I was staring into space a minute ago thinking “I just don’t have any excitement or a sense of anticipation for the AFLM footy season. And maybe this is the most disengaged I can remember feeling”. But now I remember I was just the same last year, even before Covid came to town. This might just be me now: the guy who warms up to footy season in April.
I have been riding the bumps with our AFLW side and I really feel like their improvement has been outstanding. If we’d had a kinder draw against some similarly new sides we might have had a few wins. Being underdogs is exciting.
Meanwhile in AFLM being the benchmark is satisfying, not exciting. The excitement is all in the prospects of young players pushing for selection and displacing their double- and triple-premiership teammates. Dynasties don’t last much longer than this in general, so there’s every prospect of a dip in fortunes at the very least.