Western Bulldogs loss to Fremantle, Luke Beveridge press conference, contract, poor defense, Kane Cornes comments
Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes believes Western Bulldogs manager Luke Beveridge will ‘enter next year under significant pressure’ after Saturday’s playoff final collapsed against Fremantle at Optus Stadium.
The Dogs led by as much as 41 points in the first half before the Dockers returned to the competition before finally moving past their opponents to seal a 13-point victory.
It marked a horror return to final action at Optus Stadium for the Dogs, who in last year’s grand final conceded a 93-point swing to fall to Melbourne.
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While Beveridge said it was “dangerous” to compare the two matches, Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd said Saturday’s defeat was arguably more damning.
“This one is worse,” he said on Channel Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
“It’s Fremantle, who had four players who had played in a final, they’re 41 points behind and they’ve just capitulated.”
Beveridge is entering the final year of his current contract in 2023, which was part of a contract extension written midway through the 2019 season.
Cornes said the 52-year-old will enter next season under pressure to perform.
“I think the role of a coach is to maximize what you have on your roster. Luke Beveridge, if he really looks in the mirror and says I maxed out what I have on my roster talent, the answer is clearly no,” he said.
“I don’t think they really want much on this list – you lined up the Western Bulldogs’ forward line last night with Fremantle’s, that’s chalk and cheese – but Justin Longmuir put in place a defensive process and strategy that has held up all year, Luke Beveridge has been unable to do.
“He comes next year under significant pressure.”