AFL 2022: Predicted Teams, Tips & Official Finals Lineups for Week 1

Fremantle champion Nat Fyfe suffered a horrific setback on the eve of the Finals. Also check out all of our predicted teams for the Qualifiers and Eliminations.

Nat Fyfe’s season is in doubt after the Fremantle superstar tweaked his ‘good’ hamstring during a workout on Monday.

The Dockers ruled out their double Brownlow medalist from Saturday night’s knockout final against the Western Bulldogs.

Fyfe, 30, has a brilliant record against the Dogs, picking up 16 Brownlow votes against them in 16 games.

Football boss Peter Bell could not say when Fyfe would be fit again.

“These hamstring injuries are very individual to each individual,” Bell said Wednesday night.

“We won’t have a timeline for Nathan’s return just yet, but we hope to see him at some point in the upcoming finals series.”

Scans on Monday confirmed Fyfe had injured the hamstring in his right leg.

A setback in his left hamstring sustained in round 19 forced him to miss three games.



Jon Ralph, Simeon Thomas-Wilson, Sam Landsberger, Will Hogan, Dan Batten and Josh Barnes

There are some big selection headaches, as the bye before the final helped freshen up several big names for the return.

Who comes into play for all eight final teams and who is unfortunately left out?

We predict the pros and cons for each side.

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B: N. Broad, R. Tarrant, N. Balta

HB: L Baker, N Vlastuin, D Rioli

C: K McIntosh, T Cotchin, M Pickett

HR: D.MartinJ. Riewoldt, S. Bolton

F: N Cumberland, T Lynch, J Short

FOLLOW: T. Nankervis, D. Prestia, J Graham

I/C: T. Sonsie, B. Miller, M. Rioli, S. Edwards

Subtitle: J.Ross

IN: D. Martin, J. Graham

FROM: J. Gibcus (omitted), J.Ross

The Tigers believe Dustin Martin will play after the conclusion of Monday’s main training session and is likely to be in the pipeline, leaving his availability through the end of the week in question. Noah Cumberland and Tom Lynch will play despite minor issues and it seems likely Jack Graham (turf toe) will stand up. Jack Ross certainly did enough in Round 23 to secure his place, but could find himself a sub. So if the Tigers have to drop a big one, it’s more likely to be Josh Gibcus, as Ben Miller has been doing a handy job as a backup ruck for the past four weeks, also scoring in each of the last two games.

– Jon Ralph


B: D. Gardiner, J. Payne, D. Rich

HB: B Starcevich, H Andrews, K Coleman

C: J. Lyons, D. Zorko, H. McCluggage

HR: M RobinsonE. Hipwood, L. McCarthy

F: Z Bailey, J Daniher, C Cameron

FOLLOW: O McInerney, L Neale, J Berry

I/Z: D McStay, R Mathieson, J Prior, C Ah Chee

Subtitle: D. Wilmot

IN: M. Robinson, C. Ah Chee

OUT: N. Answerth (banned), C. Rayner (banned)

The Lions should gain experience against the Tigers, although prospective coach Chris Fagan could free up the untried Darcy Wilmot for Noah Answerth. Wilmot and veteran Ryan Lester will both factor into the calculations but suspicions Callum Ah Chee will win the bid. Mitch Robinson is sure to come on for Cameron Rayner, who is also suspended. Jack Payne will take over from Jack Riewoldt after Marcus Adams is out for the remainder of the season with a concussion.

– Will Hogan




B: H. Petty, J. Hebe, C Salem

HB: T Rivers, S May, M Hibberd

C: T Sparrow, C Oliver, E Langdon

HF: A. Neal-Bullen, B. Brown, B. Fritsch

F: J Melksham, L Jackson, K Pickett

FOLLOW: M Gawn, J Viney, C Petracca

I/Z: J Harmes, C Spargo, A Brayshaw, J Hunt

In: C. Salem

Out: J. Bovey (omitted)

The Demons are only likely to make one change for their qualifier final against Sydney, with Christian Salem likely to be right after missing out on the big win over Brisbane.

Luke Jackson has a slight calf problem but the Swans are expected to be fine. Tom McDonald weathered his VFL outing on Saturday but is highly unlikely to make the squad straight away.

-Simeon Thomas-Wilson


B: D Rampe, P McCartin, R Fox

HB: Lloyd J, McCartin T, Blakey N

C: J McInerney, C Mills, R Clarke

HF: I Heeney, S Reid, E Gulden

FF: T Papley, L Franklin, W Hayward

FOL: T Hickey, C Warner, L Parker

I/Z: L McDonald, R Clarke, D Stephens, O Florent

Subtitle: P. Wicks


The Swans are fit and heading into September having finally achieved some consistency in their best 22 in the final weeks of the season. Sam Wicks, James Bell and Ben Ronke have all raised their hands as subs at various tournaments throughout the year, but Wicks gets the nod on this predicted team for his superior tackling and ability to press when challenged. Peter Ladhams will not be considered and is likely done for the year after being suspended in the VFL.

