The story of the season has been Collingwood’s improbable run to the top four.
Only four teams hand a greater percentage of minutes to players aged 22 and under than Sydney.
At 10-0 and two games clear on top, it felt like ‘how far Melbourne?’ in 2022.
Riding into September on the back of a 13-game winning streak and two games clear on top, the Cats are well-deserved premiership favourites and the number one seed.
This dossier is a little different to the previous three. There’s next to no point detailing how Richmond plays, because everyone knows that.
Despite finishing on top of the ladder, with the second most points scored, the fewest conceded and the biggest inside 50 differential in the league, the Power sit a distant fourth in premiership favouritism.
Although the home and away ladder position – from top to fourth – and recent form – a heavy loss to Richmond and squeaking by Sydney – may not show it, Geelong is an improved team from 2019.
Like clockwork, there’s always one surprise packet each season.
It’s been a fascinating season for Richmond. On the surface, it appeared their extensive injuries up until the bye would cruel any chances of a premiership tilt.
With the cavalry returning – unleashing Jordan De Goey and Jaidyn Stephenson in the first final is almost unfair – things are rounding into form at just the right time for Collingwood.