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AFL Nation and SEN experts 2018 Crystal Ball predictions

The new AFL season is just days away, so what does 2018 hold?

Can Richmond go back-to-back, will Gary Ablett’s homecoming be a joyful one, can finals droughts be broken? These are just some of the burning questions surrounding the new campaign.

Our team of AFL Nation and SEN experts have consulted the crystal ball and predicted the future – do you agree with their thoughts? Let us know on Twitter @AFLNation.

Kane Cornes

  • Premiers: Melbourne
  • Brownlow: Marcus Bontempelli
  • Coleman: Jeremy Cameron
  • Spoon: Brisbane
  • Big call: Nathan Buckley to lose his job.

Nick Dal Santo

  • Premiers: Adelaide
  • Brownlow: Nat Fyfe
  • Coleman: Patrick Dangerfield
  • Spoon: Gold Coast
  • Big call: Dylan Shiel will be the number one player in the league at the end of the season.

Andy Maher

  • Premiers: Sydney
  • Brownlow: Max Gawn
  • Coleman: Joe Daniher
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: A brother and sister will be united at a Melbourne based footy club.

Adam Cooney

  • Premiers: Richmond
  • Brownlow: Marcus Bontempelli
  • Coleman: Joe Daniher
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: Gold Coast to finish higher than Hawthorn.

Liam Pickering

  • Premiers: GWS
  • Brownlow: Gary Ablett
  • Coleman: Lance Franklin
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: There will be no talk of coaches being sacked by the media in season 2018.

Dermott Brereton

  • Premiers: Sydney
  • Brownlow: Nat Fyfe
  • Coleman: Cyril Rioli
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: Michael Christian to receive more perks than Juan Antonio Samaranch.

Sam Edmund

  • Premiers: GWS
  • Brownlow: Patrick Dangerfield
  • Coleman: Joe Daniher
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: Tom Lynch chooses Collingwood.

Garry Lyon

  • Premiers: GWS
  • Brownlow: Clayton Oliver
  • Coleman: Joe Daniher
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: There will be a twilight Grand Ffinal this year.

Tim Watson

  • Premiers: Sydney
  • Brownlow: Nat Fyfe
  • Coleman: Lance Franklin
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big Call: Whispy’s limited edition fiano will be served at this year’s Brownlow Medal after a big deal is secured with the AFL.

Kevin Bartlett

  • Premiers: Richmond
  • Brownlow: Dustin Martin
  • Coleman: Jack Riewoldt
  • Spoon: Carlton
  • Big call: Tigers to win Grand Final by record margin.

Dr Turf (John Rothfield)

  • Premiers: Melbourne
  • Brownlow: Clayton Oliver
  • Coleman: Bayley Fritsch
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: KB’s statue stolen and held to ransom. No one pays.

Terry Wallace

  • Premiers: Richmond
  • Brownlow: Josh Kennedy (SYD)
  • Coleman: Joe Daniher
  • Spoon: Brisbane
  • Big call: Bulldogs won’t recapture their flag magic.

Rohan Connolly

  • Premiers: Adelaide
  • Brownlow: Tom Mitchell
  • Coleman: Lance Franklin
  • Spoon: Gold Coast Suns
  • Big call: Dees to make top 4.

Sam McClure

  • Premiers: GWS
  • Browlown: Nat Fyfe
  • Coleman: Lance Franklin
  • Spoon: Carlton
  • Big call: Jack Watts to kick 50 goals in his debut season at Port Adelaide

Paul Hasleby

  • Premiers: Adelaide
  • Brownlow: Tom Mitchell
  • Coleman: Joe Daniher
  • Spoon: North Melbourne
  • Big call: Carlton just miss the finals

Karl Langdon

  • Premiers: GWS
  • Brownlow: Clayton Oliver
  • Coleman: Jeremy Cameron
  • Spoon: Brisbane
  • Big call: AFL reserves competition confirmed for 2020

Jack Heverin

  • Premiers: Richmond
  • Brownlow: Josh Kelly
  • Coleman: Lance Franklin
  • Spoon: Gold Coast
  • Big call: Gary Ablett to finish in the top five of the Brownlow

Bob Murphy

  • Premiers: Richmond
  • Brownlow: Lance Franklin
  • Coleman: Lance Franklin
  • Spoon: Brisbane
  • Big call: Gold Coast to make the top eight

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Originally published on SEN.com.au