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Sport AFL 2020 review: Every club's pass mark for this season revisited

09:10  21 october  2020
09:10  21 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Here' s the minimum your AFL club needs to achieve in 2020 for the season to be considered a success. So what will be considered a success for your club in 2020 ? We've given each club a pass mark for the upcoming season , now bear in mind, just like at school, not everyone will make the grade.

With the 2020 AFL Season almost upon us, Jesse takes a look at each club in the league and identifies one thing they should be excited about this preseason.

With just one game to go in the most incredible of AFL seasons, it's time to take a look in the rear-view mirror.

Prior to the start of the season, we came up with a pass mark for every team.

Since then, there's been a coronavirus-enforced competition shutdown, upsets, beltings, heartbreak, injuries and a whole lot more.

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But, which clubs achieved their pass mark and which ones didn't make the grade?

Note: Win targets have been adjusted to reflect the shortened season.

Adelaide

Our pre-season pass mark: Finish top 10

Uh, about that.

It was a tough season for the Crows and at one point they looked like they might not win a game.

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The league has taken a cautious approach in the weeks since, refraining from setting ambitious targets and moving ahead of the wider government advice, even For the AFL , this has spelled problems. The league has made a priority of ensuring equality for every club , which has meant it has only allowed

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New coach Matthew Nicks eventually tasted victory for the first time in round 15, stringing together three straights wins to salvage something from the year.

Was our original pass mark too high? Probably.

Were Adelaide particularly bad for most of the season? Definitely.

Brisbane

Our pre-season pass mark: Make the preliminary final

While it will bring them little solace as they watch the grand final this weekend, the Lions get a pass from us for season 2020.

Brisbane looked the goods the whole year and when the competition headed north due to Victoria's COVID-19 situation, it seemed like it might all fall into place for them.

Chris Fagan's side will be bitterly disappointed with their defeat at the hands of Geelong, but when the dust settles, that they continued their upward trajectory will be pleasing.

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With most of their list still having plenty of good footy in front of them, 2021 could easily see them go one week deeper.

Carlton

Our pre-season pass mark: Win seven games

Bang on.

Carlton finished with a record of 7-10, which you'd have to be pretty happy with if you're a Blues fan.

Importantly, they showed some steel to close out a few tight games they might have dropped in recent years.

They look to be the big players in the trade window, with Zac Williams and Adam Saad among the expected arrivals, placing plenty of pressure on them to return to the finals next season.

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Collingwood

Our pre-season pass mark: Finish top four

Hot and cold Pies.

Collingwood simply weren't consistent enough this season, finishing eighth, with nine wins and a draw.

They weren't without excuses and were hit hard by injuries at various points, but ultimately they left themselves too much to do.

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A rousing, against-the-odds win over West Coast in the elimination final was followed by a 68-point demolition at the hands of Geelong the following week summed up their season pretty damn well.

Essendon

Our pre-season pass mark: Win a final

Sorry, Bombers fans, but it's another year without finals win.

Is it any consolation that they didn't make the top eight and therefore weren't given the chance to lose a final? We didn't think so.

And it's not like there wasn't cause for optimism - they won four of their first five games, before only winning one more for the rest of the season.

Clearly, there are issues at Tullamarine, Saad and Joe Daniher's trade requests the latest signs that all is not well.

Ben Rutten, emerging from the sloppy coaching handover with John Worsfold, has a big job on his hands to turn things around.

Fremantle

Our pre-season pass mark: Top 12

Spot on.

Of the teams that missed the eight, the Dockers would be just about the most optimistic about the future.

Rising Star Caleb Serong joined a young midfield group featuring Andrew Brayshaw and Adam Cerra that looks like being a force for a long time.

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The seasons of Matt Taberner and Luke Ryan, among others, will be particularly pleasing

Geelong

Our pre-season pass mark: Make a preliminary final

The Cats have gone one better.

Geelong comfortably handled Brisbane at the Gabba to qualify for the grand final, giving Gary Ablett the chance at a fairytale ending to his career.

While he's got bigger fish to fry at the moment, Chris Scott getting the monkey off the back by breaking a streak of four preliminary final losses would have to feel good.

Gold Coast

Our pre-season pass mark: Six wins (and extend number one pick Matt Rowell's contract)

Sorry, five wins and a draw doesn't count.

The Suns do get half a tick though, not only securing Matt Rowell, but wrapping up a host of other talented youngsters.

Gold Coast now looks like a club players want to stay at and that should continue to be reflected on the field.

