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Hillary Bray last won the day on August 31 2014

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  1. Hopefully one of those self flagellation whips that religious zealot bloke in the Da Vinci code used to use on himself. Jack Steven is a big in for them. I think our mids are classier than theirs on paper but matches aren't won on paper. How the Saints have won thus far has been because of across the board team defense and an ability to work hard. We win if we get the game on our terms. Meaning that all mids don't swarm around stoppages for a lick of the ice cream. Some need to drop back to create the second link in the possession chain and to cover the outside option the Saints will doubtlessly try to exploit. Melbourne by 6 points for mine.
  2. I can see where you are coming from @dazzledavey36 At first glance, he doesn't have enough tricks or the ability to crumb for goals from pack spillage for mine. He works best where the okay requires a cool head and the ability to think things through rather than raw instinct or freakish skills. Jeffy has the edge on him in the latter case and that makes him the better natural small forward. That being said, Jeffy could never move into the midfield which I could see Spargo doing. One problem of playing him as a small forward is that you DO have to take advantage of anything that comes your way in that position. On your worst days, you can get supply that leads to the type of stats a list clogger gets. That's not great for a kid who wants to audition for a ball winning mid.
  3. List wise, the Eagles were streets ahead of us. However, let's not forget they had just been involved in the biggest scandal the game had possibly seen at the start of 2008 (until the supplements scandal came about). It tore the club apart and resulted in a LOT of turnover. The club's priorities had to change from 'we want to win the flag this year' to 'how can we be a club that parents feel comfortable in sending their sons to?'. It wasn't an environment where immediate success was a given. The reality was that we were a bloody horrible football team in 2008 and were going to shif the bed regardless. In 2009, I think we were at the level of the Lions of last year: a team with plenty of potential that could push teams but we had no idea where that potential would lead to. I personally think had we actually given our all, we might have won around 5-7 games. The Lions have rebuilt and I think how they have (and we did post Roos) done this is the model for emerging teams. Don't put ceilings on the kids you have, make sure you have experienced heads in there to show them what it takes to be a player (I.e. Luke Hodge, Daniel Cross) and give players games when they deserve it. I've been through the Hawthorn example before and why I don't agree that they tanked. However, it's a moot point anyway. That is talk of the past and to think that is applicable to today is a waste of time.
  4. Hmmm.... It seems a bit thin compared to previous years. Usually we would get a word from the president, coach, some articles on initiatives the club was undertaking, articles on life members and other stuff. I have been a bit concerned about how we have been engaging with supporters/members since PJ left. You can see it on the website especially with the lack of interviews put up. I hope this isn't a part of an ongoing trend.
  5. I liked the synonymous sitcom with Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall but never said I was addicted to it.
  6. Like that time they spent a quarter prattling on about Leigh Montana's (?) Mexican themed birthday party and how they had uploaded it to Instagram. Genuinely cringe worthy stuff.
  7. I find Brayshaw not nearly as irritating since he has been dragged away from the Footy Show cesspit. It's like he no longer has to put on a faux ocker act and can behave like a functional human being again.
  8. If this is the case, I fear the day when in 20 years time that it gets out that they have been cryogenically freezing Ross Oakley's head under Marvel Stadium.
  9. The fawning over Dusty and Rance last year by Bwooce and the Channel 7 commentary team was borderline sycophantic. They sounded like they wanted to go the Full Bill Lawry on Shane Warne on those two. All we heard was about how awesome they were. The greatest part of Collingwood's win in the prelim is that we no longer have to listen to that twaddle. Why hasn't Brenton Speed gotten more of a run on Fox? He's been pretty decent and is more interested in commentating the match rather than creaming their Levis.
  10. I think Frost is one of those players who if you keep it simple for, they will go well. I think OMac's problems are a bit more pressing at the minute. I'm concerned about some of the intensity of his efforts and his inability to put on any significant condition since he arrived. It puts him behind the eight ball when your job is to stop the Hawkins', Browns and Darlings of this league. Frosty has a dip but there are times when he is under the misapprehension that he has Christian Salem level disposal skills and tries something teeth grindingly frustrating. Or he overshoots his kick and it leads into a dangerous turnover in the front half. Give him a job that fits into his skill set, don't let him stay from that and he is fine. We saw that last night against Buddy.
