Lauries won 2nd XV and finished second in 16As last season. Coaches deserve to see how they can go with some talent.
Iona, with a stack of players from this year's undefeated u15 side will be the dark horse. Look out for a big front row out Wynnum way for the next 2 years with inside backs that will be the best in the comp.
Villa, with their Ben Mowen Squad initiative, will be the big improver across all A teams. They will be very fit and skilled.
Padua will fall away dramatically next year after three strong seasons and 2 consecutive premierships.
Eddies are going to try hard but not have the depth. Again.
St Patrick's will be very competitive but won't get consistency until 18/19 seasons.
St.Peters will be good again. Don't underestimate again.
If Ashgrove can stay fit, and have more creativity outside of their 10, they will be hard to beat. It's been a long time between premierships and that always comes with additional pressures that haven't been overcome in recent seasons.
Happy off season AIC.