It was mainly because he was a part-time coach because he owns a nursey on the Mornington Peninsula and St Kilda, undergoing a change of coaches, cited that it wanted a full-time coach for the Zebras.
Lovett admitted on the weekend after his team had a stirring four-point win over the Zebras that the timing of the Saints’ decision wasn’t “ideal”.
“We’d (Sandringham) done a bit of planning in regards to the following year in terms of recruiting and that sort of stuff. It’s not ideal but the decision was made and we move forward and it’s all turned out pretty good for me,” Lovett said.
“Being part time, you’re probably still putting in 30 hours a week. It’s basically not having the involvement with Melbourne and putting more time and effort into the Casey boys. I think in some ways that’s even more of an advantage.”
The 46-year-old is well acclimatised to the VFL system having coached Frankston to the finals during a stint earlier on before a return to the competition. He said he was “grateful” that Sandringham had given him the opportunity to work with aligned team for the first time.
But there’s no doubt that Lovett feels more at home at the clubs’ affiliate Melbourne, where he made his name as a player with 235 games. And he believes the healthy relationship helps as he pursues a balanced lifestyle.
“I enjoy doing both where you’ve got your footy, your work and your family. It works for me. It doesn’t mean to say that you’re not as committed or put the same effort in, I think I’m doing that. It’s really just not being there on a day to day basis at Melbourne but the communication from Melbourne is good,” he said.
And part-time is perhaps a winning formula for the Scorpions as they jump two games clear in second spot, only behind Port Melbourne.
Casey has lost just the one match for the season but Saturday was its true test against the Zebras on the rebound. The win gives it some profound credibility.
THE Northern Blues were a walking disaster against Geelong at Visy Park. The new bottom team of the competition was thrashed by 51-points.
“You look at that side and there’s 18 Carlton guys…we should have done better,” Hyde said.
He said he will continue to make the players’ critique each others performance after every match for them to understand where they all went wrong.
“I will from now on, because the more conversation they have, it’s no good me telling them. When they talk about themselves, maybe they take some more responsibility,” he said.
And there wasn’t many ticks on the board following the player analysis. Geelong dominated the game from the outset with a five goal buffer at the first change.
Cam Eardley and Orren Stephenson were among the best for the Cats.
Other winners included North Ballarat winning by 31-points over Frankston, Bendigo smashing Werribee by 45-points and Coburg dominating against Collingwood to eventually post a 26-point win.
Hero of the week: Tom Couch (Casey Scorpions) – You can’t go past a bloke kicking the match-winner in the dying minutes for the Scorpions. C’mon Dees give him a game.
Villain of the week: Chris Yarran (Northern Blues) – Despite the hype, he barely gave a yelp. Finished with just nine touches on a dour day.
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