On Thursday night whilst on “The Game Plan” I was shown the win/loss record for teams following their bye. After 13 rounds only Geelong had won their game following a bye. Asked why I thought this was, I didn’t have any scientific evidence only my own thoughts that we are programmed to play week after week during the home and away season and when something alters this it may take some players/teams time to adjust.
We came away with the win on Saturday night following our second bye for the year, however my thoughts on the poor win/loss record within the competition following a bye still stands. We are all creatures of habit and when a change is made to break that habit it tends to unsettle us and takes us time to adjust. The example I can think of is when you have a holiday from work, whether it be 1 week or more, although on the first day back you are refreshed and keen to get back into it, it is often a struggle and can take half a day or so to adjust back into “work mode”. If this is the case some people may ask, why do the records show that teams seem to benefit from the week off during the finals and more times that not come away with the win following the rest? I believe the fact that you are geared up all year to focus on finals must have some impact. I am not saying that the home and away season isn’t important and that the game following a bye may be taken lightly, only that when you make the finals there is no switching off, not for week one and not even on the week that you may have earnt a rest. Your focus remains the same, the ultimate goal is within your grasp and nothing is going to distract from this.
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