Ins: Colin Sylvia from Melbourne, Scott Gumbleton from Essendon.
Outs: Viv Michie from Melbourne.
2013 Record – 3rd on ladder – 66 points – 16 wins – 5 losses, 1 draw.
2013 Stat Rankings –
Positive: 4th in marks, 1st in points conceded.
Negative: 12th in points scored, 12th in handballs.
Can the master tactician, Ross Lyon, motivate his troops to produce the same sort of form that got them to the Grand Final last year?
That they managed to get as far as they did in 2013 with Matthew Pavlich playing only 12 games and Aaron Sandilands just 10 suggests they will be there or thereabouts again in 2014.
Ross Lyon’s St Kilda team also made Grand Final two years in a row which should give Dockers fans encouragement.
Barlow, Fyfe and Mundy were all superb throughout last season, backed up by Mayne, Ballantyne and Walters while the smothering contribution in the middle of the park by Ryan Crowley should not be underestimated.
The Dockers have a tough draw, facing the Hawks and Geelong twice. Results in these 4 matches could well decide the Dockers’ top 4 fate.
If you think the Dockers can go one better than last season and raise the Flag in 2014 you can get odds of $5 with Ladbrokes.