@Watson11 brings up a good discussion:
“Would love some discussion on why the G is such a bogey ground for us against good teams. Since Goody has been coach we have had 4 wins and 21 losses against sides that finished top 6 that year.
Is it psychological, or is our game plan fundamentally flawed and too easy to pick apart by the best teams on the wider ground?
PS Please don’t roll out the myth that we play Optus well and it’s the same width because it isn’t (it’s 130m wide versus the G’s 141m)”
The way our defence is structured relies on intercept marking and zoning off players. The smaller the ground the easier it is to do. Unfortunately the MCG with its wider boundaries means there are more chances to isolate our defenders and play one-on-one.
Larger grounds also need either very quick players or elite foot skills… we don’t have either