You can tell when a team has turned the corner.
And you can see it before results show it, and you can see why.
Well, I mean…some people can.
There was a point under Clarkson when Hawthorn were terrible, but you could see what they were doing. And you could see that it was just a matter of filling the holes with the right people.
You could see it with the Bulldogs. Yes, Diggers, I know they got a good run with the umpires but teams that play like that generally do.
Again, you could see before the results were on the board that this was something that would work.
Our practice game against Richmond at Punt Road was like a Dasmascus moment for me.
They had a rubbish team.
They smashed us but that’s not the point.
The point is that, being there, you could see that whenever any player got in trouble, they had a 360 degree awareness of where to go.
Without looking, without thinking. Just complete faith that their guy would be where he needed to be.
That’s a contender.
And we’ve played some good football and we’ve played some bad football, this year and over the last three years.
But I’ve not seen that from us yet.
I’ve seen total domination that comes from simply better match-ups and confidence against certain teams. And god they’ve been great.
But that’s fool’s gold.
As a total structure I don’t see that from us.
And as well as we go, sometimes, as long as that’s the case, then I don’t fully believe in Worsfold.