Way too much was read into those losses last year.As I said during the H&A season
Lost by 34 to Hawthorn
Lost by 26 to GWS
Lost by 43 to Richmond
Lost by 21 to Geelong
Beat Melbourne by 42
Lost by 35 to West Coast
Lost by 38 to Richmond
Lost by 2 to Sydney
(1-7 record against top 8 teams)
Lost by 16 to West Coast
Beat GWS by 10
Beat Richmond by 39
Lost by 5 to West Coast
Overall its a 3-9 record against the top 8, so we certainly still have something to prove. No doubt we wouldn't of made the top 4 last year without an easy draw
WCE had our measure.
Geelong outplayed us on the day.
But there were extenuating circumstances to the other losses.
The Hawthorn and GWS losses occurred in March, when no team is close to end of year form. Significant for end of year ladder placement, but irrelevant in terms of season's form.
First loss to Richmond, we were in at at 3 quarter time, but not surprisingly ran out of legs due to a combination of a 4 day break and in game injuries.
2nd loss to Richmond, we were in it until injuries took a toll again.
Sydney game - When Moore got injured we were left with two blokes that had never played AFL defence before trying to stop Buddy. Not surprisingly, he ran amuck. Even then it took a fluke goal to beat us. Not concerned by that 2 point loss.