I think it’s a wasted year. Individually some great performances sure, Daniher and our forwardline look dangerous, but when you look at the sheer amount of wasted development it can’t be seen as anything but. Basically we’ll be spending next year doing what we should have been doing this year, playing kids in place of the underperforming oldies. And the thing that worries me is I feel that’s only because most of them will retire, and not down to any logical decision making by the club.
I was one of the few that didn’t want Kelly this year, he’s been a great servant but once again him with Jobe, Howlett, Myers, Goddard, Baguley, Stanton, Hocking etc have no replacements that have actually played AFL. So when they leave we’ll be playing kids trying to plug holes until we can learn about if they can make it. But we should have done that this year. McKenna is just an example of what could have become of Mutch, Begley, Francis, Redman, Long etc. And yes I’d have rathered us play Francis then Howlett. Francis offers more and that’s saying something.
Next year we won’t have the easy draw, they’ll be more interstate trips, we’ll have the same issues with Anzac Day with a short break (so do we expect to lose the 2 after that again?) and a raft of holes in the midfield that we’ll suddenly need to fill with kids we could have given experience to this year. I have hope for our future but with our age group and draw, this year is a failure. Daniher, Hooker, Fantasia, Tippa, Hurley & McKenna probably exempt in that.