Pain’s Talking Points – AFL Round 20
Lack of fight in Lions isn’t helping Leppitsch
The Lions have showed no fight or even want to be on the field in its last two matches, let alone over the course of the season. Opponents treat the Lions as a training session and a percentage booster. It will be interesting to see who is the Brisbane coach next season, as it appears Justin Leppitsch’s position is near untenable.
Kangaroos are just making up the numbers in top 8
The Bulldogs showed North Melbourne for the pretenders they are. The Roos were up against a depleted Dogs side, yet could not kick a score above 50. Despite making two consecutive preliminary finals, North will struggle to win a finals game as just two of its 12 wins have come against top eight sides. This current team isn’t built for premiership, let alone finals success.
Pressure mounting on Bucks again?
Nathan Buckley’s seat has to be heating up, as his Pies are on track for a fourth consecutive season where its win-loss record is worse than the previous year. Injuries can be an excuse for a poor season 2016, but his history as Collingwood’s coach should be cause for Eddie McGuire and the board to possibly start looking for a replacement.
Saturday was a look into the Demon’s future
Melbourne’s future is starting to shine bright after its 29-point win over Hawthorn. The Demons young stars led the way in what was a showcase as to what the club can become in the near future. If development can continue, and they can add good key defenders, Melbourne could become a perennial premiership contender.
Bombers forward struggles continue
The Bombers forward issues need addressing, whether through the draft, via trade or a free agent pickup. Kicking no goals in the first half, and just four for the game against Geelong just isn’t good enough. Joe Daniher’s inaccuracy piles onto the pain, as he is expected to be Essendon’s key forward for years to come. Not trading Josh Jenkins (52 goals this season) despite picking him in the 2010 Rookie Draft may have gone a ways to help.