FEEDBACK is a big focus at Dennington and goal attack Jess Haberfield says it’s aiding the Dogs’ surge towards a possible record-breaking premiership.
“I definitely think it (feedback) helps and I think a coach can obviously see what is happening and not necessarily feel what is happening in certain roles on the court,” she said.
“I feel she is good with receiving that feedback as you do need to know what is going on on the court and I think at the end of the day you have to be happy with the decision you’re making.”
Haberfield, who is entering her third finals series and striving for a third premiership victory after she missed the 2016 flag when she gave birth to twins, said she had taken up an unofficial role as assistant coach under Melissa Burt.
“Missy (Burt) and I have coached in the junior grades together and we are very like-minded and I’m used as a sound board, as we call it,” the 33-year-old said.
“I bounce my ideas through her and she is the coach and the decision is hers but she is really good with hearing a different perspective and we have many discussions about different things, which is good.”
The veteran attacker said the make-up of the Dogs’ A grade side ensured feedback was constantly coming back to Burt.
“The benefit of our team is that our average age is 30 years old and we’re veterans now, but we all discuss and talk through things,” she said.
“She is open with the feedback and she does implement some stuff and sometimes she understands but says ‘this is how I want it to work’.
“But I think its great that she has that ownership and she is not swayed by anyone's opinion and she is a strong person in that regard, which is great.”
Haberfield, who will play against Nirranda at Mack Oval on Saturday, said last week’s bye was a blessing in disguise for the Dogs’ seasoned finals campaigners.