Tigers coach Damien Hardwick spoke to the media after the game.
Almost hard to sum up the emotions after the draw. It’s unusual. What was your message to the players, specifically in the last 60 seconds?
You can watch the last 60 seconds individually, but the reality is that Noah gave himself a chance to win the game. The clock ran out, but he put himself in the right position and you know, like last week, learn from it. Yeah. It is difficult to set up. We had enough opportunities. We had two effective shots to try and win the game. I got zero points for them. It’s an unusual situation.
Do you play and coach this type of situation in training like the players follow what they should have done or is it just unusual?
It’s unusual. And it is done. At the end of the day, it’s 0.3 seconds before it hits his shoe. It is what it is.
Have you spoken to Noah since the match ended?
Yeah, we’ve been through that. He’s disappointed like any kid, but the fact is, that’s part of the equation. There are a number of things we didn’t do so well tonight. But we can sit there and watch the last game, but we made some mistakes that cost us goals.
Where does it stand on the scale for the last three weeks? You had a lot of chances, but you didn’t convert them. Where does it fit for you in that regard?
Hard to say to be honest. Sometimes, you know, a fun game, I’d say. It was slow and boring I would say in different stages. Yeah, it was a challenge. We’ll digest it, look at it and see what it shows. Hard to say at this point.
You played Nankervis forward more than usual…
We were. The same. We also missed a few chances but Soldo was really good at the start of the game. He thought he would get a clean hand on the ball. We probably didn’t capitalize on our first possession in the first quarter it was nine or 10, but only three or four turnovers. Toby, we needed a contest going forward. That’s what he provided. Soldo had done fairly well against Darcy before. We thought we’d give it another look.
By the end of the match, neither side knew how to win the match or capitalize on their opportunities. Freo also had their chances. Something about the pressure in these situations, does it affect the players in the game?
Did you play in a close match?
Maybe at the junior level.
It’s the same. The pressure is increasing. You have to make decisions. What people don’t realize is the game is incredibly hard. Both sides are effectively trying to work their way through 18 players in the half of the pitch. It is difficult. So they will make mistakes. Games like that, high pressure, high stakes, are really challenging and the players are tested, but they often react in the right way.
What was wrong with Ben Miller?
He seized up in his calf and was severely cramping towards the end. He may be fine. I’m not too sure.
Dylan Grimes? Did he seem to try a bit in the last quarter?
I think he was fine from our point of view, I think he’s fine. Hopefully we will understand it better tomorrow.
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