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  1. 11 points
    I'm cynical enough to believe that the AFL are bending over backwards to rebrand Essendon as the darling of the competition. I prefer to remember and see them as a club that systematically used performance enhancing drugs to cheat the competition. In short, I hate them.
  2. 7 points
  3. 7 points
    Lots of people worried about Spargo over Jeffy, but little mention of Hunt. Hunt is about as ‘zippy’ as they get; I reckon he’ll find his calling in the forward 50 once he gets a consistent run at the role.
  4. 6 points
    Actually most significant days are September. So long as we are there and not Essendon.
  5. 6 points
    1. People bagging Spargo over Stretch. Do you realise they are not the same type on player ? Spargo the small forward & Stretch a midfielder. They are not comparable, Spargo may not have had a lot of footy last week but we have had issues of retaining the ball inside 50 which was better last week, forward line functioned better. May not be all to do with Spargo but why change a successful forward mix from last week. 2. "Saints beat us with leg speed last year cry cry cry". No, they beat us on merit, we had an off day & they were better on the day. 3. People saying Lewis isn't best 22 or why is he been picked... He is still be 22, his direction & ball use across half back is hugely under rated, please tell me who takes his place ? May & Lever will take Frost/Wagner/Hore. Plus he hasn't even played a game in 2019 yet so how about people give him a month to see what he's producing
  6. 6 points
    Calm your [censored] m8. Spargo is a good young player.
  7. 5 points
    Words do not come close to describing how much i hate Essendrug, the fact that certain Media outlets want them to be my “Second” team is just plain insulting Those bastards got away with it, and we are supposed to applaud their return. Never Forget
  8. 5 points
    I'm stoked Lewis is back. Same for Jetta. Bags of experience, footy nous, courage, skill... you name it, these guys can both bring it to the table. Lewis isn't winning any 100 metre sprints for the rest of his career, but his footy brain more than makes up for it. And we've seen both ANB and Oscar dropped over the past fortnight. Maybe Goodwin is finally running out of patience with these guys as well? I think it's a good sign, though. As fans we have seen it, and it's nice to know that the coaches see it as well.
  9. 5 points
    .....permanently.
  10. 5 points
    Why did both Collingwood and Essendon get 7 and 6 day breaks respectively for ANZAC day and us and Richmond only get 4 day breaks. We should have been given Thursday/Friday games.
  11. 5 points
    With Oscar dropped, Josh Wagner has been promoted to No.1 whipping boy. With his confidence and form as bad as it had been, just about anyone would have been better than Oscar the past month. One thing I'm quite comfortable that Wagner will give is 100% effort, commitment to the football and create a contest. Conversly, I'm struggling with all the instantaneous love for Jeffy after soo many here completely [censored] canned him most of last season. Quite happy for a desperate Jeffy to absolutely bang the door down at Casey, get rested in the last quarter and come in fresh against Richmond.
  12. 5 points
    We're better in the back half with Lewis and Jetta in it and with OMac out of it. I feel for Stretch, only getting one crack at it, but he unfortunately didn't take much of his chance last week.
  13. 5 points
    Stretch was not good last week, his direct opponents were Heeney/ Florent they flogged him all night... deserves to be dropped.
  14. 5 points
    Stretch is not fast, not sure why so many think he offers pace. He is aerobically fit, so he can run long distances. But he is not fast and is not powerful in his running movement. Oscar is slow and is stinking it up generally and St Kilda have a small forward line so Lewis and Jetta make sense as ins. Lewis offers some composure with ball in hand also. Jetta can lock down on Gresham hopefully. St Kilda's hard running will only hurt us if we're poor with our ball use. Anything like the first three rounds and we lose. I'm not confident because of our form but if we can link up well through all areas and if we're efficient inside 50, we should have a comfortable win. Their back six is sketchy.
  15. 4 points
    Essendon,Collingwood,Richmond, (usually) are spared the handicap of playing at Geelong,the venue that Victorian taxpayers funded, but only Geelong members can fit in.
  16. 4 points
    If you think Hodge's worth to the Lions is based purely on his on-field output you are sadly mistaken. Yes he looked slow last night but the pies are fast. Hodge is the backline general who along with the coach know the game plan intimately. It is even more critical having bloke's like Hidge and Lewis in the side when there are no runners allowed on to the field. They are getting to the end of their careers but can still have very valuable input into developing sides.
  17. 4 points
    Yes, I hope Mrs McDonald is OK too. FFS are you really worried about TMac because his little brother was dropped? His little brother has been poor for quite a while. Needs to learn his craft at Casey, not the seniors.
