Ive been reflecting for the last few days, and while im disappointed in how we played on saturday, something has been gnawing at me.
so i did a bit of quick research.
we have a pattern of losing to much lesser teams and it costing us at the end of the year.
Lost to st Kilda (finished 16th) – missed top 4 (instead of 3rd), end up playing away to wce in prelim
Lost to dockers at mcg (finished 14th), lost to kangaroos twice (15th) – missed finals by %
Lost to carlton twice (3 wins) – finish 7th 1 game out of top 4
Lost to hawks (4 wins) – finish 5th, a game out of top 4
Lost to dockers (15th) – finish 4th instead of 2nd
ive pretty much just looked at finals years and losses to teams who finished bottom 4 (wasnt much point looking at 2012 for example)
if we ever want to be a REAL force in september, we have to make sure we dont drop these games.
of course, what if, what if. but off days in may cause problems in september.
Edit - left out 2002 (should have beaten adelaide in that final) and 2000 - we didnt drop a silly game in 2000 and made the GF. Shock horror.