King of September
- Mar 15, 2001
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
- Other Teams
It may not have changed anything, but I'd love to know what would have happened had Bruce not got injured.Heard our GPS numbers were way down compared to normal, even at half time when we were in front.
Need a top 2 finish so you don’t do it the hard way.
Would having him in the side made a difference against Port in round 23? Possibly. Win that and we finish third. You can only assume from that position we also make the GF, although with fewer interruptions and quarantining.
In these circumstances, with Bruce in the side, possibly at the expense of Cordy (Schache playing in defence), it's now an even playing field against Melbourne. We are fresher and emotionally not as fatigued.
Considering we were 19 pts up during the third quarter, one can only assume with Bruce in the side, we'd have been better positioned during the third quarter. Perhaps we are 20+ pts up. Perhaps 30+ pts up. Remember in this parallel universe where Bruce doesn't get injured, we are fresher. Does this give us a larger lead during the third quarter?
In this parallel universe, does it mean we are better equipped to deal with a Melbourne run on? Perhaps they still get a run on, but we don't drop our heads for two reasons:
1. We are not as mentally fatigued in this parallel universe. We have had the same preparation as Melbourne.
2. We were 4+ goals up before their run on, meaning the scoreboard doesn't look as bad. We still have hope and don't drop our heads.
Two pretty important intangibles in this parallel universe are less interruptions in the lead up to the game, and the presence of Bruce to change the forward line dynamic.
We will never know what would have happened, but one thing I am certain of is we would not have been blown out of the water if this parallel universe existed. Perhaps we still go down, but we go down fighting.