McGuire proud of Pies’ ef­forts

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - BEN McKAY

UN­DE­NI­ABLY there’s pain at Colling­wood af­ter com­ing so close to the AFL premier­ship.

But there’s also a de­fi­ant sense of pride fol­low­ing a sea­son which be­gan on the brink and ended in a spec­tac­u­lar grand fi­nal.

Colling­wood led West Coast for the ma­jor­ity of yes­ter­day’s de­cider at the MCG but fell vic­tim to an in­cred­i­ble set shot from Dom Sheed to lose by five points.

Pres­i­dent Ed­die McGuire rode every bump with his team in the stands, and looked a bro­ken fig­ure in the af­ter­math of the de­feat. “You come here with hope in your heart ... that’s what big-time sport is all about,” he said.

“If you put your­self out there you’re go­ing to feel dev­as­ta­tion at times.

“I bought into what Nathan Buck­ley and the boys brought to the ta­ble this year. As it turns out, we were in front for 95 per cent of the game and be­hind for 5 per cent. The bot­tom line is, we’re be­hind from eter­nity from here.”

Ever the sales­man, McGuire didn’t take long to pivot to the pos­i­tives for his club.

McGuire said ev­ery­one at Colling­wood had the right to feel proud of their ef­forts af­ter the side re­gen­er­ated from al­so­rans to grand fi­nal run­ners-up.

“It’s been en­joy­able this week to see the foot­ball world look at us other than Colling­wood the tra­di­tional and the hated side,” he said.

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