When setting the pre-season pass mark, we knew Rowell would be a star, but we didn't foresee nine Brownlow votes in four games before a shoulder injury sadly ended his season.

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Greater Western Sydney

Our pre-season pass mark: Finish top four (and reduce injury list)

They sort of got one right, managing to keep most of their players on the park this season, but it wasn't reflected on the ladder.

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Too many Giants had down years and it looked as if hub life didn't agree with them.

Despite having a stacked side, GWS were far too inconsistent, delivering up some limp efforts towards the end of the season, even with the carrot of finals dangled in front of them.

Arguably the biggest fall of the season relative to the strength of their list.

Hawthorn

Our pre-season pass mark: 50% win rate

Time appeared to finally catch up with Alastair Clarkson's side as they fell to a 5-12 record.

Another team who clearly didn't enjoy life on the road and at times looked a team seriously lacking in some new blood.

The Hawks may finally have to reinvigorate their list with youth rather than rebuilding on the run as they have done so successfully.

Does Clarko have another tilt in him?

Melbourne

Our pre-season pass mark: Qualify for the finals

Ouch. It was right there for the Demons, but they faltered in the final month to again narrowly miss the top eight.

Melbourne's 9-8 record saw them miss the finals by half a game, but questions again have to be asked of a club that promised so much just two years ago.

Addressing their issues with forward structure and ball movement will no doubt be high priorities over pre-season.

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North Melbourne

Our pre-season pass mark: Nine wins

Big yikes on this one.

The Roos missed the spoon on percentage, winning just three games for the year.

Drama behind the scenes obviously played a part, but the drastic list overhaul and staff restructure following the end of their season points to a club in turmoil.

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If you're a North fan, you might want to manage your expectations for the next few seasons, we certainly would be.

Port Adelaide

Our pre-season pass mark: Finish in the top eight

In a canter. While they couldn't quite overcome Richmond in the prelim, Port Adelaide were this season's big improvers.

Ken Hinkley's side lost just three games all season to claim the minor premiership, a significant achievement regardless of the heartbreaking finals exit.

Port's talented crop of youngsters took a massive step in 2020, while Charlie Dixon became the consistent powerhouse they hoped for when they recruited him.

Expect them to be right among it again next season.

Richmond

Our pre-season pass mark: Qualify for the grand final

Tick. The Tiger train just keeps on rolling.

They've had their fair share of excuses and distractions in 2020 but consistently deliver on the field.

No other team in the competition is more intimidating to come up against, particularly in a final.

Damien Hardwick's side have the opportunity to claim a fourth flag in three years when they take on Geelong on Saturday night, sealing one of modern footy's great dynasties.

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St Kilda

Our pre-season pass mark: Nine wins

With 10 wins and even a finals victory, the Saints more than made the grade in 2020.

The main question was going to be how their off-season recruits performed and they well and truly answered it.

Brad Hill, Dougal Howard, Zak Jones, Paddy Ryder and Dan Butler all more than justified the work St Kilda did to bring them to the club, though it was Jack Steele who emerged as a genuine A-grader this season.

Their gutsy win over the Bulldogs in the elimination final should give them a boost going into 2021.

Sydney

Our pre-season pass mark: Seven wins

The Swans didn't quite hit their mark, finishing with a record of 5-12.

They weren't without excuses, dealing with some long-term injuries throughout the year, in particular to Lance Franklin (0 games), Sam Naismith (2) and Isaac Heeney (6).

Despite the 16th-placed finish, it wasn't a total disaster for Sydney, with some of their younger players taking big steps.

It wouldn't be unreasonable to view 2020 as the bottom of their bounce and expect an improved ladder position next year.

West Coast

Our pre-season pass mark: Top four

The Eagles just missed the top four on percentage but their elimination final exit meant the season finished on a sour note.

After a slow start following the coronavirus shutdown, West Coast got rolling, winning eight straight to remind everyone of their premiership credentials.

They were another team impacted by injuries to key players at a crucial time of the season and they will ue dropping some games they should have won.

Western Bulldogs

Our pre-season pass mark: Win a final

The Bulldogs elimination final meeting with St Kilda looked a tough one to pick on paper and, unfortunately for Luke Beveridge's side, they fell short on the night.

After a return to the finals in 2019, it was important the Dogs consolidated their position this season, which they managed to do thanks to a strong finish to the year.

Most of their key players still have a lot of good footy in front of them, while they have an impressive band of youngsters who should hold them in good stead.

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