- Nov 7, 2012
- AFL Club
- St Kilda
- Other Teams
- Liverpool FC, Bristol City FC
With respect, I think you read my post but didn't really take it in. I guess you're probably a busy guy so I'm not annoyed. If you ever do find yourself with more time, reflect on it a bit more rather than responding quickly. Its possible I didn't phrase it clearly enough, but it seems like you misconstrued most of what I wrote. Just one small example: where did I say that the AFL deliberately changed the rules to screw with us? I was making the point that even when we do get it right, forces outside us make us weaker. It was a minor point, but the easiest to clear up for you.Well there's plenty wrong with this post.
Billings not consistent? Has been for two full seasons now.
Of course if people say they don't care about the football club then they should expect some backlash for their comments from people who actually do care about the club. That is obvious. You and others seem to not understand that because the team isn't performing as well as we would like does not mean the club as a whole is run poorly. Snapchat scandal was while Carlisle was at Essendon if you have forgotten. It's just that it was released the day after we signed him - not our fault whatsoever so I don't know why you blame the club for that.
We have had leadership problems for years? That's a stretch. I guess Riewoldt and co you've forgotten about. I would say we have a young list with lack of quality talent that as a list has been compromised by compromised drafts during 2011 and 2012 when Gold Coast and GWS took all the elite talent, leaving clubs that were struggling at the time (US) in an even worse position. No wonder we had to cut and cut hard. We needed to find other ways of bringing in elite talent because drafting it at the time was near on impossible.
You really think that the AFL changed the rules just to screw us? And you think the umpires have an agenda against us? .........
You credit Finnis but say since 2011 all we've had is bulls**t. So which one is it. Finnis is the best thing that has happened to our football club in a long long time. Everything was trending upwards at the end of 2017. Finnis shouldn't have extended Richardson's contract prematurely, and is probably his only real mistake. But in saying that - nobody expected 2018. I don't think any of us here had us finishing on 4 wins last year. So what did we do? We bolstered the football department. We brought in Graeme Allan and Billy Slater. Simon Lethlean came to oversee the football department after a long and successful career in the AFL. We turfed almost all the assistant coaches and brought in Brendon Lade, Jake Batchelor & Brett Ratten. And the result? We doubled our win tally. What is the constant theme of the last two seasons however is the glaring absence of star quality. Those players I mentioned before that were drafted in 2011 and 2012 to the Suns and Giants have just started to really hit their straps. Gee, I wish we could've had access to them too.
Ratten said it best re the performance on Saturday. We butchered the ball around the ground and in front of goal, and he has identified the need to bring in better users. Something Richardson failed to do and something Richardson seemingly dismissed, playing players who constantly turned the ball over on the basis of their work rate and compettiiveness. Ratten is a different person, has a different idea of how we should play and if he gets the job I'm positive next year we will pick players based on skill first and foremost.
It doesn't take away from the FACT that people withdrawing financially does not benefit the club. Some people don't seem to realise the impact it actually has.
I won't go over other individual points because I believe you'll see what I've said for yourself if you read again and reflect without defending.
Don't worry, as I said a couple of days ago, I'm fairly certain I was just venting and I'll still end up letting my EasyPay membership continue into 2020, and I do agree with many of your points by the way. It's a shame you couldn't see what I was saying though.