Lessons to be learned for North

Updated: March 14, 2016
North Geelong coach Daniel Kee. Picture: AL PACKER
North Geelong coach Daniel Kee. Picture: AL PACKER

North Geelong coach Daniel Kee. Picture: AL PACKER

NORTH Geelong coach Daniel Kee has been around football long enough to know you can’t change the past.

He also knows that if you don’t learn from it you are doomed to fail again.

The last two GDFL grand finals have been forgettable days for the Magpies.

After being dispatched by Bell Post Hill by 54 points in 2014, they found themselves that same margin behind at half time of last year’s decider, eventually falling to the Panthers by 85 points.

“What happened on grand final day was a bit of a reflection on what we did not so well during the whole year,” Kee, who is entering his second season in charge, said.

“It caught up with us on that day.

“Yeah, there’s definitely a lot to learn.

“All we’ve got to do now, while we’re at training, is just get stuck into it, because if we keep repeating those same mistakes, we’ll probably, at best, make a grand final again.”

On reflection, Kee believes North Geelong got “beat-up” around the contest.

“Their defensive pressure was some of the best I’ve ever come up against, and ours was non-existent.” he said.

“We’ve done a fair bit of it over pre-season; our intent to pressure the opposition.

“(It’s) stuff that has nothing to do with skill or ability, it’s just that intent to put a bit of pressure on.”

Kee says the back-to-back losses provides him with motivation to add a premiership medal to the one he collected in 2013.

“I know it drives me to keep coming to training every night and trying to improve little bits here and there.

“But, once Round 1 comes around, there’s no point on looking back on grand final day last year.”

And he isn’t buying into speculation that Bell Post Hill will drop-off after the departure of five-time premiership coach Brent Grgic and key trio Dylan Witney, Caleb Bacely and Beau McNamara to GFL club Grovedale.

“You talk to people who are associated with the league who tend to think that might be the case.

“But I’m not prepared to write them off yet.

“They’re a pretty special side. To do the things they’ve done, they’re not just going to let it slip overnight.

“I’m definitely not writing them off. I wish I could, but I’m not.”

North Geelong travels to Winter Reserve for a clash with Belmont Lions on April 2 to open its season.

Twitter: @tom_king79

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