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    Run home to Finals - 2018

    They lost Gray just before half time when they were already losing. Not sure how much difference they would have made, to be honest. Meanwhile West Coast lost Naitanui in the second quarter and beat Collingwood by six goals. Fremantle are so bad that Port Adelaide ought to have found a way to get it done.
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    Monday Night Blockbuster R23: Melb v GWS?

    The longer the break after the Perth game, the better, but I'm not sure commercially a Monday night game will work. It is GWS after all. And the concern will be that it's scheduled weeks out, something goes wrong with one of the sides, the game has little to no meaning, and then no one shows up. I'm expecting this to be a Sunday 1.10pm or 3.20pm game.
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    Changes vs Geelong

    Viney didn't play so are you saying Tyson instead of Weideman to replace Hannan? Otherwise who do we drop in addition to Hannan? At any rate, I'm not sure about playing Weideman. The forward line balance feels much better since we went smaller and given we're prone to running TMac up on the wing at times anyway, we may as well make that stint a ruck stint and keep some pace in the side.
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    Run home to Finals - 2018

    If we finish in the top 8 then we're good enough by definition. But a quick look at the ladder and some mathematics indicates we're not going to finish 8th or higher unless we win at least two, and likely three, of Geelong, Adelaide, WC, Sydney and GWS.
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    Round 17 Non MFC Games

    Port beat Richmond a few weeks ago. They're not terrible. They're just inconsistent. Collingwood hasn't beaten anyone of note other than us. Port is inconsistent. Sydney was a kick away from losing three on the trot. Geelong lost to the Dogs. Hawthorn lost twice to Brisbane. Richmond can't win away from Melbourne. West Coast lost to Essendon. As @ProDee has said numerous times, there are no stand-out sides, there are just slightly more consistent sides (Richmond, West Coast) than others. If we make the 8, then we deserve it, by definition. Can't believe how many times that needs to be said. However, if we lose to all of Geelong, Adelaide, Sydney, WC and GWS, we won't make it (11 wins is not enough), so we are going to have to beat at least one, probably two, and possibly three, of those five to make it. So, if we make it, we'll have scalps, and we will deserve it. Indeed. Essendon's beaten Port, Adelaide, Geelong, GWS and West Coast, but will struggle to make the finals. They're not going to end the year saying "oh well, we beat those top 8 sides so that's good enough for us". In fact, us last year is a perfect example of it. We beat Adelaide, West Coast, Essendon and Port last year - four finalists. But when we missed the finals, no one said "well we deserved it because we beat top 8 sides". If you finish in the top 8, you deserve it. End of story.
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    Round 17 Non MFC Games

    Agreed. At any rate, Collingwood, Port and Sydney all have tough runs home (Port's gets even tougher if they somehow can't beat Fremantle today): Collingwood - North, Richmond, Sydney (away), Brisbane, Port, Fremantle (away) Port - GWS, Dogs (Ballarat), Adelaide, West Coast, Collingwood (away), Essendon Sydney - GC, Essendon (away), Collingwood, us (away), GWS (away), Hawthorn Of course, our run home is just as hard, but our destiny remains in our hands. And you never know, with those three sides having runs home like that, if we can outperform what we all think we're going to achieve (i.e. we get past 13 wins), we could go up on the ladder (I doubt it, personally).
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    Round 17 Non MFC Games

    Sydney had no business winning that, really. Bunch of players out, Kennedy goes down early. Would have preferred a North win given I don't really like Sydney, but possibly the better result for us. We're now a game and percentage clear of all of Geelong, North and Hawthorn. North still have Collingwood, West Coast, Brisbane (away) and Adelaide (away) in their run home. They needed that.
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    Round 17 Non MFC Games

    This is a ripping game. But hey, let's see more St Kilda and Carlton in prime time though.
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    Round 17 Non MFC Games

    Would keep North a game (and percentage) behind us.
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    Changes vs Geelong

    TMac. Did well, IMO.
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    Righto, guess that's that then.
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    Round 17 Non MFC Games

    I suppose that makes Collingwood a pretender, just like us?
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    Changes vs Geelong

    If we didn't pick Tyson to replace Viney when faced with a side which had already beaten us in the CPs and clearances once this year, what makes you think we'd be picking him next week? I wouldn't be going near Smith (or Pedersen, or Weideman). We've finally found some balance in our forward line and I wouldn't be throwing that out the window just because Geelong play a taller defence. That's not to say I think Hannan automatically stays in the side, but I don't know whether replacing him with height is the right call. As to OMac, I doubt it's any coincidence that he's looked less confident since Lever's injury. Yesterday was our best defensive performance since Lever went down so I don't think now is the right time to be calling OMac out.
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    Ah, Footywire doesn't include rushed behinds, so it thinks we had 25 scoring shots whereas the Footy Live app says we had 29 scoring shots. It certainly felt like, to me, we were more efficient going inside than we were against Fremantle (or St Kilda or Port). As to Vince, agreed, there isn't necessarily an obvious replacement, but I just don't think Vince is adding much at all. As to Jones, he wasn't really adding much to our clearance game in the first half which I'm sure is part of the reason he was the one squeezed out to get Harmes in there to tag Macrae. He may well be carrying an injury but it could just be a form slump.
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    Last chance for Kennedy-Harris?

    Nothing special, but I thought he got better as the game went on. Defensively he was good, tackling and chasing/pressuring. Offensively, though, not as much. Didn't appear very confident with the ball, didn't seem to get involved in the play too much. I'd be happy to give him another game next week, see if he can build on this, but I wouldn't be holding my breath.