Bloods' fall from grace: what happened?

Rotayjay

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Aug 28, 2014
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G'day all. I have a soft spot for West Adelaide, since I've spent much of my life living in the west. I always like to see long premiership droughts broken, and last year it pleased me to see the Bloods win their first flag since 1983.

But how on earth did they go straight from premiers to wooden spooners? As someone who doesn't know much about the SANFL these days, I'm curious as to what was behind the fall from grace. Was the game plan found out, was it mental exhaustion or ageing, was it injuries, was it the Crows drafting spearhead Jono Beech?
 

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chazwazza

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Aug 15, 2012
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G'day all. I have a soft spot for West Adelaide, since I've spent much of my life living in the west. I always like to see long premiership droughts broken, and last year it pleased me to see the Bloods win their first flag since 1983.

But how on earth did they go straight from premiers to wooden spooners? As someone who doesn't know much about the SANFL these days, I'm curious as to what was behind the fall from grace. Was the game plan found out, was it mental exhaustion or ageing, was it injuries, was it the Crows drafting spearhead Jono Beech?
Having 6-7 from your premiership team drafted to the AFL (and then have a few of them play against you) will do it.
 

cm_perfect

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Dec 7, 2007
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Does anyone know who to contact at Westies to provide some feedback about a function I am at today? (Apart from the manager on shift today)

Massive missed opportunity for a financially struggling SANFL team.

Happy for someone to PM contact details if the don't want to post them.
 

Freomaniac

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G'day all. I have a soft spot for West Adelaide, since I've spent much of my life living in the west. I always like to see long premiership droughts broken, and last year it pleased me to see the Bloods win their first flag since 1983.

But how on earth did they go straight from premiers to wooden spooners? As someone who doesn't know much about the SANFL these days, I'm curious as to what was behind the fall from grace. Was the game plan found out, was it mental exhaustion or ageing, was it injuries, was it the Crows drafting spearhead Jono Beech?
Having 6-7 from your premiership team drafted to the AFL (and then have a few of them play against you) will do it.

Scarily Similar to Freo in 2016....

Top or Near top of the ladder then drop down to the Bottom or Near Bottom. Combination of a few things... For Freo and West Adelaide...

-West Adelaide lost a few players in the off season. Some retired, Some were cut or left the club, some got picked up from the AFL teams While Freo Turfed some old guys out and delisted a few guys too.

-Both West Adelaide and Freo got injuries from the start of the season, which meant they couldn't play their best 18 blokes. This resulted in losses which dented the confidence and started a domino effect. Both teams were better in the 2nd half of the season but not by much.
 

Freomaniac

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Having 6-7 from your premiership team drafted to the AFL (and then have a few of them play against you) will do it.
true.

Same thing happened with North Adelaide when they won the 2018 flag.

Win the flag, lose 5-7 players to afl teams. Some players retire or play country or amateur footy.

So out of the 21 players that play in the GF, 6-9 players are already gone. then injuries come in too.
 

chazwazza

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 15, 2012
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true.

Same thing happened with North Adelaide when they won the 2018 flag.

Win the flag, lose 5-7 players to afl teams. Some players retire or play country or amateur footy.

So out of the 21 players that play in the GF, 6-9 players are already gone. then injuries come in too.
And then throw in losing two in the MSD.
 

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