The 2020 Finals Series is shaping up to be a blockbuster, with many intriguing matches in the pipeline.
With so much on the line, these are the players for each team which will be integral to their club’s run into October.
The name Lachie Neale not being here might come as a bit of a shock, but it is evident that the Lion’s success very much rests on their forward-line’s accuracy in front of goal.
This is why Eric Hipwood’s performance is critical to Chris Fagan’s fortunes in October.
Lachie Neale has had an incredible season, and is clearly the best player in the competition, but the one area where the Lions are incomplete is their goalkicking.
They are ranked first for behinds kicked with 194, 24 clear of second (Port Adelaide).
There have been some subpar displays in front of goal, most notably against the Tigers when the Lions managed 4 goals and 17 points in a 41-point loss.
Although on that evening Hipwood did kick just one major and no points, if the Lions are to push deep into finals, then he will have to pick up the slack should his teammates be inaccurate.
— AFL (@AFL) September 13, 2020