Hi all, ChiefBet is back at it again for season 2019. Get commenting everyone!!!. 2.00 Venus Bay Losing Docherty again stings, but I still think the midfield is chock full of talent, they have two strong rucks and they actually have the depth to cover Doc somewhat. They were the best side last year in the H & A too. 4.00 Marble Bar The Premiers got stronger over the off season. Their best 15 is on par with Venus Bay, I just think players 15-20 are a tad behind the Vultures 4.00 Gundagai Grasshoppers The big movers from last season. Wow, what a midfield. It was imposing before getting Oliver. I actually think the Hoppers have 3 of the top 5 players in the competition this year. Their best 15 is the strongest on paper, I just worry about their depth at either end of the ground compared to Venus Bay and Marble Bar 6.00 Cradle Mountain Devils Another team with a deep midfield, and they have now built a solid front and back half to go with it. They are clearly in the premiership window now. Astute drafting too, taking all the players Foul Bay had their eye on. 7.00 Waikickamoocow Would have probably up in the top 2 or 3 of betting if it weren't for the injury to Tom Mitchell. If they can get Crouch and Hall back to their scoring best, they still might have enough fire power to trouble the top couple with that wicked young forward line they possess and rock solid defence. 8.00 Foul Bay Chooks Robbing Peter to pay Paul this year. CR has decided to throw all his midfielders into the forward line, giving him some weapons up there, but leaving him probably a midfielder or two short. The defence is even without being spectacular - but has started the year a bit underdone. Here's hoping their spiritual leader Libba can return to near his best. 10.00 Gariwerd Cockatoos This team is built for the now with, if I'm not mistaken, the oldest list in the competition. Plenty of experience and depth across all lines, I just think they might lack the second really big gun after Matt Crouch in the midfield to trouble the top couple of sides. 16.00 Iron Knob Losing Roberton is heartbreaking (no pun intended) for a team already a bit thin in defence. Apart from Macrae, their best players are basically 30+ years old. It should be enough to hold on to a spot in the eight, but the challengers are coming. At least Rhys Stanley looks like he might be a viable ruck option. 20.00 Birdsville Battlers and Lovely Banks Lilacs The Battlers might have the second best crop of under 25s in the comp after the Hoppers, but they are probably a midfielder or two and some class forward of centre short. The Lilacs have been building their team well over the last four seasons and this could be the year that they really challenge for their first finals appearance. Solid without being spectacular across all lines, the top sides can't afford to be off their game against the Lovelies this season. 22.00 Wagga Wagga and Mount Beauty Wagga could be my sleeper pick for the eight. While I don't know that I would have traded the crown jewel of Oliver for anyone not named Grundy or Gawn, Lenny must have been confident that his brigade of young midfielders was ready to take the next step up. I'm just not sure that 50c + 20c + 10c = $1.00. ChiefBet is always too big a fan of Mount Beauty, but not this year. I don't know how the hell they finished where they did with names like Gawn, Martin, Sidebottom and Cotchin and now they get Sam Walsh (and Zak Butters) to add to the mix. But I've finally worked them out. Their forward line is Christian Petracca...and that's it. Can't win playing 15 against 12. 25.00 Nowhere Else and Whitsundays Teams with similar profiles. Good depth across the park, particularly forward of centre. Both sides missing the out and out stars in the midfield (Coniglio is the exception to this). The Wanderers have three second string ruckman so could be playing half a man short. The Warriors have big Dawson who might find himself out of favour once Mummy returns and Rory Lobb who while he gives the side a heartbeat, might find himself forward more than coach Terry would like. 30.00 Charlie's Opening Have committed to the rebuild and I am really starting to like some of the talent they have assembled. I think they have 1/2 to 2/3 of a quality starting side at the moment so they aren't too far away. 35.00 Nareewillock Let's be honest. Coach Tassie Hawk inherited a train wreck that had been neglected for far too long and has done a remarkable job of turning over the list in such a short time. If he had a ruckman that was going to play this season, then the odds would be shorter. He can't even rely on Shaun Grigg like the Tigers sometimes do, as he is injured too. Without Nic Nat, his best player is still JPK and while he is one of my faves, his best looks to be behind him. Tommy Mac is one of my other faves and a good player to build a forward line around (even if I like his scoring better as a defender), but there are starting to be signs of life. 40.00 Wineglass Bay I just think they lack a lot of firepower in the midfield, the place where most of the scoring takes place. Losing their two best scorers does that to a side. It will be good to see the big Mummy back, even though it doesn't feel right to not have him in the Chooks colours. 45.00 Larrakin Lagoon I know the odds are harsher than they have ever been, but I actually think that this is the best that the side has looked since their back to back premierships. The midfield is finally starting to take some shape led by Angus Brayshaw. Izak Rankine's injury does make the forward line cupboard look a bit bare and they probably aren't going anywhere in a hurry until they get a ruckman who is better than NEAFL quality.