2022 flag competitors are being analyzed

In this article, I will analyze who I think is the main contender for this year’s AFL Premiership.

I will analyze their strengths, their weaknesses and the players who will make or break their campaign. Let’s get into it!

Melbourne
I have to start with the only undefeated team in 2022 and the reigning chiefs of the Demons.

The Demons have built their Premiership success on defense like Richmond and Hawthorne before them.

Steven May and Jack Lever have formed one of the best defensive pairs of the last 20 years and Harrison Petty has played the role of a fully locked-down defender for the last 12 months.

Melbourne also controls the Arcs. They are second out of 50 per game.

They address their main problem, which is their forward line, and then they can control the ball while doing it. They are second in 2022 in every game settlement.

Melbourne have dominated everyone who has held their way so far this season. Players like Steven May, Clayton Oliver, Max Gown, Bailey Fritz and Angus Bresco are having the best seasons of their careers.

Steven May

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How do you beat them?

Okay, obviously easier said than done, but Demons can allow teams to run out for free at times, especially this season, where they are 12th in clearance per game.

Their main rival, the Lions, tops the playoffs every season this season, and teams like Carlton also take pride in this area of ​​play.

Another area where you can beat Melbourne is their lack of suitable Superstar Forward-50 players. For a team that averages about 58 out of 50 per game, an average of 13 goals per game is not uncommon.

This is because there is no shortage of tall stars in Melbourne. Only Ben Brown and Tom MacDonald are there. They have scored 21 of the team’s 105 goals this year.

They have a strong reliance on small and medium sized forwards like Bailey Fritz (18), Kisaya Pickett (9) and James Hermes (8).

They are relying on midfielders like Christian Petraca (seven goals) and resting Max Gown (seven goals) and Luke Jackson (five goals) to hurt the center forward.

You will be a brave man to tip against the devils in 2022, but as Le Matthews said, if it bleeds, you can kill it.

The opposition knows how to lose them, or at least has a theory. But the million-dollar question is whether they can make it work. It will be difficult to lose them.

Brisbane
Lions have been widely recognized as a major threat to monsters in 2022, and it is difficult to argue in a case where they are not, as they have been close to the mark for the past four seasons and most of the list is now at their peak. .

Brisbane’s MO has been the same for some time. They are the best offensive team in the competition, ranking first in points per game and third out of 50 per game.

They seldom focus on handball (15th in handball competition) and quick delivery to their forwards, as evidenced by the fact that they are second on kick in every game, yet 12th in settlement at every game.

Interestingly this season, they have done it without Eric Hipwood, who typically averages 30 goals per season. Charlie Cameron and Joe Dannyhar have scored 38 goals each.

Lions' Charlie Cameron celebrates a goal

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Jack Bailey is not far behind them with 18 goals in the best triple threat in the competition.

How do you beat lions? Again, this is easier said than done, and I’m going to make a big call and say that they have less holes in their game plan and in their team than Melbourne.

They score again with complete ease in 2022, they dominate the competition and more importantly, they have now become the most humorous defense of the competition.

The maintenance of Harris Andrews, Darcy Gardiner and Marcus Adams is working great and it has made them a better team.

The area where the Lions can be defeated is by themselves in the big game.

Their final record for the last three years is very poor (close to all except losses) and the proof of pudding will be in eating in September.

They will answer whether they have learned from their past mistakes.

It is difficult to select a team for the Premiership considering that they have performed poorly in the finals in each of the last three seasons, but all indications indicate a clear second pick in their Premiership race.

Fremantle
Apparently the 2022 surprise packet was the Dockers, who finished second on the stairs with just one loss after eight rounds.

And compared to Brisbane, the Dockers are the best defensive team in the competition and seemingly more focused on what you can do with the ball than what they can do with it.

The Dockers are ranked first among the lowest points scored so far in 2022, and most of them have worked their way down the back line.

Luke Ryan is having another great season, delivering a great intercept mark and a great run out between the defensive 50s, the ninth of a total rebound 50 this season.

