Mak­ing sense of sud­den fi­nals exit

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT - with Josh Kennedy

ONE bad night at the of­fice and it’s sea­son over.

It just hap­pens quickly at this time of the year and af­ter months of hard work and plan­ning, you come away with noth­ing to show for it.

Un­for­tu­nately, that’s the harsh re­al­ity of AFL football.

You work hard to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties, but if you don’t cap­i­talise on those chances, then an­other sea­son slips straight through the fin­gers.

Last Thurs­day night at Su­bi­aco Oval against the Western Bull­dogs in an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal, for what­ever rea­son, we did not play at our best and on the other hand they were great.

The end re­sult was that the Bull­dogs ad­vanced to the sec­ond week of the fi­nals se­ries and we put 2016 be­hind us and start look­ing ahead.

It re­ally is a case of mixed emo­tions.

We had a pretty good year, win­ning 16 games and that would usu­ally earn your team a top-four spot, but for the first time in AFL his­tory that wasn’t the case this year.

That put us in the po­si­tion of play­ing a sud­den-death fi­nal and it comes down to what hap­pens on the night.

And we sim­ply weren’t good enough.

Be­fore we move on to next year, we’ll an­a­lyse what went wrong, learn from it and try to im­prove next sea­son.

The sud­den­ness of a sea­son end­ing like that is tough to deal with.

We cer­tainly weren’t think­ing about that go­ing into the game against the Dogs, but we did know it was go­ing to be a chal­lenge.

The Bull­dogs play a manic brand of football, they had five qual­ity play­ers com­ing back into their team and we knew we would need to be at our best to beat them.

Dis­ap­point­ingly, we could not do that.

Now we will go on our break, think about the ar­eas we need to ad­dress, both in­di­vid­u­ally and col­lec­tively, and come back in Novem­ber ready to have an­other crack at it.

On be­half of the boys, to all the West Coast fans out there, thanks for the great sup­port.

Sorry we couldn’t get the job done, but we’ll be back af­ter a break do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to get an­other shot at it in 2017.

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