Great write up mate , we had way too many on here thinking we were a finals team after round 4 and then again after we beat up on our Bunnies Melbourne , There is a power of work to be done on the ground and behind the scenes to get this list to a state that it looks like a finals list not a bottom 4 list.Here's our total score vs the teams in each ladder spot:
1st - Geelong: -27
2nd - Brisbane: -56 (two games)
3rd - Collingwood: -41
4th - West Coast: -18
5th - Richmond: -33
6th - GWS: -44
7th - Essendon: +11
8th - Western Bulldogs: +27
9th - Hawthorn: +5
10th - Adelaide: -51 (two games)
11th - Port Adelaide: -70
12th - North Melbourne: -39
13th - Fremantle: -2 (two games)
15th - Sydney: -45
16th - Carlton: +3 (two games)
17th - Melbourne: +59 (two games)
18th - Gold Coast: +5 (two games)
We had a pretty easy draw, only catching one top 8 side twice. But the only team we were clearly better than head-to-head was Melbourne. We split the games with Carlton and beat Gold Coast twice by a total of 5 points - neither of those look convincing.
Our average winning margin was 13.7 points. Another way to look at the ladder is percentage:
West Coast 114%
Western Bulldogs 106%
Port Adelaide 103%
North Melbourne 100%
St Kilda 84%
Gold Coast 61%
Pretty clearly we were in the bottom few sides in the comp by all measures except maybe premiership points, pretty lucky (or unlucky) to finish above Sydney in the end. Their draw was a bit harder (Geelong twice, GWS twice, Essendon twice, Carlton twice, Melbourne twice).
Yes, we had injuries. But gee we'd have to see a lot of improvement next year to push for finals, let alone be better than that any time soon.
I can already see the Sliding Doors...Hopefully we send a camera crew down to old mate purples house to capture his reaction when this happens. Will be hilarious.