It’s a close league that really hard to win. So many clubs have shoulda, coulda, woulda stories. The likelihood of that increases when you travel across the country every second week and need to finish top two to stay at home.From some of the posts here.. why dont you rename yourselves the woulda coulda eagles.?
It’s easier when you don’t travel for the last 7 weeks of the season and get home finals against teams above you.
You also get the GF at home irrespective of where you finish.
I agree we don’t have the consistency you have had. For 30 years you were very consistent. It’s easier to plan when you know your finals are going to be at home.