Most of The Age experts are tipping Melbourne - but not by a whole lot - while the Norm Smith contenders include Christian Petracca, Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver and Marcus Bontempelli.
Whether this pugnacious, emotional yet calm, bold but calculating tribal chieftain Luke Beveridge can lift his team to the pinnacle again, or if he fails, we can count on this: He won’t be embarrassed.
Chief football writer, The Age
A master motivator, how Luke Beveridge has managed to get his team this far has been incredible. Locked in a hotel for weeks on end, he’s rallied his Bulldog troops with an ‘us against them’ mantra that’s fired them to the verge of another premiership.
Two-time AFL premiership captain
No AFL club was so tied to the fortunes, to the heady peaks and embarrassing troughs, of its president as Carlton was to John Elliott.
- by Jake Niall