Eagles’ coach flags ‘deep’ West Coast review
WEST Coast coach Adam Simpson is bullish about his playing group’s capabilities but, after their first AFL finals miss since 2014 was sealed, admits nothing will be off limits when they look for ways to immediately improve.
The Eagles’ season was officially ended in a 38-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday that was unusually tense, given the Lions left it until the final 30 seconds to secure the percentage-boosting win needed to jump into fourth ahead of the Western Bulldogs.
Missing Josh Kennedy, Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Tim Kelly, Brad Sheppard, Jack Redden and Liam Duggan West Coast conceded seven straight goals in the first term but got back to within a kick in the final quarter.
Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey and Elliot Yeo were dominant though as they matched the Lions in contested possessions and clearances and will now head home for a quarantine stint pondering what might have been.
“It’s obvious, the inconsistencies we’ve had this year with a whole wide range of things that we’ll look into, the injuries, the synergy, the fluctuations in-game,” Simpson said.
“We’ve got to get better. It’s been a pretty big campaign over the last several years and we need to take a breath, work out how we are going to get better.
“Energy and effort was there from the start and unfortunately there’s just been too many times this year where we just haven’t brought that same intensity when we’ve needed to,” Simpson said.
“We’ve got to learn and grow from that. There were some positive signs tonight.”