WAFL finals: Bill Monaghan reflects on season, rues missed chances


Michael Lourey marks against Swan Districts on Sunday. Picture: Dan White
Michael Lourey marks against Swan Districts on Sunday. Picture: Dan White

OUR loss to Swan Districts in the WAFL elimination final on Sunday was a similar scenario to many of our losses this season.

We had multiple first-quarter scoring opportunities that we did not take.

Then Swans took control and we found ourselves four goals down at quarter time. It meant we were playing catch-up for the rest of the game.

The players dug deep and had the opportunity to win the game in the final term but fell short.

Our output in front of goals this season was well below what we expected. We’ll end up around 45 per cent conversion rate and the league average is around 54 per cent.

That inaccuracy cost us three or four games this year.

Injuries were another factor that didn’t work in our favour.

But given we scraped into the finals in fifth spot, there’s obviously a lot of improvement we need to make heading into next season.

Among those focus areas will be our defence, our ball movement and our personnel.

There have not been any retirement announcements, but I will chat to each player in the coming weeks.

Older players on our list such as Matt Guadagnin, Andrew Strijk and Chris Keunen have not given any indication of their plans for next year.

Guadagnin trained really well last week after tweaking his hamstring late in the season and probably would have been picked had we not been playing a final.

Interstate recruits Scott Simpson and Michael Lourey are contracted for next year so I would expect them to return.

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