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4 minutes ago, praha said:

Surprise is Spencer and Peterson to play.

Heard it here first!

If you're not pulling out legs then that would mean no watts for certain.

wtf!

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St Kilda represents the same problem that we witnessed last year - they are fleet of foot and use the ball well, it's a fast track and they spread well.  Plus, Hickey's recent record against Gawn is quite good.

Playing Spencer could be a mistake in terms of being 1 rotation down for the midfielders and the 4th quarter is where that 1 less rotation can really hurt (especially in the first game of the season)

But if he doesn't play then who does the relief ruck work?  It has to be someone (Watts?) who has done zero ruck work in the 3 practice games.  That's not ideal either.

Turning the ball over is fatal in today's footy but losing clearances because of incompetent ruck work is also a big concern.  It was a concern last year when Watts or Pedersen did the relief ruck work and it's something that Goodwin needs to fix. 

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Pumped to see the teams, and I feel that there will be plenty of conjecture amongst supporters when they drop.  Spencer and Watts will be the big talking points, and I doubt we'll see them both selected. 

Congrats to Joel Smith, too.  I thought his first two JLT games were terrific and he might be a smokey to play on someone like Membrey.  He has the pace, agility and size to do it.

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Just now, Macca said:

St Kilda represents the same problem that we witnessed last year - they are fleet of foot and use the ball well, it's a fast track and they spread well.  Plus, Hickey's recent record against Gawn is quite good.

Playing Spencer could be a mistake in terms of being 1 rotation down for the midfielders and the 4th quarter is where that 1 less rotation can really hurt (especially in the first game of the season)

But if he doesn't play then who does the relief ruck work?  It has to be someone (Watts?) who has done zero ruck work in the 3 practice games.  That's not ideal either.

Turning the ball over is fatal in today's footy but losing clearances because of incompetent ruck work is also a big concern.  It was a concern last year when Watts or Pedersen did the relief ruck work and it's something that Goodwin needs to fix. 

Actually i thought Watts did OK, probably got 30% of his hit outs (sometimes by default), but could be different this year without the 3rd Man up

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14 minutes ago, BrisbaneDemon said:

I'll take s stab in the dark,

Watts and Hogan only talls in the forward line, all quick smalls, garlett, kent, trac, maybe Hannan.  Shitihad is a quick track so we want forward pressure.  only guessing through

I wanna believe Goodwin is the tactical mind game genius that will dupe richardson into playing two rucks and a tall backline and then spring this 

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2 minutes ago, Demon_spurs said:

Actually i thought Watts did OK, probably got 30% of his hit outs (sometimes by default), but could be different this year without the 3rd Man up

I don't mind persevering with the idea of Watts being the relief ruckman but again, he's done zero ruckwork in the lead-up to Saturday's game.  Taps to advantage are being measured now and we're seeing more and more set-plays from clearances. 

Ruckwork is often underplayed but we saw first hand from Gawn last year how valuable a decent ruckman is.  More to the point is that the value of a decent ruckman is quite apparent when a team doesn't have one.

The relief ruckman can't be below average - in fact, the goal should be for the relief ruckman to be well above average.  That's if we want to be a true contender.

 

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If Watts doesn't play I'll back the coaching staff who've spent the last 6 months with him.  It would be churlish for anyone to second guess the coach and someone like McCartney, who was 2IC to Bomber Thompson for 10 years.

If he was deemed below standard for "months" how could any supporter complain that he's not named.  Blame Watts, not the coaching group. 

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2 minutes ago, Leoncelli_36 said:

Huge surprise ...Trengove is running drinks...teammates urged to wait patiently 

That's so bad it's good.

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18 minutes ago, ProDee said:

If Watts doesn't play I'll back the coaching staff who've spent the last 6 months with him.  It would be churlish for anyone to second guess the coach and someone like McCartney, who was 2IC to Bomber Thompson for 10 years.

If he was deemed below standard for "months" how could any supporter complain that he's not named.  Blame Watts, not the coaching group. 

I hope Im not the only Churlish one if he doesn;'t play!!? :cool:

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