Normally from a game like that I would see nothing but negatives. But in fact I see a couple of positives.
First one. We killed them in the first half. OK, they weren't switched on, etc., etc., but we were 40 points up against Geelong, and that's pretty good.
Second one. We pulled back to level about 10 minutes into the last. We had been totally outplayed in the third, and went a further goal down at the beginning of the fourth, but we scrambled and fought our way back to level.
OK, having done that, Geelong then kicked four in a row and won in a canter. But what does that teach the players?
It teaches them that they were half a quarter away from beating a very hard, experienced team, and that they can beat them next time they play.
I'm hoping that this year we have a season a bit like Melbourne's season last year. Some very bad losses, to be sure, but a lot of very good wins, too, and generally looking like a team on the way up. I want us to be a team that's heading up the ladder with some purpose.