Captains back Crows to improve

MCG on March 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media) ” title=”AFL 2019 Portraits – AFL Captains Day”/>

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: The 2019 AFL Captains (Max Gawn for Nathan Jones / Jack Viney, Jason Johannisen for Easton Wood) pose for a photograph during the 2019 AFL Captains Day at the MCG on March 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Captains have backed Adelaide to be big improvers this season, with 15 of the 17 other club captains predicting the Crows to return to the top eight after last year’s 12th-placed finish. 

The AFL polled the 18 club captains for their views on the upcoming season ahead of Friday’s 2019 Captain’s Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Collingwood, Melbourne, Richmond and West Coast were unanimously picked to make finals, with Adelaide next in the voting ahead of Greater Western Sydney, Geelong and Sydney.

One other club captain predicted Adelaide to reach the Grand Final.

Which seven other clubs do you think can make this year’s top eight?

17 – Melbourne, West Coast Eagles, Richmond, Collingwood
15 – Adelaide Crows
12 – GWS Giants
7 – Geelong Cats
6 – Sydney Swans
5 – Essendon
4 – Hawthorn, Port Adelaide
3 – Brisbane Lions
2 – North Melbourne

Which other club is most likely to reach the Grand Final?

8 – Richmond
5 – Collingwood
2 – West Coast Eagles
1 – GWS Giants, Adelaide Crows, Melbourne

Who do you think will win the 2019 Brownlow Medal?

4 – Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong Cats)
3 – Nathan Fyfe (Fremantle), Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
2 – Dustin Martin (Richmond), Jaeger O’Meara (Hawthorn)
1 – Rory Sloane (Adelaide Crows), Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood), Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs), Max Gawn (Melbourne)

Who do you think will win the 2019 NAB AFL Rising Star?

11 – Sam Walsh (Carlton)
1 – Jack Lukosius (Gold Coast Suns), Zak Butters (Port Adelaide), Jye Caldwell (GWS Giants), Luke Valente (Fremantle), Bailey Smith (Western Bulldogs), Chayce Jones (Adelaide Crows), Matt Walker (Hawthorn)

Source: Adelaide Crows website

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