The way the season ended, with heartbreak after a very good performance against Richmond, kind of summed up the year for the Dolphs.
From 18 games, 6 wins, 8 losses by less than five goals, 4 losses by a kick. The club was not far off challenging for finals this year, just a few moments here and there.
Wins over Essendon, North Melb, Carlton and Geelong meant a 4-5 record against AFL reserve teams, but 0-3 against aligned clubs and particularly 2-4 against stand alone clubs really hurt. The losses to Coburg and Port were low points.
While 6-12 is a bit disappointing, I don't think it reflects the level of footy the team played. A percentage of 92.6 tells a better story, the club's best over a full season since 2008, backing up last year's 103.8 in 11 games.
The playing group obviously needs more time together to better grasp the decision-making needed in their game style, but I think when they have got it right it looks effective.The challenge is always keeping the core group together, fingers crossed the majority will stay.