“I’d be disappointed if our players thought that we were already there (in the finals) and that’s the reason for the last 40 minutes.
“We’ve opened ourselves up in the last two weeks. Our supporters are going to be flat and I feel for them … we’ve let them down in the last six quarters.”
Cameron dodged a question as to whether he was now facing the biggest challenge of his coaching career at the Giants, saying every year was a challenge. But he and his playing group have a huge task ahead to turn their form around.
The Giants must treat Saturday’s trip to face the struggling Gold Coast Suns as their last opportunity to rediscover their missing touch heading into the finals. Forwards Jeremy Cameron and Jeremy Finlayson are expected to be back, but with a six-day break ahead, Cameron flagged the likelihood that some players who have come off several weeks on the sidelines with injury could be rested.
“This club’s had some massive challenges, like every footy club. We’re eight years old and we’ve come back from some interesting positions before. I’m confident we can do it again,” Cameron said.
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge, in contrast, was delighted with how his side is tracking. “The boys have established some momentum in recent times. It’s been impressive the way our players and staff … have really applied themselves and persevered and given ourselves a little bit of a look at it,” he said.
“There’s a lot of moving pieces in a football team. Regardless of your plan and vision of how you want to play, ultimately you’re no good unless your players can execute it. The players have just been outstanding in all three lines and in all phases of the game.”