MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: James Worpel of the Hawks, who kicked the winning goal, celebrates the win on the final siren as Michael Hurley of the Bombers looks dejected during the round 20 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 4, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

As a fan, missing the finals is never fun.

You’re left ruing what might have been as others celebrate on the precipice of success.

Countless hours are spent calculating the losses that left your team outside of the eight or worse yet, scouring draft boards to see which teenager will be tasked with resurrecting your club.

However, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Every cloud supposedly has a silver lining and it is always darkest before the dawn.

Cliches aside, here’s why the fanbases of the bottom ten teams should be excited about 2021.



Sure, Melbourne let you down again. However, unless you still wear dry nights to bed, I’m sure this isn’t your first rodeo.

With another off season to exercise his Demons, literally and metaphorically, Simon Goodwin will hopefully be back at the drawing board. The stubborn coach’s swiss cheese game plan has yet again proven to be flawed, so with a stacked paddock of cattle at his disposal, something new will have to be constructed.

If you Demon diehards are still subjected to results that have you experiencing a broad range of negative emotions next season, you can rest easy that your club won’t be expected to pay out the entirety of Goody’s contract if he is shown the door.

You can also take solace in the likelihood that Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca will continue to reach new heights next season. You should also be hopeful that another preseason pumping iron will have left Sam Weideman no longer resembling his obvious nickname.