2017 VFL season predictions

The Casey Demons, Footscray and Williamstown are the favourites to claim the 2017 Peter Jackson VFL premiership, according to VFL players.

Veteran Williamstown captain Ben Jolley is again the warm favourite for the J.J. Liston Trophy while 2016 winner Michael Gibbons was also nominated to go back-to-back.

Player representatives – nine of them leaders at their respective clubs – were asked to give their predictions on the 2017 season at the recent VFL Launch, selecting the premiers, J.J. Liston Trophy winner and their own club’s best and fairest, leading goalkicker and players to watch.

 

See the players’ full predictions below:

David Mirra - Box Hill Hawks
Premiers: Footscray
J.J. Liston: Michael Gibbons - Williamstown
Club B&F: Andrew Moore
Leading goalkicker: Tim O'Brien
Players to watch: Will Hams, Andrew Moore, James Cousins, Harry Morrison

Jack Hutchins - Casey Demons
Premiers: Footscray
J.J. Liston: Michael Gibbons - Williamstown
Club B&F: Angus Scott
Leading goalkicker: Tom Baker
Players to watch: Jai Rout, Ed Morris, Jimmy Munro

Tom Goodwin - Coburg
Premiers: Footscray
J.J. Liston: Willie Wheeler - Williamstown
Club B&F: Liam Hunt
Leading goalkicker: Peter McEvoy
Players to watch: Liam Hunt, Hisham Kerbatieh, Christian Burgess

Matt Smith - Collingwood
Premiers: Footscray
J.J. Liston: Michael Gibbons - Williamstown
Club B&F: Jordan Kelly
Leading goalkicker: Kayle Kirby
Players to watch: Jordan Kelly, Gus Borthwick

Nick O’Brien - Essendon
Premiers: Williamstown
J.J. Liston: Ben Jolley - Williamstown
Club B&F: Nash Holmes
Leading goalkicker: Danny Younan
Players to watch: James Ferry, James Peters

Jordan Russell - Footscray
Premiers: Port Melbourne or Williamstown
J.J. Liston: Ben Jolley - Williamstown
Club B&F: Anthony Barry
Leading goalkicker: Will Hayes
Players to watch: Anthony Bruhn, Josh Patullo

Daniel Capiron - Geelong
Premiers: Casey Demons
J.J. Liston: Alex Woodward - Collingwood
Club B&F: Tom Atkins back-to-back
Leading goalkicker: Sam Dobson
Players to watch: Ben Reid, Luke Webb

Andrew Hooper - North Ballarat
Premiers: Williamstown
J.J. Liston: Ben Jolley - Williamstown
Club B&F: Luke Kiel
Leading goalkicker: Brenton Payne
Players to watch: Nick Rippon

Tom Wilson - Northern Blues
Premiers: Williamstown
J.J. Liston: Willie Wheeler - Williamstown
Club B&F: Luke Russell
Leading goalkicker: Liam Jones
Players to watch: Dyson Stevens, Cam O’Shea

Chris Cain - Port Melbourne
Premiers: Casey Demons
J.J. Liston: Ben Jolley - Williamstown
Club B&F: Robin Nahas
Leading goalkicker: Robin Nahas
Players to watch: Isaac Conway, Anthony Anastasio

Sam Darley - Richmond
Premiers: Casey Demons
J.J. Liston: Jacob Ballard - Richmond
Club B&F: Jacob Ballard
Leading goalkicker: Todd Elton
Players to watch: Jake Aarts, James Fletcher, Thomas Silvestro

Tom Curren - Sandringham
Premiers: Casey Demons
J.J. Liston: Luke Russell – Northern Blues
Club B&F: Kade Answerth
Leading goalkicker: Rowan Marshall
Players to watch: A host of young players

Kurt Aylett - Werribee
Premiers: Williamstown
J.J. Liston: Ben Jolley - Williamstown
Club B&F: Michael Sodomaco
Leading goalkicker: Ben McKay
Players to watch: Matt Munro, Jake Sharp, Ryley Barrack

Ben Jolley - Williamstown
Premiers: Casey Demons
J.J. Liston: Tom Curren - Sandringham
Club B&F: Michael Gibbons
Leading goalkicker: Ayce Cordy
Players to watch: Josh Newman, Ben Cavarra




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