North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey isn't sure why the same basic mistakes keep tripping up his side, but he's still confident the Kangaroos can overcome them.
North's maddeningly inconsistent
season hit a new low on Saturday, with a 55-point loss to
cellar-dwellers Gold Coast, leaving them 11th on the ladder with a 6-7
record and Harvey admits Monday's team review wasn't pretty.
"It's some basic stuff that we've really got to get right," Harvey said.
"We'll never be a really good team if we don't get the basics right.
too inconsistent and to challenge the good teams you can't have that
inconsistency week in week out or (from quarter to quarter).
can turn that around, but to be honest - and I'm not being smart - we're
over that game now and we've got to move on because if we don't we'll
get our pants pulled down against the Cats."
supporters will find it difficult to move on from their club's fourth
loss of nine goals or more in a season where they were widely expected
to push for a top-four finish.
After bowing out at the preliminary
final stage last year, the Roos appeared to get stronger when they
topped up with veteran free agents Jarrad Waite and Shaun Higgins.
admits the club's current ladder position may suggest otherwise, but
maintains all is not lost as they prepare for a pivotal clash against
"I'm always confident that we'll bounce back," he said.
"When we've got our backs against the wall we probably play our best football.
"But for our supporters we'll be bouncing back, we'll finish off the year well and we'll go from there."
is nearing his 400-game milestone and the 37-year-old still plans to
play on next year but will make a final decision with the club's
hierarchy in about a month's time.