If anyone feels reassured or has taken any
positives from what we've seen over the offseason, then you've got far rosier glasses than I have. A dismal performance in the 9s, followed up by two trial losses - including a decent spanking by a club most likely to finish in the bottom half of the ladder - and none of the so-called emerging stars (Perham
, Chanel Harris-Tavita
, and co) looked threatening. Anyone remember how lethal a young Konnie was when he burst into first grade? Or Shaun Johnson
? They were devastating. I haven't seen much about this new crop that suggests they'll be anything other than very average first graders.
After last year's debacle, what Kearney
, George and co. needed more than anything was a pre-season full of wins - from a PR perspective particularly. With Smith and Corvo gone, just two signings - none of note - and apparently a new-found desire to play positive footy, this was the perfect opportunity to showcase the touted 'changes'. I don't know about anyone else, but it looked to me like it was just more of the same. The players didn't look any fitter, the style didn't look any more adventurous, and the positional changes didn't do much to inspire confidence.
Yes, I get that I'm invariably negative about the current state of the club. I wish I wasn't. I've followed the Warriors since 95 and I've been fortunate to have some great connections within the club along the way that have at times filled me with hope, and at others, with despair. But I think until SK
is gone, and a wide sweep is made through the coaching team, everything is just window dressing. The flaws start at the top, and no amount of spin can hide the fact that Kearney
is a very poor coach, with an equally poor record.
Seriously, how would anyone expect players to buy into the coaching philosophy of someone with a winning record of 35.7%? To put that into context, even the perpetually maligned Paul McGregor wins nearly half of all games he coaches
is in charge, I struggle to find any reasons to be optimistic about the direction the club is going down.