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    Mr Jones

    I feel that's harsh on Jones and a little disrespectful to his achievements. Yes he rose to the top of our club during probably our worst patch, but captain out of necessity? He showed grit and determination when everyone else just wanted to roll over. That's not a captain out of necessity, that's a captain full stop. As for his current position in the team, he's able to take more of a back seat while some really talented young guns step up but he still shows his presence and leadership, it might just not be as obvious to us armchair experts. I think he's got a big role to play as we press on, and with Viney out for a while (again) it'll be incumbent on him as sole captain to step up and lead us.
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    Run home to Finals - 2018

    We've seen it enough times when we're on the wrong end, sometimes teams will be missing players but they'll see it as a challenge rather than defeat. Round 23, whether it hinges on our making the finals or not (I really hope not) is going to be a huge game. If it does end up that way I'm on board with the stand alone Monday night fixture.
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    Angus Brayshaw

    Normally this is true and he's got a very accurate long kick, but boy there were some shanks on the weekend. Don't get me wrong he was fantastic for us, and he was a key part of our third term destruction of the dogs, but that one that came off the side of the boot and went out would've made Simon Godfrey himself blush! Loving seeing Gus play great footy, gives me a warm fuzzy feeling every time I see him singing the song. He's done it the hard way, and boy he deserves it.
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    Losing Jesse Hogan

    Jeez the wording in the title was really similar to the Jack Viney thread, I was worried he'd turned up on Monday complaining of a sore shoulder and being put into surgery or something! In terms of him leaving us to go back to Perth I wouldn't put any credibility on Harvey's word, he's not a former player turned reporter with his "ear to the ground" he's just giving his opinion which is based off other opinions. All reports say he's very happy in Melbourne and honestly if he didn't go back to Perth after everything that happened last year I feel like he'll be less inclined as the years go on. He also looks like he's enjoying his footy at the moment (why wouldn't you when you're hird on the Coleman medal), which to me seems a bit different from his last couple of years. Last year his head was obviously not in it, understandably so. Remember everyone said it was a foregone conclusion that Pavlich would return to Melbourne.
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    Losing Jack Viney

    As with any injury to a major player there are two sides to it. Obviously it’s disapointing we don’t have him and we should tread very carefully with it given his history, but we certainly have better depth now and we can use this as an opportunity for someone to step up. Tyson is the obvious candidate to come back in but he’s very hit and miss (literally) even though I’d say I’m a fan. We brought Hannan in vs Bulldogs to increase our leg spear on the outside, and we have Spargo showing quite a bit of upside wherever we use him. The other one could be Oscar Baker might get a chance in Viney’s absence if he shows enough form at Casey. Bottom line it sucks but let’s make the most of a bad situation.
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    We were shite for so long that my belief is the “Darwin effect” was just an excuse for us not being able to win following week.
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    Run home to Finals - 2018

    This upcoming match against Geelong is one of the most important games for us this year as it’s a team we are very close to on the ladder and the ramifications for a wins vs loss are huge. We are also very similar in ability, both teams have shown their best and worst although we are yet to get a win over someone else truly in contention other than Adelaide. That round one loss against the Cats must sting, we were a little lucky to be kept in it when they could’ve put us away but they were equally very lucky that Maxy missed a chance to win it for us while we dominated the inside 50s and didn’t make the most of it (seems to be the theme for the year). Bottom line is we owe them for that loss and the Cats are one of those teams that inflicted so much pain on us for so long that I want us to give some back. We can definitely beat them on their own turf and if we do it could be the making of this team. One week at a time, let notch up our first big contenders win for the year
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    Big third quarter, the boys showed some great play particularly from stoppages but I’m a little annoyed we let them get a couple of cheapies. Lucky to not concede a goal at the end when it was in our forward 50 with 30sec to go. Need the first goal or two to kill the game.
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    A lot can happen in 7 minutes of game time, must keep the intensity up. Good finish from Spargo. Dees 93 Dogs 55
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    Two perfect passages of play for two goals. Maybe we can play footy after all.
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    That goal was perfect.
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    If they’re paying that then where was Gawns from the second quarter?
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    Salem perfect tackle, play on. Hibbered tackled, holding the ball.
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    I’ve only seen the second quarter, but my take is that dogs are getting repeat inside 50s due to poor decisions and kicking. There was a point where it looked like we were breaking the game open but we let them back in and it gave them confidence. The game has had a lot of ebs and flows, we need to make the most of the time we’re on top.
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    GAMEDAY - Round 17

    We’re a stupid football side. Basic errors costing us. I don’t like our chances if it ends up being a close one.