I was also looking forward that game. But I choked in PM proportions. After my one-month layoff to save money, I forgot to re-load my card, so I can´t re-subscribe the monthly AFL pass this week. Now I hope if I prolong next week, that it includes the finals and GF. Then the mess-up would turn into something good by pure stupidity.
WCE-Hawks: I think WCE are the only team that could go on a daily basis up there with the Hawks. They would not need a special day like Essendon or Richmond had this season.
I think reason is: Their ruckman is one of the best (Nic Naitanu). Besides doing the usual win-them-hit-outs > thus lots of clearences for WCE > advantage Ins50s; he is good at doing the other parts too (kicking, marks).
As I said earlier, those guys shall be payed among the highest salaries... Could be wrong in details, but that is the way so far I crasped the game this year.
Btw, teams that underspend on the cap the past two seasons, are allowed to spend more next year.http://www.afl.com.au/news/2015-08-07/clubs-set-to-spend-up-big-under-new-tpp-system
That is another great news for the WB. They were next to last in 2014. The near future is bright, the further away even brighter.
Salaries per team/player: (2014/USD)
1 Sydney Swans 270,681 (Guess Franklin has a lot to do with it)
2 Geelong 255,697
3 Greater Western Sydney 249,050
4 Fremantle 246,563
5 Hawthorn 241,306
6 North Melbourne 240,947
7 West Coast Eagles 238,938
8 Essendon 237,292
9 Carlton 235,921
10 Richmond 235,331
11 Melbourne 232,524
12 Collingwood 232,234
13 Adelaide Crows 231,302
14 Port Adelaide 229,716
15 Gold Coast 228,414
16 Brisbane Lions 227,793
17 Western Bulldogs 226,908
18 St Kilda 214,965 (wooden spooner here too)