Canberra still capable of making NEAFL finals, says Mitch Hardie

Forward Mitch Hardie says the club is still capable of making this year’s finals if they can rediscover their best form.

Mitch Hardie in action for Canberra. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL

Canberra slumped to a 4-7 win loss record after an 80-point belting from Aspley at Voxson Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The loss leaves the Demons likely needing to win five or more of their remaining eight home-and-away games to book a second successive finals campaign.

"Our performance wasn't good enough and that if we want to play finals some things need to change," Hardie told

"The list we have has an enormous amount of talent, which we have probably only seen in patches this year.

"If we can fix these small, crucial elements of our game that have been lacking at times during the first half of the year, there is no reason why we can't have a good crack at finals at the end of the year."

The 21-year-old said there would be hard questions asked at training this week before Saturday’s home game against Sydney University.

"This week at training there will be a large focus on areas of our own game that are lacking and working with other players who might be in the same boat to try improve on those downfalls, which will ultimately contribute to the overall team success," he said.

"We just have to trust each other and the game plan that the coaches put in front of us, and go out their and try and implement it to the best of our ability."

Canberra clash with Sydney University at Phillip Oval this Saturday afternoon from 12pm AEST.

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