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MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM SELECTION - Round 9

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4 hours ago, frankie_d said:

Just watched Lewis on AFL360

Talked about running through the Crows' midfielders at the start of the game, and letting them know they would be targeting Sloane - bit of a shove. Said they went out to target Hawthorn last week, but failed utterly, so he took it upon himself to lead the way, 'cos that's what leaders to.

Over the past years, Hawthorn had a few players who would do that - Mitchell Hodge Lewis Roughhead Rioli Burgoyne for starters. 

I'll be interested to see a similar mindset develop at the Dees,

Lewis is scary.

I remember a game vs Hawthorn in about 2009/10, just as they were hitting their straps. We went in ahead at half-time, but when I saw the Hawks walk slowly out of the race and right through the Melbourne players at the start of the second half, I knew we were about to get bullied!

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6 hours ago, Chris said:

This pearl of wisdom is from the North page on Bigfooty.

"I think an agressive Preuss in the middle might actually rattle the Melbourne midfield, especially him crashing in against Oliver and Viney when the ball hits the deck."

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha, I nearly fell off my chair reading that. Clearly the poster has never actually watched Viney play!

I also seem to remember Oliver laying a big tackle on Sandilands in the Freo game.

A case of ruckman beware, NOBODY intimidates the MFC midfield!!

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19 minutes ago, 3183 Dee said:

I remember a game vs Hawthorn in about 2009/10, just as they were hitting their straps. We went in ahead at half-time, but when I saw the Hawks walk slowly out of the race and right through the Melbourne players at the start of the second half, I knew we were about to get bullied!

We need to adopt such unsociableness

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1 minute ago, beelzebub said:

We need to adopt such unsociableness

Like you bb I cannot wait for us to be that successful and unsocialable.

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21 minutes ago, dworship said:

This pearl of wisdom is from the North page on Bigfooty.

"I think an agressive Preuss in the middle might actually rattle the Melbourne midfield, especially him crashing in against Oliver and Viney when the ball hits the deck."

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha, I nearly fell off my chair reading that. Clearly the poster has never actually watched Viney

Some of the garbage on that site is infuriating.. They seem supremely confident, not giving us much of a look in.

Can't wait to [censored] them.

 

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6 minutes ago, danielE288 said:

Some of the garbage on that site is infuriating.. They seem supremely confident, not giving us much of a look in.

Can't wait to [censored] them.

 

According to their posters, Jones is on his last legs just like Swallow..

Edited by Ethan Tremblay

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Two scenarios for me:

  1. If we play like we did against the Crows, we win comfortably ..... full stop!.
  2. If we have a 'Melbourne off-day', I'm very confident that we will be competitive for at least 3 quarters.  The big question here is 'will this be enough?'

I lean towards scenario 1, but I'm uneasy that scenario 2 may raise it's ugly head.

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5 minutes ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

According to their posters, Jones is on his last legs just like Swallow..

Haha i saw that, take a look at this one too, apparently losing by 3 points is "crumbling" and the dewy weather should give them the edge.

 

People have short memories in footy. The Dees are favourites because of a systematic dismantling of Adelaide whilst we crumbled to a bottom four side. Yet a fortnight ago we systematically dismantled Adelaide and they crumbled to a bottom four side.

Yes, their midfield is playing attractively but our forward and backline are too big for them. We have a ruck dominance all over the ground meaning we should always be first to the ball at stoppages. Send Gibson to Oliver to sit in his back pocket.

The weather is vital. If it stays as forecast it'll be a bit dewy but we should be able to win the game in the air.

And that garbage from Goodwin about how some players aren't affected by the losing streak... 90% of that organisation don't even know the feeling of winning against North. We'll be in their heads on that.

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A dewy ball is NOT won in the air. It's won on the ground.

Glad to see these norf nuff nuffs get footy !! ;)

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Winners are grinners.  Losers are shin boners.  Go Dees.

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21 minutes ago, buck_nekkid said:

Winners are grinners.  Losers are shin boners.  Go Dees.

I thought it goes " winners have boners"

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3 hours ago, Vogon Poetry said:

Breakout games and "the game"? Really?Too many here trying to be a bit profound.

IMO there is no such thing. It's an uneven progression with a trend. We are on  the up. 

If you think otherwise I think you're in for some disappointments. 

So you think last weekends win wasn't 'profound'?

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5 hours ago, binman said:

Agree. There is definetley something about him, an x factor. 

Agreed seen some great stuff from this guy....marking, smothers, tough tackles and awesome  goal snaps. He will surprise many.

