Righto… then if that was going to be such an issue maybe we shouldn’t have selected them then… If they weren’t right then they shouldn’t have been picked.
If they are that mentally scarred then sack the lot of them and move on. The only saga-effected players I reckon you would bother keeping/close to best 22 are Heppell, Hooker and Hurley… if we could find any kind of ruck replacement I would trade Tbell in a heartbeat.
But if you are suggesting that those four will be ever unable to overcome the bans… then by all means trade the lot of them and start again… At this point the excuses have to stop… that is my main issue. Stop allowing crappy performances to be hidden under excuses. Every club has excuses… buddy got a cork, rampe broke his arm, mcveigh was injured, we lost naismith to richmond, tippett is out of form, the AFL didn’t let us trade, AFL took away our COLA…
The decision we, as a collective club, need to make is to stop making excuses, get ruthless and change our approach. Saga is done. Dusted. Time to move on. Start with finding the moron who signed Myers to 3 years, go to the group that kept selecting the spud and we are instantly a better team. Go to whoever was responsible for deciding we would abandon the hard man on man defensive web we spent six year perfecting in favour of a wait and see, hold back coralling web… that would help us not leak 10 goals in a 7 minutes. Go to the midfield genius that decided to instruct the ruck to tap to the hip str8 into the waiting hands of kennedy and parker all day… perhaps then we wouldn’t lose the clearance 0-7 in a row.
The stuff that killed us yesterday was not inspired, it was not unknown… these are issues that most of us have been talking about all season. The fact that we adjusted nothing tells me we were unprepared.
They have already shown that this ‘need finals experience’ BS is just that… BS. If you are good enough… you are good enough. Take a look at Richmond… they at least recognised they needed to CHANGE their game style to win a final and they have played that way all season. Surprise to no one that they spanked Geelong. Geelong has plenty of finals experience… didn’t mean they were ‘better prepared’. Last year the Dogs took down WCE at home, Hawks and GWS at home to find their way to the big dance… preparation is not linked to how many finals you have played… it is linked to a coach understanding the playing group, the tactics and being the right man for the job.
We were not prepared for the game… but yeah blame the saga.