Overall a disappointing result. Not the loss, but the magnitude. Percentage is critical to our finals chances. Our tall forwards worked brilliantly, but no other unit could say the same. Umpires hurt us, but we shot ourselves in the foot a lot.
I’ll join the selection querying. Our “tall” defenders were cut to ribbons. Hard day for Dea and Gleeson against taller guys, but it would be nice if they and Hurley could have won a marking contest. Ambrose was decent one-on-one, but gave less than Hartley the other way. Hartley was desperately required, to free up someone to be interceptor if nothing else.
McGrath did a brilliant on Betts, and I think McKenna did ok on his man. Both offered a lot of our meagre supply of run, but had some amazing stuff ups as well.
The less said about most of the midfield the better.
But back to the selectors, how on earth is Mutch, who is playing a link up outside role well at VFL level, not a better option than Colyer? Pace doesn’t matter if you don’t use it. Surely Begley was the best replacement for Raz? And why oh why is Bird never played?
I’ve been fine going for finals. But when you have multiple players who are dead weight, give well performing kids a chance.
One final thing. I don’t think it was really that close. Even during our hot periods in Q3 and Q4 I thought they were just taking the foot off the accelerator. They had too much midfield control to really allow us a major grip.