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Just now, Redleg said:

No, done for the day.

The thick plottens. For the record, I'm not one of those "I hope all their stars are injured" types... but in terms of selection, without Viney, the implications are huge. A bit like if Dusty misses for the Tigers. They're that good that the entire complexion of the game changes.

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Just now, Dappa Dan said:

The thick plottens. For the record, I'm not one of those "I hope all their stars are injured" types... but in terms of selection, without Viney, the implications are huge. A bit like if Dusty misses for the Tigers. They're that good that the entire complexion of the game changes.

I will gladly take Danger out against us. 

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Just now, Redleg said:

I will gladly take Danger out against us. 

Still lots there to worry about. Danger, though, I just don't think we have an answer. I don't know that anyone does really.

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Looks like the word has come from The Age's Michael Gleeson; " Patrick Dangerfield has injured his hamstring in Geelong's final pre-season hit out before the AFL season.

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1 minute ago, Redleg said:

Looks like the word has come from The Age's Michael Gleeson; " Patrick Dangerfield has injured his hamstring in Geelong's final pre-season hit out before the AFL season.

Right. Usually if it's a serious injury, you get the news within 10 minutes on what it is. If they stay coy for the rest of the game, then it's usually because the injury isn't serious.

Massive, massive implications.

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4 minutes ago, Redleg said:

Looks like the word has come from The Age's Michael Gleeson; " Patrick Dangerfield has injured his hamstring in Geelong's final pre-season hit out before the AFL season.

Look out now for the media to say all week that he's had two weeks off... he MIGHT play.

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Posted (edited)

Suspected foot injury according to the AFL Update.  Can't speak for the reliability of this source.

Edited by BigFez

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17 minutes ago, BigFez said:

Suspected foot injury according to the AFL Update.  Can't speak for the reliability of this source.

Wow, you got that just now? I've been getting hamstring... This is all very strange.

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2 minutes ago, Dappa Dan said:

Wow, you got that just now? I've been getting hamstring... This is all very strange.

Now I'm hearing slight calf from some Geelong supporting friends.  Best off waiting for the official report I guess!  The rumour mill is in overdrive.

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On 10/03/2018 at 1:23 PM, Deemania since 56 said:

My breakout summation is for Harmes. He is developing so well and blending with his teammates almost perfectly. I have been watching him closely, quietly and see enormous motor skills. He'd be my morphing agent to emulate Dusty in the future - and he is tough as nails. Great on the outside heading forward. 

I've always thought the only thing holding Harmes back is his kicking and decision making.

Often I've felt his poor kicking has been tied to his exhaustion.

Perhaps now with increased fitness and a few pre seasons under his belt, Harmes' kicking has improved. This will make him a very dangerous prospect and I can certainly see the Dusty comparisons. It's not as ridiculous as it sounds.

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1 minute ago, A F said:

I've always thought the only thing holding Harmes back is his kicking and decision making.

Often I've felt his poor kicking has been tied to his exhaustion.

Perhaps now with increased fitness and a few pre seasons under his belt, Harmes' kicking has improved. This will make him a very dangerous prospect and I can certainly see the Dusty comparisons. It's not as ridiculous as it sounds.

He's a really fascinating player, isn't he. Has everything an AFL player needs. And will crack the all-important 50 game mark in round 6. These late picks/rookies... they're an absolute requirement for any successful team. We've got some already with the Hunt types. I want to see this guy play 22 and not be a cusp player anymore. ANB the same. 

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GEELONG superstar Patrick Dangerfield will miss the season opener after tweaking his hamstring early in the Cats final pre-season hitout.

- Scott Gullan

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8 minutes ago, Dappa Dan said:

He's a really fascinating player, isn't he. Has everything an AFL player needs. And will crack the all-important 50 game mark in round 6. These late picks/rookies... they're an absolute requirement for any successful team. We've got some already with the Hunt types. I want to see this guy play 22 and not be a cusp player anymore. ANB the same. 

Yep, if we can continue to convert and develop our later/rookie picks, our best 22 will be well on the way. Development and the "Melbourne way" game style are key.

The elite younger talent we have: Hogan, Oliver, Lever, Petracca, Salem, Viney, Tyson, Brayshaw, Gawn.

Convert the later picks such as: Tom McDonald, Oscar McDonald, Hunt, Neal-Bullen, Harmes, Hannan, Fritsch.

Couple these with our elite elderstatemen: Lewis, Jones, Vince, Hibberd, Garlett and Jetta.

