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MATCH PREVIEW AND TEAM SELECTION - Round 18

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1 hour ago, Wiseblood said:

Has to be Wagner for Hibberd.  He is far more closer to the type of player Hibbo is than Joel Smith.

It is interesting to hear you say that and he would keep the left-foot defensive brigade happy - Salem, Lewis and now Fritsch.

I am still interested to see if Frost is also jettisoned for Joel Smith - as I said elsewhere, Goody would have been fuming at some of Frosty's choices last week, but hopefully his rage will have subsided and he will realise that Frosty does bring other attributes to the table which we need now more than ever. 

I'd go for Joel Smith ahead of Wags because he is that little bit quicker and gives us more flexibility because he can play as a forward ... and I've got him in my SC team! Furthermore, Wags' left foot can be covered by Fritsch if needed.

It sounds to me that the selectors have decided to bring in Tyson for Hannan and I don't mind that provided Dom plays in the middle of the park. It will be a spiteful, niggling game played for high stakes at night and whilst we are some chance, I think we all have to realise what it will mean to the Cats and Joel Selwood if they lose. They will be feral and so will their fans.

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Out good players, in lesser players.

Lesser players now need to be the ones to grab the game by the throat. Only way we win in Geelong now is if those replacing Hibbo and Viney step up big time. Our bottom 10 must be better than their bottom 10.

 

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22 minutes ago, dl4e said:

Said 60 earlier but now with Hibberd out it has risen to 72.

Upgrading my 60 to 188

You thought 187 was bad

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Move Salem or Fritsch into Hibberds role.  Please no Wagner.

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Hibbo's last 2 weeks have been solid but unspectacular and we've still won by plenty....bad to lose him but he hasn't been burning it up in recent times

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1 hour ago, Deespicable said:

I am still interested to see if Frost is also jettisoned for Joel Smith - as I said elsewhere, Goody would have been fuming at some of Frosty's choices last week, but hopefully his rage will have subsided and he will realise that Frosty does bring other attributes to the table which we need now more than ever. 

Frost played a reasonable game. His speed, height, strength and reading of the play were pretty good. Had a couple of brain snaps but nothing like you are suggesting.

Last time we played Geelong, the cats ran Hawkins up the ground with Oscar following. The were trying to expose Lever one on one and largely succeeded. OMac hardly saw the ball because Hawkins was hopeless away from goal.

I suspect our back six structure will be a little better drilled this time around despite the loss of Lever and Hibberd and won't be sucked into moving out of shape as much.

Edited by jnrmac

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IMO The result will come largely down to our intensity and pressure.  If we bring finals like intensity and hardness, similar to how we played v Port (minus the bombing) I think we’ll win.  If we are slightly off we’ll get rolled.  

We will know within the 1st 5 minutes of the game.

On this front, Viney is a massive out in this sort of game, he sets the tone for the manic attack on the man and the ball.  Jones, for all his qualities, has never been able to do this.  

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4 hours ago, stevethemanjordan said:

Big fella. 

Great work big fella big fella big fella big Dellacqua BIG FELLA 

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9 hours ago, stevethemanjordan said:

In short, I think we still have too many major deficiencies as a side that always seem to be magnified whenever we play top sides. 

Geelong by 35

Pretty much exactly how I see it.

While its nice to be smashing teams occasionally, we have still found a way to lose to a garbage team (Saints), while being unable to find a win against a single good team.

I still think our finals chances evaporated against the Saints, in a typical Melbourne loss.

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Perhaps Keilty will be given a go.J.Smith probably will replace Hibberd. Don't be surprised if Ginja Ninja gets a go. 

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Whilst I remember in our 2015 win v Geelong at the Cattery we used 2 ruckmen in Gawn and Spencer.

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One can just see this season slipping away like the last two.

A win at Geelong was always going to be a hard ask but it just got harder.

We may still win the three games needed but a win at Geelong would surprise even the greatest optimist.

