Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Caleb Daniel
- Tom Liberatore
- Jack Macrae
- Bailey Williams
2020 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Dominic Bedendo, Lachlan McNeil, Mitch Hannan, Stef Martin, Adam Treloar
Outs – Tory Dickson, Billy Gowers, Fergus Greene, Sam Lloyd, Brad Lynch, Callum Porter, Matt Suckling, Jackson Trengove, Lachie Young
Pretty good off season for the Dogs with gaining Treloar, keeping Dunkley and also finding some ruck support in Martin. After the last few seasons of underperformance the pressure was probably relieved slightly by making the finals last year despite minimal impact. They have a list that should be making an impact in the finals and it this season expectations should be raised.
The backline is probably their main area of weakness. I don’t buy Keath as a key position backman, I think he is more of a third tall. Cordy has reached his ability level and Crozier whilst having been solid since coming over lacks accountability. Daniel had a career best season and JJ showed signs of increased impact in games although he still seems to easily removed from games by being held accountable.
The midfield is freakishly strong this year. Adding Treloar to Bont, Hunter, Dunkley, Macrae and Libba gives any other team a lot to thing about. They have a good mix of size and pace as well as good foot skills. You could question the ability to work defensively as a possible weak spot but in all likelihood, they are going to need stopping more often than they will need to be the stoppers.
The forward line is interesting, I suspect JUH comes straight in and I think he could even have an impact pretty quickly as well. Partnering him with Naughton and you have a couple of handy young talls. Bruce attracting the third defender with Wallis, Smith and maybe Hannan crumbing looks like a very handy front half.
The ruck will be an interesting one with English only being 10-15 kilograms away from being a dominant presence, the recruitment of Stef Martin looks a very clever move and should support their strong midfield very well. I don’t know how top rate Beveridge, if he hadn’t won a premiership, I don’t know if they would still be backing him in, I think there are cracks appearing and this is an important year for him.
There were times last season when the Dogs looked the best team in the competition. The problem is that when you were ready to start believing, they would fail to turn up for extended periods. Their game plan looks stale and relies heavily on individuals dragging them over the line. This year they have traded in more talent and set themselves for a genuine shot and should be a top four team. I think somewhere from 3-5 for the Dogs.