Well now that our season is over it is now time to look at 2019. The problem we face is that while our long off season will be full of promise, we have been in this situation before in probably 4 of the last 6 years, thinking we will have a good season but by round 6 our optimism is gone.
Our start to the season killed us, not the Carlton game on its own, even our 2 wins were pretty poor games. However our last 3 months of football have been very good, having only dropped games to the reigning premiers, the umpires and the Hawks today. We won 4 games interstate, won ugly, won by chocking the opponents and won in shootouts. Our list at the start of the year looked very thin but, with Guelfi and Langford coming on like they have and with the SSS coming in our list is much better balanced than previously.
We thrown Gleeson back into the defence and Daniher up forward. The good thing with Gleeson was that he completed a full PS last season, hopefully he has no more setbacks and can be in training by October again. As for JD, the club ■■■■■■ him up (and he probably did it to himself as well) so hopefully he can hit PS in October as well.
With them two back in, we desperately need 2 of Clarke, Mutch, Ridley and Redman to come on quickly and take the next step. Hard for Clarke who only played one game but if we are to play well from round 1 and aim to get top 4 we need at least 2 of them to take the next step.
Laverde needs to either shape up or ship out, Langford is now way past him and Lav needs to get up to his level. And if Francis can stay fit and healthy we will have our defence sorted for a while to come.
We’ve seen good development from Langford, McKenna and Parish this year, lets hope they, at worst, keep at that level next year, we can’t afford anyone to regress at all.
I hate saying it because it feels like we say it every year but we have a good list, a pretty decent best 22 as well. Hopefully the players i have mentioned come on and push players like Colyer, Dea and McNeice out of our best 22/25. Hopefully pick 7 is used on another midfielder to help[ strengthen that area even more so.
■■■■ start hurt us this year, but the last 3 months has seen us play footy that can stand up in finals, lets just hope we get to put it in action soon