The AFL Draft is well & truly over & all clubs have returned to pre-season training, selections at the Draft table & as always injuries have impacted the Power Rankings for December.
Previous Rank: 1 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 1
Round 1: vs Carlton (MCG)
The health of the Richmond playing list heading into the Christmas break has left them on top as the No.1 ranked team.
2. WEST COAST
Previous Rank: 2 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 2
Round 1: vs Brisbane (Gabba)
The reigning Premiers added Tom Hickey which should solidify the Ruck position until the return of Nic Naitanui late in the 2019 H&A season.
Previous Rank: 3 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 5
Round 1: vs Port Adelaide (MCG)
Melbourne added some additional grunt in the draft which is inline with their game style, expect huge contested numbers from the Demons in 2019.
Previous Rank: 4 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 3
Round 1: vs Geelong (MCG)
The Magpies added some defensive pieces in the draft which will assist them long term.
Previous Rank: 5 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 11
Round 1: vs GWS Giants (Spotless Stadium)
No movement for the Bombers this month, expectations are high for 2019.
Previous Rank: 7 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 12
Round 1: vs Hawthorn (Adelaide Oval)
After falling short of their own expectations last season Adelaide are in good health heading into the Christmas break, the Crows were the highest scoring team in 2017 (H&A Season Points FOR: 109.8).
Previous Rank: 6 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 4
Round 1: vs Adelaide (Adelaide Oval)
Hawthorn slid down one spot this month, the Hawks averaged 378.8 Disposals in the 2018 H&A season (2017 H&A season: 393.7).
8. GWS GIANTS
Previous Rank: 8 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 7
Round 1: vs Essendon (Spotless Stadium)
The Giants completed a solid draft, they still have very good depth.
Previous Rank: 10 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 8
Round 1: vs Collingwood (MCG)
Geelong have clearly signalled change this off-season, will that trigger a high ladder finish in 2019?
Previous Rank: 9 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 6
Round 1: vs Western Bulldogs (Marvel Stadium)
The Swans are dealing with a few injuries in the off-season, they slide down one place this month.
Previous Rank: 11 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 14
Round 1: vs Nth Melbourne (Optus Stadium)
All is very quiet at Freo after a huge trade period, they could significantly improve in 2019.
Previous Rank: 12 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 15
Round 1: vs West Coast (Gabba)
Brisbane are likely to improve again in 2019, another 5 win season would be a disappointment.
13. WESTERN BULLDOGS
Previous Rank: 15 ⯅
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 13
Round 1: vs Sydney (Marvel Stadium)
The Bulldogs completed a very good draft, they added some serious midfield depth in Bailey Smith & Rhylee West.
14. NTH MELBOURNE
Previous Rank: 13 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 9
Round 1: vs Fremantle (Optus Stadium)
The Kangaroos added a lively Tarryn Thomas in the draft, Luke Davies-Uniacke should improve in 2019.
15. PORT ADELAIDE
Previous Rank: 14 ⯆
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 11
Round 1: vs Melbourne (MCG)
The Power are a decent slider in the Power Rankings since the end of the 2018 season, they completed a decent draft but are likely in a mini reset.
16. ST KILDA
Previous Rank: 16 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 16
Round 1: vs Gold Coast (Marvel Stadium)
The Saints early season fixture between Rounds 2-9 could have the Saints on the back foot, No. 4 draft pick Max King will take some time but he looks like quality.
Previous Rank: 17 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 18
Round 1: vs Richmond (MCG)
Disaster has struck the Blues with Docherty & Pickett going down with long term knee injuries, the rebuild is underway and should see signs of improvement in 2019.
18. GOLD COAST
Previous Rank: 18 ⬌
2018 H&A Ladder Finish: 17
Round 1: vs St Kilda (Marvel Stadium)
It was a quality draft haul for Gold Coast securing Jack Lukosius, Izak Rankine & Ben King, they should all impact next season.