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Youngest lists in the game

The Brisbane Lions will line up with one of the youngest lists in the competition next season, following the release of Tuesday’s final list lodgement.

The past twelve months have seen the Lions move from the fifth youngest team with an average age of 23.35 years to the second youngest team at 24.43 years, behind the Gold Coast Suns.

Hawthorn boasts the most mature playing group next season as its average age of players climbs to 24.9 years.

Hawthorn’s game experience will complement the age of its list, with the club ranking first for average games played at 80.4.

Lions players will average 56.6 games, ahead of Essendon (55.4) and Gold Coast (50.2).

Sydney leads the charge with finals experience (6.1 finals games on average) followed by Hawthorn (6) and Geelong (5). 

The Lions average 1.4 games, ahead of Carlton (1.2), Essendon (1.1), St Kilda (0.96), Gold Coast (0.57). 

LIST AGE

CLUB (AVERAGE AGE AT START OF SEASON)
Hawthorn 24.90
Collingwood 24.80
Adelaide 24.76
Geelong 24.22
West Coast 24.14
Essendon 24.11
North Melbourne 24.09
Melbourne 23.99
Sydney 23.94
Greater Western Sydney 23.94
Richmond 23.92
St Kilda 23.90
Western Bulldogs 23.90
Port Adelaide 23.87
Fremantle 23.86
Carlton 23.55
Brisbane 23.43
Gold Coast 23.24

GAMES PLAYED

CLUB (AVERAGE GAMES PLAYED)
Hawthorn 80.4
Collingwood 78.9
Adelaide 71.4
Richmond 70
Geelong 69.6
Sydney 69.1
Port Adelaide 68.9
West Coast 68.5
North Melbourne 65.1
Greater Western Sydney 61.2
Melbourne 59
Western Bulldogs 58.9
Fremantle 58.3
St Kilda 56.7
Carlton 56.7
Brisbane 56.6
Essendon 55.4
Gold Coast 50.2

FINALS PLAYED

CLUB (AVERAGE FINALS PLAYED)
Sydney 6.1
Hawthorn 6
Geelong 5
West Coast 4.6
Collingwood 4.4
Adelaide 3.7
Greater Western Sydney 3.5
Richmond 3.4
Western Bulldogs 2.7
North Melbourne 2.5
Fremantle 2.4
Melbourne 2.3
Port Adelaide 1.8
Brisbane 1.4
Carlton 1.2
Essendon 1.1
St Kilda 0.96
Gold Coast 0.57

Statistics courtesy of Champion Data

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs