free agency move: One of Leigh Montagna or Nick Dal Santo to take a bullet and leave St Kilda to help the Saints become more active in the free agency/trade period. 
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett
The headline you'll read: My last GF: Demetriou tapped to lead Labor
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: At least eight Carlton players will be traded or delisted. 

ALEX MALCOLM
Premiers: Geelong
Runners up: Hawthorn
Norm Smith: Joel Selwood
Finals X-factor: Steven Motlop
Brownlow: Gary Ablett
Who will coach Melbourne: Rodney Eade
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: John Blakey
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Greater Western Sydney
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest tradeweek/free agency move: Lance Franklin to GWS
All Australian captain: Joel Selwood
The headline you'll read: Bomber players receive infraction notices
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Eight

BEN GUTHRIE
Premiers: Geelong
Runners up: Hawthorn
Norm Smith: Joel Selwood
Finals X-factor: Gary Rohan
Brownlow: Joel Selwood
Brownlow smokey: Tom Liberatore
Who will coach Melbourne: Mark Williams
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Paul Roos
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Chris Yarran to West Coast
All Australian captain: Joel Selwood
The headline you'll read: Miley Cyrus livens up Grand Final entertainment with world-famous twerk
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: 11

JENNIFER PHELAN
Premiers: Geelong
Runners up: Hawthorn 
Norm Smith: Harry Taylor
Finals X-factor: Paul Chapman
Brownlow: Gary Ablett
Brownlow smokey: Ryan Griffen 
Who will coach Melbourne: Neil Craig
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Luke Power 
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Greater Western Sydney
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood 
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Jack Watts to Adelaide
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett
The headline you'll read: TWO YEARS ON - AFL rejects Meatloaf's encore offer
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: 10

JACQUI REED
Premiers: Geelong
Runners up: Hawthorn
Norm Smith: Joel Selwood
Finals X-factor: Buddy Franklin
Brownlow: Gary Ablett Jnr
Who will coach Melbourne: Rodney Eade
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Mark Williams
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Hawthorn
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Carlton
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Thomas to Carlton
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett Jnr
The headline you'll read: Sheedy returns to Bombers
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: So many

HARRY THRING
Premiers: Hawthorn
Runners up: Geelong
Norm Smith: Jarryd Roughead
Finals X-factor: Steven Motlop
Brownlow: Gary Ablett
Brownlow smokey: Ryan Griffen
Who will coach Melbourne: Mark Williams
Who will coach the Brisbane Lions: Paul Roos
Where will Buddy be in 2014: Greater Western Sydney
Where will Dale Thomas play in 2014: Collingwood
Biggest trade week/free agency move: Lance Franklin to GWS for the No. 1 pick which they trade to Carlton for Bryce Gibbs and Chris Yarran. Blues take Tom Boyd.
All Australian captain: Gary Ablett
The headline you'll read: Tribunal overhaul
How many delistings/player moves will Carlton make: Five




Will Lance Franklin turn his back on the Hawks and head to Greater Western Sydney? Picture: AFL Media