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Adelaide Crows

IF ...

you're winless and last on the ladder to this point of 2020 ...

THEN ...

there won't be a better chance of victory than a game against the 17th-placed team. Crows v Roos, who are on a six-match losing sequence, Saturday afternoon. An intriguing match-up.

Brisbane Lions

IF ...

you were asked to list the most important Lions on the 2020 list ...

THEN ...

Andrews, Neale, Cameron, McCluggage, Martin and Zorko would all be prominent. Mitch Robinson probably wouldn't be in the top dozen. And yet, pound for pound, and when giving off-field effect equal weight to on-field skill sets, he may be the No.1 most important. In owning his past mistakes at another club, has brilliantly transformed his own life, and has significantly shaped the extraordinary rebuild of this top-four bound club. A massive well done on reaching 200 matches.

Tough nut Lion Mitch Robinson. Picture: AFL Photos

Carlton

IF ...

the win against North Melbourne last week was better than most realised ... 

THEN ...

it won't matter anyway if the Blues fail against the Hawks on Friday night. In any given season, for a team wishing to have genuine impact, there are must-win games. For the Blues, round nine is one of those matches.

 Collingwood

IF ...

everyone in life, within reason, is deserving of a second chance ...

THEN ...

Steele Sidebottom is deserving of at least five when it comes to his time as a Magpie. Sure, he stuffed up big time. But who hasn't done something they regret? Back for Sunday's game against the Dockers. Would be staggered if he played as the stand-in skipper (for the injured Pendlebury), but would also be staggered if he's not among the best three afield.

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'I take full responsibility for my actions': Sidebottom says sorry

Collingwood star Steele Sidebottom apologises for his breach of COVID-19 protocols

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Essendon

IF ...

James Stewart hasn't been seen at the top level since round 11, 2018 and the 'big fella' Sam Draper not seen at all in four years on the list ...

THEN ...

the Bombers are embracing the possibilities of fairytales in this fairytale-required journey through 2020, with both to play against the Lions. Love the stories that have perseverance as the theme.

Fremantle

IF ...

the rounds five and six wins against the Crows and Saints were well deserved reward for a solid start to 2020 ... 

THEN ...

the rounds seven and eight losses to the Eagles and Cats were very ordinary. Need to be competitive, at the very least, against the Pies on Sunday.

Geelong Cats

IF ...

the Cats play their cards right from here ...

THEN ...

they'll be in a prelim final. It's that sort of season. Jenkins, who probably misses one more, maybe two, could yet be the wildcard.

Cats recruit Josh Jenkins. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

 Gold Coast Suns

IF ...

the Suns can stop Toby Greene ...

THEN ...

their match-up against the Giants will become very winnable.

GWS Giants

IF ...

Toby runs amok, again, as he did last round against Richmond ...

THEN ...

the Giants will be winning easily against the Suns.

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Five-goal Greene the difference in GF rematch

GWS star Toby Greene unstoppable in the air and in front of goal against Richmond

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Hawthorn

IF ...

Clarko took a moment to reflect on his offerings in Thursday's media conference ... 

THEN ...

he'd hear a man presenting excuse upon excuse upon excuse. Yeah, you won some matches late last season. Dead-rubber matches. Sure, you've had a few injuries this year. Every team has. And yep, we get it, you've been on the road. So too has everyone. Way out of his comfort zone, Clarko, and presenting so-called excuses is not the answer.

Melbourne

IF ...

I've kept believing in Goody's Dees ... 

THEN ...

'’m only just hanging on after Thursday night. They are brittle. Gawn and Petracca aside, too many let you down. It's all words. Crisis times seem near. Again.

North Melbourne

IF ...

playing his first game in the AFL back in 2013 was a virtual Mission Impossible for Majak Daw ... 

THEN ...

match No.51 this weekend may be his Everest. One of the all-time great AFL stories, this comeback.

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'It's test my character': Daw breaks silence on amazing return to the top

Majak Daw opens up after being selected to play his first AFL game since 2018

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Port Adelaide

IF ...

you're 18 years old, having five shots at goal in your third game, looking like you belong and talking like a seasoned pro on live TV post-match ...

THEN ...

can't see why Mitch Georgiades won't play a key role from here in Port's 2020 push for a second flag. Ridiculously composed, on and off the field. (Sidenote: dad John had kicked 15 goals after his first three games – eight, two and five – for the Bulldogs in 1989.)

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Georgiades grows in front of our eyes

Port fans will be full of excitement after highly-touted youngster Mitch Georgiades delivers a stunning performance

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Richmond

IF ...

one of the many qualities of all-time great sportspeople is to respond when their standing and status is challenged by rivals and questioned by commentators ... 

THEN ...

Dusty, not that he really needed to, has in his past two matches (Giants in round eight and Dogs in round nine) showed up both the desperate wannabes and the headline seekers.

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Martin mesmerises Metricon after outrageous outing

Dustin Martin turns on beast mode with an absolutely devastating display against the Dogs

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St Kilda

IF ...

the Saints should actually be top of the ladder with a 7-1 scoreline (led both the lowly North and Dockers respectively by five and six goals-plus before losing) ...

THEN ...

that's something that will play on their minds all season. As would a loss to Sydney on Saturday. If they are, indeed, finals bound in 2020, then no excuses on this one.

Sydney Swans

IF ...

I've been craving the next box-office drawcard ...

THEN ...

I've found him. Tom Papley. Knew he was very good before 2020, didn't realise he had the capacity to be outstanding. Really hope he continues to play in his - sometimes and appropriately arrogant - way. Please don't curtail him, Horse. Let him loose! Walters still my favourite movie star, Toby a very close second, this guy closing hard.

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Sydney goalkicking sensation lights it up again

Tom Papley has been in scintillating form for the Swans and he ran amok against Hawthorn

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West Coast Eagles

IF ...

it took him seven, maybe eight, matches to properly find his best form ... 

THEN ...

look out from here. Tim Kelly now ready to roll.

Star Eagles Tim Kelly in action against the Magpies. Picture: AFL Photos

Western Bulldogs

IF ...

the Dogs' best – including wins against GWS, Essendon and Gold Coast – appears top-four worthy ... 

THEN ...

their worst – losses to Collingwood (52 points), St Kilda (39), Carlton (52) and Richmond (41) – is bottom-six woeful. Identity crisis looming.

AND THIS ONE'S FOR THE AFL

IF ...

you're an AFL player in 2020 ...

THEN ...

it's OK to recklessly throw an elbow into the neck of an opponent. You won't even miss a game. The AFL Tribunal approved such actions this week, with the Hawkins decision. Thanks, Tribunal, for yet again throwing a stupidly mixed message into the otherwise strong messaging of 2020 on what is, and isn't, allowed on head-contact matters. Time to get rid of the Tribunal. It's run its race.

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Tomahawk strikes, but is he in MRO strife?

Tom Hawkins kicks his second goal after an incident with Luke Ryan

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