I see that Saturday is predicted to be windy with Sunday much stronger. Might make it hard to score and we could win the lottery in a low scoring game.

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4 hours ago, Petraccattack said:

Move Salem or Fritsch into Hibberds role.  Please no Wagner.

Fritsch played back well against the dogs move him there. Tyson for Hibberd.

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Who do we assign to Dangerfield when he's up forward? I thought Hibberd would be his man so now i'm quite unsure of who we have than can go with him.

Edited by John Demonic

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Didn't deserve it's own thread, but I thought this one was a ripper from Nev and TMac (my 2 favourite Melbourne players).
 

 

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20 minutes ago, John Demonic said:

Who do we assign to Dangerfield when he's up forward? I thought Hibberd would be his man so now i'm quite unsure of who we have than can go with him.

Harmes

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I wonder if Pederson might get a call up. Was quite solid down back for Casey last week and can take an intercept mark. It would be a gamble.

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Posted (edited)

Didn't deserve it's own thread, but I thought this one was a ripper from Nev and TMac (my 2 favourite Melbourne players).
 

 

 

How can they not know Fred Fannings goal record..

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10 hours ago, chook fowler said:

I wonder if Pederson might get a call up. Was quite solid down back for Casey last week and can take an intercept mark. It would be a gamble.

This seems to be the most unlikely of all the suggestions. Has looked well past it whenever he’s played this year.

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14 hours ago, jnrmac said:

Frost played a reasonable game. His speed, height, strength and reading of the play were pretty good. Had a couple of brain snaps but nothing like you are suggesting.

Last time we played Geelong, the cats ran Hawkins up the ground with Oscar following. The were trying to expose Lever one on one and largely succeeded. OMac hardly saw the ball because Hawkins was hopeless away from goal.

I suspect our back six structure will be a little better drilled this time around despite the loss of Lever and Hibberd and won't be sucked into moving out of shape as much.

Sucked in? Surely you jest. They would have loved having hawkins play 100 metres from goal just as they were happy to have schache do the same last sat. If lever had done his part and players like hibberd theirs (eg help lever out in the air) we would have won.

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17 hours ago, Danelska said:

mate they're not that bad... i was in the outer with 2 geelong supporting mates for '187'... and one had the keys to the car for the lift home... those generalisations [censored] me a bit to be frank. plenty of kindly old ducks sit there knitting scarfs too... 

i was also there for - a draw (yze's specky and miller taking a kidney out of Lonergan) as well as '24' in enrights 300th - where the crown celebrated like they had won PRIOR to the game...weird weird stuff.

prediction by a similar amount - 4 goals...either way.

My mate had his nose broken some years back just for calling out 'Go Dees'. And it wasn't by 'kindly old ducks knitting scarfs'. I have been to games in every state. Cats supporters can't come to terms with other supporters attending the Cattery. There's not an issue if you have a seat as those areas are well supervised (where the knitters sit). You'd be advised to keep your mouth shut standing at the northern end. Dees supporters are outnumbered 50 to one. I have a dozen mates, all Dees members, that live in Torquay. Not one will be attending.

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12 hours ago, Gorgoroth said:

Hearing around Geelong that Menzel won’t play...

Hope that is true.

He’s kicked 12 goals in the last 3 games we’ve played Geelong. Menzel has absolutely owned us!

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24 minutes ago, M_9 said:

My mate had his nose broken some years back just for calling out 'Go Dees'. And it wasn't by 'kindly old ducks knitting scarfs'. I have been to games in every state. Cats supporters can't come to terms with other supporters attending the Cattery. There's not an issue if you have a seat as those areas are well supervised (where the knitters sit). You'd be advised to keep your mouth shut standing at the northern end. Dees supporters are outnumbered 50 to one. I have a dozen mates, all Dees members, that live in Torquay. Not one will be attending.

If I was an AFL exec reading that I'd want to have a yarn to the Cats about this

Not a good look for the post-thuggy family friendly AFL

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