Well, undeterred by the failures of 2019, the Mongrel team are back with their 2020 predictions.

Let’s call 2019 a warm-up, shall we? Yeah, that’s a good idea. Below we’ve given the regular categories so that as the season plays out, you can all throw it back in our faces, just like you do to Robert Walls, David King and anyone else silly enough to make their thoughts known early.

So, without further ado, let’s get going…

 

WHO WILL BE PREMIERS IN 2020?

SAM MARCOLIN – WEST COAST

ROB ABRAHAMS – WEST COAST

HB MEYERS – WEST COAST

TOM BASSO – BRISBANE

JULIAN RUSSO – GEELONG

JIMMY AYRES – BRISBANE

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – GEELONG

JOSEPH ARTHUR – COLLINGWOOD

MATT OMAN – RICHMOND

MATT PASSMORE – WEST COAST

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – COLLINGWOOD

JASON IRVINE – RICHMOND

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – WEST COAST

 

You Mongrels, when asked your opinion had West Coast the clear favourites with just on half of the entire vote, with Richmond little over a quarter, followed by GWS and the Western Bulldogs.

 

WHO WILL BE RUNNERS UP IN 2020?

SAM MARCOLIN – WESTERN BULLDOGS

ROB ABRAHAMS – RICHMOND

HB MEYERS – RICHMOND

TOM BASSO – RICHMOND

JULIAN RUSSO – WEST COAST

JIMMY AYRES – WESTERN BULLDOGS

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – RICHMOND

JOSEPH ARTHUR – WESTERN BULLDOGS

MATT OMAN – WEST COAST

MATT PASSMORE – RICHMOND

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – RICHMOND

JASON IRVINE – COLLINGWOOD

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – WESTERN BULLDOGS

 

 

TOP THREE IN THE BROWNLOW

SAM MARCOLIN – MARCUS BONTEMPELLI, PATRICK DANGERFIELD, SCOTT PENDLEBURY

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – JOSH DUNKLEY, ELLIOT YEO, MAX GAWN

HB MEYERS – CLAYTON OLIVER, LACHIE NEALE, STEPHEN CONIGLIO

TOM BASSO – LACHIE NEALE, PATRICK CRIPPS, MARCUS BONTEMPELLI

JULIAN RUSSO – PATRICK CRIPPS, LACHIE NEALE, TOM MITCHELL

JIMMY ARYES – MARCUS BONTEMPELLI, LACHIE NEALE, TOM MITCHELL

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – PATRICK CRIPPS, NAT FYFE, PATRICK DANGERFIELD

JOSEPH ARTHUR – PATRICK CRIPPS, NAT FYFE, MARCUS BONTEMPELLI

MATT OMAN – MARCUS BOTEMPELLI, PATRICK CRIPPS, TOM MITCHELL

MATT PASSMORE – NAT FYFE, PATRICK CRIPPS, MARCUS BONTEMPELLI

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – TIM KELLY

JASON IRVINE – MARCUS BONTEMPELLI, PATRICK DANGERFIELD, SCOTT PENDLEBURY

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – BRODIE GRUNDY, LACHIE NEALE, JACK MACRAE

 

And if we add those all together, we have the following.

Cripps and Bont – seven selections

Neale – five selections

Fyfe, Danger and Mitchell – three each

 

In your votes, things were only slightly different, with Bont compiling the most mentions (34) followed by Cripps (30), Neale (24) and Fyfe (19). Tim Kelly was in fifth place with ten.

 

COLEMAN MEDALIST

SAM MARCOLIN – BEN BROWN

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – BEN BROWN

HB MEYERS – TOM HAWKINS

TOM BASSO – BEN BROWN

JULIAN RUSSO – BEN BROWN

JIMMY ARYES – JEREMY CAMERON/ TOM LYNCH (R) – A TIE

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – JACK DARLING

JOSEPH ARTHUR – TOM LYNCH (R)

MATT OMAN – TOM LYNCH (R)

MATT PASSMORE – BEN BROWN

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – BEN BROWN

JASON IRVINE – TOM LYNCH (R)

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – JEREMY CAMERON

 

BEST RECRUIT

SAM MARCOLIN – JONATHON PATTON

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – TIM KELLY

HB MEYERS – DOUGAL HOWARD

TOM BASSO – BRAD HILL

JULIAN RUSSO – TIM KELLY

JIMMY ARYES – JONATHON PATTON

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – ALEX KEATH

JOSEPH ARTHUR – TIM KELLY

MATT OMAN – JONATHON PATTON

MATT PASSMORE – HUGH GREENWOOD

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – TIM KELLY

JASON IRVINE – ED LANGDON

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – CAM ELLIS-YOLMEN

 

Our selections were a little more diverse than yours. You guys had the name of Tim Kelly in 65% of your responses. There is some mighty high expectations of the fella from you, isn’t there?

