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  1. No excuse. If we aren’t fitter than them now we never will be. Some of their key defenders have had poor preseasons. Just run them into the ground. And I’ll back Langdon and Tomlinson to outrun their opponents. Burgess loves heat training, so we would have done our fair share of extreme weather training over summer.
  2. I could post all 17 of the other clubs promos if you’d like. I wonder if the other supporter boards are flying off and having a go at their clubs for an afl promo.
  3. WC have had an interrupted preseason with their key backs (McGovern, Barrass), and a new midfield with Kelly in there that may take time to gel. Last year we flew to the Gold Coast then to Perth on a 6 day turnaround and should have beaten them despite our injuries and poor form. This year we have no excuses. We won’t get a better chance to win over there than round 1.
  4. During the last 10 weeks of 2018 we became the number one defensive team in the AFL. Not hard to win games when you restrict teams to 46 points like Geelong were in the EF. There are some signs of the same in preseason. I think that’s what Goodwin is working on. In 2018 though we found it hard to score against the top teams. We still need to improve that.
  5. Swedish concussion specialist below disagrees with the bolded bit above. No offence, but this is a sensitive issue and uninformed opinions are best kept to yourself. Concussion test: Tau Professor Henrik Zetterberg, a neurochemist from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, has been looking at indicators of axon damage that might meet the criteria of a marker for more subtle brain damage. He says that, so far, research has singled out two key candidates. The first, the protein tau, is already making a name for itself as a biological villain of other conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that amateur boxers have higher levels of tau in the blood stream the week or so after a bout, even if they’re not knocked out. These levels then slowly return to normal around eight to 10 weeks after the impact, as long as the boxer doesn’t have any more head impacts during that time.
  6. Is Oliver ready to step up. We clearly need him to lead in last quarters when games are on the line.
  7. It would also be equally despicable if Freo had the discussions that they have now refuted. The report is damaging to Hogan but also to Freo. Bell is a lawyer. If he is 100% in the clear he should follow the example our President set in response to gutter WA journalism and start defamation proceedings if for no other reason than to get a public apology from Hagdorn along the lines of “his source was unreliable and the story was incorrect”. If Freo don’t follow that path the damaging speculation, which is not helping Hogan’s mental health, will continue.
  8. They did a rebuild via the draft mainly and focussed on defenders first. Shanahan has led the rebuild and had a good assistant coach record, but as an offensive assistant. But every team at the bottom has tried rebuilding so doing it is not easy. The 49ers used most of their high draft picks on defence which goes against the grain a bit. This year it has really clicked and paid dividends and their defence is unbelievable. Their offensive team is good without being great. They run more than pass which is safer (less turnovers), whereas Kansas will pass more than run. The 49ers really rely on getting the ball back in good positions on the field and have done it really well. The turnaround has been faster than expected. Most preseason pundits had them at 10 Wins best case, 4 worst, and 6-8 likely. Then they got off to a flying start and the confidence just grew.
  9. I’m not sure if many follow American football, but I’m a 49ers fan and the last 5 seasons before this one have been shockers, pretty much sitting last or close to it. Last year, out of 32 teams they had the equal 2nd worst win-loss record, the second worst defence, and a bottom 25% offence. Their turnaround this year has been staggering, especially the defence which are now feared. Here’s hoping for a good result tomorrow, and a good omen for the AFL team that finished second last in 2019.
  10. I think we have a lot of lock down defenders, but aside from 2017 and Hibbard we have not had anyone that can play the Houli or Laird type role, where they pick up 25 to 30+ possessions and are damaging. My guess is that’s what they want Harmes to be and he is more than capable of it. He’s a great stopper while also getting the ball himself.
  11. The why not us speech was before the Queens birthday game in 2018 wasn’t it? I’d argue we dropped off for 4-5 weeks, not because of lack of effort but from a worsening of structures due to an overhyped all in to get the ball mentality. It surprises me that supporters continually harp on about players not putting in consistent effort. That is 100% not the problem on game day. Every player has a GPS measuring every heartbeat, metres covered, accelerations etc etc. How to you think they hide their lack of effort from the fitness staff and coaches? I’ll answer for you they don’t. The staff know how well they prepare preseason - cue members forum and only 2 players doing more than 50% of preseason loads. Last year it was clear, especially in hindsight to supporters who attended the forum, the team was overall not fit, probably had diets that were detrimental to their endurance, and to my eye looked like they lost strength. We will see how the 4 qtr efforts are this year, but I would expect a return to 2018 where we were one of the best second half teams in the league, rather than the 2019 version where we were the worst.
  12. It’s pretty sad for KK. Does anyone who attends training know when and how KK got concussed? Last I heard he hurt an elbow at training in November and then hasn’t been seen again.
  13. My key take away was the players were eating properly which allowed them to attack fitness and strength training.
  14. At the forum, they had all the GPS stats up and only 2 players did more than 50% of the loads required last preseason. Max was the highest, at 80% from memory. The issue was only mental to the extent that players quickly had no confidence in anything due to their poor conditioning.
  15. https://www.afl.com.au/video/364601/shifter-s-best-ever-pick-no-12-cyril-burgoyne-or-wanganeen?videoId=364601&modal=true&type=video&publishFrom=1577473200001 Hope Kozzie can add to the legendary indigenous talent taken at pick 12.
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