MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: Jack Viney of the Demons (left) leads the team up the race in his return from injury with Tom McDonald (middle) and Nathan Jones of the Demons during the 2018 AFL round nine match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 20, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The pointy end of the season is coming up. The last few weeks of the regular season where every team is giving it their all, week in week out. Every side is trying to finish as high in the standings as possible, attempting to make finals and gain a home ground advantage.

However, that’s not all. The coach doesn’t walk in and simply tell the players “we want to make finals”, each team has specific goals tailored to the way they play game in order to make it as far as possible in the competition. We’re going to look at every team’s situation and dissect what they want to do and what they need to do in order to hoist that cup at the end of the season.

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Adelaide Crows

It’s been more so a roller-coaster year for the Crows than any other team in the AFL this season. Coming off a grand final loss, the injuries they faced throughout the year were just too much too overcome. Unfortunately, the competition has simply been too good this season and the Crows’ finals chances are decreasing week by week.

Although they still aim to make the finals, a more realistic goal for the Crows is to try and play well enough to bring Rory Sloane back in the offseason. Many quality players will be returning soon for the Crows, and although their schedule is very tough from here on, a competitive side may be able to entice the star midfielder to sign on.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 7: Don Pyke, Senior Coach of the Crows chats to Rory Sloane of the Crows during the 2018 AFL round 03 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)
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