Although Craig McRae’s cardiac children misplaced their Midas contact after they wanted it most, he is aware of Collingwood is onto one thing.
However first, the Magpies coach is set to maintain Jordan de Goey
McRae was equal components shattered and proud after they fell to Sydney by one level — 14.11 (95) to 14.10 (94) — in Saturday’s riveting preliminary ultimate on the SCG.
Collingwood stormed into the highest 4 with a unlikely string of tight wins — they had been 9-1 in video games determined by seven factors or much less — however on the enterprise finish of the season, they misplaced the qualifying ultimate to Geelong by six factors.
And now they’ve ended their season by the barest of margins.
However, the “winners solely” message that the first-year senior coach wrote on the changeroom whiteboard stands true for a group that stormed from second-bottom final 12 months.
It was an extension of the rapid aftermath of their slim loss to the Cats, when a handful of Collingwood gamers slumped to the bottom in despair.
That irked McRae, who instructed them post-match not to take action once more.
And instantly after Saturday’s loss, the Collingwood gamers stayed standing and thanked their followers, who applauded them in return.
“The way in which they thanked them as they’re strolling off the bottom — I have never seen that to too many groups, enjoying an interstate ultimate, and dropping and then you definately go and thank your supporters and the supporters thank them simply as a lot,” McRae stated.
“That is a reasonably particular factor.
“I did write up on the whiteboard we’re ‘winners solely’ — winners solely, for us, is a catch cry we have used proper from day one.
“Generally whenever you lose, you possibly can nonetheless act like winners. It is about what we need to be”.
Whereas nothing is assured for subsequent season, McRae is assured they’ll construct on this 12 months’s heroics.
“As you’d count on, you place lots on the road, you come all the way down to little moments, but it surely’s been a protracted 12 months of attempting to raised ourselves and push new alternatives and new discovery and new chance. We fall agonisingly brief,” he stated.
“We begin 18th once more, however there’s numerous stuff that is been constructed and beginning to change into foundations of what we need to be.
“There is a sample of behaviour that is been constant, that implies why we’re on this place.
“I already know our sport plan does not must be … reinvented. Most of it is all there and the expansion within the group has been excellent.”
However first issues first. Instantly after the sport, McRae buttonholed de Goey’s supervisor.
De Goey’s low season misdemeanours over the previous 12 months put his future at Collingwood doubtful, however the Magpies star has been large within the second half of the season.
Certainly, Luke Parker’s excellent job on de Goey was a key purpose the Swans received.
“I grabbed his supervisor and stated ‘let’s get to work on this’, as a result of I’ve stated this overtly, I would like Jordy at our footy membership subsequent 12 months,” McRae stated.
“Now I do not understand how that is progressing, however hopefully it is progressing in the precise route — not as a result of he is Jordy de Goey, however I simply suppose this surroundings is one of the best place for Jordy de Goey.”