Tigers thrash Melbourne 121-41 in AFL
August 31, 2008 - 7:03PM
Melbourne coach Dean Bailey has slammed his team's attitude after they ended a disastrous AFL season with two massive losses.
Following last week's 78-point defeat to Port Adelaide, the Demons confirmed their wooden spoon status with an 80-point capitulation to Richmond on Sunday at the MCG, going down 18.13 (121) to 6.5 (41).
It looms as a long summer for Melbourne and the Tigers, but for vastly different reasons.
While Melbourne must somehow turn around after a year where they were rarely competitive, Richmond has risen from the bottom to finish ninth.
It is the sixth time since 1994 that the Tigers have taken that spot, but this time it is with optimism caused by a list brimming with young talent.
Bailey is bereft of that sentiment and said Sunday's effort was worth none out of 10.
"I didn't think it was 'one' - everything was wrong, we didn't show a lot of competitive nature today," he said.
"We had everything to play for, three blokes (leaving), it was disappointing we didn't give a yelp.
"Everything you pride yourself on as a player, I'm not sure whether too many of the blokes ticked any of those boxes in any of those areas.
"We're 16th for a reason ... attitude and non-competitiveness have been the two big problems that we've had."
On a day where Adem Yze, Ben Holland and Jeff White played their last games for Melbourne, Bailey said only Matthew Warnock, Matthew Whelan and Daniel Bell earnt pass marks.
Yze also did not disgrace himself in his Demons swansong.
Bailey agreed with Wallace that there is a large gulf between ninth and 16th.
Pleased with the Tigers' end to the season, Wallace said he would now go to the club's board for permission to dangle some big carrots in the trade period.
"Decisions have to be made there and they're not all my decisions," Wallace said.
"We're now locked and loaded and ready to be able to put in some sort of challenge going into next year.
"Do we go with the group that we've got at the moment, wholly and solely, or can we go out into the marketplace and add to that?
"That's a financial decision, it's not always a footy decision.
"I'd like to think the club would now give us an opportunity to go to the marketplace, but we'll see."
Joel Bowden, who had an extended spell in the reserves earlier this year, was outstanding today and Brett Deledio again enhanced his club best-and-fairest credentials.
After last year's 16th-place finish, which Wallace described as "an unmitigated disaster", the coach said the Tigers must now maintain momentum ahead of a critical season.
"We've felt the wrath of what Melbourne are going through at the moment and they'll come out the other side of it," Wallace said.
"What I'm pleased about for our supporter base is that's where we've been and now they can clearly see that's the gulf between us and what is 16th place now."
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