What Makes a Good Pre-Season?

What makes a good game of the West Coast Eagles and the Saints in the last Pre-Season match?

(Warning:  the following is very one-eyed)

  1.  Winning:  so much for that for St.Kilda, one win of the three rounder (note 34 degrees at night), a splosh around in the rain and floods, playing amongst ourselves at Wangaratta (a cold one but a win in the public relations field) and in Alice Springs a defeat in 39 degree weather to the much better West Coast Eagles.
  2. No injuries: it seems that we’ve been lucky that none of the Saints boys were battered too badly and it was awful to see the clash between Stanley’s ball just off the boot and poor West Coaster McKenzie.  Awful to watch, good news that he didn’t need hospital.
  3. New Boys in Town: it was good to see lots of the new young men showing some form and fighting for a spot in the big games.  Liked what I saw of Cripps, Siposs, Steven, Ledger, Winmar, Stanley, Simpkin this weekend again.
  4. Magicians: Need I say more than NIC NAITANUI’s high mark.
  5. Almost Magicians:  The almost mark by Brendon Goddard.  He does like flying.
  6. Comfort:  sitting with Rina and watching in the nice cool evening not in the heat, the wet and rain, or even more heat.
  7. Being beaten badly:  Or badly enough that the coach can see what needs to be changed and worked on ready for the season proper
  8. Sneaks:  Milne and Schneider looked like continuing their habits in the new year, a crumb near goal, some miss, and some are winners.
  9. Kosi improves: looking better, more confident, and in with a chance.
  10. Bad habits:  It seems that when in doubt we bomb, when confident, kick to kick, pass to pass and more success.
  11. Twin Towers:  West Coast had beauties in Naitanui and Cox, Stanley and McEvoy for the Saints will settle (if Nick Riewoldt stops crashing into McEvoy full on both trying to get the ball).
  12. Watters (channelling a young Colin Firth):  Need I say more.  How cute even when grumpy.
  13. Weather:  what more can be said.
  14. Present:  at least both teams were there
  15. Hot:  players looking hot both figuratively and metaphorically
  16. We’re almost there: The local cricket is over, the footy is only two weeks away, with only a foreign game to go i.e. two interstate teams Adelaide and West Coast to play the NAB final next Saturday night.
  17. The media boys (and too few girls) are back in town:  All the TV, radio, newspapers are full of preparation for the season proper.  All the footy shows are almost back. Is Before the Game returning?  Marngrook?
  18. Shhhhhhh, can you hear that???  That’s the sound of silence….no dramas, no headlines, no scandals and no worries, the Saints are quietly working away in this, the new year.
  19.  The Saints lost but I finished another painting:  the work goes on in 2012.

Yvette Wroby, feeling the pre-season hope, and still dreaming.

11th March 2012

About Yvette Wroby

Yvette Wroby writes, cartoons, paints through life and gets most pleasure when it's about football, and more specifically the Saints. Believes in following dreams and having a go.


  1. Yvette – No.9. He does it to Saints supporters every year. He’s fool’s gold that bloke. Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

    I’m currently musing over my ladder predictions for Gigs’ Ladder Ladder competition and can’t figure where to slot the Saints in.

  2. Peter Baulderstone says

    I know you warned it was one-eyed Yvette, but how did you move Subiaco to Alice Springs in Point 1?
    It was my debut viewing for the season, and I am very bullish about Eagles being Top 4 again. Cox and Natanui looked spectacular. I have a very high opinion of Jack Darling, but I thought he was probably going to take another few years. Took some strong pack marks in the 2nd half. I don’t think Woosha has pushed them for the NAB Cup. Looks like our success has been a combination of a kind draw, and a lot of fringe players desperate for the 3 or 4 possies up for grabs. The self motivation is a good sign.
    Thought Saints were competitive to half time, but the lack of leg speed seems to me to have been the biggest problem in recent years. Hope you find some with your youngsters, but I didn’t see much evidence on Saturday.

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