  11. Everyone unfortunately tends to be too wound up in popular narratives. It works because the human mind prefers set equations as opposed to ambiguity. Many here, and in the media, are constantly carping on about when Tracc will have his 'breakout game'. Personally I would prefer 22 games of steady reliable play as opposed to a sound bite ready 'moment'. He is finding his feet now. Let him continue to do so and the rewards will be his (and ours) come the end of the year.
  12. The barracking stuff was two pronged @Redleg Part of it was probably the old Kerry Packer maxim: 'Don't talk the game down.' The second part was that it would create a talking point if we lost about how 'easy we are to score against' and our 'mental fragility'. These two canards are well worn, require little original thought but allow Lingy to come on air and tsk tsk us while sounding like he is knowledgeable. For a win, there will be a few changes for mine as I can still see a few holes. There was improvement but a bit to work on. In: Lockhart, Petty Out: Spargo, OMac (concussed or not) I could put Jeffy in but his Casey form is important for mine. That being said Preuss hadn't set the world on fire out there and he was bloody important last night to the win. However, Lockhart had earned his spot over the two weeks he was in so he stays in. Spargo actually has a bloody good football brain and rarely makes a mistake with ball in hand but just can't get his hands on the thing. OMac needs to think about how badly he wants that spot in the backline because with May and Lever coming back, he won't be a walk in 22 member if he puts in pea hearted efforts like he did last night.
  13. Most likely because he knew he was [censored] if his old man caught up with him after the final siren!
  14. I believe more than I did previously but not fully convinced yet. Just like I saw some slivers of light against Essendon, there were things to work on here. I think we still need to work on our structures much earlier in games. Had we been switched on early then Max's work would have been taken advantage of and we might have gone to quarter time with a lead. I appreciate that you can't get scores from every inside fifty but it entry needs a bit of work still. It's a relief that very rarely do we go the 'Beamer Moloney' blind kick into the fifty but we do overshoot the mark or kick too high. Hibbo needs to rediscover some form and quick. He isn't getting enough of the pill and his runs out of the back fifty don't have the penetration for mine that they once did. Oscar needs to take some bloody angry pills and fast. That mark of Heeney's, the one he took in the second 10 out, that he contested showed all the intensity of an old man sliding into a warm bath. Even Maxy VERY CLEARLY had a go at him. You could see him give Oscar a slight shove after Heeney went back to line up for goal. Now for the positives! Jones' leadership was absolutely spot on for mine. It wasn't a quarter to quarter masterclass but he did the right things at the right moments when they counted. That's what leaders do. I also liked how restrained he was post siren. It was a relief to the boys but it was more puzzlement as to why this hadn't happened earlier. Our defensive run and spread in the middle allowed us to shut down passing lanes much more quickly. While Oscar and Frost received, in my eyes, deserved flack for their efforts (Frosty tries but often replaces his head with a pumpkin before taking the field), their jobs weren't made easier by the way the ball was coming in. Maxy put on a ruck masterclass. The crap with Port targeting him showed that it wasn't a case of him being soft but that the night in hospital hadn't helped. If he can start floating back and forward again and mopping up, then look out. Hore was bloody impressive. What impressed me most was his decision making on top of the fact that he got the pill. Sure he turned it over once or twice, but they weren't coach killers and most of his delivery was spot on. Preussy, while fading a bit after he bunged up his shoulder, was used exactly as we should have used him the first three weeks. I don't expect Grundy/Gawn like performances from him but his big body up forward helped a lot. Plus when he rucked, it was more likely that we would decisively win the contest or break even. I'm not prepared to say 'season back on' just yet. We have been finding our feet this week and last. You could see some signs last week that our delivery into the fifty was improving. But there are still some areas we haven't shown over 4 quarters that the Saints could take advantage of. I'm reassured that the boys are viewing the win for what it was: one small step in getting the season back on track (hence the subdued celebrations). Enjoy the win and go Demons!
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