Sport AFL What your AFL team did right and wrong in 2017

What your AFL team did right and wrong in 2017

The Adelaide Crows finished the year on top of the ladder. Photo: Getty
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What a great home-and-away footy season we have seen.

The AFL will be very pleased – plenty of games were close and the re-emergence of Richmond has everyone excited for the finals.

The Tigers are an enormous addition to September but for 10 other clubs, things have ended too early.

Here’s what I have been impressed by – and not enjoyed so much – at your club so far in 2017.

Adelaide (ladder position: 1st)
✅  Attacking game style
✅  The Crouch brothers (Dangerfield who?!)
✅  Don Pyke’s ability to get the most out of his players
❌  Going into the finals on the back of two losses

Geelong (2nd)
Development of the club’s second-tier players
✅  Superb home form once again
✅  Ability to win without Dangerfield and Selwood
❌  MCG form (won three, lost two) was not convincing

Richmond (3rd)
✅  Dustin Martin’s superb season
✅  Damien Hardwick’s game plan change
✅  Only one side (West Coast) has been in front for longer during matches in 2017
❌  Lack of second genuine key forward

Greater Western Sydney (4th)
The way they run in waves with the ball
✅  How Josh Kelly has handled discussion on his future
❌  A few older players battling (Heath Shaw, Steve Johnson and even Shane Mumford)
❌  Unsure they can stand up when it counts

Port Adelaide (5th)
✅  Paddy Ryder’s ruck work − it is outstanding
✅  Ability to kick big scores
❌  Record against the top sides
❌  Average losing margin of over five goals

Sydney (6th)
✅  The stunning recovery from 0-6
✅  John Longmire recognising he needed to change things
✅  Lance Franklin’s season (now level with Tony Lockett on four Coleman Medals)
❌  Hard to find a negative … the slow start?

Lance Franklin kicked 10 goals against Carlton on Saturday. Photo: Getty

Essendon (7th)
✅  Fightback after tough 2016
✅  The simplistic approach John Worsfold has implemented
✅  Zach Merrett’s continued success
❌  Lack of outside speed hurts them at times

West Coast (8th)
✅  Josh Kennedy (his 65 goals came from just 17 games)
✅  Ability to deliver when it counted against the Crows
❌  Fade-outs in games were a worrying trend
❌  Interstate win-loss record of 3-7

Melbourne (9th)
✅  Improved again in 2017
✅  Clayton Oliver − so impressive for a second-year player
❌  A last-round defeat Demons fans will never forget
❌  Ill-discipline and silly suspensions cost them regularly

Western Bulldogs (10th)
✅  Marcus Bontempelli − even in a tough year his star shone
✅  Bailey Dale looks a very handy find
❌  Celebrated that premiership for too long in my book
❌  Defence looked a mess at times. Joel Hamling a huge loss

St Kilda (11th)
✅  Seb Ross announcing himself as an excellent player
✅  How Nick Riewoldt’s farewell was handled
❌  Had the talent to make finals but didn’t deliver
❌  Don’t like their slow, predictable style of play

Hawthorn (12th)
✅  The recruitment of Tom Mitchell − he will finish top three in the Brownlow
✅  Alastair Clarkson’s risks (trying Gunston, Sicily, Burton etc back)
❌  Never won more than two in a row, lacked consistency
❌  Got thrashed in a few ‘un-Hawthorn-like’ performances

Tom Mitchell had the most disposals of any player in 2017. Photo: Getty

Collingwood (13th)
✅  Taylor Adams − I enjoy his work
✅  Will Hoskin-Elliott looks a shrewd pick-up. Very handy player
❌  Hate their style of play − they don’t give their forwards a chance
❌  Lack flair across the board

Fremantle (14th)
✅  Easy to forget but they did start pretty well
✅  They got games into plenty of their kids
❌  100-point loss was a really disappointing way to leave Subiaco
❌  More tough years to come

North Melbourne (15th)
✅  Ben Brown has emerged as an A-grade forward
✅  Luke McDonald will be a deserving B&F winner
❌  They’ve won just nine of their last 36
❌  No Rising Star nominations despite plenty of kids playing

Carlton (16th)
✅  The talent is obvious − five Rising Star nominations says it all
✅  Finally beat Hawthorn
❌  Didn’t kick over 100 points once and were worst attacking side
❌  Won fewer games than they did last year

Gold Coast (17th)
✅  Tom Lynch’s 44 goals is a good haul in a struggling side
❌  Finished the season in disgraceful fashion
❌  In-out-in-out saga with Gary Ablett’s selection looked bad from afar
❌  Some serious work needed at all levels of the club

Brisbane Lions (18th)
✅  The positivity around the club despite just five wins
✅  Eric Hipwood’s obvious talent
❌  The wooden spoon
❌  Still going to be hard to attract players

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