Firstly, let's be honest. The result means little. In fact, it might mean nothing at all. There's a fair chance that the AFL season won't really get going and, if it does, it will be pretty compromised. Getting rolled by the Eagles in Perth is, well, meaningless really.
However, if we want to take a critical eye to the game, then to me we got rolled in one area - our delivery inside 50. We did exactly what we hoped we wouldn't do, and that's kick the ball to the hot spot inside 50. They picked it off, hit us on transition and made us look silly in some instances. When we lowered our eyes we looked better, but too often we would get the ball, take a few seconds and then just lob it into the air in the hope something would happen. And what happened was guys like Shannon Hurn did as they pleased. It was disappointing to see.
We have time to rectify this, and I am certain in time we would right ourselves, but against Top 6 sides we get cut to pieces. They are a slick, well drilled side who hit targets and make you pay. Playing them in Perth is probably the hardest task in football, so there is no shame in getting rolled, but it was a shame to see it happen the way it did. Had we taken a few early chances things might have been different, but as it stands, we didn't take them and they did. It's pretty simple.
As for the positives, there were still plenty. Viney was sensational, while Langdon gave us exactly what we were after on the wings. I thought our talls down back were excellent, and we won plenty of the footy and generated plenty of inside 50s. We just botched it too many times.
Also, Pickett and Bedford did some good things in patches and will only get better with more senior footy. It's a shame that may not happen for another 12 months, but they are going to play a big part of our future.
Hopefully we see footy again this season but, if we don't, then we don't. The health of the nation is the most important thing. Get that right and then we can go back to enjoying our footy.