 

BIGGEST IMPROVER (TEAM)

SAM MARCOLIN – MELBOURNE

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – ST KILDA

HB MEYERS – PORT ADELAIDE

TOM BASSO – ST KILDA

JULIAN RUSSO – CARLTON

JIMMY ARYES – HAWTHORN

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – MELBOURNE

JOSEPH ARTHUR – CARLTON

MATT OMAN – GOLD COAST

MATT PASSMORE – GOLD COAST

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – HAWTHORN

JASON IRVINE – GOLD COAST

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – WESTERN BULLDOGS

 

BIGGEST FALL (TEAM)

SAM MARCOLIN – ADELAIDE

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – FREMANTLE

HB MEYERS – COLLINGWOOD

TOM BASSO – GWS

JULIAN RUSSO – BRISBANE

JIMMY ARYES – PORT ADELAIDE

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – GWS

JOSEPH ARTHUR – ESSENDON

MATT OMAN – ADELAIDE

MATT PASSMORE – ADELAIDE

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – BRISBANE

JASON IRVINE – ESSENDON

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – ESSENDON

 

BREAKOUT YEAR (PLAYER)

SAM MARCOLIN – NAKIA COCKATOO

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – ZAK JONES

HB MEYERS – ADAM CERRA

TOM BASSO – CHARLIE DIXON

JULIAN RUSSO – NAKIA COCKATOO

JIMMY ARYES – DYLAN CLARKE

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – JOSH WALKER

JOSEPH ARTHUR – BEN KING

MATT OMAN – MAX KING

MATT PASSMORE – BRETT BEWLEY

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – IRVING MOSQUITO

JASON IRVINE – PATRICK LIPINSKI

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – DARCY MOORE

 

RISING STAR

SAM MARCOLIN – DEV ROBERTSON

HB MEYERS – IZAK RANKINE

TOM BASSO – MATT ROWELL

JIMMY ARYES – MATT ROWELL

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – MATT ROWELL

JOSEPH ARTHUR – MATT ROWELL

MATT OMAN – MATT ROWELL (MITCH GEORGIADES AS A SMOKY)

MATT PASSMORE – IZAK RANKINE

JASON IRVINE – MAX KING

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – MATT ROWELL

 

WOODEN SPOON

SAM MARCOLIN – GOLD COAST

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – FREMANTLE

HB MEYERS – GOLD COAST

TOM BASSO – GOLD COAST

JULIAN RUSSO – MELBOURNE

JIMMY ARYES – LEGITIMATELY UNSURE AT THIS POINT

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – ADELAIDE

JOSEPH ARTHUR – MELBOURNE

MATT OMAN – CARLTON

MATT PASSMORE – ADELAIDE

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – FREMANTLE

JASON IRVINE – FREMANTLE

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – ADELAIDE

 

BIGGEST STORY

SAM MARCOLIN – Chris Scott and Geelong come to mutual agreement on exit after Cats lose first final again, Scott rehired by Port Adelaide with brother Brad as assistant

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – Bye, bye Bud! Lance Franklin to retire mid-season after injury niggles

HB MEYERS – Lance Franklin pulls pin on career after breaking down again. 1000 goal not achieved.

TOM BASSO – The future of Tasmania.

JULIAN RUSSO – The Ruck position to be removed, as Chris Scott claims “It’s just not fair if it rains”

JIMMY ARYES – _________ OFFENDS _________ – Apology issued.

It may not be the biggest headline, but it will be the most consistent.

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – “I did it”. Player X identifies himself as the one who left Libba on the street that night, was in the car with Didak and Shaw, who asked Matthew Stokes to hold onto that little bag for him and told Willie Rioli to try this new energy drink he’d discovered.

JOSEPH ARTHUR – Ken Hinkley gets the axe from Port after failing to make the top eight yet again.

MATT OMAN – Fan unrest reaches boiling point, leading to one of Gillon McLachlan and Steve Hocking resigning from their positions.

MATT PASSMORE – Gold Coast rise towards finals, as further re-signings strengthen their list.

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – Gary Ablett hangs up the boots mid-season after succumbing to an injury.

JASON IRVINE – Lions out of the finals in straight sets again.

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – Tasmanian team granted licence as 19th club.

 

ONE PREDICTION OF ANY OTHER SORT

SAM MARCOLIN – Ratten and five high profile recruits fail to catapult the Saints above 10th spot

ROBERT ABRAHAMS – Nathan Fyfe to accumulate the most Brownlow votes but be ruled ineligible due to suspension

 

HB MEYERS – Ben Brown to finish second in the Coleman again after kicking 60+ for the fourth straight year. He also misses the All-Australian team, breaks down and eats an entire cow, claiming that veganism is for wankers. The crowd cheers.

TOM BASSO – Gillon McLachlan to step down by season’s end.

JULIAN RUSSO – Joe Daniher will suffer further complications with his injury and won’t play for the season.

JIMMY ARYES – Hawthorn will inevitably climb the ladder and become a challenger once again, to the dismay of most other supporters.

NICHOLAS SLUGGETT – Interstate Clubs cry foul over Victorian club “advantages” again, as the top 8 features 7 Victorian clubs.

JOSEPH ARTHUR – Jamie Elliott builds on last year’s late resurgence and rebrands himself as a midfielder for the Pies.

MATT OMAN – Port Adelaide finishes eighth, gets hammered in the elimination final, and Ken Hinkley is sacked despite Port making the finals.

MATT PASSMORE – Essendon to finish bottom 4 and begin an overhaul of the list and club.

DANIEL JON KERSHAW – West Coast win the trade with Geelong after Tim Kelly wins the Brownlow

JASON IRVINE – Jonathon Patton to kick a career-high number of goals – let’s say 58 to place top three in the Coleman.

TRENT ADAM SHIELDS – Chris Scott and Geelong part ways midway through the season. Scott takes up a special projects role with the AFL.

 

So, where did we go right, and more importantly, as I know you will point them out quicker, where did we go wrong? Who is closest to the pin?

Feel free to add your own predictions.