16/04/2024

All 18 AFLW clubs represented on Captains Day (Picture: WomensAFL/Website)

The first ever AFLW season to feature all 18 clubs is finally upon us. The team at The Inner Sanctum have decided to put their predictive skills to the test and deliver their individual verdicts on how the year will play out.

Madeline Irwin

Premiers: Melbourne 

Runner Up: Brisbane 

Top 8: 

Melbourne

Brisbane

Adelaide

Collingwood

Richmond

Western Bulldogs

Fremantle

Essendon

Wooden Spoon: West Coast Eagles

Surprise Contender: Richmond 

Who drops out of finals: North Melbourne 

League Best and Fairest Winner: Anne Hatchard

League Leading Goal Kicker: Tayla Harris

Rising Star Winner: Montana Ham

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Daisy retires on top after premiership win with the Demons 

Brandon Patane

Premiers: Melbourne

Runner Up: Adelaide

Top 8:

Melbourne

Adelaide

Brisbane

Collingwood

Essendon

Fremantle

Western Bulldogs

Port Adelaide

Wooden Spoon: West Coast Eagles

Surprise Contender: Essendon

Who drops out of finals: North Melbourne

League Best and Fairest Winner: Madison Prespakis

League Leading Goal Kicker: Tayla Harris

Rising Star Winner: Montana Ham

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Melbourne avenge last year’s loss in a Grand Final thumping of the Crows. 

Ethan Lee Chalk

Premiers: Brisbane Lions

Runner Up: Adelaide Crows

Top 8:

Brisbane

Melbourne

Adelaide

Collingwood

Port Adelaide

Sydney Swans

Carlton

Western Bulldogs

Wooden Spoon: St Kilda

Surprise Contender: Port Adelaide

Who drops out of finals: Fremantle

League Best and Fairest Winner: Ally Anderson

League Leading Goal Kicker: Jesse Wardlaw

Rising Star Winner: Jasmine Fleming

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Sport runs in the Fleming name!

John Goring

Premiers: Brisbane Lions

Runner Up: Adelaide Crows

Top 8:

Brisbane Lions

Adelaide Crows

Collingwood

Demons

Carlton

Fremantle

Western Bulldogs

Richmond

Wooden Spoon: Hawthorn

Surprise Contender: Carlton

Who drops out of finals: North Melbourne

League Best and Fairest Winner: Jamie Lambert

League Leading Goal Kicker: Darcy Vescio

Rising Star Winner: Montana Ham

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Lions beat the Crows in Grand Final thriller

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Jordan Janssen

Premiers: Brisbane Lions

Runner Up: Melbourne Demons

Top 8:

Melbourne

Brisbane

Adelaide

Collingwood

Geelong

North Melbourne

Richmond

Port Adelaide

Wooden Spoon: Sydney

Surprise Contender: Geelong

Who drops out of finals: Fremantle

League Best and Fairest Winner: Jaimee Lambert

League Leading Goal Kicker: Gemma Houghton

Rising Star Winner: Paige Scott

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Sold out Adelaide Oval sees Port Adelaide win first ever Showdown

Elly McNerney 

Premiers: Brisbane 

Runner Up: Melbourne 

Top 8:

Melbourne 

Brisbane 

Collingwood 

North Melbourne 

Adelaide 

Richmond 

Western Bulldogs 

Port Adelaide

Wooden Spoon: Sydney 

Surprise Contender: Richmond 

Who drops out of finals: Fremantle 

League Best and Fairest Winner: Ally Anderson

League Leading Goal Kicker: Tayla Harris

Rising Star Winner: Paige Scott

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Seven Seven of AFLW breaks crowd records 

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Ashleigh Matosevic

Premiers: Essendon

Runner Up: Port Adelaide

Top 8:

Port Adelaide

Essendon

Adelaide

Hawthorn 

Collingwood

Melbourne 

Western Bulldogs

Brisbane 

Wooden Spoon: Geelong 

Surprise Contender: Gold Coast

Who drops out of finals: North Melbourne 

League Best and Fairest Winner: Bonnie Toogood (Essendon)

League Leading Goal Kicker: Darcy Vescio (Carlton)

Rising Star Winner: Elizabeth Snell (Western Bulldogs)

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: The new expansion teams give rest of the competition a warning 

Alex Catalano

Premiers: Melbourne

Runner Up: Brisbane

Top 8: 

Melbourne

Brisbane

Adelaide

Geelong

North Melbourne

Collingwood

Richmond

Port Adelaide

Wooden Spoon: Sydney

Surprise Contender: Geelong

Who drops out of finals: Fremantle

League Best and Fairest Winner: Jaimee Lambert

League Leading Goal Kicker: Katie Brennan

Rising Star Winner: Charlie Thomas

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Eagles claim historic first Derby win against injury-riddled Dockers

Monique Quercio

Premiers: Melbourne 

Runner Up: Adelaide 

Top 8: 

Melbourne 

Adelaide 

Fremantle 

Collingwood 

North Melbourne 

Essendon 

Port Adelaide 

Carlton 

Wooden Spoon: Geelong 

Surprise Contender: Essendon 

Who drops out of finals: Brisbane 

League Best and Fairest Winner: Jaimee Lambert 

League Leading Goal Kicker: Darcy Vescio 

Rising Star Winner: Jasmine Fleming 

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Daisy’s last dance

Lachlan Dand

Premiers: Adelaide Crows

Runner Up: Fremantle Dockers

Top 8:

Adelaide

Fremantle

Brisbane

Melbourne

Western Bulldogs

Collingwood

Richmond

Essendon

Wooden Spoon: West Coast Eagles 

Surprise Contender: Essendon

Who drops out of finals: North Melbourne

League Best and Fairest Winner: Ebony Marinoff

League Leading Goal Kicker: Darcy Vescio

Rising Star Winner: Montana Ham

The Headline You’ll See At Some Point in Season Seven: Carlton on the hunt for new boss after club’s lowest finish ever.

Thomas Grattan

Premiers: Adelaide 

Runner Up: Melbourne 

Top 8:

Adelaide 

Melbourne 

Brisbane 

North Melbourne 

Collingwood 

Essendon 

Richmond 

Port Adelaide 

Wooden Spoon: West Coast 

Surprise Contender: Richmond 

Who drops out of finals: Fremantle 

League Best and Fairest Winner: Madison Prespakis (Essendon)

League Leading Goal Kicker: Katie Brennan (Richmond)

Rising Star Winner: Montana Ham (Sydney)

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