– Will Hogan




B: J. Bews, S. De Koning, J. Kolodyashnij

HB: T. Stewart, J. Henry, M Duncan

C: Blicavs M, Dangerfield P, Holmes M

HF: I.Smith, J CameronB.Close

F: T. Stengle, T. Hawkins, G. Rohan

R: R.StanleyJ Selwood, C Guthrie,

I/C: B. Parfitt, Z. Tuohy, T. Atkins, G. Miers

In: J Cameron, R Stanley, M Duncan

Out: J.Ceglar (omitted), Z.Guthrie (omitted), E.Ratugolea (omitted)

It is impossible to accommodate them all. Almost every other side left in the finals would love to find room for players like Zach Guthrie, Mark O’Connor, Jonathon Ceglar and Sam Menegola on their team, but they just don’t quite make the cut. Guthrie has had a breakout year but is terribly unlucky to miss the cut this time as Jake Kolodyashnij will only rule him out for the first final if he survives concussion protocols. Kolodyashnij is likely to face Jamie Elliott and Jordan De Goey on Saturday. Watch as Jack Henry gets thrown forward, but Gary Rohan should get a chance to put his final demons to bed.

-Josh Barnes


B: J Noble, D Moore, J Howe

HB: B Maynard, N Murphy, N Daicos

C: S. Sidebottom, S. Pendlebury, J. Daicos

HF: J Elliott, A Johnson, B McCreery

F: J. De Goey, B. Mihocek, P. Lipinski

FOLLOW: D.Cameron, J.Crisp, T Adams

INT: I.Quaynor, W.Hoskin-Elliott, J.Ginnivan, M.Cox

sub: J Carmichael

IN: Adams

OFF: Macrae (omitted)

Collingwood’s only injury concern in Taylor Adams told the Herald Sun Monday that he’s ready to rumble for his first match since Round 20, but who’s making room? Round 23 pick Finlay Macrae, who had just 11 touches against the Blues, looks the most vulnerable. That’s despite a promising audition before the Magpies’ selection committee in their lost VFL final on Sunday, which ended with a team-high 28 disposals, 18 contested possessions and 143 ranking points. Mid-season recruit Josh Carmichael wasn’t far behind with 25 possessions and having started as a substitute several times this season could be another to break into the 23 against Geelong. Second-year forward Oliver Henry, who was the unused substitute in the last two seasons, is emerging as another sub-candidate.

-Dan Batten




B: H. Chapman, B. Cox, J. Clark

HB: H Young, A Pearce, L Ryan

C: M. Frederick, A. Brayshaw, B. Acres

HF: L Schultz, R Lobb, N O’Driscoll

F: S. Switkowski, G. Logue, , M. Walters

FOLLOW: S. Darcy, W. Brodie, C. Serong

I/C: B Banfield, D Mundy, J Aish, B Walker

In: R Lobb, G Logue

Out: L. Meek (omitted)

The Dockers are sweating over the fitness of Matt Taberner (calf), Rory Lobb (chest/shoulder) and Griffin Logue (adductors), all three of whom will be tested ahead of the knockout final against the Western Bulldogs.

Lobb and Logue are expected to play right, while Taberner’s availability is still a cloud and Dockers may not take the risk.

It’s hard to analyze who the Dockers are dropping given that O’Driscoll has played well in recent weeks and won a nomination for a rising star.

One of those tough calls was made for her when skipper Nat Fyfe again aggravated his hamstring injury. There are fears he could be out for the season.

-Simeon Thomas-Wilson


B: E Richards, A Keath, Z. Cordy

HB: Daniel C, Gardner R, Dale B

C: J Macrae, T Liberatore, B Smith

HF: L Hunter, A Naughton, J Dunkley

F: C Weightman, J Ugle-Hagan, S Darcy

R: T.English, M. Bontempelli, A. Treloar

Int: T.Duryea, J Johannisen, B Williams, R Smith, R West

IN: J. Johannisen, R. West, A. Keath

OUT: R. McComb (omitted), L. Vandermeer (omitted), J. Bruce (omitted)

The MATCH committee at the Whitten Oval is usually the most difficult to predict. The Bulldogs could easily get in unchanged. Or they could charge with Norm Smith medalist Jason Johannisen, Rhylee West and Alex Keath. Suggest JJ or West could start as a backup in place of Robbie McComb who wore the vest on lap 23. The dilemma is what to do with Josh Bruce. Bruce started forward against Hawthorn. But Sam Darcy was thrown into attack in the second quarter and swung the match. So does Darcy take Bruce’s spot in front of the sticks and then Alex Keath replaces Darcy on defense where he started that day? Or is Zaine Cordy vulnerable? And will the Hounds play Keath, Cordy and Ryan Gardner as Matthew Taberner is unlikely to return from injury? Roarke Smith may come across as a fringe player, but he was influential against the Hawks — Smith received four votes from the coaches — and is sure to stay.

-Sam Landsberger

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