998, the draw makes it very difficult for all the Vics to go top 6, but on ability it's possible. Nunawading is the big question mark, as no one really knows what they'll look like with the addition of one of the best players in the country, but they will struggle to guard people without the zone.
I agree about NSW and SA being well below par this year. I think SA people are flatly overrating Centrals. The guard is very impressive but the big is just big. It's a tough tournament with no depth, too.
I disagree about the WA sides in the boys. I think they're in for a good year, with two teams likely to crack the top 12. The problem with the u14 format though is that the draw is really hit or miss. The pool last year with 4 State Champions (NSW, Qld, SA and WA) was a bit ridiculous.