We didn’t have a josh Bruce waiting in the wings.What’s missing in your review is the way we responded to each of those developments, selection and structure wise. Instead of sticking with what has worked all year, we thought we would get creative and throw the whole team off balance.
Despite those injuries we had the personnel to cover them and stick to the winning formula, instead we changed everything going into a finals campaign, missed top four and lost our mojo all at the same time. Meanwhile playing a number of players who do not deserve a spot in the squad, while leaving out others that do.
English and Bruce were working as a ruck forward duo for ages before Stef left. It was going to require a creative reset.
we could’ve had a look at Schache in the Bruce role but in terms of physicality it has been night and day between he and Bruce since the dawnof time. English is our best option as a kpf partner to naughton so I liked having him there last week.
some would say sweet would be nice to see instead of Young and I don’t disagree. I think bevo prefers young for his general play turnover game and that he will make up the difference in ruck work by having the returning mids fit for finals.
he’s probably right and we’re all probably wrong thinking sweet should play instead but we’ll never know.
It’s been an unlucky few weeks that haven’t been easy to manage.
Bringing Treloar, Dunkley, Wood, Laith and Keath all along to be fit for finals was always a plane on the Hudson River scenario I think we thought we had more wriggle room than we did but luck went against us starting in round 21.
No point dwelling. Data and logic says we should win today and we should be excited for the opportunity despite how scary the vibe kinda feels.