2024 AFL season hits the halfway mark

The AFL has just ticked over the halfway mark and the unpredictable season has left a lot of question marks over which teams will secure a top eight spot in the run home to the finals.

This time last year the table had a very different look to it, with Collingwood on top, with the reigning premiers now sitting just outside the top eight. The Sydney Swans have flicked the switch in 2024 and are currently sitting comfortably on top with their only loss this season coming against Richmond in round three.

Four teams have slingshot their way from missing finals in 2023 and into finals contention for 2024. Last year so Carlton and GWS have a very successful second half of the season with both sides coming from 14th and 15th, respectively, to both playing in the Preliminary Finals, and based off of the nature of this year’s competition, anything can happen, and we could be in for another incredible run to the finals.

Melbourne, Collingwood, the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn, have shown they have what it takes to compete through various parts of the season. If they can stay consistent, they are all still very capable of shaking up the competition and working their way into the top eight.

The competition has also become much more balanced across the board in 2024, with three draws already surpassing last seasons total of two, and 18 games thus far being decided by a goal or less, with even more games be decided by 10 points or less. This season has definitely been a punter’s nightmare but has been yet another fantastic year for AFL.

There are also 12 players with New Zealand heritage finding great success this season with six kiwis playing for teams that are sitting in a top eight spot and the other six being among the top performers at their club. Max Gawn from Melbourne has once again shown why he is one of the best ruckman in the league, continuing to lead the way for the side in what has been a tough season for them so far. Dustin Martin has also returned to great form for Richmond, alongside New Zealand born Mykelti Lefau who has been a shining light amongst Richmond’s unfortunate injury plagued season.

With 12 rounds to go, and 15 teams still in the mix to chase a premiership, anything can happen. Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action by tuning in to sky sport each weekend or by streaming through WatchAFL