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ArtificialWisdom last won the day on April 12 2017

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  1. Top of the "away table" clash! According to the (flimsy) rules they've set out in this article a win could have us take the lead as the best traveling team in the league. http://m.afl.com.au/news/2019-07-18/trick-question-are-the-magpies-really-the-leagues-best-travellers
  2. https://m.afl.com.au/news/2019-07-17/what-happens-when-the-onekick-games-are-flipped-blues-in-the-hunt We'd be in the hunt for pick 1 without them
  3. Player is tackled (assume legally) one of 3 things happen: Ball is held in: Ball up Ball spills out: Dropping the ball, free kick Ball is correctly disposed of: Play on Remove the 'he tried' bs that just causes a 30sec scrap, would result in many fewer tackles and fewer throws.
  4. Melksham says he's 2 weeks away from a half at VFL then should do some running and play the following week, similar path to Jettas VFL run. Quite possibly the most informative injury update to come out of the club in the last decade (Inside Melbourne podcast)
  5. Bray -> Trac. Missed kick by 5m, Trac in space Trac -> Tom. Kick to def adv, strong mark Melk -> Weid. shanked set shot, no def spoil Harmes-> Melk. kick to def adv, def slips over Selwood slips -> Viney kicks straight to def, ball bobbles Trac -> Jones -> goal Henderson slips -> Hannan goal Omac the ol' Reverse Falcon spoil. I'm on team Goodwin, but I have to admit, it's amazing how when you're winning things just all seem to work out in your favour, ball bounces the right way, opposition panics, our mistakes get covered up.
  6. I agree that the dogs didn't put any work into him, the first bounce sums this up perfectly. Wood looked straight at Petty then lined up 10m away from him. That said I still think you reward that performance, he was taking contested marks while Pruess was dropping chest marks and neither Hannan or Dunkley could touch the footy. Personally I'd drop Pruess and one of Dunkley or Hannan for both Weid and Smith (if they're fit). Without NicNat and Vardey I'm happy to live with Weid in the ruck as the backup. Hopefully Smith can play the same role on McGovern and that should give one of Petty or Weid Barass and the other a chance against a smaller opponent.
  7. I believe they are disappointed that "Good off the ball running patterns and accurate ball use between AFL midfielders and forwards" was not listed as a definition for "Connection" in the Oxford English dictionary.
  8. Thank God, thought it was coming next week when we would have to play them on the rebound
  9. You're right we could have Lochie O'Brien and Ned McHenry instead of Lever! We'd be way better off.
  10. Trade it for Langdon, Hill, pick 7 take the highest skilled mid/forward available and let Freo deal with the unnecessary pressure on the new kid.
  11. I'm hopefull we put our hand up for Papley. Watch this space on Carlton, they're linked to just about every player shorter than 6 foot in their search for forward and back flankers. Hard to tell which are real and which are noise
  12. I did notice that the mids as a whole were rotating spots alot on Sunday. Never had 2 consecutive centre bounces line up the same. Oliver had a few runs as a forward but he rarely has an impact when forward. It's worth persisting with because of his size and clean pickups could result in scores if he actually got some 1-1 opportunities. Unfortunately none of our forwards ever get any space.
  13. https://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-07-15/eagles-sweating-on-naitanui-after-star-pulls-up-sore Starting to wonder if we will ever get to see NicNat and Gawn face each other in their prime... Haven't played each other since 2015 (their only duel). Since that time Gawn has gone from a nobody to the best tap ruckman in the comp.
  14. With the team struggling Oliver's flaws have been exposed. His insistence to handball at all costs has gone from a quirky habit to a flat out detriment to the team. His contested stuff is always going to be great but unless this changes he is never going to be truly elite. He has all the ability to be the superstar but he's holding himself back
  15. Trac's personality lends itself to criticism. Whenever he plays well everyone will laud his positivity. But when he makes mistakes he'll be criticised for being arrogant. Trac has a set shot problem, I don't care what he does before he kicks, he's probably going to miss it regardless. He could do a handstand at the top of his run up for all I care. He's gonna miss anyway, I was more concerned that the zone wasn't set up properly and the dogs were able to go coast to coast almost completely uncontested.
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