Derby demolition a reality check
with Josh Kennedy SUNDAY’S Western Derby was certainly a tough day at the office and not what we had in mind when we prepared for the game.
Despite everything we did to work out how to handle Fremantle, we got a lesson on what it takes to be a top four team.
Fremantle dominated virtually every aspect of the game when it mattered and we struggled to influence the contest. We understood Fremantle was in good form, but they were white hot in the first 40 minutes.
We got a close-up education on how far we have to go to be a top four side.
They dominated the contested possession count and were terrific as they ran in waves and were so confident in what they were doing. So full credit to them for an outstanding effort.
We will take that loss, learn from it, continue to build and understand what it will take to get to the same point in our team’s development.
It wasn’t a great day for us, but there were positives. We fought it out and while the final margin of 30 points was a little flattering, at least we finished the game off and kept working.
As a group, we conceded a couple of years in age and experience to Freo. That’s not an excuse because we expected better going into the game, but across the board we will continue to build and mature.
While it was disappointing, we won’t dwell on it. Every game, win or lose, contributes to our education and sometimes the toughest losses can be the most beneficial. It’s one game in a long season and we look to responding against Brisbane.