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  1. Post Match Discussion - Round 23

    It's been a long season and our style of play depends on high pressure and intensity. The longer the season has gone on the harder it's been to keep this up. Gawn being out of form is not helping, he's possibly playing injured. I'm not making excuses, just observing that we haven't been the team we were when we were firing at the start of the year and I think that's because we are cooked physically. The ball is transitioning into our defence way to easily and that's due to the lack of pressure up the ground. I'm not a fan of Oscar or Tmac generally but anyone would struggle to cope with the way the ball is coming into our backline at the moment. If we make finals hopefully we will freshen up. We can only hope to make it now.

    Goodwins comments on Vineys injury are a bit of a worry. If it's bone related you'd think it's a hotspot. Hopefully this isn't or doesn't lead to a similar injury as Trenners last foot injury. Does anyone have a bit more of an educated opinion on what his injury is likely to be and whether he'll make it back for the first final (provided we make it)?

    Apparently there is a ruck rule that states you can't fend off with an extended straight arm. The AFL in their wisdom chose to make this the one week it's ever been enforced.
  4. Tomorrow's crowd numbers

    There was a long line outside the membership tent 30minutes before the game so there must have been something similar happening.
  5. Demons premiership?

    The bye before the finals should help us. Having the premier ruckman fit & giving us first use in contested battles should also give us a huge advantage in hard fought finals games. Whilst it is hard to believe we can win the flag due to the club seemingly coming from nowhere. The reality is that but for a couple of injuries at the wrong moment we'd most likely be sitting 2nd on the ladder this year. Maybe that is how good we are? I'm starting to believe we can do it. I think it's important for the club to approach it with no ceiling or expectations on what they are capable of, they still have a lot of improvement in them & maybe this is our year where everything lines up. For now though I think I'll try to keep the lid on it & hope we make the 8 first.
  6. Changes v Sydney Swans

    Goodwin mentioned that Garlett had hamstring tightness but its not a strain. He may come up for next week depending on how he recovers. I'd say Salem is more of a worry. Watts was touch & go this week so he should be ok after being rested. You would think Viney would play as well, general consensus seems to be that an AC joint is a manageable injury.
  7. GAMEDAY - Round 13

    At least we won't have to contend with going up against a dominant ruckman today. We should draw level or win the clearances. If we can do that we are a fair show.
  8. The rise of the "Lay-up" goal?!

    All teams push their players up the ground to try & lock the ball inside forward 50 which in theory results in more scoring shots. The result is there is a huge amount of space at the other end for the opposing team to run into. If the team transitioning manages to break the zone quickly it often results in a scoring chance. It's been the trend for a couple of years now. We are often on the receiving end of it as well.
  9. The Importance of Jordan Lewis

    He's important in setting up structure behind the ball & provides almost an on field coach. It was noted last year by hawthorn supporters that he was slowing up & beginning to lose his feet quite often. He is clearly slowing up, but he was still good enough to come 2nd in Hawthorn's BnF last year. Calling time on his career after 1 borderline bad game is jumping the gun. He will get plenty of games this year & next year. How he goes in the 3rd year is an interesting question.
  10. Casey Demons v Collingwood VFL

    I'm more worried about Kent than Weideman. Weideman's work rate is there & you can see he is presenting to the ball, crashing packs where possible & also doing things at ground level. Kent has looked pretty poor today from watching on TV anyway. Can anyone at the ground comment on Kent's work rate off the ball?

    Yes each to their own. I'm just really struggling to see his qualities as a footballer at the moment. Kicking & marking are two of the most basic skills but he continues to butcher them over & over again. Can that be rectified? I would have thought if you don't have the basics by his age then it's going to be hard to get much better than he is. He also takes an eternity to dispose of the ball or make a decision. Most of the time I'm pretty patient with younger key position players as they do take time. I can see the promise in Weideman as an example. Oscar obviously has some of the physical attributes & works to the team game plan when he doesn't have the ball. That's half of the game but it's when he has it that he is falling down. If Joel Smith wasn't injured we probably wouldn't be discussing it as Oscar more than likely would be developing where he should be in the 2's.

    At the moment he's just a very bad player. He dropped marks where he was under no pressure that then lead to goals. His disposal is a major liability that also leads to unforgivable turnovers & goals. I struggle to find how any amount of development is going to change him into a reliable player as the basics just aren't there. He's getting gifted games when it should be a privilege to play for the club. If he turns this around all credit to him & the club but I can't see it happening.

    At first he said it was the best performance in the last 10 years. Then when Gerard & Robbo began analysing later on Robbo revised that to be the best performance of the season by any team or something very similar. That's how I recall it anyway.
  14. Culture changing win - discuss

    Last nights win was largely about mental application. I'm not sure who first said football is played 90% above your shoulders, but they were definitely on to something. If we approach every game with that mindset from last night I have no doubt we'll win more games than we will lose and in the process make finals. The challenge for the coaches & club in general is for the standard to be set & for that application to become the norm. If we play like demons 4 quarters this side will go somewhere, it's up to them how much they really want it. We could be the next bulldogs story who knows.

    Interesting points. The only way we win the game is to control the midfield. The crows have the firepower up forward & across half back to tear us a new one. If it's possible we need to focus on slowing Adelaide down in transition as well as their exits from stoppages. We don't have the marking power down forward so there's no point dumping the ball or bombing long, we will have to possess the ball to score. I'm not sure we are up to it, in patches maybe but not for the whole game. The one area we can exploit them is around the contest, our inside mids are collectively better so maybe we can turn this into a stoppage type game & get numbers around the ball to control it that way.