Sarah Black's crystal ball: Premier, B&F, best recruit, big call, more

WE'VE made it to the fifth season of the NAB AFLW competition, and it's been a long, long 10 months without top-flight women's footy.

Given the cancellation to the end of the 2020 season left us without a premier, 13 teams are absolutely raring to finally knock the crown off Adelaide's head.

The beginning of any season brings the annual predictions. Here are Sarah Black's big calls.

AFLW. This is Us.

00:30 Jan 21. 2021. 12:34 PM

Get your voices ready to go!

Premier: Carlton
Runner-up: Fremantle
Wooden spoon: West Coast
Moving up: Adelaide
Set to fall: GWS
AFLW best and fairest: Jasmine Garner (North Melbourne)
Leading goalkicker: Erin Phillips (Adelaide)
Recruit of the year: Elise O'Dea (Melbourne to Carlton)
Headline you'll see: Sweet, sweet victory as Tigers finally notch their first win
Headline you won't see: Fremantle lose first game at home since round five, 2018
Big call: The athletic Brisbane draftees – Courtney Hodder, Zimmie Farquharson, Indy Tahau and Ruby Svarc – to catch a top-four team on the hop in 2021
Game-changer: Hubs. Teams forced on the move due to COVID restrictions will go one of two ways – form a close bond which will translate to on-field success, or struggle badly after being on the road for so long.