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Match Preview and Team Selection - Round 22

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32 minutes ago, Dee Zephyr said:

Let’s face it, Hogan is a massive loss as we can’t afford our best players out at this time of the year but like you said it gives an opportunity to throw a different mix up forward. 

I don't think he is hasn't performed against good teams, has been a burden in most of our losses. Good to see Weed get a chance he can't do a lot worse than Hogan.

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I don’t give a rats who is injured or not. 

It is time to stand up. 

Just win. 

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18 minutes ago, Rogue said:

Lever, Viney and Hogan are out, and other important players are underdone - Gawn was clearly playing injured last week, while Hibberd and Melksham are straight back in after significant layoffs.

...and yet I still reckon we're a chance of knocking off the #2 team away.

They also have Nic Nat, Kennedy and Gaff missing. Best ruck. Best forward. Best midfielder. Three players arguably surpassed only by McGovern in terms of importance to their side. 

The mental hurdle poses a far greater challenge than what the Eagles can throw up aganst us. On paper, we should win.

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14 hours ago, Wiseblood said:

Mate, I can't go into the weekend thinking any different.  I've got to back the Dees to get it done!

Dreaming. All about 2019 now!

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1 hour ago, monoccular said:

I did think he looked to be feeling the effects of a very good, but long debut season and thought that he may be ‘rested’ with ‘general soreness’

Physiologically speaking, these players are measured, analysed and spreadsheeted to within an inch of their lives. If there's any underlying fatigue, above and beyond what could be expected at this stage of the year, it would be known. Presumably he's right to go. And yes, while Spargo has had a long season as a first year player, his load is already being managed within games, where he has one of the lowest game times (only 69% against the Swans).

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W.E W.I.L.L W.I.N 

End of discussion.

Take the $2.40 at the TAB.

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Sunday's match is season defining game No. 8 for us ...

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8 hours ago, Rogue said:

Lever, Viney and Hogan are out, and other important players are underdone - Gawn was clearly playing injured last week, while Hibberd and Melksham are straight back in after significant layoffs.

...and yet I still reckon we're a chance of knocking off the #2 team away.

Not expecting Melksham to be rusty. He's only missed 2 matches.

Hibberd could be though after missing 4.

Significant inclusions though.

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7 hours ago, Dirts said:

Dreaming. All about 2019 now!

Nah mate, Dees by 15 points.  Watch it all click on the weekend.  

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We need to lower our eyes to beat the Eagles. Leg speed I50 would be an advantage... Bombing it in is Icing on there Cake! 🍰 

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Of interest to me is whether Weideman or McDonald play the second ruck role around the ground. The argument for McDonald is that the team is more familiar with him doing it and he's better around the ground than Weideman. The argument for Weideman doing it is that it leaves our most dangerous forward in the forward role for the whole game.

I'll guess we'll be conservative and keep McDonald as second ruck because that's what the onballers are more familiar with.

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8 hours ago, WERRIDEE said:

I don't think he is hasn't performed against good teams, has been a burden in most of our losses. Good to see Weed get a chance he can't do a lot worse than Hogan.

Fair enough, that’s your opinion. At least ‘ burden’ is a much simpler term than other words used to describe Jesse against the top sides such as ‘disgrace’ and ‘staging sook’.

Funnily enough, the common theme as pointed out on here in all our losses against the ‘top’ sides has been our hospital balls and bombs inside 50. Not sure what hope any of our forwards have when we don’t move the ball quickly or lower the eyes. 

Anyway, it is what it is and it will be one tough road trip but I still believe it can be done with 22 committed players. Can’t afford any passengers this upcoming fortnight. 

 

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If Petracca wants to be a "Hall of Famer" there is no better place to start than the next 2 weeks.

Stand up. Rip the game apart. Create some fear in our opponents. Lead your team mates.

The next 6/7 weeks is where reputations are made. Do it.

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49 minutes ago, Dee tention said:

We need to lower our eyes to beat the Eagles. Leg speed I50 would be an advantage... Bombing it in is Icing on there Cake! 🍰 

Essendon beat them by loading the back line and controlling the football. We're [censored].

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18 minutes ago, jnrmac said:

If Petracca wants to be a "Hall of Famer" there is no better place to start than the next 2 weeks.

Stand up. Rip the game apart. Create some fear in our opponents. Lead your team mates.

The next 6/7 weeks is where reputations are made. Do it.

A chance for some heroes to be made on Sunday for the MFC.  

Win and we will play finals, at long last.  The guys must step up and lead us to victory ...   how glorious it would be.

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I will be very interested to see who is picked from the bench. Melk and fritsch I think are 2 definates but the others will be interesting. I would have Kent and the other I just don't know.

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10 hours ago, red&blue1982 said:

The AFL will make sure ESS, Norf & Geeling win this week and Port, Dees & Sydney lose to make viewing interesting for the final round.

One is left, at the approaching end of the season, to suspect - no, be assured - that the AFL has this very outcome in mind to contribute more to the dollars at the gate receipt end of the finals series than to the 'even playing field' and non-interrupted match conditions in which the MFC will find themselves.

The green snot goblins will have their role to play on behalf of the intent of the AFL, no doubt, in so many ways that it will be difficult to put an exacting finger on an exact reason why we will see West Coast and GWS receive at least ten goals from frees awarded in front of those goals, and why the games will be delayed as the MFC opposition scramble to get 'back in position' for ball ups, boundary throw-ins, free kicks, clearance opportunities and other aspects of the games that might lead to MFC dominance, affirmative footballing skills and ultimately, the winning of these last two games.

In reality, there will be no need for the AFL to display a new faith in fairness as it would undoubtedly contradict with their 'game and finals' aspirations, setting a new and unseen trend that is in complete contradiction to the recent evidence of their manipulation for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons as far as tje MFC is concerned. We are the team 'set up for failure'. 

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Gawn rates Lycett so will be an intriguing battle, Gawn must be quite sore, hopefully we make finals and he can rest over the bye, huge workload.

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3 minutes ago, dl4e said:

I will be very interested to see who is picked from the bench. Melk and fritsch I think are 2 definates but the others will be interesting. I would have Kent and the other I just don't know.

'Tis a wonder, isn't it?

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9 minutes ago, dl4e said:

I will be very interested to see who is picked from the bench. Melk and fritsch I think are 2 definates but the others will be interesting. I would have Kent and the other I just don't know.

If Kent is picked, the other would surely be JKH...     cant see Garlett, Spargo and Kent all playing in the same team and we need depth in the midfield over there.

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5 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

'Tis a wonder, isn't it?

Yes it is. I think they might put JKH in but Garlett could be more dangerous if he would actually try to tackle. At least JKH has a red hot go but his footy skills arn't good enough.

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14 hours ago, Mickey said:

I'd be amazed it Fritsch is dropped before Spargo.

So would I. Read the last line of my post on this team selection. Possibly - on paper - this team selection was a decoy tactic before Sunday arrives. Spargo may well be benched due to unforseen circumstances enabling Fritsch to come into the game, earlier. Certainly hope that this is the case. We will need, in defence, Wagner's run and carry, and his deceptive height, in the backline, as well. 

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18 minutes ago, jumbo returns said:

Dees will win...why?

We're back to using the red footy

Very observant there JR!

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