Blakely marking Darling while Logue went forward was incomprehensible.What a horrible game.
We lost this one at the selection table long before the first bounce. We’ve been an average clearance side all year and yet we persist with playing one of our best ball-winners in Blakely, in defence. Putting Blakely in the midfield from the outset may not have changed the outcome of the match, but it sure as hell would have evened up the centre-square contest and given us much more of a chance.
What happened as a result? Blakely was directly responsible for about 5 Eagles goals because his opponent was left unmarked, or he was out of position, and it contributed to the momentum of WC.
You’d also think that our coaches and players would have learnt by now not to bomb the ball onto the heads of McGovern, Barrass, Hurn, and Sheppard. Yet it still happens when we play them. Every. Single. Time. If the players are instructed to play on at all costs, then there’s a big coaching issue at our club because you’ve got to pick your way through the zone – especially in the wet weather.
The result of our season’s going to depend on the results of others now. I think the club will give Ross a strong indication of where he sits in the club’s plans at the end of this year, regardless of whether we make finals or not.
It was the same in the WAFL game.Crowden and Colyer, please never play for us again.
Not once did I see us try and take the game on and go through the middle. Every time we moved the ball it was a high/long kick up the boundary to either turn it over or they had a spare at the back of the contest and carved us up with loose men everywhere.
They handled the ball a million times better than us; it looked like we were playing with a bat of soap and they were so clean.
Rest Fyfe to get over his elbow injury, get the best draft pick we can.