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