AS THE clock ticks up to midnight on December 31, what should your coach be vowing to change in 2019?
We asked for your coach's New Year's resolutions. Here is a selection of your best responses.
Our defence is strong so I promise to return to our attacking ways and let Jenkins, Walker, Betts, Lynch, Fogarty and McAdam kick 300 goals between them.
- Geoff Fry, St Ives NSW
I will not select injured players until they are absolutely ready. I will trust the strength of my list.
- Peter Taylor, Brompton SA
To turn the Gabba back into the fortress it once was. Make sure we win the Collingwood blockbuster.
- Stephen Bennett, Seven Hills Qld
To not do the Big Freeze at the 'G. We can't afford any more hamstring injuries.
- Phil Hunt, Yorkeys Knob Qld
To believe that we can play finals, and realise one way to achieve that is to get off to a fast start to the season.
- Terrence Yim, Dandenong Vic
Design a game plan that gives us every opportunity to kick over 100 points every game.
- Ashley Crothers, Darwin NT
Not to mention the green shoots anymore, and show that those shoots have overgrown all the weeds.
- Brett Gow, Queenstown Tas
Pray to the injury gods twice a day.
- Adam Martin, Oakleigh East Vic
To fast-track the development of our young defenders and mould them into playable first-22 options capable of winning us enough games to make the top four.
- Miles King, Sandringham Vic
The Pies were one straight kick from being Premiers, so there really is only one resolution: win the flag.
- Jake Platt, Adelaide SA
Let Aaron Francis be everything he can be this year – give him free reign. Keep everything else the same, just start a little better!
- Bernard Rossi, Nowa Nowa Vic
To make Essendon great again, and competitive with the other powerhouses in the league. Develop a brand of football that holds up in finals.
- Abe Wall, Melbourne Vic
To make finals, and give the crowd something attractive to get behind.
- Dane Begovich, West Swan WA
To make a vastly changed list jell enough together to make finals. Ross now has an enviable, coachable list, with plenty of firepower. Make it happen!
- Jamie Fulford, Newcastle NSW
I will encourage positive, exciting play so that Fremantle are once more an 'anywhere, anytime, any opponent' team that always gives great effort.
- Vince Costantino, Lakelands WA
To win following all four breaks: round one after the off-season, after the mid-season bye, after the pre-finals bye, and after the post-qualifying final week off.
- Steven Gray, Greta NSW
I must let my players play with abandon and directness.
- Norman Stephen, Frankfurt Germany
Find a way to stop getting blown out of the water in finals. And recapture some of the mongrel Milburn, Scarlett, Rooke, Chapman and Mooney brought to the club.
- Adrian Benedict, Brunswick Vic
Drive home high standards and do not play under-performing players. Make them earn their spot.
- Marty Lacey, Noosa Qld
To make Metricon Stadium a fortress.
- Des Campbell, Mogo NSW
I resolve to be calm under pressure and deliver my boys a season to remember.
- Shaun McGurgan, Nyuh Kuning, Bali Indonesia
Come up with some new strategies. If plan A doesn't work, have a B and a C.
- Simon Laugesen, South Kingsville Vic
To have the courage to play the players in their correct position, and to start showing some tough love.
- Patrick Scoleri, Morphett Vale SA
Start the succession planning. 15 years is a long time in charge; better to plan a few years out. We don't want to end up like Man United!
- Tim Dixon, Redfern NSW
Resist the temptation to pull out the guitar in team bonding sessions, no matter how tempting!
- Nathan Maynard, Hobart Tas
To be more adaptable on game day when things aren't going well. If you're already losing then shake things up a bit.
- Muhammad Nabulsi, Fawkner Vic
Keep egos in check. It is not about making finals but winning premierships. Do not let the media define your expectations or saddle you with doubt. Remember the fans are behind you.
- Robert O'Bryan, Kew Vic
No blow outs. A maximum loss margin of 12 points.
- Adam Lorensene, Geelong Vic
Keep the fire lit, keep players hungry. Keep playing hard, tough football.
- Trev Quint, Mount Martha Vic
To get the Kangas back into September action and sign Josh Kelly to a mouth-watering six-year deal.
- Benjamin Kearns, Maffra Vic
Be open to allowing the younger blokes to play in the pursuit for finals. These guys need the opportunity to flourish in the firsts.
- Jimmy Foster, Eltham Vic
To coach consistent delivery into the forward 50 to a target, not long bombs on top of Dixon's head to a three v one.
- Peter Wilson, Vic
To give no gold passes to any player. Perform, or you are in the Magpies in the SANFL next week.
- Jude Mac, Port Adelaide SA
To live the club's edict, with unrelenting pressure football and breathtakingly brilliant skills and daring.
- Peter Butcher, North Adelaide SA
To act faster in the box if tactics are off with certain match-ups.
- Kelly Watts, Traralgon Vic
To provide as many opportunities as possible for both star forwards to star at the same time.
- Nigel Callaghan, Kooralbyn Qld
To confuse the hell out of opposition coaches. Will the Tigers go long and high to Riewoldt and Lynch, or grubby to a small forward strategy?
- Ross Freiberg, Paynesville Vic
Encourage the players to play an exciting brand of football, and show the fans that raw passion.
- Wayne Gartner, Queanbeyan East NSW
To get Robert Harvey assistant coaching the Saints by the end of 2019.
- Archie Frazer, Kensington Vic
To maintain a balance between youth and experience in the forward line, to lift the dismal levels of scoring and relieve the pressure off Buddy.
- Josh Callaway, Greenwich NSW
I will not play injured players. I will not allow injured players to play, even if they say they can.
- Joel Paterson, St Andrews NSW
To develop more run and carry through half-back and to have a multi-faceted (not Buddy-dependent) forward line. To not bring Blakey in too early from the NEAFL, and to respond more quickly within a game with a plan B when plan A is not working.
- Greg Jewson, North Curl Curl NSW
Get Nic Nat fit, and start prepping Allen and Brander to replace the ageing Kennedy.
- Robbie Jordan, Denham WA
1: win nine of 11 home games and win all three games at the MCG. 2: Get Francis Watson into the side.
- Dom Le Cerf, Mt Barker WA
To debut a minimum of 75 per cent of this year's draftees
- Stirling Strugnell, Woorree WA
To bring the desperation, the mongrel and the bite back into the Dogs' game.
- Hayley Scott, Truganina Vic
To find the fight in our boys that took them to a premiership just two years ago. Take no prisoners and play the guys that deserve their spot each week. No favourites. No fear...
- Louis Fullagar, Greensboro, North Carolina USA
Get the forward line firing. Keep Boyd permanently forward and allow him, Schache, Gowers, Dickson and Lloyd to work off each other.
- Max Dextersmith, Geelong Vic