  18. 4 points
    The last time we played the Aints we had an extra slow mid field rotation running with Tyson in. While not super fast this time around either we have a mid field that is more settled now without those constant Tyson ins/outs every once in a while which made us extra slow in the middle IMO and drew more attention / tackles / pressure from the opp mids making it even harder for all concerned to clear the congestion to our advantage as often as we usually would (with Tyson out). In addition Petty came in for his one and only game and was severely exposed and out of sorts down back. It was his first game but it was a horror and unfortunately for him and us it effectively left us a man short down back. Saints saw this and confidence went through the roof. They new if they could get it down there quickly enough they would have a great chance of converting. They also new Oscar and Louis weren't quick enough to cover off for Petty if the ball came in quickly. Hore seems like a much more likely prospect so far and less likely to be severely exposed. We also have a different look with the twin towers in plus Frosty able to run lines off HB, close down on his opponent quickly and Hunt providing some zip leading into space up forward along with some chase down pressure. My biggest concern is Spargo over Jeffy. With Pruess in we need someone to play a specialist crumbing role off the big man (as well as Big M if resting there) as well as pressuring and running down opponents to lock the ball in. This is a perfect Jeffy cameo role in the offing. He knows where the goals are and loves to kick em. He has big men to feed off....the incentive is there and the rewards very enticing if he works hard enough. Hopefully we don't look back and regret this decision and we are running away with it well nearing the final siren. If it comes down to a few points, like the last time we played them, this might end up being a significant error by Goody & the FD. Spargo will need to play a very special game to justify being picked in front of Jeffy. Finger's and toes crossed he brings it.
  19. 4 points
    He seems to be the current whipping boy. He had twice the possessions of Spargo but is out. He is not getting a continuous run at it and in that scenario you are nervous in your game, thinking that one mistake and you are out. He is no champion, but has pace and disposal skill, something we lack and the Saints don't. I can't see Lewis playing saturday and wednesday night after a hammy return. Maybe he will be a late out and Billy comes back in. Maybe they want Billy for the Tigers. If Billy is not getting games during the year, I think he will leave. We were flat footed against the Saints at the G last year and that is my big fear saturday.
  20. 4 points
    I encourage you to review the impact that spargo’s Offensive possessions had - its pretty clear
  21. 4 points
    Vote of confidence in " the entire Wagner family "too. Well done lads.
  22. 3 points
    Imagine spending your war chest on Jared Polec.
  23. 3 points
    I think we are developing still. We made a prelim but so what. We can't yet put weaker sides away regularly. That will come. I am not buying the flag favourite tag, that's complete BS. We could move on pretty rapidly though and I get your point about having a Hodge or Lewis when we get there.
  24. 3 points
    I bet if we do win one he will be a key part of it.
  25. 3 points
    he works hard to get from contest to contest. but he is: not slow but not quick doesn't break the lines can't hit targets by foot doesn't put on enough defensive pressure is limited to being able to play one role, purely as a midfielder he's unfortunately proved to be entirely vanilla as a footballer at this point - he's like jkh in that regard
  26. 3 points
    Same reason as why Collingwood hasn't played at Geelong for 20 years and we seem to get that honour every season - it isn't a level playing field
  27. 3 points
    Too passive far too passive. No, it's not. Its up to Oscar to go back to VFL, and then to try to discover his weaknesses... get to know them and understand them, and to learn to overcome his deficiencies. Only then, can he become truly stronger, and his confidence will then grow into a real self-belief. Blowing warm air up his shorts, is not going to help him.
  28. 3 points
    Can’t think of any other time Essendon have broken the rules...
  29. 3 points
    You forget the Dream Time Game against Richmond & The Farm Game against Jeelong Essendrug have a dream run considering the past few years bastards should have spent 10 years in the amateur league as far as i am concerned
  30. 3 points
    Pace is an overrated attribute. It only matters if you get hands on the ball. When we lose to quick teams it’s generally because we lose clearances / contested possession or turn it over. If we bring our best game, nobody makes us look slow.
  31. 3 points
    Hunt is looking very good as a forward. I admit I thought he would be a total bust there, but hes doing great. If he can continue to improve the team will be so much more dangerous.
  32. 3 points
    He might be a bit slow Sisso, but check out his numbers for last year: Disposals 540 (4th for our team) Kicks 285 (3rd) Marks 115 (4th) Handballs 255 (4th) Uncontested possessions 349 (3rd) Intercept possessions 155 (1st) Not bad for an old man.
