Regardless of the code that you follow it is pretty tough to determine who is going to win the premiership. After 5 rounds in the AFL competition there is just 1 win separating 3rd from 12th! So it’s worth asking the question again. Who is your premiership favourite?
At the top of the tree right now is the defending champions the Richmond Tigers who really seem to be playing with a lot of confidence after a less than impressive start to the year. Are they good enough to go back to back? Tied with the Tigers are the West Coast Eagles, but many say they’ve had a pretty soft run so far and aren’t going as well as their ladder position would suggest. Are the Eagles the real deal in 2018 or will they be also rans? The GWS Giants are on the next line, and most would agree they have the talent to go all the way, but we’ve been saying that for the last couple of seasons and yet we still occasionally see inconsistent performances that result in draws against teams like St.Kilda. The truth is that a case could also be made for most of the teams on 12 competition points with North Melbourne tipped by many experts (including Alby) to win the wooden spoon on top of all of them on percentage, The Cats with arguably one of the greatest midfields we’ve ever seen on paper, surely once they start putting it all together on the pitch they’ll be a force to be reckoned with. The Hawks, the Power, the Crows and even the Dockers and the Pies have all shown glimpses of being a side capable of beating anyone, but who can do it consistently enough to lift the Cup? Who is your premiership favourite?
Now we move on to the NRL and ask the same question. Like the AFL, entering this round there is just 1 win separating 5th from 11th. A look at the top 4 sees a heap of teams that no-one expected to finish the year in the top 8, much less be competition contenders.
Despite some good offseason recruiting most experts had the Dragons finishing outside the top 8, or just scraping in, but after 8 games they sit alone on top of the ladder. The Warriors have been a regular disappointment despite promising so much, but this year they have looked like the real deal. Until of course they ran into the Storm on ANZAC Day. Is this the start of the traditional Warriors slide? The Panthers and the Tigers also started the round in the top 4, with the Tigers similar to the Kangaroos in that everyone had them as wooden spoon favourites entering round 1 (including Donny). The Storm are starting to find their groove, but like the Richmond Tigers the question needs to be asked about their ability to go back to back. Perennial competitors the Roosters, Sharks, Manly, Cowboys and the Broncos are all struggling: Can they get their mojo back? The other factor unique to rugby league is State of Origin. Which teams will lose the most players, and what impact will that have on the rest of their seasons?
We throw it over to you. Tell us who is your premiership favourite and why!