I think the bye has been around since 2016, big reason why the dogs won the flag as they got a heap of players backThis bye pre finals has not existed for the last 5 years , iirc.
The whole bye thing before finals is over the top.
The reason we lost those games is the teams we played were simply better than us.
We might be poor after the h & a byes, but this week, all 8 teams have the bye, so it is like rd 1, and our record in rd 1 results is pretty good. That is also after a bye that all teams have.