IT WOULD be an understatement to say the playing group was disappointed in last week’s loss to North Melbourne.
Jacob Weitering made that clear on SEN this morning with Gerard Whateley, stating that everyone was disappointed, but that it is time to move onto the St Kilda match up.
“We’re incredibly disappointed, I’m disappointed in our performance,” Weitering said.
“We reviewed it quite hard on Monday and we look forward to this week.”
Weitering described his performance on the weekend as a reality check, when his direct opponent Nick Larkey slotted seven goals for the day.
Weitering admitted that it wasn’t his finest moment, but that he would learn from mistakes and put his effort into rebounding this week.
“For me personally, it was a bit of loss of composure. It probably didn’t show on the ground but it was a lack of ability to get back to what I do best which is compete in the contest, try to get in one-on-ones,” he said.
“I understand where I've gone wrong and I’m probably coming up against the other in-form key forward this Friday night in Max King so it’s going to be a hell of a challenge and I’m looking forward to getting back to my form.”
When asked about Max King’s impressive game last weekend, Weitering noted he was aware of the emerging talent of the young forward, and that he is looking forward to the challenge.
“The stats speak for themselves in that game, eight contested marks and six goals and against a quality defence,” he said.
“[King is] certainly coming on and he’s got some confidence, but St Kilda and Carlton are both clubs that are eyeing that final spot in the eight and they’re a game ahead of us at the moment so it’s going to be a hell of a contest.”
Weitering is also venturing into off-field pursuits, joining the AFL Competition Committee to provide a player perspective on upcoming issues and decisions.
“I think what appealed to me was working with other people from other clubs in different roles,” he said.
“I’m only 23 and I’m not sure what I want to do after football, but it introduces me to another part of the AFL world that I don’t know much about.
“The agenda has been sent through, there’s a lot of conversations and a lot of issues that the AFL and clubs and players want to resolve and it’s going to be really exciting to have a voice on those things.”