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We are a contender this season

Are we a genuine contender for the flag this year?   160 members have voted

  1. 1. Are we a genuine contender for the flag this year?

    • Hell Yeah
      28
    • No Way
      71
    • Too Early to Tell
      57

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14 hours ago, Skuit said:

I thought complaining on the internet was the pharma-free alternative?

Maybe, but for some it clearly doesn't work.

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Overheard: Hope is undiscovered disappointment.

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12 hours ago, Demonland said:

This thread now has a poll because I needed a new homepage poll and polls don't lie.

I voted too early to tell because it factually and mathematically is.

When we're a locked in and confirmed final 8 team I will be start dreaming.

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8 minutes ago, McQueen said:

I voted too early to tell because it factually and mathematically is.

When we're a locked in and confirmed final 8 team I will be start dreaming.

didn't we have a poll on a similar thread before the Hawthorn game and we know what happened there

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22 hours ago, A F said:

I don't want to be a negative [censored], but I don't see us developing a level of consistency this year that will get us there.

I don't see it either, which sort of excites me.

Cos I just have the strangest feeling.

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53 minutes ago, McQueen said:

Maybe, but for some it clearly doesn't work.

I bet that if we enter an era of sustained success, the traffic here will steadily taper off.

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1 minute ago, ProDee said:

I don't see it either, which sort of excites me.

Cos I just have the strangest feeling.

Have a Bex 

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46 minutes ago, Skuit said:

I bet that if we enter an era of sustained success, the traffic here will steadily taper off.

Is that when we can sign up to and start trolling other clubs supporters forums?

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To put it another way, who are the contenders this season? 

GWS, Dogs, Crows would be the top rung

Port, WCE a rung below that 

Then Cats, Freo and us as outsiders and I'd say we should even be in the group above. Maybe Swans in this group if they roll the Saints tomorrow.

Tigers and saints no chance 

So are we a strong chance? Are we a genuine contender at this stage? No. But we are an outside chance in an even season and we are a contender. None of the teams above us have done anything to scare/impress me so far.

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1 hour ago, beelzebub said:

Have a Bex 

You do a lot of uninvited commentary on here.

Learn to zip it.

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Would anyone be happy if St Kilda won the flag this year?

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1 minute ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Would anyone be happy if St Kilda won the flag this year?

Why?

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1 hour ago, ProDee said:

You do a lot of uninvited commentary on here.

Learn to zip it.

Go jump sunshine. Its not your forum diddums

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33 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Would anyone be happy if St Kilda won the flag this year?

I'd be in a complete state of shock.

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36 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Would anyone be happy if St Kilda won the flag this year?

Other than Saints fans ?

Interesting suggestion though. They can play ok against the favourite.

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#: 91   Posted (edited)

The biggest roller coaster is not the team's form - it's supporters' emotions on this site.  

vs Adelaide was clearly our best but we were very good against St.Kilda and Geelong.  If Hawthorn and Freo is our worst then we are in very good shape, I don't think it is the worst we'll play this year and I'm not optimistic about our 3 consecutive 6 day breaks with a trip to Perth in the middle following the break.  There'll be some below par performance in that stretch.

I think the injury set backs we've had could be good for our medium term flexibility.  If we can make the finals then we could win the flag - it is a very weak year.  The close losses to both Freo and Hawthorn are going to make it tough though.  To make the eight we'll need to get on a roll and that could well continue in the finals.

I'm bullish about a flag by 2019.

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#: 92   Posted (edited)

50 minutes ago, Sir Why You Little said:

Why?

It seemed like every man and his dog were happy for the Dogs to win a flag (I personally couldn't give a stuff unless it's us winning it). Just wondering if the Saints would receive the same sentiment this year, as per the Dogs winning it from nowhere.

 

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7 minutes ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

It seemed like every man and his dog were happy for the Dogs to win a flag (I personally couldn't give a stuff unless it's us winning it). Just wondering if the Saints would receive the same sentiment this year, as per the Dogs winning it from nowhere.

 

Fair enough. I think you can gauge my answer!!

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By rd 13 ( every team has played 12 games) my prediction is GWS,Adelaide,W.c 8 w 4 L ;P.Adel,W.b,St.k,Melb,Geel,Rich,Freo 7 w 5 L;Ess 6 w 6L,Haw,Swans,Coll 5w 7L;North,Carl,GC 4w 8 L,Brisb 2w 10 L. If we can achieve what I said in my above ladder,we should be able to make the 8. We have to beat North this w/e and hopefully we can get back Gawn,J.Smith,Hogan and perhaps V.B.

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is this thread for real? we are a contender for finals, maybe a 50-50 chance but no we are not a contender for the flag.  we couldnt beat the tiges/hawks/freo/cats at home.

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51 minutes ago, Fifty-5 said:

I think the injury set backs we've had could be good for our medium term flexibility.

A good point i reckon. Good for the players to play new roles but also for the coaches to have extend themselves and come up with creative options and decisions.

It has also meant that more players have been given AFL time and exposure than would have been the case if we had less injured.

That said it goes without saying it will be great to have Gawn back. Having to do so much rucking has impacted on how dangerous Watts has been. He has been ok this year and I've loved his endevour and dare i say it his intensity (loved hearing 'crunching tackle from Watts' in the call form the crows game) but we need his class in our forward line

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18 minutes ago, DubDee said:

is this thread for real? we are a contender for finals, maybe a 50-50 chance but no we are not a contender for the flag.  we couldnt beat the tiges/hawks/freo/cats at home.

Its interesting in a fashion. Notoriously , in the past, as Melbourne have accounted for a few teams, sometimes against the tide , we've failex to back it up. Hence the birth of many derisive comnentaries  of wbich a common theme is ' getting ahead of ourselves".

Unless we continue to play fully and to our abilities, taking scalps along the way , then threads like this only mirror our failings. 

For mine its way too early to be getting carried away. Yes some games were close , and we might have won , but we didn't.

Much 'contender' talk reminds me of Real Estate speake whereby if one were to get on the roof , hang off the chimney, squint hard you 'might' sea water...presto Home with Bay Views !!

The reality is .... there's a fair way to go.

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Acid test this week.

We just have to win at least two of our next three and then go to another level when we get Gawn and Hoges back.

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1 hour ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

It seemed like every man and his dog were happy for the Dogs to win a flag (I personally couldn't give a stuff unless it's us winning it). Just wondering if the Saints would receive the same sentiment this year, as per the Dogs winning it from nowhere.

 

I would love to see the Saints win a flag (just not at our expense).

Would be great to see the Tigers get one too, as long as we get one first. I could handle seeing the Dogs get another as well. 

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1 hour ago, DubDee said:

is this thread for real? we are a contender for finals, maybe a 50-50 chance but no we are not a contender for the flag.  we couldnt beat the tiges/hawks/freo/cats at home.

We've probably had the most consistent form in the comp other than the Bulldogs. Haven't had a truly bad performance yet. Crows did against us, Giants did against Crows.

Now watch us stink it up against North lol

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