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AFL 2017 Media - Adelaide Crows Press Conference 191017

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 19: New Crows recruits Bryce Gibbs and Sam Gibson (right) pose for a photograph during an Adelaide Crows press conference at the Nixon Hotel on October 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Adelaide has backed experience in its quest to atone for this year's Grand Final defeat, assembling what will be the oldest list in the competition in 2018.

The Crows had the seventh oldest group in 2017 but have rocketed to the top through the recruitment of midfielders Sam Gibson, 31, and Bryce Gibbs, 28, and two mature-age rookies.

It has lifted their average age as of round one next season to 24 years and 192 days, ahead of Hawthorn (24 and 179), Collingwood (24 and 98), Geelong (24 and 95) and Greater Western Sydney (24 and 16).

The Crows have a League average of three players over 30, but they lead the competition for players aged 25-29, with 19 (equal with Geelong).

Hawthorn has the Crows covered for average games experience, with 74, also leading the competition for average goals (59) and players with 100-199 games played (14).

Premiers Richmond are sitting in a strong list position after investing in the NAB AFL Draft rather than reloading with experience for 2018. 

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 

Only five clubs – the Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Gold Coast, North Melbourne and St Kilda – have younger lists than the Tigers, with ruckman Shaun Hampson the only player who will enter the season aged 30 or older.

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. 

First-year players Daniel Venables, Josh Rotham, Willie Rioli and Jake Waterman, second-year tall forward Matthew Allen, and category-B rookies Tarir Bayok and Francis Watson didn't play in 2017. 

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