Saturday night will be the end of the NAB Cup, thank God for that.
There seems to be a lack of interest from a lot of clubs.
Essendon wanted to be in Wangaratta for as little time as possible and clubs had to go and play at some out-of-the-way places.
A lot of their stars are rested and the only thing that really counts is Round 1 when they really get stuck into it.
clubs have had a real lack of form, with big Victorian clubs
Collingwood and Carlton struggling along with Melbourne who were belted
by Hawthorn last week.
The question is, will they be able to flick the switch come Round 1?
you're going to set your season up you must win five or six out of the
first seven or eight matches and hope to hell the players who were
injured in the NAB Cup are back on track and you don't lose any more
Of course everyone is talking up the Hawthorn machine.
But they talked up the Dogs last year and they ended up sacking their coach and finishing nowhere.
I don't think the Hawks will sack their coach but I don't know if they're going to win a premiership, it's a bit early to call.
if you ask every coach or CEO at the moment of every club, they'll tell
you we've made some real headway and what you will see out on the
ground this year is better than 12 months ago.
Even GWS who, beat the Suns at Lavington, will want to win a couple of games.
Of course the Suns rested a few of their players in the last quarter and will say it was only a practice match.
thing's for sure, in eight weeks' time the rumour mill will be in full
swing and the knives will be out for one or two coaches.
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