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One of the youngest lists in the game

Nathan Schmook, AFL Media  November 30, 2017 3:18 PM

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The Brisbane Lions are considered as one of the youngest lists in the game, ranked fifth youngest behind Gold Coast, Carlton, Richmond and North Melbourne. 

The average age of a Lions player is 23-years-old with only 9 players having reached the 100 game milestone so far.

As the team heads into 2018, there will be 11 Lions hopefuls waiting to make their debut.

Clubs ranked from oldest average age to youngest

 RANKING  CLUB AVERAGE AGE (YEARS, DAYS)
1. ADEL Adelaide 24 192
2. HAW Hawthorn  24  179 
3. GEEL Geelong 24  95 
4. COLL Collingwood 24  92 
5. PORT Port Adelaide  24  50 
6. SYD Sydney 23  343 
7. MELB Melbourne  23 335 
8. FRE Fremantle  23  292 
9. WCE West Coast 23  282 
10. WB Western Bulldogs  23  259 
11. GWS Greater Western Sydney  23  253 
12. STK St Kilda  23  201 
13. ESS Essendon  23  179 
14. BL Brisbane Lions  23 128 
15. NMFC North Melbourne  23  117 
16. RICH Richmond  23  93 
17. CARL Carlton  23  77 
18. GCFC Gold Coast 23  22 

Interestingly, reigning Premiers Richmond Tigers are the third youngest list ahead of the 2018 season.  

After entering 2017 having played 65 finals collectively – compared to Hawthorn's 313 and Sydney's 267 – last year's premiership run has given the Tigers 114 games of September experience.

Gold Coast is the least experienced team in finals, with captain Gary Ablett taking his 17 games of September experience with him to Geelong and dropping the Suns' total to 31.

St Kilda (32) and Melbourne (44) are also very green when it comes to playing finals and both will be expecting to add experience in 2018.

Only six clubs have fewer than 100 games finals experience, with Carlton (56), Essendon (63) and the Brisbane Lions (65) the others.

Three clubs will go into next season with five 200-game players – Geelong, Port Adelaide and Sydney – while St Kilda will have none after the retirements of Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna and Sean Dempster.

West Coast has the most players on its list yet to debut with 16 after adding six players through the national draft and three new rookies. 

Summary of 2018 AFL club lists

 CLUB AVERAGE AGE (YEARS, DAYS) AVERAGE GAMES FINALS 100+ GAMES YET TO DEBUT FROM OTHER AFL CLUBS
ADEL Adelaide 24 192 68 165 14 13  8
BL Brisbane Lions 23 128 54 65  11 11
CARL Carlton 23 77 56 56 7 8 17
COLL Collingwood 24 92 70 116 13 12
ESS Essendon 23 179 58 63 9 9 10
FRE Fremantle 23 292 63 144 13 12 9
GEEL Geelong 24 95 65 209 13  12 9
GCFC Gold Coast  23 22 60 31 7 9 9
GWS Greater Western Sydney 23 253 64 143 10 11 11
HAW Hawthorn 24 179 74 265 17 9 10
MELB Melbourne 23 335 57 44 8 9 11
NMFC North Melbourne 23 117  52 107 10 11 7
PORT Port Adelaide 24 50 73 109 17 10 13
RICH Richmond 23 93 62 114 11  8 8
STK St Kilda 23 201 53 32 10 10  12 
SYD Sydney  23 343  66 303 11 12 4
WCE West Coast 23 282 64 169 15 16 7
WB Western Bulldogs 23 259 56 129 9 7 6
AVERAGE 23 278 62 126 11 10 10

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