Crows will learn harsh AFL GF lesson: Pyke

Sep 30, 2017 - 4:30 PM Adelaide will not make the mistake of casting aside the harsh lessons of their crushing AFL grand final loss to Richmond.

As deeply as the 16.12 (108) to 8.12 (60) defeat will cut his players and staff, Don Pyke is determined that some good will come of it.

"Sometimes losses can be a great driver," Pyke said.

"I have been part of clubs where we lost grand finals ... and come back and won after that.

"But you have got to learn the lessons and that is why it's important we reflect.

"And it's too raw right now, but we will reflect and we will have those conversations and understand that at the end of what has been a really positive year for the footy club, we put in a poor performance."

The Crows were the benchmark for much of the season on their way to claiming the minor premiership.

But it is Damien Hardwick's game plan that will be dissected and copied by AFL rivals after Pyke's high-scoring, fast-paced style crumbled under the Tigers' relentless pressure.

"Our systems worked pretty well throughout the year (but) ... the talent we had ahead of the ball today, we have to give them enough opportunities," Pyke said.

"But to Richmond's credit, they have come up with something different, it has worked for them, they have won the flag and I'm sure other teams will look at components of their game.

"That is the beauty of the game, it's always changing and we sit here now going there's a style that has got us to this point, is that going to sustain us next year? I don't know.

"All I know is as a coaching group is we need to ask those questions.

"We need to follow our hunch around our list in terms of what we think is the best way for them to play the best footy and add to the way we play otherwise we stand still and others will go past us."

Source: AAP

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