Before they bring in Jeremy Cameron, Shaun Higgins and any other trade targets, the Cats first need to address the elephant in the room.
Arresting their slides in big moments.
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Yes, it was a superb effort to make a fourth preliminary final in five years and secure a Grand Final berth for the first time since 2011.
But once again the Cats let themselves down when it mattered most.
Just like last year's preliminary final loss to Richmond, the Cats controlled the first half before they were outmuscled in the third quarter on Saturday night.
Last year they were outscored by 25 points in the third term. This time it was 17 points.
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Why wasn't anyone willing to bring it upon themselves to halt the Tigers' momentum? Where was Patrick Dangerfield at crucial centre bounces rather than anchored to the goalsquare as the Tigers got a run-on?
They're questions the Cats need to answer before they reconvene for pre-season in January, so it doesn't linger over summer.
In the qualifying final against Port Adelaide they lost the third quarter by 19 points and the final margin was only 16. In the corresponding game last year, the Pies jumped them by three goals in the opening term before losing by just 10 points.
It's a trend and it needs to be worked out if they're to lift silverware next year. - Mitch Cleary
WINNING a third flag in four years, it's fair to say the Tigers don't have a lot to worry about in the near future – other than how and where they're going to celebrate.
Damien Hardwick's team has become one of the best this century with its frantic pressure-packed gameplan that has assembled an even spread of contributors around superstar Dustin Martin.
And again they proved the benchmark by overpowering Geelong.
With Noah Balta, Liam Baker and Shai Bolton, Richmond has organically regenerated its list along the way.
Perhaps of most immediate concern is identifying some key-position personnel – both forward and in the ruck.
Jack Riewoldt is just days away from turning 32, and although he still contributes, the clock will expire at some stage.
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Toby Nankervis had a terrific finals campaign, but with Ivan Soldo (injury) and Callum Coleman-Jones (suspension) out for long periods, where is his support?
Mabior Chol is in the wings, and could help out in either, or both positions.
Beyond the athletic 23-year-old though, things are unclear.
Richmond has shown its versatility of the premiership era, able to cover for a lack of key-position personnel at different times, but it's a part of the list that warrants addressing. - Michael Whiting