After an intense and exciting year, the AFL has finally come to an end. The Collingwood Magpies have successfully claimed the 2023 Premiership after an interesting Grand Final which saw multiple lead changes and the Brisbane Lions losing by just four points.
Before we call things a day, we have one more article from our AFL experts, as we look back at the AFL season and review all the key teams and players, as well as the biggest disappointments. Our AFL footy review covers all the key factors.
So, if you are as obsessed with the AFL as the team at Dabble are, you have certainly come to the right place! Get your scrolling finger ready, all you need to do is read and scroll, our experts will take care of everything else for you.
Check out our AFL season review for the 2023 season below (don't worry – we will be back again in 2024 with our expert AFL tips):
Teams – Biggest Improvers
There is no doubt in my mind that the Giants were and are the biggest improvers of 2023. Sitting in the bottom 4 after 10 rounds with 3 wins and 7 losses, there is no way in the world anyone would have thought they would be a point away from a Grand Final. They have always had the talent there and the appointment of a new coach has rejuvenated this group and honestly 2024 could be the year of the Giant.
Teams – Biggest Letdowns
The biggest letdown for me as a team for 2023 is a toss of the coin between Fremantle and Geelong. Fremantle went from top 4 to 14th after improving their list in the off season after adding O’Meara and Jackson to take the next step and they went backwards. Geelong continued the course of Premiers or Grand Finalist to miss finals, but injuries did play a part. Fremantle are the one for me and if they don’t bounce back and play finals in 2024 the coach will be on notice.
Players – Biggest Improvers
The player who was the biggest improver of 2023 took is a tough question as there is always a fair few. Nick Daicos, did he improve, yes, was it the biggest after his amazing first year?? Tough question. Noah Anderson is missed at how good a year he had, finishing top 10 in Brownlow purely because he plays for Gold Coast. Errol Gulden went from a solid 2nd year to an amazing 3rd year with his last 10 games better than anybody in the comp and nearly pinched the Brownlow. Errol for me.
Players – Biggest Letdowns
This is a tough one to choose from, you have the stars from last year who have dropped off are probably the main targets which is harsh because there still good players. Jack Macrae is a standout for me, for the last 5-7 years he has been ultra consistent, 30 possessions was normal. The move from inside mid/wing too wing/half back definitely didn’t suit, and his stats showed. An 8-possession game playing normal minutes and not injured is case in point.
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