Look, Mr. Minerve has done a 'fantastic' job recruiting/poaching juniors to Waverley for a number of years for his Under 18s program.
And that's how he wins. He assembles talent and they go and play.
The disappointing thing is that from 12s to 16s there is one program and after that there's Eric. So kids that play 16s with Anthony (who is an excellent coach) end up getting shafted because Eric recruits others. There's not many Waverley Under 12s that wind up playing in the Under 18s because they get cut. That's a fact. And as a Director of Coaching, it's his job to get make sure he is overseeing the entire program, not just his team.
The ABA is a different kettle of fish. Waverley were just as talented as Eltham, so it's no major surprise they won. Remember, they were the reigning champs and added Daniel Dillon who is an NBL star. Ivan Platenik is outstanding for Big V level, Blennherasset is glue and Threatt can certainly play.
Really, the fundamental question is about coaching and what people think is "better".
Someone who recruits and wins...or someone who takes a less talented team and makes them better. There's a skill to both.
As for Eric personally, yes he is a tool. But there are a lot of tools in this game, so he's in good company.