BURNIE coach Brent Plant and his players haven’t dwelled on last year’s TSL grand final.
And they are not about to start.
The 44-point loss to Launceston won’t be mentioned in Plant’s pre-game address when the two sides meet at West Park tomorrow.
“We talked about it at the season launch, because making it to a grand final is a big achievement,” Plant said.
“Other than that we have seen it as history, it’s gone.
“We won’t talk about it as a group at all.”
While the events of last September would likely be a burning motivator for the players individually, the resolve they have shown as a group has been nothing short of exceptional.
The Dockers have won all three of their opening games by more than 50 points.
Plant said the commitment the side was showing extended beyond the boundary line.
“Last week we got home from Hobart at three minutes to midnight and the players were at a recovery session at the beach at 8am the next morning,” he said.
“They were standing out in the middle of Bass Strait so they are certainly enjoying each other’s company and are committed to the cause.”
Along with their hardened approach, the Dockers are also catching Launceston on the hop.
The Blues will be without Brian Finch, Nathan O’Donoghue and Gary Shipton for the clash, all key members of last year’s premiership side.
The Dockers will welcome back 228-game AFL legend Russell Robertson, with playmaker Darren Banham also a possibility to return.
Still, Plant is not taking anything for granted.
“We’ve been working on increasing our run and spread across all areas,” he said.
“That is Launceston’s strength and they do it quite well.
“We want to play accountable, man-on-man football and shut down their run.”
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.