";s:4:"text";s:3811:"Hawthorn's next premiership would not come until 17 years later, when it defeated the 2008 season's most dominant team, Geelong, in the Grand Final. Adelaide’s list will be the oldest in the competition in 2018. This list only includes home-and-away matches and finals; representative games (i.e.
You must provide an email address to create a Roar account(Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)We already know about five signings that will be made official when that window opens – Shane Mumford to GWS, Zac Clarke to Essendon, Maverick Weller to Richmond, Corey Wagner to Melbourne and Keegan Brooksby to West Coast.Anyone can contribute to The Roar and have their work featured alongside some of Australia’s most prominent sports journalists.When using Facebook to create or log in to an account, you need to grant The Roar permission to see your email addressRichmond and St Kilda are the other sides to make a notable move upwards, the Tigers thanks to acquiring Tom J Lynch and Maverick Weller, St Kilda with some thanks to bringing in Dan Hannebery and Dean Kent but also taking four mature players at the draft.While the Suns were able to stay relatively close to the pack in terms of average age by bringing in a number of mature recruits, the inexperienced nature of these recruits (being largely the unwanted state-league toilers of rival clubs) has seen them drop to more than six games behind 17th-ranked Carlton in terms of average experience.To see Hawthorn and Collingwood in the top three for age last year was something of a surprise coming off a 2017 where neither made finals, but top-four ladder finishes for both in 2018 has seen them stay the course and become the two oldest lists in the competition. None is in the top eight for experience.The gap between 11 to 4 represents only 0.38 of a year, a smaller difference than comparatively exists between the Eagles in fourth and Adelaide in third (who are +0.44 on West Coast).North Melbourne are the biggest movers on this table again for the same reasons that they were on the age table, and the same goes for the movements made by Richmond and St Kilda upwards and Port Adelaide and Fremantle downwards.It should be noted here that it’s still possible for AFL clubs to recruit new players before the 2019 season via a new mechanism that allows clubs to sign formerly AFL-listed players as rookies if they have a spot open starting from December 1.Collingwood come in just behind the Hawks at No.2 just as they do on the age rankings, but there’s a significant gap – more than six games on average – between them and the next-ranked team in Adelaide.It should also be noted that, although they’re now one of the five youngest lists in the competition, Port Adelaide are still in the top eight for experience – something that could form the basis for a better-than-expected season in 2019.Although not technically listed yet these rankings have been calculated to include these players on their new lists and will be retroactively updated if any additional signings are made.The decision to proactively hunt mature talent during the trade period was bound to keep the Hawks at the top end of this table, especially when they were willing to sacrifice promising young talent like Ryan Burton to get deals done.Hawthorn were already the AFL’s most experienced list in 2018 and will wear the crown for another year in 2019.Much of the reason for this move up the table is that the Eagles have recruited two mature ruck options in Tom Hickey and Keegan Brooksby to help cover for the temporary loss of Nic Naitanui and the permanent loss of Scott Lycett.Of course, this is another movement that looks larger than it is because of how tight this section of the table is.