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  1. Round 22 - Non MFC Games

    Indeed. We are around 28 points worth of percentage ahead of West Coast currently. It would be good if after today that was 70 points, meaning that a 20 point loss to the Pies would still require a 50 point win by West Coast to dislodge us. Better still Dees, let's just win the last two games unequivocally! This site is a good place to follow the equation: http://www.liveladders.com/AFL/

    The words quoted in http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-08-18/dees-hopeful-skipper-will-be-right-for-round-23 are "we're really positive" The article makes it clear that the injury is different location wise to the plantar fascitis procedure but makes reference to recovery from it so one wonders if this latest injury is referred in nature due to Viney favouring the recovery from the pf operation. Do we know if it's the same foot?

    Perhaps it's a legacy of having grown up as a Filth supporting [censored]???? !!!

    Has anyone else noticed that Bontempelli ALWAYS tips against the Dees in the Herald Sun footy tipping? What's that all about? !!

    I'm really feeling confident as I note David Rodan's in goal!
  6. Looking ahead .. the Path to September

    I'm not as confident that Port beat the Dogs in Ballarat in 9 degs. Also, I don't think you can write off a Dean Solomon coached Suns quite so quickly for the week after, at least not in terms of the probability of a 100 point loss. In fact, I'm not dismissive of them taking it up to a Hurley-less Essendon on Saturday. I concur with Clint's take on us not beating Sydney or GWS.....at least not up there! But if we can avoid them until the last game of the year, we might be a chance on the G! Two trips to Adelaide and a MCG Semi against the Tiges would be a heaven sent September program for the Dees!
  7. Changes v Brisbane

    Casey v Williamstown is live on Ch7 at 2.10pm Saturday so an opportunity to observe the cases being put by those who don't end up in the team for Sunday.
  8. Changes v Brisbane

    Binman, I think it's principally about the match-ups again (as you referenced). On the face of it, I think Frost is our best match-up on Hipwood. And whilst Goodwin acknowledged Weideman's contesting work, the reality is that his impact was minimal. I think the match committee's challenge is that after a period of 3 and 4 changes or more a week, it's time to settle the team ahead of finals.
  9. Changes v Brisbane

    I concur with the sentiment Binman but would have thought that the words "if" and "give" in my post make it clear that it's just an observation! Totally share your perspectives on Frost and have read the Justin Plapp player review since writing my post and it appears very likely Watts does another week at Casey.
  10. Changes v Brisbane

    Frost in for Weideman, TMac forward. Stretch for Viney (if he doesn't get up). Give Watts another week at Casey and bring him back for Collingwood. Anyone at training today?
  11. Looking ahead .. the Path to September

    Agree to disagree. Adelaide's interest is clearly best served by having the greatest number of weaker teams make up the bottom half of the top 8 as possible. They don't know at the time they're playing West Coast whether they'll win their qualifying final or not and hence who they will play in subsequent weeks of the finals or whether they get a week off. They do know that Melbourne beat them comfortably on their home deck. Being the last game of the home and away season, if there is a preference to finish first or second to set up a preferred qualifying final and/or there is a possibility to keep out a feared competitor, they avail themselves of it. Jay Clark from the Herald-Sun obviously as clueless as me: JAY CLARK SAYS: The premiership favourite looks set to get two home finals and can rest players from the Round 23 trip to Perth if they want to. Box seat.
  12. Looking ahead .. the Path to September

    Perhaps. But the other scenario is they throw the game because they'd prefer to have West Coast (who can't get a home final under any scenario) in the 8 instead of the Dees. And remember, it is the last game of round 23 so all the permutations of week 1 finals match-ups (and beyond) will be known. So I reiterate, we need to beat the Lions and the Pies
  13. Looking ahead .. the Path to September

    I think you're overlooking that Adelaide may well have nothing to play for in Round 23 and might take half a team to Perth.
  14. GAMEDAY - Round 21

    Only if our cumulative winning margin against the Lions and the Pies (plus making up whatever the losing margin to the Saints is) is greater than their winning margin over Gold coast at Metricon and Freo at Etihad. The reality is that if we don't win today, we don't deserve to make finals. And it's well overdue for this football club to control its own destiny without the need to be relying on results from others.

    I was born 5 months after our last premiership, I think I understand the dynamics. I have seen many false dawns. I happen to concur with Goodwin and McCartney on the brand of football that wins finals - replay the 2000 GF if in any doubt. The ultimate driver of memberships, sponsors, prime TV slots etc etc is sustained success. That will only come from a club culture and brand of football that holds up. Read the Neitz comments on where the club is headed if still uncertain.