I think they were a little overwhelmed.
After all, it was their very first Grand Final.
And I believe they had a little stage fright as well.
They got over that, but not soon enough.
I don't normally watch football, (or any other sport), but my brother R and his lovely V live in Fremantle and go to all the Dockers games, so when they made it into the grand final, of course they got tickets and flew to Melbourne for the game.
So, too add a little luck to the mix, I promised to wear my purple socks for the day
Fremantle's colours are purple and white.
I tuned into the game in between dvds and saw the first Fremantle goal and saw some of the faces on the boys just before that goal. They were definitely looking a little....I hesitate to say scared....but they did look a little.... out of their comfort zone perhaps. Overwhelmed for sure. Stage fright.
By the end of the match they'd racked up quite a good score, so clearly they got comfortable once that first goal had been accomplished. And no, I didn't watch the whole game. I had a bunch of cowboy dvds that I'd bought cheaply and I watched three of them.
I understand that all grand finals are played on the Victorian ground? I'd say that gives a small advantage to whichever Victorian team makes it to the GF. Having played on that oval several times in the preceding games, they'd have a "feel" for the ground, they're on home turf. So, immediately comfortable. It's something every incoming team has to overcome. Each time they make it to a grand final will be more comfortable for them.
So, good luck next year Freo, we hope to see you back there.