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AFL 2017 – A Premiership Season Like No Other

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It might have taken years to fully take effect, but it seems the AFL’s Equalisation Policy has finally delivered a balanced competition in the 2017 season.

One look at the ladder at the halfway point in the season shows just how even the 2017 AFL season is. It really seems as though all 18 clubs are sitting on relatively equal footing.

It is perhaps the most even competition we’ve seen in AFL/VFL history. After Round 12, only two wins separated the 5th placed team with the 17th. Compare that to last season, where the Top 8 clubs had already been locked in place weeks earlier.

As we enter the second half of the season, it’s safe to say there’s no clear Premiership favourite. In fact, 17 of the 18 clubs could still have realistic finals aspirations.

Source: http://www.afl.com.au/ladder

Round 7 presented a notable statistic that highlights this unusually balanced season – every loss was to a team from a lower position on the ladder. This all leads to one conclusion, the 2017 AFL ladder is largely irrelevant.

So why is the AFL competition so even in 2017?

There are a number of elements that seem to have come together in 2017 to finally give the AFL the balanced competition they have long sought.

Salary cap constraints, spending caps on football departments, free agency… Not to mention the inevitable form dip from traditionally evergreen clubs (Hawthorn, Sydney and Geelong), as well as the rise of newcomers GWS and Gold Coast. These factors have united to create a perfect storm and the result: an equal competition like no other in AFL history.

What does this mean for the rest of the AFL season?

If you think the first half of the season has been exciting, imagine 18 clubs trying to lock into the 8 finals spot - just wait!

The second half of the season will only be more ferocious. Sure one or two teams might drop off as their finals dreams are dashed, but those still in contention will be fighting tooth and nail for a finals spot.

The AFL Premiership season is well and truly alive. The 2017 season is not to be missed. Make sure you don’t – get your AFL tickets here and witness the action firsthand.

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