Draft gives even competition
with Josh Kennedy
FOR many years now the AFL has had equalisation systems like the draft and salary cap in place with the intention of giving every club the opportunity to succeed.
We have seen those measures bear fruit in a number of ways, including the fact that the Western Bulldogs and Richmond have won premierships in the past two years.
Of course, those clubs obviously did a lot of things right, but they capitalised on the opportunity and the system.
In the last couple of weeks we have seen more examples of those equalisation measures at work, with any team capable of beating any other on any given day.
It started with our game against Essendon at Optus Stadium last Thursday night, and then over the course of the weekend we saw the Bulldogs push North Melbourne within a couple of points and Carlton challenged Collingwood.
It’s a tight competition and fans from all clubs can go to games with realistic hopes.
As players we know that’s the case and we spend a lot of time preparing for each game.
We not only work on our own systems and structures but we also study the opposition and plot the best way to beat them.
That plan didn’t come together against the Bombers, but this week presents another opportunity against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval and we’ll aim to get things back on track.
While there was a little bit made of a couple of injuries in the last few weeks, part of becoming the team we want to be is about playing a particular style and brand of football regardless of the players selected.
You can only win games with the players who are out there and we believe we have the depth of talent to carry us through.
At the moment we are two or three wins away from guaranteeing ourselves a place in the finals. We sit at 10-3 after 13 games and probably need 13 wins to be assured of being part of the finals series.