It was always going to be difficult once Raz withdrew. It became more difficult when we were reduced a rotation just after quarter time, which lead to the mismatch of McKenna on De Goey and a goal to them. Smack, Bags and Walla missing get-able goals didn’t help. We didn’t make enough use of our dominance early in the first quarter. Longy being pinged twice for holding the ball in defence didn’t help, either. (It’s not surprising he wasn’t up to the speed of the game in his first AFL match in two years!)
Agree with Killer_Mike, we need to improve in the middle - we’re still lacking a couple of capable mids.
Collingwood played well when it counted - in the last quarter.
We weren’t helped by some egregious umpiring decisions, especially in the first half - it was eight us and 18 them at half-time. Whether they subconsciously favour the team higher on the ladder or they are just incompetent, I can’t say. It is instructive though that against both West Coast and North, games we won, the umpiring was very much in favour of the other side. In the game in Perth, it was almost two to one against us.