I felt our game against South Adelaide was a step backwards on the season to date. I felt we lacked composure with ball in hand -we retreated on defense instead of being brave and coming at our opponents; denying time and space, and I felt we lacked discipline (5 x 25m penalties and 3 goals against from free kicks).
I felt we had too many passengers on the day with 10 players recording less than 10 possessions, not including Harvey Bock who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Our fundamentals cost us at critical moments – we went at 57% Disposal Efficiency for the day. Our inability to defend in the air cost us; with three goals coming from opposition contested marks – two of them on the goal-line. We couldn’t consistently lock the ball in our front half – either being out-marked inside our own F50 or beaten at ground level. All areas we need to continuously work on and get better at.
Positives to come out of the game were that we won clearances despite losing hit-outs by 71. It has been a slow burn for our Midfield Group but the work they have put into their game and craft has been impressive and they are reaping reward for their efforts.
We will continue to work hard over the coming fortnight as we prepare for an important game against Adelaide in Murray Bridge as we honor the great Neil Kerley on Sunday the 13th of August.
Best Players: Kobe Ryan, Michael Mattingly, Jono Beech
Adam Hartlett – League Coach