Interesting to read Brooks’ comments the other day that if Tigers miss the Top 8, they will mark it down as a failed year, because their goal was to play finals this year.
Got me thinking, if we lose this weekend, would you classify 2016 as a successful year? Or would you look back on it like a 2007 or 2009, where we should have made the Top 8 and did not?
Personally, I had low expectations, so to be on the cusp of finals footy, I think I’ll still be positive even if we don’t make it this year, esp because the performances have arguably improved as the season has matured.
Surely JT has done a decent job this year - with 1 game to play we have 11 wins, something we have not achieved since 2011. On the other hand, we have won 10 or more games in all bar 5 seasons, so 11 is par for the course (the actual average is 10.5 wins per season).
Our attack is better (points per game) than any season since 2011, though we are actually conceding slightly more points per game than last year (that 60-pt thrashing not helping).
But for the 6-game losing streak between rounds 3-8, the rest of the season has been pretty good.
I think it also gives some perspective on what a fine line there can be between finals and no finals. We had 10 wins in 2014 and finished 13th, 10 wins in 2004 and finished 9th. We had 14 wins in 2005 and finished 4th. We may find ourselves with 12 wins this year and still finishing 9th (just like 2009).