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Lions coach laments season's end

By Laine Clark 27/08/2010 05:54:33 PM Comments (0)

It may have been the year from hell for Michael Voss, but surprisingly the Brisbane Lions coach is reluctant for the 2010 AFL season to end.

On paper, there is not much for Voss to salvage from this year following his side's spectacular collapse of 14 losses in 16 games.

But two wins in the last three rounds have given the Lions rare momentum.

And Voss is sad to see it come to an end in their season finale against Sydney at the Gabba on Saturday night.

"We have a bit of momentum. The season is ending and we are saying 'we have only just started to get a bit of a grip on this'," Voss said on Friday.

"But we have to cope with that. Whether we are playing finals or not, we have to make sure we continue on this path.

"It reinforces what you can get out of adversity.

"Hopefully that builds confidence going into the pre-season."

Sydney have found form at the right end of the season with consecutive wins over fellow finalists Hawthorn, Fremantle and the Bulldogs.

But not even the thought of robbing the Swans of a home final with only their third victory in 11 outings against Sydney could tempt Voss on Friday.

"It's not a motivating factor for us," Voss said.

"If Sydney are good enough to win and get their home final then so be it.

"We want to finish the season on a positive note - this is about the Brisbane Lions."

Voss said the Lions would use the in-form Swans as a timely gauge before running the rule over their roster ahead of 2011.

"If you look at our opponent, in the last month they have been one of the top teams of the competition," Voss said.

"(But) eight weeks ago we sat down as a group and went over what was required.

"We weren't competitive in a lot of areas, but slowly and surely we have been creeping our way back."

To date only midfielder Troy Selwood has received a very public tap on the shoulder.

But major changes loom with Michael Rischitelli or Jared Brennan - or both, depending on trades or delistings - heading for new franchise Gold Coast Suns next year.

Despite the mounting speculation over player movements, Voss said he had seen no difference in his roster's attitude as they rounded out a horror season.

"Once we got to mid-year we knew it wasn't going to take one person to get us out of it - it was going to take everyone," he said.

"That has been the most pleasing thing - everyone has jumped in and had a go.

"I know that sounds airy fairy and tree hugging stuff but for us that has been the biggest thing, but right now we have a job to finish."

Despite their nightmare year, Voss said he still believed they could bounce back to the finals next year.

"Even when I was playing for the Bears in '92 when we were no good, you always started the year with the hope that you could figure in finals," he said.

"I can't understand it if you come into a season and not think that.

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