Hayden Young has improved dramatically in the third year of Senior Footy. He’s one of those players who has increased the number of their intercept holdings as well as a nice kick, which rarely disappoints him.

Alex Pierce (Touch Wood) has finally got a good run from injury and rarely hit, while Heath Chapman has improved dramatically in his second season of the AFL and is second among the rising stars in total intercept.

Fremantle defender Alex Pierce

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Dockers Midfield is another location where many players have the best seasons of their careers.

These include Will Brody (averaging 27 games per game and seventh in clearance per game in 2022), Caleb Serong (who has a career-high average in both settlement and clearance), and Andrew Bresh (who has established himself as one of the competition). , Second in 50 and ninth in total effective settlement per game).

That midfield works well both inside and out and it still has Nathan Fife without their best player, so there is plenty of room for improvement.

How do you beat them? Dockers are still relatively unproven, especially in both forwards and defense.

There is an argument that the best defenses in the game will be able to out-mark them, which will then allow the other teams to create attacks.

There is also an argument that they are not ready yet, with some believing that most of the back six have played under 50.

They are unproven, but they are X-factor.

Carlton
Blues trustees have been waiting a long time for September’s action and it looks like they will be able to run deep into September this year.

Under new coach Michael Voss, the Blues have a blueprint that they dominate the competition and therefore control the game’s possession and speed, finishing fourth in each game and first in every game.

Patrick Cripps is having an all-time season because everything is standing still, third in every game clearance, ninth in stoppage clearance per game, fourth in competition per game and averaging almost two goals in a game with total scores involved. .

He has Sam Walsh and Adam’s best riding shotgun this season. Walsh is fifth in the settlement per game, first in total non-competitive assets and sixth in the effective settlement per game. Cerra averages 26 settlements per game and is perfect when given any space.

Sam Walsh

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Combine this with Matt Kennedy, who averages 25 disposals a game and five clearances, and it indicates to the Blues that they have the best midfield in the competition when they are firing on all cylinders.

Carlton has the most dangerous forward pair in the league, Charlie Carno and Harry McKay.

They have already combined for 45 goals this season. If you can beat both of them, you can probably beat Carlton, but it’s very difficult to do.

How do you beat them? You beat them by equating them around the competition and revealing what I think is a relatively weak back line.

Obviously, it’s harder than theoretically to match them around the competition, but if you can get some easy balls inside the 50’s, you’re very sensitive to one like Lewis Young, Adam Saad, Jack Williams, Jordan Boyd and Sam Docherty. – One competition after another.

They have a blueprint for defeat, but it’s hard to match the midfield consisting of Cripps, Walsh, Best, George Hewitt and Kennedy.

Richmond
The Tigers are reuniting the band and playing their best footy over the last fortnight after some structural changes.

Since the appointment of David Tigg in the off-season, the Tigers’ forward line has been working very effectively throughout this season, with them in second place in terms of scoring points per game.

Tom Lynch has found some of the best forms of his career in the last few weeks and is now leading the Coleman medal race, with Jack Reeldt (13) and Shy Bolton (16) both doing very well.

The defense, which was a concern at the start of the season, now looks much better with both Daniel Rioli and Nathan Broad, with Dylan Grimes and Nick Vlastuin back on the team, helping two young key defenders, Noah Balta and Josh Gibkas, as well as their continued rise.

Josh Gibkas

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The Tigers’ midfield concerns aren’t as bad as they once feared champion Dustin Martin’s return to the fold, as well as Dion Prestia’s return this week.

Shy Bolton was great there last month, as was former captain Trent Cochin, who is having a much better year than his last couple.

How do you beat them? In the middle.

The Tigers are 17th in the playoffs per game and this has been a problem for the last few seasons.

This has been made worse by the introduction of the 6-6-6 rule as well as the stand rule.

This does not allow the Tigers to get the players behind the ball as easily as once, which actually allows them to give up.

While it could be argued that in the past the Tigers ’clearance work went up in September, this is still a major area of ​​concern.

The way to defeat the Tigers is to dominate the competition and put as much pressure on the two inexperienced key defenders as possible.

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