What we learned from the Mitchelstown GPX final
It’s the first round of the season, and there’s a lot to like.
The Mitcheltown team has looked a little better and a lot more confident this week than they did in round two.
Their win over the Sydney Swans on Friday night was a solid showing, while the two-point win over St Kilda on Saturday night was another.
That’s not to mention the victory over Essendon on Sunday night, and the fact they’ve won their last three home games, all against the Cats.
It’s clear the Blues have been better than they were last week, and that has to be a big factor.
Their defence has improved and they’ve been playing with more intensity and energy.
That can only help them to get back on track and to win games.
But for the Blue’s to get to the final, they’ll need to win the game in their own backyard.
The Blues have won nine of their last 11 games and have an advantage of two points over the Cats (one point on top of that).
The Bombers have the same margin over the Bombers, but their home ground, the MCG, is more favourable to them.
If the Blues are to win, they need to take their foot off the gas.
They’ve had a slow start, so it’s imperative they get a few good performances in, which they’ve done so far.
And there’s plenty of good players in the Blues’ squad who could be crucial for them to turn it around.
What’s next for the Blues?
It’s a matter of when, not if, they win the first grand final in their history.
There’s plenty to like about the team that won their first title in 2014 and have made a strong run through the league this season.
They’re still young, but there’s no doubt they’re capable of being one of the best teams in the league.
They’re a big-time club, and they’re going to need to make it to the finals if they want to have a shot at a third.
Where will the Blues finish?
The Blues are the defending premiers and will be looking to win their fifth title in six years, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be sitting on the top spot in the competition.
They have plenty of competition in the middle of the pack, and if the Blues want to be among the top five, they’re likely to need a few more wins than they have so far this season to get there.