Cat’s complaints and the trade that could cost them
WHILE the Cats were smashed by Port Adelaide in last Friday night’s qualifying final, continuing their recent poor record in the first week of finals, one pundit is saying it’s the “complaining” about rule changes which ultimately could lead to their downfall.
Kane Cornes said while he admired what the Cats have been able to do in recent seasons, their complaints about game length and rule changes have been hard to ignore.
He said they might be left in a “bit of a mess” if their lucrative trade for gun forward Jeremy Cameron didn’t see them achieve premiership success.
“I admire them so much because every year you think they’re going to drop off and then they’re around the mark,” Conres said.
“The language coming out Geelong this year has been concerning. From the start of the year they’ve said they don’t want the games extended, we don’t want the interchange slashed and we don’t not want to have the pre-finals bye.
“It’s all been suited to an older side. All these changes, the length of the game going up, they were upset about the season being extended and the pre-finals bye being scrapped.
“It just didn’t suit them and there’s been a lot of complaining and questions from them, they make some good points in the end, but you could tell there’s some real concern about the age of this group.
“The Jeremy Cameron [trade] was the last throw of the stumps and if it doesn’t come off, they’re left with a bit of a mess.”
– BY LAURENCE ROSEN/ SEN