long way to go yet, if we were 4-3 with our best side in each week there'd be concerns, but it's pretty much a 2nd string side & we are still holding around 50% on win/loss atm so still in a good position.
I wish i shared some of the optimism on this thread. Our losses thus far have been really bad, we may just scrape into the 8 leaving too much work for our stars come septmber......I hope am bloody wrong tho and we storm into the top4 somehow....
Of course, the better half of the 8 should be top 4. On the other hand it felt like losing the qf would have benefitted us last year to keep continuity up. So if a good team hits form at the end of the year and with the amount of upsets we've already seen this season, there's as good a chance as ever that it comes from outside top 4.
wonder if they will change the rules back if we win this year?
it's funny how the new rules have all failed miserably but they have barely talked about it or the low scoring. reckon if we were 7-0 with massive % but every other game was the same result as it has been this year they would be talking about changing the rules back already
Our best has only appeared for 3 maybe 4 quarters this year. If it appeared half the time instead (ie 2 quarters a game) it would still probably be enough to contend even if the gap between our best and worst didn't change. Problem is that it's 90% our worst, which at some point has to be considered our normal simply because it comprises the way we play most of the time. As long as that is the case, we are struggling for finals let alone contending.
With Stack, Ross, Bolton, Balta, Baker all cementing a spot since Round 3 and Cotchin, Vlastion, Reiwoldt, Rance, Rioli, Short all returning we'll be the best team in the comp again soon. Don't forget Naish, Collier Dawkins and Soldo all will be coming in for more excitement over the next 3 weeks.
I said this on the podcast this week, but if we can manage to scrape enough wins together to land inside the 8, even if it is 5th - 8th and we start to get our players back towards the end of the year that I wouldn't fear playing anyone in finals and we could cause some serious damage from outside the 8 if we can make it.
this young group just need to keep on bringing the pressure each week and take each game as it comes.