Footy Art: 2019 Potential Premiers?

Since 2016, when I first became interested in AFL footy I’ve taken up an idea inspired by the works of WEG and Mark Knight to annually design AFL premiership posters. Here, for the fourth year running now is the next batch.


The practice, as has previously been the case has been to do most of the artwork prior to the finals, but with no certainty on who the final teams will be it ultimately means doing a poster for each of the top eight (or those looking most likely to make the eight in the lead up). It also seems a shame to put the effort in and not show the whole lot of them off.


Here now though are all them done up in premiership glory, primed and ready for the big day should any of the eight potentials be lucky and skillful enough to make it. When the final siren sounds its last on grand final day yet another lucky mascot from below will join the collection I have already amassed (see here, or here) but who’ll be the lucky team?



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About Ben Kirkby

Ben moved to Melbourne at the start of 2016 from country NSW. Shortly after declaring his intent to live in Melbourne permanently, his uncle Sam suggested "If you're going to live here you've got to get along to the footy at some point". After seeing his first football match (Hawthorn vs Sydney, round 9 2016) Ben's interest in AFL took off in a way highly unexpected by both himself and his extended family. Ben's team alignment was uncertain for a time, seeing an interest taken primarily toward Hawthorn during much of the 2016 season, but during the finals series he declared his intent to follow the way of his cousins and uncle and become a Richmond Supporter, primarily on the grounds of them being the team he most wanted to see win, among a long list of other reasons. Needless to say the following year saw him very happy with his choice.


  1. John Butler says

    Nice work Ben.

    It should be noted, no editorial implications are to be read into the choice of team poster for the promos of this piece.

    We don’t know who is going to win, either.

  2. citrus bob says

    Ben happened to send me some copies of last year’s losers. They made great presents for so-called friends!

    Well done again Ben.
    Citrus Bob

  3. Ben The Artist says

    I can easily send this year’s lot along if its again of interest, Bob.

  4. Colin Ritchie says

    Great posters Ben! I do notice the Bomber one is at the top of the list, hope it’s a good omen!

  5. Superb job Ben. Should the Bombers come out on top, it surely will be a record under the current finals format. Please remember records are made to be broken. Just saying.

  6. Great artwork as always Ben, love the little subtleties, go Tigers!

  7. Mark Duffett says

    Yes, it’s the subtleties that make them. Nice work.

  8. Bogan hairdo on the Giant, missing teeth on the Magpie, a smugly self-satisfied wink on the Cat – superb.
    While we’re in the pre-finals lull, let me gratuitously express my delight at the posters that aren’t there in 2019:
    No Swan or Hawk – about time we saw these boring, over-exposed mobs have an early mark.
    No Crow or Power – love the existential crisis playing out in SA football at the moment.
    No Blue – I’m intrigued as to what you’ll come up with to depict a “Blue”, noting that they haven’t featured in any of the years you’ve been doing these posters. Sadly, I think we may find out in 2020.

  9. Stainless, everybody wants to “Stone the Crows”. Well, they deserve it after 2 years of dishing up rubbish. As for the Power, everyone, apart fro Port supporters will be delighted to see them continually miss the finals.

    I’m looking forward to watching the progress of the Lions and Geelong and West Coast in the finals

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