The change between Thursday's training and Sunday's performance is quite interesting and I think it reflects the ASADA factor.
1. On Thursday before the infraction notices were issued I was able to make the following comments about the atmosphere at training:
"The atmosphere today was spirited and very vocal.....trained well, atmosphere sans Watson very upbeat so they should give a good account of themselves against Melbourne."
2. 6pm onwards on Thursday the Show Cause notices are received.
3. At a later training session Thompson makes the following prescient comment:
"The players were a little vague and nervous you could see something was wrong."
4. Sunday afternoon they play poorly and lose the game for a combination of reasons but I think that you could see the ASADA issues coming through in a lack of concentration and focus.
In particular I point to the main reason we lost the game - poor goal kicking. Goddard, Bellchambers, Winderlich etc. missed many gettable goals including some very easy shots. They have been kicking well at training but my observation is that there was a lack of concentration and I surmise that in great part this was due to the ASADA pressures.
Its not a complete answer and is just a hypothesis but I think there is an obsrvable nexus between the events of Thursday evening and the performance on Sunday.