Winning ‘didn’t happen enough’

Winning ‘didn’t happen enough’

We’re really disappointed to finish sixth on the ladder. That said, not all was bad in 2014.

We improved defensively by two goals on what we did in 2013.

But we didn’t defend as well in attack; we relied on our quality backmen too much.

We were unable to keep the ball in our half and our foot skills were often abysmal.

Below all of that, we’re confident in the structure of the side for 2015. We were able to expose our next tier of league footballers after being hit with a number of injuries.

However, it doesn’t hide the fact we were below the mark this year. We play to win and that didn’t happen enough in 2014.

Luckily, it did against Perth at Lathlain Park last Saturday.

The players provided the perfect send-off for Dan Hunt and Anthony Tsalikis with an 82-point victory. Hunt and Tsalikis were terrific, with Dan kicking four goals in the last quarter and Slick booting four of his own while taking 31 possessions.

We made the unlikely move of Hunt from defence into the forward line midway through the second quarter.

We thought about swapping him back to defence in the second half after he failed to score but he told me he’d stay in attack.

He came up big in the last term, which was a funny experience for a guy who’d only kicked two goals in his career.

Shane Nelson again proved he’s an exceptionally good footballer around the contest.

There’s not many players who can find the ball 52 times.

His ability to get clear in traffic is as good as any player in WAFL footy.