EVERY year, people make resolutions to live their lives just a little bit better, and footy clubs are no different.
With round one of the NAB AFLW season kicking off on February 7, what will your team be hoping for in 2020?
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No more walking under ladders holding a black cat while breaking a mirror. After five ACL injuries in the space of 12 months – including to co-captains Erin Phillips and Chelsea Randall – the Crows desperately need a break on the injury front.
Player retention. It's now been two horror off-seasons for the Lions, losing five players to other clubs in 2018 and 11 in 2019 (eight of whom went to Gold Coast as part of the expansion rules). Having lost the likes of Kaitlyn Ashmore, Sam Virgo, Britt Gibson, Tahlia Randall, Jamie Stanton, Nat Exon and Leah Kaslar (all first-choice players in any team), Brisbane can ill-afford another exodus.
Don't put too much pressure on young utility Lucy McEvoy, who was taken with pick No.2 in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft. With captain Bri Davey having moved to Collingwood, McEvoy looks a fitting replacement – in the long-term. Although fairly unflappable by nature, the 18-year-old will need time to find her feet in senior footy.
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It's pretty simple for the Magpies – to win a match before round four. The notoriously slow starters are yet to sing their song in the first three rounds after three seasons in the competition. New coach Steve Symonds is keen to address the issue.
The ruck and backline looks a little shaky, but when the Dockers get it out of the middle, they need to blow sides off the park. A forward line of Gemma Houghton, Ebony Antonio, Sabreena Duffy and lively recruit Roxy Roux should pile on the goals, and percentage is vital in the conference-based system.
Goals, goals and more goals. The Cats were the lowest-scoring side in 2019, averaging just 20.1 points across their eight games. Mia-Rae Clifford, who top-scored with six goals, is now at Fremantle. A fully fit Phoebe McWilliams will help, as will full seasons from midfielders Richelle Cranston and Nina Morrison.
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Making a name for themselves as a premier women's team in a tricky Queensland market. The Suns have invested heavily into their female footy program over the last few years in the lead-up to their entry to the AFLW, and some solid wins and exciting performances can help capitalise on their grassroots work.
Greater Western Sydney
To flatten down that rollercoaster. The Giants were very poor and inexperienced in 2017, shot up the ladder in 2018 and nearly qualified for the Grand Final, but once again didn't make it out of first gear in 2019. With new skipper Alicia Eva at the helm, can the Giants find some consistency?
Qualify for finals at last. The Demons have fallen short in all three seasons, heading into the final round with a chance to extend their season but results have not fallen their way. Often regarded as having the most consistent list in the competition, will the fourth time be the charm?
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No late-season fade-outs. The Roos were the talk of the town in their opening month of AFLW in 2019, steamrolling sides and showing impressive cohesion for a new team. They were bitterly disappointed in dropping games to Adelaide and Fremantle and missing out on finals.
Pack out Ikon Park in the club's inaugural AFLW game in round one, causing another lockout after Carlton and Collingwood did the same in round one, 2017. The Tiger Army is hungry for more success, and while the depth under top-liners Katie Brennan and Monique Conti looks shaky, strong support will boost confidence.
Confirming themselves as the best of the new sides. The Saints are looming as a dark horse of the 2020 season, with people within the AFLW industry impressed with the balance built across the ground within the new squad. Peta Searle is incredibly experienced, especially with women's footy, and will have a few tricks up her sleeve.
To win the first Western Derby. What better way to announce yourself to the competition (and to the state of Western Australia) than by defeating your arch rivals at Optus Stadium? Thirteen Eagles have formerly worn the purple, adding some extra spice to the match.
It's pretty difficult to replace two of the premier players in the competition in Richmond-bound Katie Brennan and Monique Conti, but the Bulldogs will be more eager to successfully integrate their eight young pups. List manager Mick Sandry went very young at the draft and in the subsequent free agency period, with all new recruits born in 2001. For a list of just 30, it's a bold tactic.