  33. 3 points
    Experience is sometimes under rated. The youngsters may be fast, but their decision making can be poor, making them look like they are panicking under pressure. Now runners are not allowed on the ground, a player like Lewis can be invaluable to guide and settle the troops. From what Goodwin said, this is the role he is expected to do. I am not unhappy with his inclusion.
  34. 3 points
    Talk of Umpires ,maybe we could get special permission for Clarrie toto wear black & white and he will get all the free kicks going, based on Brisbane vs AFL Umpiring panel game currently under way.
  35. 3 points
    I think the biggest issue with stretch is his lack of confidence with the ball. Watching the swans replay every time he got a mark he looked like he wanted to keep going, but ended up going back on his mark and then kicking long down the line. It’s a real momentum killer for a team that is at its most dangerous when it moves the ball quickly (ie second quarter vs the bombers).
  36. 3 points
    Spargo is still chasing Jeffys dust. Spargo is small, but he’s got poor-average pace and doesn’t hit the scoreboard. He’s more of a natural midfielder and isn’t suited to the small forward role. We need Jeff in the team. He’s the most proven goal kicker on our list and offers elite speed.
  37. 3 points
    It has been amazing that the 'professional' umpires so far this season do not 'see' Clarrie doing the best work a footballer could possibly do whilst simultaneously being interfered with and man-handled against the rules for an entire game - or two or three. The number of frees deserved and not awarded is quite staggering, watching the replays and concentrating on just one player - Clarrie. Another season of selective attention and selective inattention by the green snot goblins this year, to meet an AFL dictate?
  38. 3 points
    Maybe he won't make it at another club, and is better off and content with being handy depth when the coach requires it. Why can't players make a career of providing 5-10 games of injury cover per year while making the VFL side strong with consistent performances? Every club needs their Brendan Whitecrosses of this world
  39. 3 points
    Good to see OMAC back at Casey. Glad we didn't bring in a tallish defender as the saints are not that tall. I would have kept Stretch and probably dropped Spargo. Stretch needs a decent run in the senior side.
  40. 3 points
    How come we need to change 2 players and West Coast only one MFC IN Lewis , Jetta WCE IN: Lewis Jetta
  41. 3 points
    So frost is our number 1 defender now, need may and lever back ASAP
  42. 3 points
    They don't. The algorithm they use sets the odds based on the flow of money. In simple terms, if the bookies have us at shorter odds than St Kilda it's because they are holding more money backing Melbourne to win. In other words, the punters indirectly set the odds. But your point remains...why do the punters have us as favourites?
  43. 2 points
    Can’t understand how Hutchins keeps getting a game.
  44. 2 points
    Both are effectively rookies DV so must be given plenty more time obviously. I see Corey as more of a swing man between the arcs playing a little more time pushing back to defend and intercept where possible but early days. Spargo more a smallish half flanker pushing high into mid field at times. Spargo is above AFL standard in disposal efficiency both with hands and kicking which i have no doubt is getting him over the line with the MC at times. We need more of these, especially with kicking and to be above AFL average is a great asset for us at this early stage. Just needs to build his possession count which should happen the more he plays as his tank improves. Appears to be on track to becoming a regular solid contributor for us for years ahead provided he keeps his head down and works super hard on the track etc.
  45. 2 points
    Possibly an indicator of form ....or maybe not Buck. The differing outcomes might also be a result of the quality of the opposition on the day/night in question. Other factors such as a high pressure match versus free flowing in the other etc. Far from a perfect science especially using one set of numbers from one match to compare. Comparing averages over 3 to 4 weeks probably a bit more robust. P.S. Our bottom 6 are better!!
  46. 2 points
    How on earth do our views on Oscar (positive or otherwise) have any bearing on his confidence? I am confused.
  47. 2 points
    He wouldn’t get a game in any other side in the comp! Come on down: May, Lever, Petty...
  48. 2 points
    I think there's an innocent explanation here. Obviously Joffa has never been to a Collingwood match before.
  49. 2 points
    I doubt he said that and it doesn't make sense seeing as he is a full forward. In any case he is highly unlikely to throw the toys out of the pram when his brother has been dropped for being poor. If it was the case they both should go. That would be a pathetic response from a professional athlete.
  50. 2 points
    I can't help thinking that when the effects of this really starts to bite, the AFL will somehow manage to find a way to give salary cap relief to the Swans. Maybe indirectly, or maybe they'll brazenly erase the $$$$ left over when Buddy hangs up the boots. On COLA, the concept was okay, but the AFL didn't think it through. Instead of allowing normal contract negotiations and then the AFL paying each player 10% on top, they let the clubs stockpile the collective 10% to splurge on one or two players. (The Swans can't really complain about the end of COLA, though, as it was them that tried to warp the system.)
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