Melbourne season guide: All you need to know

Club: Melbourne

Coach: Mick Stinear

2019 captain: Elise O'Dea and Shelley Scott

2019 best and fairest: Karen Paxman

Karen Paxman gets a handball away. Picture: Getty Images

2019 in a nutshell: The Demons finished with four wins and three losses and finished one spot off the bottom in Conference A, even though their record was level with top-placed Carlton in Conference B and with a better percentage. The four-point loss to Fremantle in round one ended up being the loss that cost the Dees a finals spot.

New players: Libby Birch, Maddy Brancatisano, Gabrielle Colvin, Jacqueline Parry, Krstel Petrevski, Cat Phillips, Brenna Tarrant

Notable departures: Ashley Guest, Jordann Hickey, Brooke Patterson, Talia Radan, Ashleigh Woodland

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Inactive players: Nil

2020 opponents: North Melbourne (h), Western Bulldogs (a), St Kilda (a), Collingwood (a), West Coast (h), Carlton (h), Fremantle (a) and Gold Coast (h)

Circle it: Libby Birch goes back to VU Whitten Oval in round two to face her old side the Bulldogs in what looms as a classic grudge match.

FULL FIXTURE Every round, every game

Player to watch: Aliesha Newman is one of the most exciting players to watch. She's capable of incredible dashing goals that no one else in the competition can match.

Best Rising Star chance: Tyla Hanks

2020 prediction: With games against three expansion teams and one against the rebuilding Bulldogs, the Demons have a draw that's fairly favourable. Fremantle away will be a tough game, but Melbourne should come in to every game with the mentality that it can win. The Demons can be a finals contender.

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