rows were a better side than last years

#1 von chenwen121314 , 25.03.2019 13:49

In so many ways, the Western Bulldogs and Luke Beveridge have smashed the mould that tells us what to expect of AFL premiership teams. Nike Air Zoom Canada .Beveridge entered the 2016 finals with hardly any of the KPIs that have come to be gospel in footy circles.For instance:1. The Dogs did not have enough experience, so it seemed. The team that won the preliminary and grand finals averaged 81 games per player, a ridiculously low number. Outside of the crusty veterans, Matthew Boyd and Dale Morris, and a 176-game player in Liam Picken, they were callow youth, with nine players having logged fewer than 50 games. Hawthorn in 2015 had players averaging 167 games.You needed to delve back to Adelaides 1997 outfit to find a less-experienced premiership team, the Crows coming in at 73 games per player. This explains why the Dogs were so nervous on grand final day. Or not!2. Beveridges team came from seventh place, which we know is unheard of. In the 23 years the AFL has had a top-eight finals system, no one has done it from there, or even reached the grand final before. Since the current finals configuration was adopted in 2000, the Bulldogs are the first to win from outside the top four. The reasons for that are simple: it requires winning four finals (and in the Bulldogs case, two of them interstate). The only previous team to win four finals, Adelaide in 1997, did it under the previous finals system.The conventional wisdom, spouted year-after-year, is that you have to finish top-four to win the flag. Its just been blown out of the water.3. The Bulldogs are not a high-scoring team. In the era of Alastair Clarksons Hawthorn, and following on from Bomber Thompsons Geelong, it has been accepted thought that you needed to be a heavy-scorer, probably in the top-four rankings, to win a flag. Hawthorn in their three consecutive flags, were No.1 every time. Fox Footys much-hyped premiership standard suggests a premiership team needs to score at least 100 points a game and concede fewer than 86 points, for example.But in the regular season, the Bulldogs were 12th in scoring with an average of 86 points per game. It is the lowest scoring rank of a premiership team since Paul Roos remarkably strong 2005 Sydney team, which defended so well and was 14th in points-for that season, eventually winning a premiership with eight goals on a picture-perfect afternoon.The key here is that when it counted, and when they played their best footy, the Dogs found a way to score an extra two goals a game in the finals: from the regular-season average of 84 points to 96 points. They conjured 14, 16, 13 and 13 goals in the big games, and continued to defend at the same rate (73 points per match). They did enough, albeit with an unconventional forward set-up with only one genuine tall (Tom Boyd), and with the seasons top goalkicker, Jake Stringer, having a stinker on grand final day.4. They did not spend big. Aside from the front-ended Tom Boyd contract, the Bulldogs have bucked the trend with football department spending, too. According to reports this week, they will be the first team in many years to win a flag without being in the top handful of clubs for football department spending, which counts player wages as well as coaching and other football costs. Beveridge has worked a miracle in this sense, for the whole point of the recently-introduced tax on this spending was based on the premise that the wealthy clubs were getting a clear advantage. So much for that theory.The lesson from all this? It is that there is hope. The Bulldogs were 14th in 2014, a short two years ago, which shows that with good coaching (and Beveridge has just written himself a ticket to years in this job), excellent recruiting (Simon Dalrymple and list manager Jason McCartney might be excused for the odd head-wobble this week) and smart development, a team can make quick strides.Fifteen of the 22 players who took the field on Saturday were taken after pick No.30 in the draft - an astonishing return on a modest investment. In the overall scheme of things at Whitten Oval, Dalrymple, the recruiting chief, has proved himself almost as valuable as the coach. Almost.All of these factors trump the idea that extracting early picks in the draft, which is fluky at best, are the key to improvement. Rather, the Bulldogs found organic growth from existing players like Picken, perhaps the most improved player in the competition and certainly the player of the finals, and from Jason Johannisen, a rookie. And, of course, they nailed the picks that they had Not to mention the great intangible of sports the world wide ... they had self-belief and it was never, ever shaken.Why not us? Why not, indeed. Nike Zoom Online Shop Canada .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. Nike Zoom Canada Sale . They had already blown a double-digit lead, fans were hitting the exits, and a long seven-game road trip waited at the end. . Reassurance came from Paul Tesori, his caddie and close friend whose newborn son is in intensive care in a Florida hospital. "Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day," Simpson said Sunday after doing just that. Adelaide are where they belong, captain Taylor Walker says.The Adelaide Football Club belong in finals, Walker said ahead of Saturday nights elimination final against North Melbourne.We have earnt our right to be here. We have won 16 games through the year.You just dont fall into finals.Adelaides last-round defeat to West Coast prompted doubt in many pundits about the Crows premiership credentials - but not Walker.I have got full belief and confidence that our footy will stand up in finals, he said.And I can guarantee you that I will be running out on Saturday night with 21 very, very hungry players.Its very important for uss to stamp our style on finals footy. Wholesale Nike Zoom Canada. Im confident that we can do that.A lot of hard work has gone into it and this is what you play footy for, to play finals.But Walker was uncertain whether this years Crows were a better side than last years edition which won an elimination final before losing a semifinal to eventual premier Hawthorn.Its hard to say better side, he said.We have developed. We have grown as a group, we have matured. But we will find out in the next three or four weeks. ' ' '

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