A Geelong star has completely savaged his facet’s efficiency within the preliminary ultimate as ‘the most embarrassing 45 minutes of football’ in his profession.
Geelong midfielder Isaac Smith was scathing in his evaluation of his group’s efficiency within the preliminary ultimate and labelled a second half spell as “the most embarrassing 45 minutes of football” in his profession.
The Cats had been torn to items by Melbourne, who dominated them all through your complete contest to emerge 19.11 (125) – 6.6. (42) victors on the night time.
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At the halftime siren, Geelong was solely 29 factors behind the Demons — not a really perfect scoreline, however not completely out of the competition both.
However, the Dees piled on 50 factors within the third quarter because the Cats may solely muster an embarrassing solitary level.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled round, Melbourne was in cruise management while Geelong couldn’t anticipate the ultimate siren to sound.
For Smith, it was a time frame he’ll keep in mind for the remainder of his profession for all the flawed causes.
“To be honest, I was pretty embarrassed walking off the oval,” Smith instructed RSN.
“Playing that last quarter-and-a-half was probably the most embarrassing 45 minutes of football that I’ve played in my career to be honest.
“When you’re running around and you know that there’s a lot of people watching the game and there’s a full stadium and we just didn’t deliver.
“It was pretty disappointing.”
The loss means Geelong have did not win a premiership in 9 years after successful three flags in 5 seasons.
The membership additionally has the second-oldest common age within the competitors with 25.3, however Smith refused to level the finger at an ageing roster as a motive for his or her lack of success.
Instead, the 32-year-old believes they merely have to mud themselves down and have one other go in 2022.
“Whether we just didn’t time our run right or we had other things go against us, we need to look at it and figure out what happened,” Smith mentioned.
“Because we’ve still got the list that can certainly have a crack at it.
“We can’t be up there for the whole year and then just fall off the edge of a cliff, I would’ve thought.
“We’ve got an older list, but to do it one way isn’t necessarily the only way to do it.
“I think Geelong have shown, especially over the last five or six years, that having an older group’s been extremely positive for them.
“We still think we’ve got the team to reload and go again.
“Sure, there’ll be changes and things will happen, but we certainly need to sit down and really analyse what happened, especially towards the end of this year, and try and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”