Yes, we did. BUT, if we didn’t keep gifting games to 4 or 5 incompetent tortoise-slow plodders in the midfield, if we hadn’t lost the best two of our midfielders for this match and if for once we had a fair go from the umpires (Heppell is the only Essendon man they like) we would have made a contest of it.
It also worries me that when Walla got ironed out, no one flew the flag for him.
On the plus side, Hurley had something like 34 possessions and organised our defence as well as possible in the circumstances. It wasn’t his fault Dea was preferred to Hartley.
McGrath was brilliant. Eddie Betts was well and truly bet.
Gleeson and McKenna turned in a great day’s work, both of them.
Joe D and Stewart played their parts well, and Mr Hooker in the second half.
The small forwards were useless.
While we have a slow, unaccountable midfield, we’ll never be flag contenders. Two matches to go, but it doesn’t really matter if we lose them. Time to drop a few bludgers and try some new talent.