Derby de­mo­li­tion a re­al­ity check

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cal Looklo -

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.

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