Teams use specific styles and tactics to win matches.
I looked at this site -
And teams like GC and Adelaide are higher than us on the CP ladder.
It’s a whole of game thing.
In the past - when we have lost finals - we’ve actually been up the top in CP’s. And had dominant midfield winners such as Selwood and Dangerfield.
Anyway - in my opinion- missing an extra contested ball midfielder isn’t what has held us back.
Rather, it has been composure. Any team up the top can beat any other team. But often luck, momentum and then psychology plays a part. Brisbane were all over Melbourne on Thursday. Dominating in a few facets of the game in the first quarter- except conversion. They had their chances to really make Melbourne second guess themselves and have to chase - which means taking more risk and then having more turnovers. The end scoreline has everyone saying Melbourne are back, but the reality is - Brisbane dropped the ball in a major way - and they’d be very hungry for the rematch.
I reckon, given what we saw last year, and with the emergence of Jamarra Ugle-Hagen, they can win all 4. Defence is a little sus.