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ESPN's AFLW predictions for season seven: Can Lions, Demons live up to the hype?

With just 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 home and away season.


Sarah Burt

Premier: Brisbane
Runner-up: Port Adelaide
Biggest riser: Richmond
Biggest slider: North Melbourne
Wooden Spoon: Hawthorn
Best & Fairest: Ash Riddell
Leading Goalkicker: Cora Staunton
Rising Star: Emilia Yassir
BIG call for the year: Collingwood will not play finals in season seven.

Marissa Lordanic

Premier: Brisbane
Runner-up: Melbourne
Biggest riser: Western Bulldogs
Biggest slider: Fremantle
Wooden Spoon: Sydney
Best & Fairest: Anne Hatchard
Leading Goalkicker: Katie Brennan
Rising Star: Montana Ham
BIG call for the year: The four expansion sides won't make up the bottom four places on the ladder.

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Jesse Robinson

Premier: Brisbane
Runner-up: Melbourne
Biggest riser: Geelong
Biggest slider: Carlton
Wooden Spoon: Hawthorn
Best & Fairest: Ash Riddell and Monique Conti
Leading Goalkicker: Kate Hore
Rising Star: Ella Roberts
BIG call for the year: Nick Dal Santo and Daniel Harford both lose their jobs in the first half of the season.

Jarryd Barca

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Brisbane
Biggest riser: Richmond
Biggest slider: Carlton
Wooden Spoon: Hawthorn
Best & Fairest: Monique Conti
Leading Goalkicker: Katie Brennan
Rising Star: Montana Ham
BIG call for the year: Decorated midfielder Georgia Patrikios picks up where she left off after sitting out season six, winning St Kilda's best and fairest award and finishing top three in the league.

Matt Walsh

Premier: Melbourne
Runner-up: Collingwood
Biggest riser: Essendon
Biggest slider: Carlton
Wooden Spoon: Hawthorn
Best & Fairest: Anne Hatchard
Leading Goalkicker: Tayla Harris
Rising Star: Montana Ham
BIG call for the year: The AFL and AFLW come around to the idea that playing 18 teams but only 10 rounds is inadequate and compromises the integrity of the competition, and announce a full, 17-round season for 2023.


Results:

Premier: Brisbane (3), Melbourne (2)

Runner-up: Melbourne (2), Brisbane (1), Collingwood (1), Port Adelaide (1)

Biggest riser: Richmond (2), Western Bulldogs (1), Geelong (1), Essendon (1)

Biggest slider: Carlton (3), Fremantle (1), North Melbourne (1)

Wooden Spoon: Hawthorn (4), Sydney (1)

Best & Fairest winner: Anne Hatchard (2), Monique Conti (2), Ash Riddell (2)

Leading Goalkicker: Katie Brennan (2), Tayla Harris (1), Kate Hore (1), Cora Staunton (1)

Rising Star: Montana Ham (3), Ella Roberts (1), Emilia Yassir (1)