And the consistent role players we have: Melksham, Frost.

There's 24 that make weaknesses hard to pick and it's certainly a strong bottom 6.

One more year of list clean out and player development and hopefully we should be looking at 25-30 players able to step into the 22.

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34 minutes ago, brendan said:

watch our odds plunge if he is injured we are currently $2.35 

Into $2 already.

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7 minutes ago, A F said:

One more year of list clean out and player development and hopefully we should be looking at 25-30 players able to step into the 22.

See now... this is why I was one of the few that didn't really care about the last round last year. The main bulk of the list is still so young.

Also. Our last 6 are really very good. Not saying it's a flag for us this year, I still think there's some work to do... But we're building the right way.

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Danger out ? Ablett underdone if at all? Dont take it easy Dees

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5 minutes ago, Satan said:

Danger out ? Ablett underdone if at all? Dont take it easy Dees

Get ready for both to miss, and Melbourne to not take advantage and lose the game.

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27 minutes ago, Petraccattack said:

Get ready for both to miss, and Melbourne to not take advantage and lose the game.

Well thats negative but our history certainly backs up your argument.

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2 hours ago, BigFez said:

GEELONG superstar Patrick Dangerfield will miss the season opener after tweaking his hamstring early in the Cats final pre-season hitout.

- Scott Gullan

How sad. Bernie gets a tick - too much of a confrontation - intimidating poor little 'umpires' mate, Patrick via the selectors' pen. Very sad. Oh well, it's allegedly his football, and he is taking it home, I guess.

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Thought to have a crack a the team now that ins and outs are becoming clearer.

B:        Jetta     O'Mac    Hibberd

HB:      Lewis   Lever       Hunt

C:         Brayshaw       Oliver      Petracca

HF:      Melksham      TMac/Pedo      Neil-Bullen

F:         Garlett   Hogan    Hannan

Fol:      Gawn     Jones     Tyson

Int: Stretch, Harmes, Salem, Vince

A lot of flexibility in that team with TMac or Pedo, whichever one plays, able to cover resting ruck and, if required slot into the back key positions. Of the 22 named, 15 of them can run through the midfield not counting the likes of Hogan.

Fritch, Frost and Bugg as emergencies

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On 3/13/2018 at 11:19 PM, CHF said:

Thought to have a crack a the team now that ins and outs are becoming clearer.

B:        Jetta     O'Mac    Hibberd

HB:      Lewis   Lever       Hunt

C:         Brayshaw       Oliver      Petracca

HF:      Melksham      TMac/Pedo      Neil-Bullen

F:         Garlett   Hogan    Hannan

Fol:      Gawn     Jones     Tyson

Int: Stretch, Harmes, Salem, Vince

A lot of flexibility in that team with TMac or Pedo, whichever one plays, able to cover resting ruck and, if required slot into the back key positions. Of the 22 named, 15 of them can run through the midfield not counting the likes of Hogan.

Fritch, Frost and Bugg as emergencies

I like this team.  a good chance to be the one named for Sunday

Viney and T Mac the only outs?  Oliver a myabe but should get up

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FB: Hibberd   Oscar   Jetta
HB: Hunt   Lever  Lewis
C: Jones  Oliver   Harmes
HF: ANB   Hogan  Melksham
FF: Fritsch   Pedersen  Hannan
Foll: Gawn  Petracca   Salem
Int: Vince, Brayshaw, Tyson, Bugg

E: Frost, Stretch, Garlett


Backline: Think the preferred 7 is just about picked, although ideally I'd replace on of the fossils with a solid two way defender or slide Gus or Salem to half back and play an extra mid. 

Mids: Without Viney but hopefully with Clarry I think the best 8 pick themselves

Forwards: Sounds more and more like Tom misses. Still could go any of 4 directions with the very last spot - Bugg/Fritsch/Hannan/Garlett but at the end of the day I think the game plan is built on contested ball and work rate and that's not Jeff's strengths

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30 minutes ago, DeeSpencer said:

FB: Hibberd   Oscar   Jetta
HB: Hunt   Lever  Lewis
C: Jones  Oliver   Harmes
HF: ANB   Hogan  Melksham
FF: Fritsch   Pedersen  Hannan
Foll: Gawn  Petracca   Salem
Int: Vince, Brayshaw, Tyson, BuggE: Frost, Stretch, Garlett
 

I like this team; I think that Garlett will get in before many here (Fritsch, Hannan, Harmes and ANB).

My guess would be Garlett in and Harmes in the Emergencies.

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