2019 IN PROFILE
Eighth (down three positions on 2018 - 4 fewer wins)
6 wins 10 losses
Senior players: 38
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING (home and away)
Quarters won: 29
Best quarters: second (averaged 6-point lead), second (highest average score, 23 points)
Worst quarters: last (broke even), first and last (lowest average score 18 points)
Highest quarter score: 60 points
Quarters less than 10 points: 16
BEST AND FAIREST - Daniel Burton
LEADING GOALKICKER: Aaron Willitts 43
HENDERSON MEDAL VOTING
3-Jakob de Winter
The Cobras were always going to be under pressure to hold onto a spot in the top six last season.
There was every chance at least Sebastopol and Sunbury would be pressing to step up and play finals after missing out in 2018.
Someone had to go.
Bacchus Marsh was one in the firing line.
As it turned out there was a 50 percent turnover in the top six as Sebastopol, Sunbury and Redan replaced Bacchus Marsh, North Ballarat City and Lake Wendouree.
In the end Bacchus Marsh missed out on the top six by four games and with that came the departure of coach Peter Davey after just one season at Maddingley Park.
Internally, Bacchus Marsh did not necessarily see the drop off coming.
Finals were well and truly on the radar for a fourth year in a row.
QUICK STICKS: WRAPPING UP THE COBRAS' SEASON IN 30 SECONDS
The Cobras found themselves under pressure with losses in their opening three rounds and then bounced back with wins in their next four.
Two of these victories were over Sunbury and Darley, and with points from a bye thrown in it was more than enough to suggest the Marsh was back in business.
Just as quickly the run came to a grinding halt and when it lost to Ballarat in round 13 it was season over.
The loss of Trent Angwin, Ben Speight and Alec del Papa, a lack of top-end replacements and setbacks for star on-baller Jacob Chisari all contributed.
Then a couple of recruits who did fall into its lap, Jake de Winter and Tom Brownbridge, did not make an impact with just a combined total of 13 games.
With this as a contributing factor, a lack of depth hurt more than anything.
Like everyone, the Cobras tried under-19 players as well as delving into under-17 stocks, but it was their senior ranks which came up short.
There was not enough support for A graders Jake Owen and Daniel Burton on a consistent basis to match it with the top end of the competition.
Bacchus Marsh was also too one dimensional in attack, with Jake Owen and Aaron Willitts kicking the bulk of the goals.
A new coach is in place with VFL-experienced Tom German taking on the role, giving the Marsh its third coach in as many seasons.
Throw in an early recruit with the experienced Bryce Carroll and it has been a promising start to the pre-season.
Certainly, it is just what the Cobras ordered.
There will be more to come, but they will need every bit of new blood they can muster and they are coming from a fair way back when it comes to talking finals.
The Marsh's drop off in the past two years has been significant and bouncing back will not be easy.
Bacchus Marsh can improve, but can it do it more than everyone else around it?
The Cobras need to unearth some high-end young talent, just as it did all those years ago which ultimately took them to the 2016 premiership.
That is a generational factor, but they need to put a lot of energy into that area.
Finals look like too much of an ask next season.
It has to be matter of rebuilding.