Fyfe’s text con­soles de­flated de Boer

The West Australian - - THE GAME - Brid­get Lacy

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.”

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