Oh please! We lost our mojo after the WCE win. Part of it was injuries, and part of it the travel and short breaks, but lets face it - how many 4 q games did we play all year? Footscray is one... other than that we relied on bursts to overcome flat spots. By and large it worked, but then again it cost us a lot of winnable games and a lot of gettable %.
We aren't a side that was ever really out of games in 2017, but we were also a side that was always a quick burst away from losing them either.
Too many cameo players in the later half of the year, and not enough discipline or maturity to apply the brakes when things went against us.
It hurts... but only a little. After the North game I could see that we weren't half the team that beat Adelaide, and that at least half our list needed to play solid 20 touch games each week, rather than 30 one week and ten another, to be any sort of threat in September.
Done properly it can be built on over summer, so I hand it to the coaches to now make that happen.