A shedding semi-final this 12 months adopted a shedding preliminary last final 12 months, which adopted a shedding grand last the 12 months earlier than. It suggests a membership stepping away from rivalry. This incremental step backwards in finals has the texture of 2013 about it, with it a must replenish the checklist.
Buckley agreed the Magpies wanted just a few extra gamers just about in all places besides in defence . Troublingly, he appeared to forged doubt on whether or not the draft would supply them the solutions they wanted.
Hopefully this was not what he meant, for Port is a contemporary exemplar of a focused draft method. After false begins with different methods they determined to buy gamers of worth – Jared Polec, Chad Wingard – and attacked the draft with early picks. They have been good sufficient to do it in an excellent draft 12 months after which selected correctly. They’ve renovated, not rebuilt, and the brand new reno appears to be like nice.
Modifications to taking part in personnel and fixing a wage cap that’s perennially stretched (reaching a settlement with Dayne Beams would assist) are essential issues to unravel, however a dialogue additionally must be had round teaching.
Collingwood’s midfield and ahead line misfired for 90 % of the 12 months. They solely had just a few wins after they regarded like a workforce with a plan and confidence about the right way to transfer the ball. That isn’t all all the way down to the gamers.
Buckley is contracted for subsequent 12 months so he stays, however like post-2017 they should change the dynamics of the recommendation he’s getting. The loss this 12 months of Justin Longmuir from the coach’s field was important. They want to take a look at the administration of the midfield, ball motion and the forwards and alter the combo.
Was Brodie Grundy injured or was it the suffocating relentlessness of soccer in hub life? It is a vital query as a result of in a financially regulated surroundings you can not afford for one in every of your highest-paid gamers to have a 12 months like that.
Jaidyn Stephenson has now had one superb 12 months, one 12 months in shame and one 12 months of disappointment. From the skin, Stephenson appears to be like like a participant who received the Rising Star and thought he’d arrived. Subsequent season will probably be essential for him.
The subsequent large questions are about re-signing Darcy Moore and Jordan De Goey. The membership is assured Moore will re-sign quickly. De Goey is a extra vexed difficulty not only for Collingwood however different golf equipment. A uncommon matchwinner, he is because of face court docket later this month on a cost of indecent assault.
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Geelong’s downside, when you can name it that, was that they performed so properly, whereas their opposition performed so poorly, that they may surprise in the event that they addressed among the worries that they had popping out of the qualifying last the earlier week.
They have been virtually faultless from first bounce to final on the Gabba. Collingwood didn’t problem their midfield nor exploit fringe gamers the way in which Port did.
What could be stated with certainty is their common Achilles heel within the ruck was nothing of the kind on Saturday.
Rhys Stanley was terrific for the second week in a row. He’s so essential to them as a result of with Mark Blicavs they have a double act of athleticism and some extent of distinction with the opposite three groups.
Tom Hawkins kicked precisely. That’s all. The perfect factor a few romping win was it gave a confidence participant like Hawkins the sport he wanted in entrance of purpose.
The midfield was so imperious they might afford to play Patrick Dangerfield completely ahead. When Dangerfield performs like that it’s cheap to ask whether or not he’s a greater ahead than midfielder anyway. Good gamers try this, they depart you with a way that wherever they play you’ll be able to’t think about them being higher used anyplace else.
HILL TO CLIMB
St Kilda’s recruits from their aggressive low season trades largely did properly.
Even Dan Hannebery overcame his accidents to get again for finals, and was superb final week.
However Bradley Hill was a disappointment. He had poor finals and though Brett Ratten supplied a legitimate defence of him earlier within the 12 months his season is finest mirrored in the place Hill completed in the Saints best and fairest – exterior the highest ten.
The perfect 4 groups within the season are the final 4 groups standing. Once more.
This undermines perennial talk of a wildcard round to find out the final couple of spots within the finals.
Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports activities author specialising in AFL and athletics.