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3 hours ago, beelzebub said:

A dewy ball is NOT won in the air. It's won on the ground.

Glad to see these norf nuff nuffs get footy !! ;)

In fairness, I think the poster meant 'it could be a bit dewy, (however) we should still be able to win it in the air'. In even greater fairness, if I was a North supporter I would be arguing all the exact same points. I've been concerned about our lack of height going into recent games. We know we're up against it with our ruck issues and worry about top-line ruckmen getting a hold of us. There is an expectation that Oliver will tagged soon enough and it remains to be seen if he can shake a hard one. And our form-line over the past fortnight is equivalent to theirs. 

Dees by 48 points.

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Bottom line for me. We need to bring it. We played 3 quarters and a half last week, and it that half of a quarter we got scored against heavily. It was an absolute credit to the boys that they were able to arrest the momentum at a hostile venue and stay in touching distance at half time. 

But North did manage to get a massive jump on the crows in their game, hit them hard from the first bounce, they can try their tactics against Oliver all they want he won't take a backward step. I know it's an obvious statement but if our mids win and prevent them from giving good delivery to their forwards, we will win.

Not gonna lie, the heart palpitations are telling me my MFCSS might be creeping back just a little. 

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2 hours ago, Watts the matter said:

 

Melksham going to sneak into the team or have they just stuffed up the graphic?

Weird

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Norths only advantage will be height.  Hawks spud Obrien was used on the wing as a link man taking ( I think) 10 marks.  We simply have to make each aerial ball to a tall target contested.  Then it is advantage us.  On the same token, we have to be  careful of their rucks cruising forward and marking uncontested to kick goals.

height should be the only way they can beat us.  If they win on effort, I will spew.

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O Brien was used to annoying effect.

We can be just as competitive as anyone...but have to stop competing with ourselves !!

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15 hours ago, Vogon Poetry said:

Breakout games and "the game"? Really?Too many here trying to be a bit profound.

IMO there is no such thing. It's an uneven progression with a trend. We are on  the up. 

If you think otherwise I think you're in for some disappointments. 

"It's an uneven progression with a trend."

Is it ironic how you criticise others for trying to be a bit profound?

Last weekend was the best I've seen Melbourne play for a very long time and I think it set a new standard of what we should expect from this team. 

I hear what you're saying - we are on the way up, but there will always be 'highs and lows'. But if we are to keep heading in the right direction, you need those 'breakout games'. Some wins are worth a lot more than the 4 points.

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This scenario is a carbon copy of the Hawks game.

Going in against a long-term finalist who is having a "down" year, and that has bullied the club for 10 years.

On our home turf.

Outright favourites.

We're coming off a big win, opposition coming off a big loss.

Must win. No excuses.

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Posted (edited)
12 hours ago, McQueen said:

So you think last weekends win wasn't 'profound'?

We'll have the answer to that when the final siren sounds on Sunday... 

Edited by PaulRB

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15 hours ago, danielE288 said:

Some of the garbage on that site is infuriating.. They seem supremely confident, not giving us much of a look in.

Can't wait to [censored] them.

 

Well they have owned us of recent times.

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39 minutes ago, Juicebox said:

"It's an uneven progression with a trend."

Is it ironic how you criticise others for trying to be a bit profound?

Last weekend was the best I've seen Melbourne play for a very long time and I think it set a new standard of what we should expect from this team. 

I hear what you're saying - we are on the way up, but there will always be 'highs and lows'. But if we are to keep heading in the right direction, you need those 'breakout games'. Some wins are worth a lot more than the 4 points.

Why wasn't last years Hawks game "the game"? Or the previous year against the Cats. I mean, the Hawks were ladder leaders and it was the end of the season, not early like the Crows. 

And if we lose tomorrow is it still "the game"?  

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I went into the Hawthorn game with a bad feeling & it come to fruition & I went into the Adelaide game with confidence & was proven right both times... Unfortunately I have the same feeling about tomorrow's game as I do the Hawthorn one. It's been a big week for the club with the Hogan news & there is always the let down after such an emotional charged win like Adelaide.. 

For me tomorrows game is as big as last weeks, last week we had nothing to lose.. played with freedom, which is why I thought we'd win, we will know if this club has flicked the switch with how we play tomorrow, in all reality we should take last weeks form into North & steam roll them but I've been burnt too many times to believe that will happen..

My head says North by 8 points (Hope I'm wrong) 

My heart says Dees by 41 points

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