ESPN's AFLW predictions for 2022: Will the Demons live up to the hype?

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The ESPN Footy Podcast's big calls for the AFLW season (2:28)

The ESPN Footy Podcast's Marissa Lordanic, Anna Harrington, and Marnie Vinall run through their predictions for the upcoming AFLW season, (2:28)

With less than one week to go until the season opener, it's time we look into our crystal balls and attempt to predict the AFLW season ahead. Who will win the premiership? What are our BIG calls of the year?

Our football experts have answered these questions, and many more, ahead of the 2022 home and away season.


Marnie Vinall

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Collingwood
Biggest riser: West Coast
Biggest slider: Western Bulldogs
Wooden Spoon: Gold Coast
Best & Fairest: Ellie Blackburn
Leading Goalkicker: Darcy Vescio
Rising Star: Georgie Prespakis
BIG call for the year: We get a COVID-free interrupted run at finals! Is this my wishful thinking? Perhaps! But a girl's got to dream, right?

Marissa Lordanic

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Collingwood
Biggest riser: GWS
Biggest slider: Fremantle
Wooden Spoon: Gold Coast
Best & Fairest: Bri Davey
Leading Goalkicker: Chloe Molloy
Rising Star: Georgie Prespakis
BIG call for the year: Daisy and the Dees hold up the cup at the end of a seriously COVID-affected season.

Anna Harrington

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Collingwood
Biggest riser: GWS
Biggest slider: Fremantle
Wooden Spoon: Gold Coast
Best & Fairest: Ebony Marinoff
Leading Goalkicker: Chloe Molloy
Rising Star: Georgie Prespakis
BIG call for the year: Tayla Harris' move to Melbourne will pay off in spades for the Demons.

Jesse Robinson

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Brisbane
Biggest riser: North Melbourne
Biggest slider: Fremantle
Wooden Spoon: St Kilda
Best & Fairest: Jas Garner
Leading Goalkicker: Chloe Molloy
Rising Star: Charlie Rowbottom
BIG call for the year: Daisy Pearce lifts the premiership cup, retires and has the best and fairest medal named in her honour.

Jarryd Barca

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Collingwood
Biggest riser: GWS
Biggest slider: Western Bulldogs
Wooden Spoon: St Kilda
Best & Fairest: Kiara Bowers
Leading Goalkicker: Katie Brennan
Rising Star: Georgie Prespakis
BIG call for the year: We will finally see a team score 100 points in an AFLW game - and it won't be just once.

Joey Lynch

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Brisbane
Biggest riser: Carlton
Biggest slider: Fremantle
Wooden Spoon: Geelong
Best & Fairest: Maddy Prespakis
Leading Goalkicker: Jasmine Garner
Rising Star: Charlie Rowbottom
BIG call for the year: The chaos of COIVD, WA's hard border and an extended time on the road leave Freo on the outside looking in come finals time.


Results:

Premier: Melbourne (6)

Runner-up: Collingwood (4), Brisbane (2)

Biggest riser: GWS (3), West Coast (1), North Melbourne (1), Carlton (1)

Biggest slider: Fremantle (4), Western Bulldogs (2)

Wooden Spoon: Gold Coast (3), St Kilda (2), Geelong (1)

Best & Fairest winner: Ellie Blackburn (1), Jasmine Garner (1), Kiara Bowers (1), Maddy Prespakis (1), Ebony Marinoff (1), Bri Davey (1)

Leading Goalkicker: Chloe Molloy (3), Darcy Vescio (1), Katie Brennan (1), Jasmine Garner (1)

Rising Star: Georgie prespakis (4), Charlie Rowbottom (2)