There’s no question it was a disappointing effort to lose the game by 63 points against Williamstown.
The players did not meet the standards they set for themselves.
We’ll now be judged on how we follow-up against East Perth on Saturday.
How hard can we work to recover from such a poor performance?
We are obviously a long way off the pace right now.
The remaining games of the season are as important as any to the future of our side.
It will help decide which players have a future at the club and which players want a future.
With injuries to Nick Rodda, who is out for the season with a knee problem, Steve Potente (knee), Kody Manning (shoulder) and corks suffered by Shane Nelson and Andrew Strijk on Tuesday, it gives our next tier a chance to have an influence at league level.
The challenge for us is to have the belief we can win any game.
The Seagulls outplayed us in most facets of the grand final at Kardinia Park.
They were hungrier and harder at the ball, especially in the first quarter when they kicked five goals.
We were shell-shocked and had no answers.
I thought we held our own around the contest after the first quarter, but we could not impact the scoreboard.
It was cold and the ground was slippery, but that’s no excuse for the level of effort we produced.
We were on a national stage, playing for a title and we didn’t measure up.
Our WAFL season has been dogged by our inability to play four quarters, and that emerged on Tuesday night.