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FRIDAY DECEMBER 21 2018 SPORT 31 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA A HEARTBREAKING semifinal loss to end season 2018 is driving West to improve next year according to coach Stu Egan. The Bloods suffered a seven-point loss to Federal in a heated semi-final, stopping their 2018 campaign in its tracks. Egan, who has taken over as full time head coach of the Bloods for the upcoming season, said that loss is motivating his troops to improve this offseason. I really believe (that loss is driving us), he said. We had that game by the scruff of the neck, going into half time we could have been four goals up but we were only hear my voice and the voice of our assistant coaches right from the start, he said. We can start our planning straight away as well. Last year going from Dannys game plan to mine, switching mid-season was a bit difficult. This year we are already working on our structures so I think itll be a lot W E S T H E A D C O A C H S T U E G A N bring that Victorian culture to the club where we train hard, on game day we stick together and off field we do everything together as well. On game day, hopefully that means we can all trust each other. West will resume training at Jim McConville in the new year with all welcome. West's coaching group consisting of Stu Egan, Baden Peckham, Jackson Renzi and Josh Johnny with new recruit Michaelis McMasters (inset). Picture: MATT HENDERSON Heartbreaking loss is driving West forward four points up. The boys have reflected on that and I spoke to them pretty harshly after that game that we could have gone a little further last year than we did. I think the boys sat back and thought about that and realised it was a bit of a missed chance. Egan is hoping 2019 can be a different story for the Bloods, who began preparations for the new season a month ago. Egan now has full time control of the side after stepping in halfway through 2018 as caretaker coach when Danny Measures left town, saying being in the role from the beginning will make the world of difference. Its a huge benefit because the simple fact is, they get to easier and better for all the boys once the season gets rolling. As well as a strong pre season, new signings at the Bloods are cause for optimism according to Egan. The club has added Michaelis McMasters and Lloyd Turner to their roster, bolstering an already talented squad with the side still looking to add. Its really exciting. With Baden Peckham being assistant coach and a really popular guy, hes drawing a few names out to the club, Egan said. To pick up the quality of Mingy (McMasters) and Lloyd Turner, thats huge for us. It says something about the culture were bringing back to the club as well. Ive tried to ANTHONY GEPPA We train hard, on game day we stick together. A bitter pill to swallow for Tahs WARATAH coach Ryan Ayres chose his words carefully, less than 24 hours after watching his NTFL side snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. An Ezekiel Frank goal after the siren sank the Warriors on their home ground and meant three losses in the four matches since upsetting Southern Districts in Round 7. Franks goal was the Magpies seventh in the last quarter, completing a six-goal comeback after Waratah led by 35 points after five minutes of the term. It was a big momentum shift, something that is a big thing in footy, and we were on the wrong end of it this time, Ayres said. The game was a battle of the midfields all day. Palmerston was on top early before we came back in the middle of the game and they regrouped in the last quarter. Ayres played the role of coach and mentor in the changerooms after the loss, consoling several players who could not believe they had just lost the unlosable match. The boys were pretty devastated and it became a matter of trying to pick them up after that, Ayres said. Theres a lot to learn from that last quarter. There were a few occasions when we took a mark and decided to play on, which probably wasnt the right thing to do. Theres some small things we need to go back and have a look at on the video, then if were in the same situation we can do things a lot better the next time. Ayres played down the scrambled kick out of defence that landed in Franks lap seconds before the final siren. I dont put it down to one passage of play, it was four quarters of footy and we didnt do a lot of things as well as we could have, he said. When the pressure was on we didnt want to own the game pretty much and we gave the footy back to them to build on something and thats what they eventually achieved. Tahs are still fourth despite the loss and face sixth-placed St Marys in the first match back after Christmas. The Saints game is very important now. 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