Also, Cole fell off a cliff and Hurn wasn't the same returning after injury.Also agree, as most of us likely do.
1 week Barrass got beaten by a faster opponent, the next week taller, then stronger. We backed him to return to form and it ended woefully against Geelong.
No one is expecting us to hold the opposition scoreless but Barrass leaking 4 goals and Gov 2, by my supermath gives the opposition an extra 36 points. As we rarely thrash teams, that's a lot to give up.
Sheppard's last third of the year was nowhere near as useful as the first two thirds either.
Better midfield = less pressure on defenders so the back 6 should look even better next year.
Reckon there were times when the opposition looked like scoring a goal every time they went into the 50.