Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT -

IN ev­ery sea­son each club is un­der pres­sure. For those at the top, it is about a top-four fin­ish, for teams in the mid­dle, it’s about the op­por­tu­nity to play fi­nals. Clubs strug­gling near the bot­tom are deal­ing with the scru­tiny and dis­ap­point­ment of a sea­son slip­ping away and seem­ingly a lack of pro­gres­sion.

Ade­laide and Mel­bourne are teams hav­ing much said and writ­ten about them. The Crows are win­less and strug­gling, pos­si­bly a by-prod­uct of the up­heaval and a new se­nior coach find­ing his feet.

Mel­bourne is be­ing chal­lenged based on re­sults and the per­cep­tion it would re­bound from a dis­ap­point­ing 2019.

Both clubs have an es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent, a host of young play­ers with char­ac­ter, com­pet­i­tive­ness and tal­ent.

What will de­fine their im­me­di­ate fu­ture is how they man­age these tough pe­ri­ods. The club will main­tain its mes­sag­ing to do the best to en­dure sup­porter and me­dia feed­back.

In­side the club, the footy depart­ment is where the most im­por­tant work is tak­ing place. En­sur­ing re­la­tion­ships are healthy, there is a con­nec­tion to the cause, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion is clear and con­sis­tent.

A cri­sis can cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to thrive; team se­lec­tion gives new play­ers a chance to play, game plans sim­plify. In­di­vid­ual vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties can bring peo­ple closer to­gether, op­ti­mism built through keep­ing a pos­i­tive growth mind­set.

Coach­ing groups main­tain­ing re­spect and en­cour­age­ment for their play­ers and be­ing pos­i­tive role mod­els can help cre­ate re­silient and durable young peo­ple.

Both teams have up­side and will start to win games soon.

Ade­laide and Mel­bourne are coached by peo­ple of high char­ac­ter and built around the ba­sics of the game.

Much of the crit­i­cism is an is­sue of chem­istry, co­he­sion and con­fi­dence.

All three are usu­ally short­term, fix­able prob­lems.

If Ade­laide and Mel­bourne stay true, re­main ded­i­cated and em­pa­thetic to their peo­ple and view this time as an op­por­tu­nity to thrive, they will climb the ladder.

For ob­vi­ous rea­sons, this is a very dif­fer­ent sea­son, but the same ups and downs re­main — in­juries, form, of-field is­sues and more.

The strong and com­mit­ted teams and clubs will find a way through tur­bu­lence.

They al­ways do.

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