Buck­ley is left to lament ‘a waste of a year’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - GLENN MCFARLANE THE UP­SET

A GUT­TED Colling­wood coach Nathan Buck­ley main­tained yes­ter­day’s four-point pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal loss to GWS per­son­ally stung him more than last year’s heart­break­ing grand fi­nal near-miss.

For the sec­ond year in a row, the Mag­pies bowed out of the premier­ship race in ag­o­nis­ing cir­cum­stances — a fact Buck­ley ad­mit­ted made it hard for him to prop­erly ad­dress the

play­ing group fol­low­ing the game.

He ad­mit­ted it felt like “a waste of a year”, de­spite mak­ing it through to the penul­ti­mate week­end of the sea­son, say­ing his feel­ings — and those of his play­ers — were as raw as they had been fol­low­ing last year’s five-point grand fi­nal de­feat by West Coast.

“Yep, I said it felt worse (than the 2018 grand fi­nal),” Buck­ley (pic­tured) said af­ter the Mag­pies were de­nied a sec­ond-straight premier­ship play off. It’s just a jumble of emo­tions. It is quite dif­fi­cult af­ter a re­sult like that to stand in front of the play­ers and re­ally rap them up … we have just lost a game that look­ing at the last 30 min­utes, if we had found a lit­tle bit ex­tra through the early parts of the game, we could have won. But we didn’t.

“The side that won de­served to win it be­cause they were the bet­ter team on the night. The over­whelm­ing feel­ing for me is what a waste of a year.”

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