Happy to be most improved club so far considering where I came from last year. 3rd last and with an aging list, made some notable trades to change things around, including Shuey, Franklin, Boak, Westhoff, Broadbent & Geary out. Also played three short in the first two games and two short in the 3rd game, so if they all scored a base of 50 I would be averaging 1400 right now which has me 5th most for points, not shabby. I think the big boost was nailing the draft this year, every pick was a winner basically, especially guys like Battle, Drew & Cunningham who I followed my heart with and have repaid the faith. Also some improvement from senior few blokes, notably Lobb and a back to form Newnes has helped matters with the obvious improvement from JOM, Henderson & Guthrie who has been excellent. Aiming for a return to finals but a loss to Smoten last week hurt those chances, with some of the big boys in Windy, MB, Stoops and Neela starting to find their form slowly after sluggish starts to the year will makes things tough.
On the flip side I’d like to see Matthew Kennedy play soon considering what I paid for him, and losing Riewioldt and Marcus Adams for most the year hurt, the latter not even playing a game for me yet which is disapointing. Also Will Brodie not being treated nicely by Dew has me hoping he gets traded to another club at the end of year as the kid has talent, would love him at Essendon actually as he fits the inside bill. The club is in a much better position than it has been in the last 2 years, so these gripes sound insignificant compared to the dire situation of last year.