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The Danger Of Believing What You Read
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, October 05 2017 @ 05:30 pm ACDT

Regarding Adelaide of 1997/98 you suggest they weren't the best over the year but they got it right at the pointy end, I think what is forgotten, and I'm writing from memory too, is that late in the minor round 1997 Adelaide was indeed top, but coach Malcolm Blight allowed fitness coach Neil Craig to basically smash the players so their fitness would be superior in the finals. In my opinion (and others) that is why they dropped a couple of games late and slipped down the ladder, before overrunning teams in the finals to win their first flag.

A direct consequence of winning a flag is then that you're well behind the other teams when you return to pre-season training both because of the mandatory break and because of the players that had to wait for their surgery. So Adelaide was pretty slow to start 1998 but came home strong to go back to back (why didn't that make your mini-dynasty list?).

Where you say "What the data does imply is that whichever clubs can put together the right personnel on and off the field, create club stability and build a healthy club culture will be successful." yes it's true, so long as we are clear that success does not equal a premiership... there have been many clubs that have got everything right but still gone home empty handed.

I may have the strength to comment on this year's grand final later.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN