Some worrying signs for the Dockers today.
Pavlich was out of sorts…and thats okay, but it was compounded by the fact that the team seemed to have an innane need to kick to Pav, even when he was surrounded by three Pie players. We have to learn that with so many good forward players, we dont have to be Pav-centric. In fact as the game was being lost in the middle, Pav went into the centre, and while it was not so much Pav’s influence in the middle, so much as players going long to McPharlin which helped us.
In the end there were to many passengers, players who are good, not putting in the required four quarter effort. I thought with the Pies cramping up during the third, we were in with a real chance during the fourth, but it was not to be. The Pies enthusiasm and young energetic players keep the ball down in their half.
Just a word on Mark Johnson…..sigh. I watched him during the practice match and was less than impressed with his effort and speed. Today…sigh. I really hope Harvey does not persist with him at the expense of Palmer, and Warnock.
Great to see Bell, McManus, Hayden and Sandilands play well.