paraphrased a bit, and took out some irrelevant stuff:
Gold Coast’s football department will begin its year-ending review in coming days still expecting Stuart Dew to be the senior coach next season.
The Suns returned from Melbourne to begin 14 days of quarantine as speculation again swirls about the future of Dew after another miserable end to the season. The club’s continued discussions with Dew have been around surrounding him with more support staff including a senior assistant to replace Josh Francou.
Despite continued chatter regarding AFL House installing a new coach, chief executive Mark Evans has not had a single conversation about Dew’s performance with the league. Evans has also backed in football boss Jon Haines despite continued speculation about his future, believing he has the tools to make an excellent long-running football boss.
Dew has been told by senior management figures at the Suns he will coach next year, having made clear in his final press conference of the season he had been given an assurance about his position. Alastair Clarkson is not seen to be a contender to move north while his son is completing Year 12 next year in Melbourne.
In the volatile AFL landscape until the Suns publicly declare Dew is their senior coach for 2022 the rumour mill will continue to rumble.
The club’s staff and players are spending time with families and will in coming days have exit interviews with the list.
Then late in the week the football department will run a season review centering on coaching, leadership, game analysis, injury, with particular emphasis on ironing out the club’s inconsistencies. Part of that review will be assessing what were legitimate excuses for the lack of performance putting in place concrete steps to improve the club.
Good: TOUK FREAKING MILLER! Making the AA squad, having 16 games of 30+ possessions, being a genuine contender for the Brownlow if not for his suspension. Beating Collingwood at the MCG for the first time in club history in front of a hostile crowd and being able to chant GOOOOLD COOOOOAST in the dying moments and hear it echo around the MCG, Beating Richmond in a Thursday night thriller in front of a vocal VIC ARMY crowd with Ben King kicking the sealer in the dying moments, braving 8 degree weather and watching our SUNS beat the Giants for the first time since 2014, beating Sydney by 60 points up at Metricon and watching Kingy pile on 5 goals.
Anderson's overall development, Kingy taking the next step in his career by kicking 47 goals for the year a HUGE improvement from last year where he kicked only 25. He is breaking out as one of the best key forwards in the game, our backline in Collins, Ballard, Powell, Lemmens doing a great job in rebounding the football, Powelly and Ballard with their overhead marking and ability to read the footy to intercept all season was great to watch, Lemmens being a beast at shutting down the most dangerous forwards week in and week out was great (Dusty was his biggest scalp) Ellis providing much needed leadership and experience on the wing, Swallow being the fearless leader he has been since he first stepped through the doors of the club in 2010. Luko's effortless pinpoint accuracy and delicious foot skills leading to some mouth watering passages of play were a definite highlight. Greenwoods hardness at the footy, he was always at the bottom of every pack and providing tackles and clearances in every single game, he worked tirelessly all season until he was unfortunately struck by injury. Rowell coming back from multiple stints on the sideline building up his match fitness and durability and becoming the player we know he can be. Farrar looks like a genuine talent and find, his ability to break the lines is impressive and he has the footy smarts to make cutthroat decisions under pressure.
Bad: Our inability to close out WINNABLE games in Adelaide (Round 3) until Witta went down that game was ours for the taking - we kicked 5 goals in the first quarter to Adelaides 2 and brought the intensity the entire night I enjoyed driving over for that game, Carlton (Round 4) inexcusable loss our lack of accuracy bit us in the ass and our lack of polish in the final moments cost us the W, St Kilda (Round 8) we dominated the game for 3 quarters and fell asleep for the first 10 minutes in the 4th quarter but by the time we woke up it was too late to win the game another disappointing and inexcusable loss. North Melbourne (Round 14) yes this game was in Tassie but North Melbourne were still premature in finding their groove and we really let this one slip, luck didn't fall our way when we dominated possession in the final 3 minutes of this game with Hughy Greenwood kicking multiple behinds and our multiple forward 50 entries amounting to nothing in the end.
If you take these four VERY winnable games from losses to wins then we would've finished with 11 wins and 11 losses which would've placed us in 8th position and given us our first finals berth in club history. Do I think we would've gone far? No, most likely would've been a first round exit but it's the principle that counts - making the finals for the first time in club history and giving the players BELIEF and something to build towards heading into next season. In contrast we ended up finishing 16th! And ending up with the 3rd overall pick in the draft which I hope we can use on bringing in a ready made A grader!
Budarick, Witts, Rowell and Day going down early in the season really hurt us long term, four key pillars missing in action and their positions essentially irreplaceable. Greenwood doing his PCL late in the season also hurt our centre clearances and tackling pressure around the ground.
Dew! His inability to recognise and adapt to changing game plans was our biggest downfall, his desire to want to play conservative safe possession controlled football robbed us of the way that we naturally like to play as a team - freedom should've been given to the team to play to their individual strengths. When we would take the game on and run the ball through the corridor we were an incredible exciting team to watch. At times we were unstoppable and looked like one of the most dangerous teams in the competition but our reliance on playing slow and boring football made us predictable for oppositions to pick apart and made us one dimensional. Which is a real shame for a young, talented and stacked team we should've been taking the game on far more often but Dew rather opted to play "Safe" football which lead to us being exposed and having no real answers to teams who could pick apart our predictable and pathetic game style. I wish Dew coached in a way that focused on each of our players individual strengths and trusted them to execute what they are best at. If this happened more frequently we would've made finals and we wouldn't have been so inconsistent.
Having no real answer for Witts going down at Ruck. Smith did his best but AFL was clearly past him, he was far too slow with ball in hand and had so many holding the ball calls called against him. Burgo did a great job filling in at ruck but we needed a reliable second option at ruck but simply didn't have the answers.
Rory FREAKING Atkins: how on earth did this leech manage to secure a four year deal!? This move is quite comfortably the worst decision the club has ever made, he contributed absolutely nothing on field and is doing a mighty fine job of eating into our cap space which could've been used on someone worthwhile to bring in during this off season like Pendlebury, Dixon, Parker, Josh Kennedy (WCE), Talia etc which would all fill obvious voids for us in those various positions. What our club was thinking by bringing Atkins in on a $400,000 salary each season over 4 years is beyond me it will cost us valuable cap space which we should've used to attract an A grader or retain our young guns in Luko, Kingy, Ballard and Rankine. A mismanagement of the highest order.
Moyle would of been a good chance to go high second round at the national draft, taking him in the midseason was the right ideaAgree with everyone’s comments so far but one of the biggest disappointments for me was not correctly utilising the expanded list that we were gifted..
we could’ve filled the bottom of the list with top state league players like Burgess,Collins,Corbett but opted for academy kids.. also picking a project ruckman who was never going to play in the mid season
I agree getting him is good for long term future but when witts and conroy have acl smith coming off pcl day always injured in and out like a tampon there’s a poor list management gap.. passing on second mid season pick was a mistake IMOMoyle would of been a good chance to go high second round at the national draft, taking him in the midseason was the right idea
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