Fyfe’s text consoles deflated de Boer
A quote from former teammate Nat Fyfe provided some comfort to Matt de Boer as Greater Western Sydney made another heartbreaking exit from September action at the MCG on Saturday night.
Many of the Giants players were in tears in the rooms after their 10-point semifinal loss to Collingwood, which follows consecutive preliminary final defeats.
“It’s a deflating result,” de Boer said. “You can’t take anything away from Collingwood, they were too good. They beat us around the ball and in big finals we all need to step up in that contested ball area.
“I just got sent a quote from an ex-teammate, Nathan Fyfe. It said: ‘Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’. I think he pinched it from Winston Churchill.
“That’s what I’ll tell the boys. We took a lot out of the year in terms of some of our younger guys, who took some great steps — Zac Langdon, a good WA boy — and a lot of other things we learnt.
“We didn’t finish where we wanted to and that sucks, to put it plainly, and all the boys are pancake flat. But what do you do? The sun comes out tomorrow and we’ll just continue to get better.
“We weren’t good enough and that hurts.”
De Boer, who signed a twoyear deal at the end of last year and was added to the Giants’ leadership group this season, conceded it would have been nice to have fewer injuries.
The 28-year-old was restricted to 14 games this season, while prime movers such as Josh Kelly, Tom Scully, Toby Greene, Zac Williams, Heath Shaw, Jon Patton and Brett Deledio had long stints on the sidelines.
“Injuries are never ideal and you want that continuity in the group,” de Boer said.
“I’m a perennial optimist ... the capability is certainly in the group,” he said. “It’s just about adapting and executing a lot better than we did.”