I feel like Claude from Arsenal Fan TV. “I’m tired, Robbie.”
First things first before I start you need to at once abort your Blitz membership if you are talking about “we went from wooden spooners to 7th!” That’s honestly the most idiotic logic I have EVER seen. We were a mid table nothing club/side before the bans and we are once again a mid table nothing/club side.
And that’s precisely the problem. We are a ■■■■■■■ loser of a club with loser personnel. It’s sad. But it’s true. Sure we played the form side of the comp on their home patch but we got turned over by TEN goals. We were totally insipid. This was not a match that gave us “finals experience.” You don’t get finals experience by just totally bottling it the way we did. You just get a hiding. That helps no-one.
Which is a symbol for this whole season - the season that helps NO ONE. No coach got anything out of this season. McKenna looks like he’s moving on so we now have another midfield coach coaching a D grade midfield. What about Woosha? Does Woosha know any more about his side for 2018 for having had 2017? Did ANY player who we wouldn’t expect to come on/develop get anything out of this season? No. McGrath came on and Joe continued his improvement. We gave Begley 4 games about 3 months too late. What happened to Redman/Long/Langford/Lav/Mutch/Francis? Who did we uncover?
As for the older brigade - who enjoyed that season? Did Stants love running around for his 5/6 games? Did Hocking and Howlett enjoy the whole pre season and year in the VFL only to get their tokenistic half dozen games and see their side get rolled like we did yesterday? Geez Jobe must be so happy he came back only to limp around for a year and get made ■■■■ in a final.
Which sane supporter enjoyed that season other than for the novel, now foreign feeling of playing games uninhibited by drama and having a couple of neat wins?
But as I said, the problem is we are a LOSER club. I lol at the Essington meme because it’s a bit of fun but it’s just so ■■■■■■■ true. We are a loser club. I feel bad singling him out because I’m sure he’s a cracking guy but Myers, Colyer and co. are the epitome of Essington. Perennially underdone/almost there as players. Have a look at how we went in the game - who were our best players who continually cracked in? Parish Joe and Gleeson - all young kids who only by virtue of their own naivete have an ability to play unencumbered by the malaise that is our club’s culture. Zach was down but I would add he, Orazio (who actually worked harder on one fucking leg than half the rest of the side) and McGrath to that list and literally look long and hard at trading or moving on literally every other player on the list that’s been here for more than 3 years. Cultural issues ingrain themselves over extended periods of time like our 13 years without a victory in a final. We need to torch the list and build it again from scratch with a group of kids who will band together and take us forward.
I just cannot believe the handball from the footballing Gods we were given last year - it was almost like the universe was telling us to ■■■■■■■ rebuild. So we did a half of a rebuild and then turned around and ran a squillion miles in the other direction this year.
We are going nowhere, fast.